Initiative to Enhance MSME Participation in International Trade: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the WTO

In recognition of the role performed by MSMEs in many economies, a group of WTO Member countries through a Joint Ministerial Statement at the 11th Ministerial Conference of Buenos Aires, established an Informal Work Programme (IWG) for MSMEs. The informal working group seeks to achieve horizontal and non-discriminatory solutions so as to yield benefits for the participation of MSMEs in international trade, considering specific needs of developing countries and LDCs. This briefing paper summarises findings from a recent CUTS study which highlights the challenges and opportunities for promoting integration of MSMEs in international trade.