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.

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.