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Assessing Progress in Implementing Small Businesses Reform

On 7 June, the Public-Private Working Group on the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe will meet in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

The event will bring together stakeholders in small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) policy: from representatives of the Georgian Government and relevant agencies to members of academia, the private sector and international organisations.

During the meeting, the country’s government will present an overview of the progress achieved on implementing the recommendations provided in the last SBA assessment cycle (2015–16). It will also allow private sector representatives and key stakeholders to comment on recent developments and reform effectiveness.

The event is being organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in the framework of the EU-funded ‘EU4Business: From Policies to Action’ project.

The OECD will present the updated methodology and framework for discussion, as well as the overall assessment process and timeline.

As part of the multi-country EU4Business: From Policies to Action project, the OECD is assisting the Georgian government in assessing the implementation of its SME Development Strategy 2016-2020, identifying outstanding issues for developing the SME sector, and improving the monitoring system to better assess the results of the strategy’s implementation. The objective of the project is to build capacity in Georgia’s institutions to implement and monitor its SME Development Strategy.