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World SME Forum and OECD sign MoU

13.11.2015 / Antalya

At the signature ceremony between the World SME Forum and OECD, TOBB President and B20 Chair M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the World SME Forum would act as the voice of all SMEs.​

As a part of the G20 meetings taking place in the Belek Tourism Zone in Antalya, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the World SME Forum and OECD. Signing the memorandum were TOBB President and B20 Chair M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John Danilovich.

In his keynote speech, “B20 China SME Agenda,” TOBB President and B20 Chair M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the World SME Forum is a first for both G20 and the world; that it will act as the voice of all SMEs.

Stating that this will enable SMEs to present a consolidated and unified voice on the global scale for the first time, Hisarcıklıoğlu said that the World SME Forum is an inclusive global representation mechanism.

- Non-profit Forum

Pointing out the fact that the forum is a non-profit, Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the organization’s mission is one of research, consultancy, protecting the rights of SMEs on a global scale as well as connecting the SMEs of various countries.

Reporting that SMEs generate two thirds of all employment in the world, Hisarcıklıoğlu said:

“However SMEs have no mechanism to voice their concerns and preserve their rights; international organizations are monopolized by large companies. Now, WSF will bring down this monopoly. This is an important enterprise. SMEs are faced with many issues including finding personnel, access to finances as well as integration into the global value chain and finding opportunities for growth and markets. That is why a mechanism like the WSF has become necessary and it has been established to bring SMEs to the forefront of the global economy.”

Emphasizing that they want WSF to be a permanent fixture of G20, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Only this will enable SMEs to have the voice and importance they deserve.”

- “We believe that China will adopt this mechanism”

TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that they believe B20 China will adopt this mechanism, “We are glad to be working with our Chinese colleagues with their experience and success in regards to SMEs. We wish China which will be chairing G20 next year, as well as the Chinese International Commerce Development Council who will be chairing B20.”

- OECD Secretary General Gurria

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary General Angel Gurria said, “There is a crunch in global markets; this is reducing financial options. This is affecting SMEs the most who are the ones depending on financial opportunities and abundance.”

Stressing the importance of SMEs for Turkey, Gurria emphasized that they are trying to integrate SMEs into the global value chain; stating that this is possible only through increased use of technology.

- Turkey’s work will endure

B20 China Sherpa Yu Ping stated that Turkey’s B20 Term has been very successful, that the policies put forth have been very inclusive and the SMEs voice is heard much louder.

Ping stated that their priority for the G20 summit to be held next year under China’s chairmanship will be to preserve the work Turkey has achieved with B20, promoting growth of commerce and investments in the global economy, development of the infrastructure to increase the productivity of economic and financial governance as well as the promotion of inclusive and compliant growth through mutually beneficial cooperation.

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