MICRO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES DAY, JUNE 27, 2023
Micro, small, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day is set on June 27th annually to celebrate businesses and enterprises that employ below 250 persons and account for more than 90% of all businesses and about 70% of jobs globally. 50% of the global gross domestic product comes from micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, making them a tremendous asset to our economy.
The United Nations General Assembly drives this day to raise awareness of the contribution of micro, small, and medium enterprises to sustainable development and the global economy. The UN General Assembly also aims to strengthen SMEs to make them viable during crises.
HISTORY BEHIND MICRO SMALL, AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES DAY
Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, or SMEs, are essential in creating job opportunities, reducing poverty, and stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation. SMEs are a pivotal feature of our communities and economies and are vital in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Legislation regarding SMEs was passed in 2006. Enterprises are categorized as manufacturing enterprises and service enterprises.
In 2021, the United Nations hosted three events to celebrate the pivotal role that entrepreneurs in these categories play in strengthening the economy. First, it was ‘Empowering the Green Recovery,’ which focused on what SMEs could do to survive crises and challenges and involved Argentina, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, and Senegal.
Due to the increase in the workforce, it is estimated that 600 million jobs will be needed, thus making micro, small, and medium enterprises a high priority for governments worldwide. It is said that they create 70 % of jobs, and 98% of all exports in the US are done through SMEs.
FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MICRO, SMALL, AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES DAY
- Biggest Employer
Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises create the most formal jobs.
- Growing Workforce
The global workforce is growing fast; thus, more than 600 million jobs will be needed by 2030.
- Supporting Locals
Groups with lower chances of getting employment, such as young people, older workers, and less-skilled workers, are more likely to get hired by micro, small, and medium enterprises.
- Role of Women in Business
Over a third of all businesses operating in the formal economy worldwide are owned by women, while several million run informal enterprises in developing economies.
- They are Informal.
Most micro, small, and medium enterprises are informal and provide livelihoods for 60% of workers globally.