Engendering Competitiveness Among ASEAN MSMEs Along the Southern Economic Corridor

15 October 2018

By Mekong Institute

How do you prepare ASEAN micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be globally competitive and innovative? Here are six stories of MSMEs and Business Development Service (BDS) providers from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, which inspire to create ripples of change among the communities they serve.

The Cambodia-Thailand Buyer-Seller Meet 2017 proved that a simple trade promotion event can successfully double as a platform for facilitating public-private collaborations.
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Koh Kong Province’s sea water fish sauce cluster steps up the competition with its quality products.
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Mackerel accounts for the bulk of marine fish landings in Myanmar’s Dawei District.
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The young aromatic diamond shape leads the product line-up of fresh and frozen coconuts.
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Organic rice products of Nakham Organic Rice Community Enterprise are FDA-approved. Its milky rice also meets the nutrition standards set by the Central Laboratory (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
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Can Tho Province’s Pangasius continues to make a reputation for its export-quality harvest.

 

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MSME clusters as well as BDS Providers, including Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) from 18 provinces across 4 countries, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, were one of those many institutions who directly benefited from trainings conducted through the project “Enhancing Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Southern Economic Corridor of ASEAN Mekong Subregion (AMS).” The project, with a duration of two years (2016 – 2018), was implemented by the Mekong Institute (MI) with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). In addition to the direct beneficiaries, there were many indirect beneficiaries of the project through the action plan (AP) implementation, including the Cambodia-Thailand Buyer-Seller Meet.