The Second D4SME Roundtable is coming soon!

 3-4 February 2021 12:00-15:00  Virtual meeting


Digital Security and Data Protection for SMEs

 29 October 2020 11:00-11:30  Zoom Veb conference

Emerging digital technologies are opening tremendous market opportunities for SMEs and creating entirely new industries, but, in turn, raise vulnerability to digital security risks. As small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) connect to the digital world and move towards new digital solutions, they will need to effectively manage cyber-risks to reap the benefits of the digital transition. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, more businesses have been forced to operate online than ever before, and their reliance on digital infrastructure, cloud computing and software has increased, as the intensity of cyber-attacks.  Many SMEs lack the awareness, resources or expertise to assess their digital risk exposure and to implement appropriate prevention and remediation measures which are more common among larger. The risk is particularly pronounced in sectors where SMEs tend to process significant volumes of personal – and valuable – data, such as professional services, healthcare and retail trade

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SMEs: Go Digital and Go Home

 17 June 2020 16:00-17:30  Zoom Veb conference

The COVID-19 pandemic is imposing a radical rethinking of many business models. Small businesses in retail trade, manufacturing and a broad range of services, where physical presence and social contact were common practice, are now confronted with the need of delivering and doing business in a “contactless” way, or otherwise shutting down operations for the whole duration of the sanitary crisis. Digital tools offer viable solutions and many entrepreneurs are already re-engineering their business with a view to accelerating digital adoption, adapting processes, and proposing new products and/ or services, while customers and employees stay home (e.g. smart working, Online-To-Offline home deliveries, Click and Collect, etc.). 

The webinar will discuss some relevant cases of “accelerated” digitalisation and how entrepreneurs have reacted to the crisis, as well as initiatives undertaken by governments and large private sector organisations to facilitate the transition of smaller businesses – not only to weather the storm in the short term but also to engage in more long-term, sustainable changes in business practice. 

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1st D4SME Roundtable

 29 November 2019 9:00-18:00  OECD, Room CC4

This meeting gathered representatives from governments, businesses, private sector, associations, SMEs, incubators and international organisations to discuss the most relevant opportunities and challenges related to the digitalisation of Small and Medium Enterprises.

The event marked the launch of the OECD Digital for SMEs Global Initiative. It was chaired by Stuart Nash, Minister of Small Business of New Zealand. The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gave opening remarks. 

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