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The OECD Global Conference “Enhancing the Role of SMEs in Global Value Chains”【May 31-June01, 2007】

The OECD Global Conference "Enhancing the Role of SMEs in Global Value Chains"


Outline


The research and analysis project, “Enhancing the Role of SMEs in Global Value Chains,” was originally proposed by the Swiss government in 2003 and carried out by the OECD Working Party on SMEs & Entrepreneurship in 2005 and 2006. The project aims at conducting research and analysis into how SMEs are successfully integrated into inter-corporate business relationships (value chains), which are created in the process of global companies’ product manufacturing or service provision, into challenges for SMEs, and targeted support programs, and at developing policy recommendations based on the study findings.
In order to disseminate the outputs of the research and analysis to stakeholders in industry, academia and government and promote deeper understanding, the global conference was held in conjunction with the conference of the OECD Working Party on SMEs & Entrepreneurship in Tokyo.


Dates: May 31 (Thursday) - June 01 (Friday), 2007
Organized by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Co-organized by: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN (SMRJ), Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Place: Hotel Okura, Tokyo

Overview


The first day (May 31) began with a presentation given by the OECD Secretariat on the results of the “research into global value chains.” The ensuing parallel sessions for five industries, i.e., automotive, scientific & precision instruments, film, software, and tourism, discussed challenges over the globalization of SMEs based on SME success stories.
On the second day (June 1), parallel sessions were conducted according to theme, i.e., innovation, R&D, standards & technology, intellectual assets & IPR management, co-operation mechanisms, and conducive global business environment, to discuss key horizontal issues related to SME participation in GVC, in consideration of the previous day’s discussions at the panel sessions by industry members.
The OECD Tokyo Statement was adopted as a summary of the two-day conference. The statement proposed the following policies for promoting practical participation of SMEs in GVC: (1) raising SME awareness of the opportunities for participating in GVC, (2) increasing SME participation in GVC through collective action and co-operation, (3) promoting the capacity for innovation by local SMEs, (4) enhancing SMEs’ value obtained from intellectual assets and intellectual property, and (5) facilitating the adoption by SMEs of product quality and process standards.

Approximately 600 persons from 37 countries, including speakers and general participants, attended the conference. The conference was covered in various media, including NHK TV news programs and newspapers such as the Sankei Shimbun and the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.


PDF (80KB) Program


Opening address by Mr. Amari, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Opening address by Mr. Amari, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan


Conference

Conference

Reception

Reception




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