Dr. Antal Szabó, UN retired Regional Adviser, Scientific
Director of the ERENET working at the United Nations Economic Commission for
Europe (UNECE) in
September1994 he became a staff member of the United Nations Economic Commission
The UNECE’s Programme for the Development of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Countries in Transition and Emerging Market Economies (further as CITs) aims at accelerating and assisting the creation of a sustainable supportive business environment for SMEs (policy and legislative framework and supportative infrastructural institutional and organisational elements like to establish business support institutions, business incubation, provide access to financial resources though non/conventional financial intermediaries, promote access to technology and innovation, improve competitiveness through quality orientation, develop responsible and social entrepreneurship, ensure equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs and youth, etc.).
Dr. Antal Szabó provides
technical assistant to the UNECE’s Governments in formulating their national
SME policies and support programme, collect statistics on SMEs, organizes forums on best practice on national
policies and programmes of promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs in the transition
economies as well as expert meetings on benchmarking of various aspects of
supporting and operating SMEs. He drafted a policy paper entitled “Declaration
on the SMEs at the Dawn of the 21st Century”, which has been adopted
within the framework of the CEI and BSEC and the adaptation in CIS is in
progress. During the last eleven years of his assignment he visited nearly all
CITs and many other advances market economies. He created a large virtual
network of SME national focal points in the UNECE region. He intensively
assists in developing entrepreneurship and SME sector in the Caucasian
transition economies and organized several workshop and study tour for the
Dr. Antal Szabó maintains a special web-site on the SME Development in the UNECE region (see at http://www.unece.org/indust/sme/ece-sme.htm). He created the UNECE Teams of Specialists on Quality Management Systems and on Youth Entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the International Board of the World Youth Bank Network and the Swiss-based EYE – Entrepreneurship for Youth Empowerment initiative. He is the Co-finder of the ERENET, the International Network of Central-Eastern European Entrepreneurial Research and Training Institutions Network of Universities dealing with entrepreneurship research and education in Central and Eastern-Europe.
He is a key-note speaker on entrepreneurship and SME development especially in CITs and Europe at many international conference and events, like the World Conference of ICSM in Belfast, annual International Conferences on SMEs to be held in Slovenia, OSEC Parliamentary Conference in Bern, European Days on Entrepreneurs in Zagreb, SMEs - The Economic Development Driver Conference in Belgrade, Training Workshop on “The Development of Entrepreneurship and SME Sector in the Republic of Moldova” in Chisinau, The CIS Forum on Youth in Kiev, Workshop on “The Development of Entrepreneurship in the Caucasian Countries” and OECD International Conference on SMEs in Istanbul, Armenian Incubation Development Regional Workshop in Yerevan, etc.
You can contact Mr. Szabó at the following address:
Dr. Antal Szabó
UN retired Regional Adviser on Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Scientific Director of the ERENET
Phone/Fax: (+361) 2461353