UNCTAD assists developing countries in promoting the competitiveness of their enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), so that they are able to survive and compete in the global economy and to participate in mutually beneficial business linkages with transnational corporations (TNCs). UNCTAD does not work directly with enterprises, but assists developing countries in building up their institutional capacity to promote enterprise development. It does so by providing:
In other words, the mission of the branch is to assist enterprises to realize their trade and investment opportunities by building institutional capacity at the country level so that developing countries can assist their enterprises to survive and compete in the global economy.
See also a presentation of activities of the Enterprise Development Branch - Branch presentation: | Powerpoint | PDF |