Ensuring the uptake and effective use of digital technologies by SMEs and entrepreneurs is central to unlock fully the potential of the digital revolution and ensure that benefits are shared.
|WHAT'S THE ISSUE?
Digitalisation is re-shaping the world economy. Digital technologies offer new opportunities for start-ups and established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in the global economy, tap into skills and talent, access diverse financing instruments, innovate and grow. However, uptake of digital technologies is uneven and many SMEs are lagging behind, particularly in the adoption of productivity-enhancing digital tools and applications.
The OECD investigates digitalisation trends and strategies by SMEs, and key drivers and challenges to SME participation in the digital economy. Though international benchmarking and country-level studies, the OECD can help governments assess conditions for digital adoption by SMEs and identify good practices to enhance effective use of digital applications, while mitigating emerging risks. The OECD also promotes multi-stakeholder dialogue on emerging trends and policy priorities to enable SMEs and entrepreneurs seize the benefits of digitalisation.
For further information, please contact Marco Bianchini, OECD Policy analyst