A Strategy and Action Plan for Small and Medium-sized
Enterprises ("SME") has been issued for
the 2015-2018 period ("Action Plan"). It
was prepared by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development
Organization and announced in Official Gazette number 29466 on 5
September 2015. The Action Plan sets goals for the period to
increase the contribution of SMEs to national economic growth and
The first SME Strategy and Action Plan was issued in 2003 to
meet commitments arising from the EU membership ascension process.
Industry strategy and action plans ensure national development
towards clearly identified goals, in a coordinated and consistent
The Action Plan envisages five strategic objectives and 15
specific actions, taking into account the key problems currently
facing SMEs in the industrial, services and commercial sectors. The
strategic objectives are to:
Enhance SMEs' competitive
capacity and support economic growth.
Enhance SMEs' import capacity to
be more in line with market levels.
Consider SMEs during improvement of
the business and investment environment.
Improve SMEs' R&D and
Facilitate SMEs' access to
Examples of specific actions determined to support the strategic
Transforming unproductive electric
motors used in industry.
Encouraging the aggregation of SMEs
to increase capacity for regional competitiveness.
Preparing guides to support energy
efficient technologies and good practice samples.
Increasing the number of women
employees in SMEs.
Conducting a needs analysis study to
protect the intellectual property rights of SME employees.
Spreading innovation culture among
Supporting manufacturing industry
SMEs through legislative arrangements.
Targets for the 2015-2018 period stated in the Action Plan
Increasing SME exports to US $150
Increasing the number of the exporter
SMEs to 60,000.
Maintaining SMEs' commercial
R&D expenses at 33%.
Employing 3 million new people within
You can access the full Action Plan through this link (only available in Turkish).
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