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Committee on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CSMEE)
Mr. Martin Godel   
Mr. Necati GÜNAYDIN   
Mr. Colin Leach   
(United States)
Mr. Ciaran McLoughlin   
Mr. Masayuki NAKAYAMA   
Ms. Jenifer PILON   
Mr. Salvatore Zecchini   
Open to all Member countries 
Russian Federation   
Observers (International Organisations):   
European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME)   
European Association of Guarantee Institutions (AECM)   
International Council for Small Business (ICSB)   
UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)   
Date of creation:
31st March 1993
31st December 2021

Mandate: Summary Record of the 129th Session of the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, held on 12-13 October 2016 [DSTI/IND/M(2016)2]


Extract from document [DSTI/IND(2016)9/REV1]




Under the general direction of the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE) is responsible for promoting and taking forward OECD work on SMEs and entrepreneurship.

In this respect, the WPSMEE provides some of the important inputs, including policy analysis, policy indicators and statistics, evaluation of policies and best practices, and recommendations, needed by Members to develop policies that:

· foster SMEs and entrepreneurship, including high-growth enterprises;

· address the particular challenges SMEs face in obtaining finance for their growth and development and in participating in global markets;

· facilitate sustainable growth, competitiveness, and the creation of skilled jobs; and

· help their SMEs to meet the challenges of globalisation.


To meet these objectives, the Working Party’s core activities include:

· Improving and developing SME and firm-level statistics, as well as entrepreneurship policy and entrepreneurship-related indicators, and making analysis based on those statistics and indicators, in co-operation with other OECD bodies and the appropriate national and international bodies.

· Undertaking policy analysis, examining the effects of microeconomic policies on SME growth and entrepreneurship and developing policy recommendations in co-operation and consultation with Members.

· Acting as a forum for open dialogue and discussion on SME policies and programmes, where Members can exchange ideas, experiences, evaluation results and best practices on SME and entrepreneurship issues, policies and programmes. Consistent with the CIIE’s global relations strategy, and where the WPSMEE deems appropriate, non-Members will be invited to participate in these exchanges, including through the OECD Bologna Process on SME and Entrepreneurship Policies.

· Facilitating the development of networks among, and convening fora of, public, private and non-profit organisations and institutions involved in the development of SMEs and entrepreneurship.

· Working with SME and entrepreneurship focused international organisations and associations to conduct collaborative or complementary work on SMEs and entrepreneurship, when OECD Members can benefit from the contributions of these organisations.

· Reporting regularly to WPSMEE members, the CIIE and other relevant bodies on the progress it is making in achieving its objectives and on trends and best practices in SME policies; and collaborating with them to create synergies and complementarity in the work undertaken.

In line with its objectives to foster entrepreneurship and SME growth, the topics covered by the WPSMEE include:

· Financing of SMEs, including: monitoring and evaluation of SME financing conditions, trends and market developments; assessment of SME financing needs and gaps; and analysis of regulatory reforms and policies to enhance SME access to a range of financing instruments and sources, including development and monitoring of international standards in this area.

· SMEs, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Productivity, including: knowledge-based entrepreneurship; productivity enhancement; skills and learning strategies for innovation; sustainability; high-growth SMEs; intellectual assets and value creation; digitalisation; women and youth entrepreneurship.

· Access to Markets, including: monitoring and assessment of barriers to SME access to local and global markets; SME participation and upgrading in global value chains; public procurement; networks and partnerships.

· Understanding and Measuring the Entrepreneurial and SME Business Environment, including: institutional and regulatory framework; trade and investment policies; infrastructure development; access to resources such as labour, capital, energy, knowledge, technology and innovation; entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial culture.

· Evaluation of SME and entrepreneurship policies and programmes, including: assessments of strategic framework for policy design and delivery; assessment of national and local programmes; comparative monitoring and evaluation of policy interventions.

The issues addressed by the WPSMEE seek to respond to the policy needs, particularly the medium- and long-term ones, of Members and other appropriate stakeholders and will have been selected on the basis of the priority ranking reflected in its current programme of work. The WPSMEE will continue to work horizontally, where relevant, with OECD committees, in addition to the CIIE, and their subsidiary bodies and will ensure that work on SMEs and entrepreneurship is well-integrated and consistent with the work carried out within the OECD. The WPSMEE develops, for Members, and when appropriate non-Members, information and advice on SMEs and entrepreneurship and best practice examples of measures and policies for dealing with them.

To ensure efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out its activities and avoid duplication of work, the WPSMEE will hold, as appropriate, joint bureau meetings, back-to-back meetings and/or joint seminars and similar events aimed at taking forward issues of mutual interest with the CIIE and its Working Parties as well as with other concerned bodies. It will make use of technical Steering Groups (e.g. the Informal Steering Group on SME Financing) as appropriate to provide analysis and inputs to its work. It will also make use of surveys among public officials and the target populations of SME policies to inform and enrich its analysis.

   The WPSMEE co-operates with international institutions, regional economic bodies, the business community and the financial community, as necessary in order to pursue issues of interest to the WPSMEE.

   The mandate of the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE) shall expire on 31 December 2021.”

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