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Making public procurement SMEs friendly in the MENA countries Olga Savran OECD-MENA Investment Programme 20 September 2012, Caserta, Italy. SMEs in public procurement. Great potential for development and growth

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Making public procurement SMEs friendly in the MENA countriesOlga SavranOECD-MENA Investment Programme20 September 2012, Caserta, Italy

smes in public procurement
SMEs in public procurement
  • Great potential for development and growth
  • Little involvement due to capacity constrains - subcontractors and framework agreements
  • High integrity risks – vulnerability to solicitation, low capacity for integrity responses
smes in mena countries
SMEs in MENA countries
  • Important players in productivity growth, innovation and job creation
    • but slower growth in the MENA region
  • Opportunities and obstacles for high growth
    • Regulatory environment, access to finance, skills, other
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MENA-OECD Investment Programme, working group on SME policy discussed various issues, high growth, enterprise development, women entepreneruship and other issues on job creation and other avenues for SME development

  • will develop country-specific policy recommendations
  • In this context government procurement was mentioned
  • at its meeting on 17 July 2012 in Rome called upon governments:
  • to ensure that government procurement and tenders’ regulations do not put SMEs at a disadvantage; and called for adopting an “SME mindset”
towards an action plan
Towards an action plan
  • Clear policy objective, e.g. 10% target of contracts awarded to SMEs
  • Facilitate access to finance, e.g. 20% of total financing needs for SME implemented projects from grants, funds, guarantee schemes
  • Simplify regulations, e.g. reduce the time spent for PP procedures by 20 %
  • Business support to train/inform SMEs, e.g. about pp procedures, risks of corruption, complaints mechanisms
involving stakeholders
Involving stakeholders
  • Listen to/talk to/study the practices of SMEs
  • From formalistic councils to open dialogue
  • Continuous examination of progress
  • Undue pressure from interest groups
  • E-platforms; surveys; government capacity to analyse, provide transparent information and facilitate dialogue
mena oecd investment programme
MENA-OECD Investment Programme
  • Working Group on SME policy, entrepreneurship and human capital development
  • MENA Business Integrity Network
    • Regional exchange of experience, best practices and benchmarking for business representatives
    • Private-public dialogue on practical measures to promote integrity in public procurement