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Regional Reports and Publication


Access to Finance, ASEAN

Handbook for MSME Access to Alternative Sources of Finance in 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.

Published in December 2017


Market Access & Internationalisation, ASEAN

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

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.

Market Access & Internationalisation, ASEAN


Human Capital Development, ASEAN

Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

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.

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


Human Capital Development, APEC

APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business

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

Publications under SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE), Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE)


Market Access & Internationalisation, APEC

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

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.

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

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