Opening the Door to the World: EBESM Assists in the Internationalisation of Lebanese SMEs

How to unlock the potential of Lebanese SMEs to export and compete in a global market? With this highly-leveraged question in mind, EBESM organised a seminar on October 9th and 10th in the Beirut Crown Plaza Hotel, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry.

With a core focus on improving the implementation of the SBA, in particular its principle 10 “Encourage and support SMEs to benefit from the growth of markets” the seminar programme bore down on two major themes: “Export promotion strategies” and “facilitation of the access to global markets”.

Drawing on the practical experience in EU and MED countries in supporting SME globalisation, the seminar presented contextual good practices and proposed reflections on possible models for Lebanon’s specific situation. Between the 40 participants, from national authorities, public sector, businesses and academia, the seminar generated in-depth discussions about how to help Lebanese SMEs benefit from high-value and growth markets. The highly engaging debates identified potential for government action that could improve the stance of Lebanese SMEs with regard to global competition.


File Description Type
Encourage and Support Lebanese SMEs to benefit from growth markets Agenda
Enhancement of the Business Environment in the Southern Mediterranean Presentation 
Encourage and support SMEs to benefit from the growth of markets Presentation 
How to build successful Export Promotion Strategies ? Presentation 
Export Capacity-Building Programmes Presentation 
Global Value chains: An overview and Lebanese experience. Presentation 
Non-Tariff Measures Presentation 
Technical barriers to trade (TBTs) Presentation 
One stop shop as a tool for promoting business Presentation 
Product standards and their impact on trade Presentation 
Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAAs) Presentation 
Capacity Building for Internationalisation of SMEs Concept Paper
How to build successful Export Promotion Strategies? Concept Paper
Overview of the global value chain ; potential of participation of Lebanon in the value chain Concept Paper
 Overview of the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) Policy Brief
The EU Export Help-Desk Policy Brief
Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) Policy Brief
Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Policy Brief
Participant List Day I List
Participant List Day II List
Seminar Evaluation Evaluation