Access to markets


The activities under this cluster aim at enhancing capacities of policy makers and MSMES to facilitate their access to markets, one of the current greatest challenges for MSMEs as there is a decreased demand, damaged supply and disruption of value chains. 

The project is conducting assessments on the impact of COVID-19 on the production and trade activities of MSMEs and the implications on recovery and long-term development prospects.  The assessments are based on a coherent framework that captures the interplay between trade, enterprise development, investment, labor and other policy tools.  They highlights areas for joint cooperation at the regional and global levels and the impact on the achievement of SDGs. 

Other activities include raising awareness at the political and technical levels on the role of competition policy in the Economic recovery of MSMEs by: 1) Highlighting the interphase and positive correlation of implementing effective and timely competition policy measures within and across regions in the wake of Covid 19 and the impact to MSMEs in accessing markets. 2) Promoting regional exposure to the interphase; and 3) Bringing together experts, and inter-state entities on further exploring the positive correlation of competition policy and the recovery of MSMEs in development countries and countries in transition. In addition, the project is also analyzing and collecting good practices on the policies implemented by the Latin American governments to face MSMEs crisis generated by COVID-19.  

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Analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Thailand from competition policy and market access perspectives

This report focuses on identifying the impact of Covid-19 on Thai MSMEs at three main levels and policy responses – in aggregate, conducting an MSME survey, and case study interviews.

Analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa.

The study assesses the challenges faced by MSMEs in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessment has been conducted with a focus on various sectors in the South African economy including the agriculture, construction, food and beverages and manufacturing.

Competition and Market Access Policies in the Resurgence of MSMEs in Post-Covid-19 in Brazil

This study provides an overview of the interaction of competition policy and law on the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector in Brazil.

Training course on the Interface between SME Development and Competition Policy

The course aims at bringing to the fore the application of competition policy and law interventions that further the entry, growth, and sustainable development of MSMEs, more so during and after a pandemic such as COVID-19.

Conference on the Contribution of Competition Policy to the Resurgence of MSMEs post-COVID-19

On 27 - 28 June 2022, UNCTAD-CCPB presented the three products aimed at facilitating the economic recovery post COVID-19 through enhanced participation of MSMEs in the offline and online marketplaces.