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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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can play an important role in the growth and development of countries. They have the potential to become significant exporters, to promote economic growth, and to alleviate poverty among various groups in a society (Badrinath, 1997; Badrinath and Kirpal, 1997). There is not much in the literature, however, on public procurement policies that might assist SMEs in becoming competitive and export oriented. What roles can government play in public-sector procurement to enhance the comparative advantages of SMEs or to alleviate their competitive disadvantages? What role can public-procurement programmes play to make SMEs competitive in export markets?

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