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

For its part, 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 supported ASEAN countries in assessing the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2010-2015 (SAP SMED 2015) and in drafting the SAP SMED 2025 through AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC).

The following are JAIF's areas of support based on the strategic goals of ASEAN SAP SMED and key contributions of completed/implemented projects to-date. In addition, comprehensive support to monitor all 10 Key Policy Indicators (KPIs) under the strategic goals has been conducted through JAIF since 2016.

Strategic Goals
Productivity, Technology, and Innovation Access to Finance Market Access and Internationalization Policy and Regulatory Environment Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development
Conduct of cluster development study focusing on health tourism, with case studies on Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and dissemination through: 1) workshops in four (4) ASEAN Member States and a regional seminar benefitting more than 200 ASEAN MSME owners/managers, government officials, civil societies, educators, and students; 2) two modules on cluster development and international standards available online; and 3) one policy brief
Development of the Reference Guidebook for ASEAN SME Exporters
A series of trainings for MSME clusters, business development service providers, and trade promotion organizations from 18 provinces across Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam through the project “Enhancing Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Southern Economic Corridor of ASEAN Mekong Subregion (AMS)
Training on SME development among 25 representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV)1
Development of the Credibility Index for SMEs (CIS) Model and the Multiversity Education System (AIIT Model) through the "Comprehensive Industrial Human Resource Development (Ci-HRD) Project"
Development of an ASEAN Benchmark for SME Credit Rating Methodology
Conduct of the “ASEAN Youth Creative Industry Fair (AYCIF)”
Conduct of 19 programs benefitting more than 700 representatives from ASEAN incubator centers to be Teaching Incubation Centers (TIC)
Establishment of the ASEAN SME Service Centre
Development of the Guidebook on ASEAN SME Staff Exchanges and Internships through the "ASEAN Internship Project"
Development of three (3) ASEAN Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Models; Set up the ASEAN TBI Network called ABINet
Development of the ASEAN Guidelines on Improvement of Rural Living Condition Through One Village One Product (OVOP) Movement
Development of eight (8) SME toolkits (tourism) based on ILO Community-Based Enterprise Development approach through the "ASEAN Small Business Competitiveness Programme"
Development of Common Curriculum for Entrepreneurship in ASEAN
List of JAIF Projects on MSMEs
As of 30 November 2019

1 Also an Initiative for ASEAN Integration-accredited project