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Enhancing the Role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Global Value Chains – OECD Global Conference, Tokyo 31 May – 1 June 2007

This high-level conference is organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Japanese government to present the conclusions of a GIAN-supported study on enhancing the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in global value chains. This research project has been undertaken collaboratively by the OECD, the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The study addresses the issue of how globalisation of value chains affects the role of SMEs as traditional partners, suppliers or distributors for large firms. The objective of the conference is to highlight policy-relevant options with a view to supporting SMEs as successful participants and partners in global value chains.

Among the many prominent speakers are:
• Mr Akira AMARI, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
• Mr Angel GURRIA, Secretary-General, OECD
• Mr Eric MARTIN, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD

For more details please contact the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, e-mail: CFE.contact@oecd.org .

Related Project(s)

Annual Call for Projects 2004 The New Configuration and Management Techniques of Value Chains of Global Enterprises and the Resulting Consequences for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in North and South

>See the Project