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Policy Guidebook for SME Development in Asia and the Pacific

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As drivers of economic growth and prosperity, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a key role in economic development. However, the SME sectors of developing Asia-Pacific economies face issues (both general and nation-specific) that hinder their growth. There is a strong need to tackle such issues while taking into account the variety of experiences, policies and programmes of different countries. Covering major SME constraints — business enabling environment, entrepreneurial culture, access to finance, innovation and technology adaptation, business development services, and market access — this publication proposes public policy guidelines with an aim to develop a vibrant SME sector. It serves as a training manual for entrepreneurs, trainers as well as business associations for SME capacity building.

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Foreword

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups and microenterprises, have emerged as an engine of growth for most of the countries in Asia and the Pacific. Their contributions are well-known; they increase production and exports, generate employment and facilitate income growth amongst the population. SMEs serve as a seedbed for enterprise development. Each country has evolved its own policies, institutional framework and support mechanisms for SMEs according to its needs, stage of economic development and culture. The experience of each one of them is unique.

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