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SME Data Base

Recognizing the important role of SMEs in economic development and employment, the Central Bank of Egypt launched in December 2008 an initiative, as an integral part of the Second Phase of the Banking Sector Reform Program (2008-2011), to enhance SMEs access to finance and banking services .

In this respect, and due to the importance of the availability of timely and accurate information, the Central Bank of Egypt & the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) commissioned the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)  to conduct an SME nation-wide census, fully focusing on value added formal economic activities on a full census basis. The Center of Surveys and Statistical Applications (CSSA) at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University undertook the project on- site quality control. (Read more: National SME Census Project 2010/2011)

The results of the census are presented on both Macro and Micro levels .On the Macro level , aggregate analysis and relative distribution of SMEs according to the different qualitative and quantitative factors are presented. This includes analyzing SMEs according to the governorate, economic activity, invested capital, sales turnover and also identifying and analyzing the percentage of SMEs dealing with banks and the problems facing them in this aspect. While on the Micro, level quantitative and qualitative analysis are presented specific to the company or unit. This includes identifying the number of employees, legal status, economic activity, level of exports, sales turnover, invested capital and the problems facing each company in dealing with banks, etc.  


       A paper on SMEs Landscape in Egypt