SME Policy Index: ASEAN 2018

Boosting Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth

The SME Policy Index is a benchmarking tool for emerging economies to monitor and evaluate progress in policies that support small and medium-sized enterprises. The ASEAN SME Policy Index 2018 is a joint effort between the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East-Asia (ERIA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME). The report is the outcome of work conducted by the ten ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam). Divided into eight policy dimensions, it builds on the previous edition of the ASEAN SME Policy Index 2014. The current edition presents an updated methodology which makes this document a powerful tool to assess the strengths and weaknesses that exist in policy design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation for SMEs, and allows for a benchmarking of the level to which the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development (SAP SMED) 2016-2025 has been implemented. Its objective is to enhance the capacity of policy makers to identify policy areas for future reform, as well as implement reforms in accordance with international good practices. The report provides a regional perspective on recent developments in SME-related policies in Southeast Asia as well as in individual ASEAN Member States.  Based on this analysis the report provides a menu of concrete policy options for the region and for the individual countries.

Published on September 01, 2018

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Economic context and role of SMEs in ASEAN
Policy framework and assessment process
Overview of key findings
Findings by Dimension8 chapters available
Productivity, technology and innovation
Environmental Policies and SMEs
Access to finance
Access to market and internationalisation
Institutional framework
Legislation, regulation and tax
Entrepreneurial education and skills
Social enterprises and inclusive SMEs
Findings by Country11 chapters available
Brunei Darussalam
The Philippines
Viet Nam
Methodology for the 2018 assessment
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