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- SMES AND THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF BUSINESS: NO SME IS AN ISLAND. The era of Global Opportunity, Global Competition, Global Talent?
- Innovation as the key component of the winning strategy for SME growing
- Where Does Innovation Belong?
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27 - 29 March 2017
Organized by EAI
World Intellectual Property Day
26 April 2017
Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization
13th INSME Annual Meeting on “Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains”
15 - 17 May 2017
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Organized by INSME and INADEM
- Picks in the News
Nowadays citizens face pressing problems that need to be solved and in this frame the European Commission is promoting the Horizon Prizes.
These prizes are called ‘challenge’ prizes (also known as ‘inducement’ prizes) as, after the identification of a problem for which no solution exists, a challenge is set and a monetary prize offered to whoever finds how to effectively face it.
Through these initiatives the Commission intends to attract a wider range of innovators, provides an opportunity for innovators to take a risk and to forge new partnerships, leads to sustainable new products and services, spurs interest in a particular issue.
Prizes in diverse categories are foreseen, among which the one dedicated to Social Innovation. In this frame the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute, plans to launch a € 2 Million Horizon prize on a social challenge chosen by the public, as part of Horizon 2020, the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme.
As part of IMP³rove research activities based on its innovation management benchmarking database, a related analysis on the benefits of design thinking for firms has been published.
- To raise awareness for design thinking among key stakeholders based on an event or workshop
- To receive more fine-grained analyses of firms' design-driven innovation capabilities and performances in your region by utilizing the IMP³rove platform and research services.
- To benefit from IMP³rove training offering on design-driven innovation management.
An agreement for financial inclusion signed by African Development Bank and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion
An agreement to enhance access to finance across the African Continent has been recently signed by African Development Bank - AfDB (INSME Member) and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI).
AfDB aims at improving financial systems and expand their coverage by reaching the 90% of the African population by 2025. In this frame and according to the MoU essential financial services will be provided and a full range of financial products will be offered. In addition the technical capacity of financial regulators and policy makers will be improved in order to implement policy reforms to advance financial inclusion.
One of the main challenges to be faced is the gender gap in access to financial services and the two organizations agreed on the need to scale up the efforts and enhance the committmemt to gender and women’s financial inclusion.
As declared by Mr. Pierre Guislain, AfDB Vice-President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization at the signing of the MoU “The Bank will leverage its resources to support AFI’s efforts on digital financial services, agricultural and SME sectors as well as gender. It will prioritize capacity building and knowledge sharing activities and nourish the dialogue for Africa’s policy-makers through global events and activities.”
Mexico’s Ministry of Economy and the OECD signed an agreement in 2014 to support the country in strengthening its competitiveness through competition. Strengthening competition in markets is vital for a country as it is a determinant of higher productivity and more economic growth.
Based on international best practices, the manual on “Market Examinations in Mexico” has been released to provide guidance on how to analyze a market’s current status when there is reason to believe the market is not functioning well. Identifying the markets that are not performing well, the related problems and causes, it is fundamental for a country to decide upon the next steps to take or the competent body to refer to. After providing an overview on the potential outcomes of market examinations and a description of the Ministry’s power to make requests to competition authorities, the manual provides a methodology to collect and handle information as well as recommendations to analyze the most relevant aspects of competition such as the definition of the market to be examined and its characteristic or a review of specific structural features that can hinder competition, among others. Finally, the manual provides guidance on more procedural aspects concerning the content and process of requests to competition authorities.