Best practice policies for small and medium-sized enterprises

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Feb 20, 1998 - 134 pages
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The dynamism of small and medium-sized enterprises cannot be questioned. SMEs create jobs, spread technological progress, and contribute to economic and social well-being, while stimulating entrepreneurship. Their essential contribution to the economy must sometimes be facilitated by government action.
In order to support SMEs effectively, some essential aspects of their activities should be considered. How are they financed? How can the economic environment be improved and, in particular, the role of intermediary institutions? How can their access to markets be increased? This publication addresses these vital questions, giving clear answers based on initiatives carried out in various OECD countries.
This annual report is an invaluable tool for governments and entreprises. The 1997 edition has two new sections. Not only does it present an overview of the SME policies in the financing and business environment areas in a selection of economies in transition, but it also introduces a new evaluation-oriented focus to identifying best practices.

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