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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.

English Spanish, French

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What is an SME?

This unit looks at the criteria used for determining eligibility for SME status in various countries and explains the relevance of SMEs in the global market place. The definitions of SMEs vary from country to country, depending on such variables as the country’s state of development, its size, the strength of its industrial and business sectors, and the particular problems SMEs face in that country.

English French, Spanish

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