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SME Competitiveness and Aid for Trade (en)

To be part of value chains dominated by large global players, small and medium-sized enterprises need a sound business environment, ready access to finance, and institutional support to reach new markets and to defend their interests.
This ITC-WTO study explores constraints faced by businesses in 23 least developed countries when they seek market opportunities abroad. Aid for Trade initiatives are considered within the context of development finance for SMEs. The report also considers how to mainstream trade in SME project design and implementation, and how to scale up trade support for SMEs while maintaining high impact levels.