INSME at the OECD Local Development Forum

1 July 2022

From the 15th till the 17th of June, INSME President Sergio Arzeni was guest of honor at the “OECD Local Development Forum: Better Strategies for Stronger Communities held in Cork, Ireland, with the participation of several ministers from various countries, including the Prime Minister of Ireland Micheál Martin. 

The Forum celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) that was led for most of its existence by Sergio Arzeni, who spent his professional life at the OECD in Paris promoting SMEs and Entrepreneurship as the main drivers for innovation and job creation providing the bedrock for sustainable local development. His work led to the creation of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SME, Local Development and Tourism, with LEED as the pillar of the Directorate. 

At the Forum, the INSME president also participated in a workshop on “Expanding Entrepreneurship Opportunities for all” which discussed skills gaps to engage in entrepreneurship, and ways to facilitate the takeover of SMEs on sale. In this respect, there was a presentation of the business transfer marketplace for SMEs in Catalonia, which represents an interesting experience worth replicating elsewhere, and a matter on which INSME will organize soon a webinar to share among its members.   

See the session replay to know more about the event and the people that took part in it. 

Source: INSME Secretariat

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