2016 SME Competitiveness Outlook: Meeting the Standard for Trade

This year’s SME Competitiveness Outlook focuses on making the most of standards and regulations for the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, SME managers and standard setters.

The report exploits two unique ITC databases for this purpose: the ITC Business Survey on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and the ITC Standards Map, which has data on more than 200 voluntary sustainability standards (VSS). ITC collects and disseminates this data to contribute to increased transparency in trade and provide market-relevant information to SMEs and the institutions that support them.