Importance Of Small And Micro Enterprises

1911 Words Aug 1st, 2014 8 Pages
The importance of small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) in the economy of any country cannot be overlooked. In fact for nearly 15 years, most researchers dealing with economic planning have highlighted the significance of these enterprises stating that they are a key player in realizing any country’s economic goals. As such, governments as well as other organizations with interest in development are laying plans and strategies to promote the establishment of Small and Micro Enterprises. This is seen as a move to ensure that there is full participation of SMEs in the country’s economy. The Small and Micro Enterprises have been known to contribute to a large extend as a source of innovation, entrepreneurial skills as well as source of employment. For example, statistics in 25countries of the European Union show that 99% of the jobs provided to its citizens come from the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Rowe (2008) points out that the British economy relies heavily on the participation of SMEs. On the other hand, 99% of the UK’s economy is composed of small and micro enterprises.
If efforts are put towards promoting SMEs, particularly, the likes that are concerned with the informal sector, achievement of development that is sustainable is inevitable. Most developing as well as developed countries depend on the small and micro enterprises in the provision of employment. Even though a number of small and medium-sized enterprises are not part of the formal sector that is…
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