World Trade Board Initiative: to widen SME inclusion in Global Trade

World Trade Board Initiative: to widen SME inclusion in Global Trade.

The World Trade Board has established a Working Group to support the mandate of the World SME Forum for growth and impact of small and medium enterprises globally, through inclusive trade and technology.

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Following the first World Trade Symposium, the World Trade Board concluded that there is significant potential to use the World Trade Symposium as a vehicle to help advance the mandate of the World SME Forum, thereby taking concrete action in enabling SMEs, as key drivers of inclusive growth and economic value-creation, to engage successfully in international markets.

The World SME Forum is an outcome of the 2015 B20/G20 process under the Turkish Presidency, and aims to take action on a global level to support the success of small businesses, and to engage the SME sector more fully in economic activity, particularly in developing and emerging markets. For the global economy to sustain healthy inclusive growth, we need to unleash the potential of SMEs: they are important for social stability, equitable growth and poverty alleviation, and form the backbone of the working middle class in most countries.

SMEs are recognised globally as major contributors to the creation of economic value, in markets around the world. Yet, the SME segment is known to face numerous challenges in aspiring to access international markets, engaging in export activity either directly or through Global Value Chains. Trade, and SME engagement in trade, presents a significant untapped opportunity to generate global growth, to advance recovery, and increase inclusiveness and international development.

As an underserved segment of economic activity, the SME sector faces numerous challenges around technical competency, adherence to international standards, risk adjudication and access to timely and affordable financing of various types, including trade finance and supply chain finance. Accordingly, SMEs worldwide represent an opportunity for clear and substantive value-addition by the World Trade Symposium. Pursuing this opportunity in partnership with the World SME Forum is a compelling option, and fits well with the strategic focus and priorities of both organisations.

Working Group Chair and Board members:

  • Berna Ozcar
  • Alexander R. Malaket
  • David Hennah

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More information:
Download our SME inclusion action plan from the World Trade Symposium 2016