JAIF Support for MSMEs


Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are important engines of growth in ASEAN economies.

The ASEAN-Japan cooperation for MSME development is outlined in the Renewed ASEAN-Japan 10-Year Strategic Economic Cooperation Roadmap (2016-2025). Specifically in support of “Economic Integration of ASEAN,” ASEAN and Japan collaborate to increase MSME’s competitiveness in regional production networks through tailored programmes for ASEAN Member States based on the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025 (SAP SMED 2025).

Areas of Support and
Key Contributions

Japan, through the ASEAN Economic Minister-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (AEM-METI) Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC), supported ASEAN in developing the SAP SMED 2025 based on an assessment of the previous SAP SMED (SAP SMED 2015).

The followings are JAIF’s areas of support based on the strategic goals of the ASEAN SAPs SMED and key contributions of completed and implemented JAIF projects to-date. In addition, comprehensive support to monitor the Key Policy Indicators (KPIs) under the strategic goals was provided by JAIF between 2016 to 2020.

A Study report on fice industriesin ASEAN A cluster development study focused on health tourism with case studies in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam

ASEAN Benchmark for SME Credit Rating Methodology

Reference Guidebook for ASEAN SME Exporters

Enhancing Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Southern Economic Corridor of ASEAN Mekong Subregion (AMS)

ASEAN Access

the ASEAN Guidelines on Improvement of Rural Living Condition Through One Village One Product (OVOP) Movement

ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025: 2020 KPI Monitoring Report

Comprehensive Industrial Human Resource Development (Ci-HRD) Project

ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN)

ASEAN Youth Creative Industry Fair (AYCIF)

Guidebook on ASEAN SME Staff Exchanges and Internship

8 SME toolkits (tourism) ASEAN Small Business Competitiveness Programme

Common Curriculum for Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

An MSME project is currently on-going under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III, namely, Training on Writing Business Plan for Entrepreneurs, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam (CLV). The project aims to support the CLV to leverage and boost their economic potentials through enhancing SMEs’ knowledge and skills on business plan writing.

As of 31 December 2021

1 Also an Initiative for ASEAN Integration-accredited project