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The Small Business Global Question!

October 4, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


In 2016, the World Trade Organization released an extensive report on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Its biggest revelation was how little we know about them.

SMEs, which employ most workers and account for 95% of all firms, are the lifeblood of the world’s economy. Yet they remain understudied, underappreciated and underserved, little understood even by the larger companies that count them as customers and suppliers. What’s more, they have been consistently ignored by negotiators writing international trade rules.

ICSB made a case for  SMEs by stating they are “largely absent from the broad trade debate but if mobilized they are the tsunami of sustainable development.” One reason, ICSB says, is that cross-border trade is complex and costly for smaller businesses than for larger companies.

The session will address the SME issue and how different voices can shed light on the Little Giants of the World.

Winslow Sargeant, Incoming President of the International Council for Small Business
Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, New York, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network
Mr. Karim Gamal, Trade & Investment Policy Manager, UAE Embassy, Washington DC

Moderated by: Dr. Jeffrey Alves, Editor of the Journal for the International Council for Small Business


October 4, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Duques Hall Rm. 151 – 2201 G Street, NW


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