Improving SME Access to Public Procurement

The Experience of Selected Countries

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This guide focuses on the role of government programmes in public procurement to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in becoming better exporters. The guide identifies and explains advantages and disadvantages of public procurement programmes; looks at criteria used for determining eligibility for SME status in various countries; and examines programmes used by selected countries to assist SMEs in a procurement context. It also gives guidance on the implementation of public procurement programmes designed to assist SMEs.

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This Guide was prepared under the direction of Wayne A. Wittig, ITC Senior Adviser on Public Sector Procurement. John Linarelli, lecturer in law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, was lead investigator and principal author.

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