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The SME Policy Index: A Tool to Assess Policies for Entreprise Development


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Presented at the July 2012 Meeting of the OECD-MENA Initiative's Working Group on SME Policy, Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development

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The SME Policy Index: A Tool to Assess Policies for Entreprise Development

  1. 1. THE SME POLICY INDEX A Tool to Assess Policies for Enterprise Development Jorge Gálvez Méndez OECD – Private Sector Development Division Rome, 17 July, 2012
  2. 2. About the SME Policy Index • The Index dimensions cover areas of key relevance for enterprise development throughout the life of a business. • For instance, the dimensions below are included in the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise. Simple procedures for enterprises Better market access Education and training for entrepreneurship Improved skills Easier access to finance and investment-friendly taxation Innovative firms Strong business associations Quality business support schemes and services Strengthening EuroMediterranean networks and partnerships Clear and targeted information for enterprises 2
  3. 3. The SME Policy Index methodology Dimensions Subdimensions Indicators 3
  4. 4. Who is involved?  Local consultants, country economic teams OECD and partner organisations Private sector OECD and international experts, local experts   OECD and partner organisation teams collect data and interviews and establish a preliminary level of progress for each country in each policy dimension Local consultants collect primary data and conduct interviews with local experts. The results are analysed by the Core Team and incorporated into the level of progress. Private sector and national coordinators teams conduct separate evaluation. This provides an opportunity to step back and analyse the measurements in a broader context. After consultations are complete, all parties confirm a final measurement. 4
  5. 5. Previous assessments  Report on the Implementation of the European Charter for Small Enterprises in the Western Balkans: 2007 SME Policy Index.  Western Balkans: Progress in the Implementation of the European Charter for Small Enterprises: 2009 SME Policy Index.  Report on the Implementation of the EuroMediterranean Charter for Enterprise, 2008.  Follow-up assessment of the 2008 report in MED countries (forthcoming).  SME Policy Index Eastern Partner countries (forthcoming). 5
  6. 6. The usefulness of the SME Policy Index • A tool to foster regional cooperation and to support national SME policy development; • It can be adapted to different contexts; • It is a highly interactive tool. 6