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.




Masato Abe is Economic Affairs Officer in the Private Sector and Development Section, Trade and Investment Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He has extensive experience in enterprise development with special emphasis on the SME sector and supply chain management. Prior to joining the secretariat of the United Nations, he worked in the global automotive, electronics and high-technology industries. He holds degrees in marketing, business administration and economics, and is a research fellow at Thammasat University, Bangkok.


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