Role Of Small And Medium Enterprises Essay

911 Words Oct 20th, 2016 4 Pages
The central role played by small enterprises in the economy and society is emphasized by many researchers, states Akbaba (2013: 1) and are acknowledged “as vital and significant contributors to economic development, employment, innovation, income generation and the general health and welfare of regional, national and international economies”.
4.1 Role in Economic Development
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in most economies, particularly in developing countries. Formal SMEs contribute up to 45 percent of total employment and up to 33 percent of national income (GDP) in emerging economies. These numbers are significantly higher when informal SMEs are included.
A World Bank Group study suggests that there are between 365-445 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging markets: 25-30 million are formal SMEs; 55-70 million are formal micro enterprises; and 285-345 million are informal enterprises.
In First World countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom, small enterprises play an important role in the economy, accounting for an estimated one third of industrial employment and a lower percentage of output.
Estimates of the contribution of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs) to the economy vary by country, However, in South Africa however, In terms of contribution to GDP, an estimate of 52 to 57 per cent has been quoted by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe, who put the…

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