Regional Reports and Publications
ASEAN SME Policy Index (ASPI) 2018 Report

Enhance Policy and Regulatory Environment, ASEAN

​The ASEAN SME Policy Index 2018 maps and benchmarks SME development policies across ASEAN Member States (AMS). The assessment cuts across eight different policy areas related to SME development, namely: i) productivity, technology and innovation; ii) environmental policies; iii) access to finance; iv) access to market and internationalisation; v) institutional framework; vi) legislation, regulation and tax; vii) entrepreneurial education and skills; and viii) social and inclusive entrepreneurship.

Coordinated together by DARe, OECD, ERIA and the ASEAN Secretariat reveals that Brunei Darussalam has made rapid progress in developing its policy framework for SME development since 2015. As of the report's publication, its approach has focused on stimulating entrepreneurship and facilitating internationalisation so that Bruneian enterprises can scale. To support economic diversification, the country has identified priority sectors for targeted support. More could be done to plug gaps in the planning and design of SME policies and programmes, as well as to make the use of good regulatory practice more structured.

Future of ASEAN 50 Success Stories of Digitalisation of ASEAN MSMEs

Promote Productivity, Technology and Innovation, ASEAN

​The  ASEAN  economy  constitutes  a  combined  market  size  of  more  than  640  million  people  with  a  large  and  literate  young  population,  and  a  growing  middle  class  with  a  combined  GDP  of  US$2.8  trillion  in  2017.  Expected  economic  growth  remains  stable  at  5.2%  for  2018  and  2019.  Maintaining  the  growth  momentum  and  strengthening  the  regional  integration  agenda  will  propel  ASEAN  towards  becoming  the  4th  largest  global  economy  by  2050.  To  ensure  ASEAN  continues  to  prosper,  the  growth  of  our  economy  should  leverage  upon  the  opportunities  of  the  digital  economy

The  'resilient  and  innovative'  theme  of  Singapore's  2018  Chairmanship  of  ASEAN  is  consistent  with  the  overall  goal  of  positioning  ASEAN  as  a  region  of  seamless  business  activities  and  opportunities  in  the  digital  economy.  ASEAN  has  introduced  several  initiatives  this  year  to  promote  digitalisation  in  the  region,  including  the  ASEAN  Agreement  on  E-Commerce  and  the  ASEAN  Digital  Integration  Framework.  In  2016,  Member  States  adopted  the  ASEAN  Framework  on  Personal  Data  Protection  to  underpin  the  basic  principles  of  and  strengthen  the  protection  of  personal  data  in  ASEAN.  These  regional  commitments  when  implemented  will  enable  ASEAN  to  facilitate  cross-border  e-commerce  and  seamless  trade,  protect  data  while  supporting  digital  trade  and  innovation,  enable  seamless  digital  payments  domestically  and  regionally,  broaden  the  digital  talent  base,  foster  entrepreneurship  and  coordinate  actions  through  a  single  designated  ASEAN  body.

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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.

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