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- How Asia increases productivity through SME internationalization
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Webinar on "Smart specialisation – evidence based implementation in the EU"
28 February 2017
Organized by the Triple Helix Association
27 - 29 March 2017
Organized by EAI
13th INSME Annual Meeting on “Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains”
15 - 17 May 2017
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Organized by INSME and INADEM
- Picks in the News
As part of IMP³rove research activities based on its innovation management benchmarking database, a related analysis on the benefits of design thinking for firms has been published.
- To raise awareness for design thinking among key stakeholders based on an event or workshop
- To receive more fine-grained analyses of firms' design-driven innovation capabilities and performances in your region by utilizing the IMP³rove platform and research services.
- To benefit from IMP³rove training offering on design-driven innovation management.
An agreement for financial inclusion signed by African Development Bank and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion
An agreement to enhance access to finance across the African Continent has been recently signed by African Development Bank - AfDB (INSME Member) and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI).
AfDB aims at improving financial systems and expand their coverage by reaching the 90% of the African population by 2025. In this frame and according to the MoU essential financial services will be provided and a full range of financial products will be offered. In addition the technical capacity of financial regulators and policy makers will be improved in order to implement policy reforms to advance financial inclusion.
One of the main challenges to be faced is the gender gap in access to financial services and the two organizations agreed on the need to scale up the efforts and enhance the committmemt to gender and women’s financial inclusion.
As declared by Mr. Pierre Guislain, AfDB Vice-President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization at the signing of the MoU “The Bank will leverage its resources to support AFI’s efforts on digital financial services, agricultural and SME sectors as well as gender. It will prioritize capacity building and knowledge sharing activities and nourish the dialogue for Africa’s policy-makers through global events and activities.”
Mexico’s Ministry of Economy and the OECD signed an agreement in 2014 to support the country in strengthening its competitiveness through competition. Strengthening competition in markets is vital for a country as it is a determinant of higher productivity and more economic growth.
Based on international best practices, the manual on “Market Examinations in Mexico” has been released to provide guidance on how to analyze a market’s current status when there is reason to believe the market is not functioning well. Identifying the markets that are not performing well, the related problems and causes, it is fundamental for a country to decide upon the next steps to take or the competent body to refer to. After providing an overview on the potential outcomes of market examinations and a description of the Ministry’s power to make requests to competition authorities, the manual provides a methodology to collect and handle information as well as recommendations to analyze the most relevant aspects of competition such as the definition of the market to be examined and its characteristic or a review of specific structural features that can hinder competition, among others. Finally, the manual provides guidance on more procedural aspects concerning the content and process of requests to competition authorities.