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Regional Reports and Publications
ABAC Report to Leaders 2018 – Digitization and Innovation: Advancing Social Harmony

Category:
Others, APEC

​Publications under APEC-Business Advisory Council (APEC-BAC)

​The report highlights the work undertaken by ABAC throughout the year and its recommendations that formed the basis of dialogue between APEC Leaders and the APEC business representatives in November 2018, on the side-line of the APEC CEO Summit during APEC Economic Leaders Week in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.



Realizing the Untapped Potential of MSMEs in APEC: Practical Recommendations for Enhancing Cross-border Trade

Category:
Enhance Market Access and Internationalisation, APEC

APEC-Business Advisory Council (APEC-BAC) commissioned the University of Southern California’s (USC) Marshall School of Business to identify best practice “what works” programs and policies to empower MSMEs to engage in more cross border trade in the APEC region, with specific focus on the digital economy and inclusive growth via women-led MSMEs. The research focuses on capturing the “voice of business” by interviewing a broad cross-section of APEC business leaders, MSMEs, policy makers, and supporting ecosystem players, with specific attention to women-led MSMEs.



An ABAC/RMIT Research Project – Human Resource Development Challenges and Opportunities Arising from Digital Innovation

Category:
Promote Productivity, Technology and Innovation, APEC

​Publications under APEC-Business Advisory Council (APEC-BAC)

​The report outlines some of the key technology trends facing the globe including: Machine learning, AI, IoT, Blockchain, research digitisation, educational innovation (such as online learning) and highlights the human resources, skills and training needs for both the business sector as well as educational institutions to respond to these technologies in support of social and economic goals.



The Reference Guidebook for ASEAN SME Exporters

Category:
Market Access & Internationalisation, ASEAN

Circulated in December 2017 as an e-book during the ASEAN Training Course to Build and Enhance Export Capacities for SMEs

​The Reference Guidebook provides the basic knowledge about goods and service export from ASEAN of goods and services, the official export process and provides additional considerations for a successful export business.



Supporting Women's Access to Global Markets: A Toolkit for Trade Promotion Organisers

Category:
Human Capital Development, APEC

​Women own a third of small and medium-sized enterprises that operate across the APEC region. Yet, as clients of Trade Promotion Organisations (TPOs), women entrepreneurs are significantly under-represented. This toolkit highlights the challenges TPOs face in providing unbiased or gender responsive support services to women-led, owned and managed businesses. It offers a quick reference guide on what TPOs can do to support women entrepreneurs in building their export readiness and capacity to access global markets.



Best Practices on Brand Development and IP Protection for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

Category:
Market Access & Internationalisation, APEC

​Publications under Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG)

​​This report presents the discussion focused on best branding practices to help MSMEs in the region develop and strengthen their brands and make their businesses competitive through intellectual property (IP) protection and management. Participating member economies shared experiences on brand development and outlined recommendations for the effective utilization of the IP System (specific to branding) by MSMEs, and information on interventions and participation of government and/or trade or business associations on brand development.



APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business

Category:
Human Capital Development, APEC

​While APEC strongly recognises the full potential and contributions of women, reports show that women continue to face many barriers to full and productive participation in various sectors and industries. Thus, the Philippines led the conceptualisation and implementation of the project, Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business, which looked into the broader aspect of inclusive business both in theory and in practice, and its effects on women's economic empowerment through a survey, documentary reviews, and a seminar-workshop to compile success stories and best endeavours of APEC member economies



Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

Category:
Human Capital Development, ASEAN

​Published and launched at the margins of the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM) in Manila, the Philippines in September 2017

​Developed in partnership with ASEAN, this report discusses labour market participation of women and women’s entrepreneurship in the ASEAN region today. It takes stock of key challenges women are facing, analyses the policy landscape, identifies gaps, and proposes recommendations to advance the role of women in the labour market, as entrepreneurs and business owners, presenting best practice examples from both the region and the OECD.



Future of ASEAN - 50 Success Stories of Internationalization of ASEAN MSMEs

Category:
Market Access & Internationalisation, ASEAN

​Published during the launching of ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in November 2017

​A publication that showcases inspiring stories of MSMEs that have grown and internationalised their businesses, taking advantage of opportunities presented by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the global markets.​ A number of Brunei businesses have also been featured here.



Handbook for MSME Access to Alternative Sources of Finance in ASEAN

Category:
Access to Finance, ASEAN

​The handbook aims to fill in some of the gaps in the existing literature within ASEAN on how MSMEs can find and access these alternative sources of finance. It focuses particularly on business angel funding, venture capital investment, social impact investment, and equity crowdfunding. In addition, the handbook provides pointers to how MSMEs should prepare to pitch their businesses to these financers.