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APEC SME Ministers Encourage Green, Innovative and Competitive Policies to Create an Entrepreneurial Society

May 21, 2011


APEC SME Ministers encourage green, innovative and competitive policies to create an entrepreneurial society


Big Sky, Montana, 21 May 2011 APEC Ministers responsible for the region’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) considered policies and initiatives to foster greener, more innovative and competitive small businesses.


Recognizing the importance of SMEs and entrepreneurs to the development of the Asia-Pacific region, APEC Ministers are determined to:


§  Embrace business ethics to enhance SMEs’ competitiveness

§  Promote SMEs’ use of new technologies to reduce the costs of doing business; and

§  Identify policies to support green SMEs

The joint statement of the 2011 APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting can be accessed at:


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