50 Years of Unlocking SME Competitiveness: Lessons for the Future

This ITC 50th anniversary publication explores new opportunities to connect small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to global markets, provides recommendations for trade assistance and presents a road map for ITC’s future work.

New opportunities in international trade are driven by global supply chains; emerging markets as sources of demand; consumer preferences for higher value products; and lower costs due to innovations in transport and communication. Trade assistance can help raise competitiveness and better spread the benefits of trade. A review of trade trends and ITC’s role in trade development over the past 50 years, and essays with international business perspectives for the next 20 years, serve as a springboard to outline ITC’s way forward in its commitment to trade competitiveness for SMEs.