WSF Conference

WSF Conference
November 13, 2015 – Friday afternoon
Xanadu Hotel, Kubilayhan Meeting Room 2-3
Organized by Think 20

WSF Conference

This event, one day before the Antalya Summit, aims to kick-off the technical transition between Turkey B20 2015 and China B20 2016’s agendas, by shaping and informing the World SME Forum (WSF)’s work program in the next months. The 2015 Turkish Presidency of the G20, and the Turkish Chairmanship of the B20 under the leadership of its Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), provided an opportunity to amplify the voice of SMEs and to better serve the businesses that drive the global economy and employ over 60 per cent of the global workforce. The creation and launch of the World SME Forum (WSF) provides an opportunity to guarantee continuity to the SME development agenda across B20 Presidencies.

The event will feature a presentation of the latest ITC’s SME competitiveness Outlook, a discussion on the key priorities on the SME development agenda, and the initial content priorities for the WSF as informed by the latest B20 policy paper. The target audience is the senior policy-makers, business representatives and experts who come to Antalya for the G20 summit.


03.25 – 03.30 pm Welcoming Remarks: A. Ussal Şahbaz, B20 Content Leader
03.30 – 04.00 pm Opening session: The role of B20 in fostering SME development
  • John Danilovich, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Ali Babacan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (invited)
04.00 – 04.30 pm Keynote Speech: The World SME Forum: From Plans to Action
  • T. Tunç Uyanık, CEO, World SME Forum
04.30 – 04.45 pm Coffee Break
04.45 – 06.15 pm SME Competitiveness: Why, What and How?

As discussed in the B20 policy paper on SME & entrepreneurship, SMEs face higher obstacles than large enterprises in growing and connecting to markets. They have more limited access to information, networks and communication channels; they struggle with cross-border trade regulations, the acquisition of the right talent and technology, and access to finance; and they face hurdles in complying with regulation and with labor, environmental, social, quality international standards.

WSF is initiating a suite of programs on certification, talent upgrading and market connectivity in partnership with Chambers/Associations, private anchor buyers, major logistics operators and NGOs to improve SMEs opportunities. What is the current state of play on certification, credit rating and scoring programs, talent upgrading, and local sourcing? What are the current hurdles? What role can technology play? What should WSF do to add the most value to SMEs around the world?

Opening Presentation: SME Competitiveness Outlook 2015 - Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, ITC

Moderator: Janamitra Devan, B20 Steering Committee

  • Mary Andringa, B20 SMEs and Entrepreneurship Taskforce Chair
  • Diane Wang, CEO,
  • Kris Boschmans, Policy Analyst, OECD
06.15 – 06.30 pm WSF – OECD MOU Signing Ceremony
Remarks by M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, B20 Chair - Chairman WSF; John Danilovich, Secretary-General, ICC; and Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, OECD
6.30 – 06.50 pm Closing speeches: SME Agenda in B20 China
  • Yu Ping, B20 China Sherpa
  • M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, B20 Chair; Chairman WSF
08.30 – 10.00 pmm Welcoming Reception hosted by ICC@ Xanadu Outdoor Pool Area