Promoting SME Competitiveness in South Sudan: Targeted solutions for a resilient future

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have the potential to drive economic recovery and poverty reduction in South Sudan. However, they have been stifled by conflict, COVID-19 and climate change, as well as a weak business environment. 

The International Trade Centre’s SME Competitiveness Survey reveals that most South Sudanese companies have limited internal capacities and face high operating costs. Strengthening the capacities of business support institutions is fundamental to helping these firms access financial services, become certified and upgrade their operations. A functioning and stable business environment is key to bolster the competitiveness and resilience of small companies and help them realize their full potential.