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ECIPE & ITC Presentation of the SME Competitiveness Outlook 2018: Business Ecosystems for the Digital Age

November 06 2018
Venue: ECIPE Office, Avenue des Arts 40, 6th floor, 1040 Brussels
Speakers: Erik van der Marel, Marion Jansen, Werner Stengg, Véronique Willems (TBC)
Time: 12:30

Please join us for a lunch presentation of the 2018 edition of the ICT SME Competitiveness Outlook.

Digitalization and the rise of the platform economy are rapidly changing the way in which SMEs do business. A strong business ecosystem is necessary to manage this change.

We invite you to our seminar discussion on the 2018 edition of the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) SME Competitiveness Outlook that tells how to build strong business ecosystems in a digital age. The publication and the seminar addresses questions such as:

  • How can big data be tailored to the needs of small enterprises?
  • Which skills do SMEs need to cope with technological change?
  • How to instill trust in the digital economy thus helping SMEs to embrace change?

Watch a video: Business ecosystems for the digital age.

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Programme

The ITC SME Competitiveness Outlook will be presented by Marion Jansen, Chief Economist of the ITC and responsible of the Outlook. The presentation is followed by a panel discussion with Werner Stengg (European Commission) and Véronique Willems (TBC) (UEAPME).

Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the ITC and in this role responsible for ITC’s export strategy portfolio and contributions to G20 processes. Previously she was a counsellor at the WTO and has published extensively on international trade and global governance.

Werner Stengg is Head of Unit of “E-Commerce and Online Platforms” at the European Commission’s Directorate General (DG) CONNECT. Previously he held Head of Unit positions at DG GROW as well as DG MARKT at the European Commission.

Véronique Willems is Secretary General of UEAPME, which is the employers’ organization representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME represents about 12 million enterprises, which employ around 55 million people across Europe.

The seminar will be chaired by Erik van der Marel, Senior Economist at ECIPE.