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  • 17-November-2020

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    The impact of COVID-19 on SME financing - A special edition of the OECD Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs Scoreboard

    The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on SME access to finance. In particular, the sudden drop in revenues created acute liquidity shortages, threatening the survival of many viable businesses. The report documents an increase in demand for bank lending in the first half of 2020, and a steady supply of credit thanks to government interventions. On the other hand, other sources of finance declined, in particular early-stage equity. This paper, a special edition of Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs, focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on SME access to finance, along with government policy responses. It reveals that the pre-crisis financing environment was broadly favourable for SMEs and entrepreneurs, who benefited from low interest rates, loose credit standards and an increasingly diverse offer of financing instruments. It documents the unprecedented scope and scale of the policy responses undertaken by governments world-wide, and details their key characteristics, and outlines the principal issues and policy challenges for the next phases of the pandemic, such as the over-indebtedness of SMEs and the need to continue to foster a diverse range of financing instruments for SMEs.
  • 19-March-2019

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    Mayors and Ministers Roundtable: Mayors, Ministers, Megatrends: Principles for Collective Action

    Cities today are on the frontline of many of the most pressing global challenges of our time – globalisation, digitalisation, ageing, migration, climate change and environmental degradation. These so-called megatrends, are already dramatically changing the way we live and work in our cities. Let me provide some context.

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  • 18-March-2019

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    Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth

    We cannot dispute the growing importance of cities. Cities today concentrate more than half of people, jobs and GDP in OECD countries. Capital regions, have become centres of entrepreneurship and innovation; in fact, enterprise creation and employment creation by new firms are more than 60% higher in capitals.

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  • 18-March-2019

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    Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, Launch of the Athens Roadmap

    The great majority of the population of the OECD lives in cities. Indeed, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Since we launched the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative in 2016, 60 mayors from around the world have joined forces to address rising inequalities.

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  • 7-November-2016

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    Boosting competition will help Greece’s consumers and businesses

    Lifting many of the regulations stifling business competition in Greece would benefit both consumers, through lower prices, and firms, via higher turnover, according to the OECD.

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  • 5-December-2011

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    Intellectual Assets and Innovation: The SME Dimension

    This report examines the relationship between SMEs' management of intellectual assets, innovation and competitiveness.

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  • 4-May-2011

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    OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services 2010, Volume II, Detailed Tables by Partner Country

    This OECD publication provides statistics on international trade in services by partner country for 28 OECD countries plus the European Union (EU27), the Euro area, and Hong Kong, China as well as definitions and methodological notes. The data concern trade between residents and non-residents of countries and are reported within the framework of the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services. This book includes summary tables of trade patterns listing the main trading partners for each country and by broad service category. Series are shown in US dollars and cover the period 2004-2008.
  • 8-August-2006

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    OECD-APEC Global Conference on “Removing Barriers to SME Access to International Markets”

    Jointly organised by the OECD & APEC, at the invitation of the Greek Authorities, participants at this high-level international conference endorsed "The Athens Action Plan for Removing Barriers to SME Access to International Markets".

  • 30-June-1994

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    OECD Reviews of Foreign Direct Investment: Greece

    Over the past few years, Greece has been positioning itself to become a more attractive prospect for foreign investors. These efforts to improve the foreign direct investment climate further are important, particularly if the trend towards rationalising the public sector is to be effectively pursued. This publication examines Greece's policies on foreign direct investment and the role played by foreign investment in the Greek economy.

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