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CRIF Corporation

 CRIF's growth is driven by a global approach and vision. Established in 1988 in Bologna (Italy), CRIF has an important international presence, operating across four continents (Europe, America, Africa and Asia).

CRIF is the leading provider in continental Europe of banking credit information, one of the key players worldwide providing integrated services and solutions for business & commercial information and credit & marketing management, and is included in the prestigious FinTech 100, a ranking of the leading global technology solution providers to the financial services industry.

Specializing in credit information systems, business information and credit management solutions, CRIF offers banks, financial institutions, utility companies and businesses qualified support in every phase of the customer relationship: from the planning of development strategies to acquisition, through to portfolio management and credit collection.

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Philippine Trade Training Center

The Philippine Trade Training Center is mandated to develop training modules on export and import techniques and procedures; to raise the level of awareness of Philippine businessmen on export opportunities and the availability of alternative sources of import products or diversified markets for export; to offer specialized courses for specific industry groups directed at overcoming barriers to overseas market penetration; and, to conduct training programs in international trade practices, inspection techniques and exhibition mounting.

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SME Roving Academy (SMERA)

SME Roving Academy (SMERA) is a continuous learning program for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to become competitive in the domestic and international markets.

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Saint Paul Consulting Group, Inc. (SPCG)

SPCG is a company with a heart for the SMEs. It designs systems that help small businesses become better at what they do.

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Improving Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Competitiveness through Low Carbon Economy

The overall goal of the intervention is to strengthen capacity and improve competitiveness of APEC Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as well as reducing emissions through low carbon technologies. Specifically the project aims to establish regional platform for discussing best practices and technology, and develop replicability strategies for energy efficiency and sustainable technology interventions in the APEC MSMEs, including mechanism to quantify the reduction of GHG emissions. A two-day energy efficiency forum and workshop will be organized that will bring together energy policy makers, technology developers, MSMEs industry representatives and government officials from the APEC member economies. The first day will focus on technical lectures and presentations where low carbon technologies and innovative best practices of APEC MSMEs will be presented.  The last day will discuss mechanisms and relevant policies for the establishment of regional platform for discussing best practices relating to promoting the voluntary adoption and diffusion of low carbon technologies and supporting their development and utilization through appropriate technology transfer and financing policies.

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New Era of Growth for APEC SMEs through Online-to-Offline (O2O) Business Models

With the rapid development of mobile internet, the fast integration of e-commerce and mobile payment technology, online-to-offline (O2O) is becoming a new business mode with huge market potential in the APEC region. As a response to the 2015 APEC theme of "Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World", this project, in cooperation with top e-commerce platforms such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba, will advance and facilitate MSMEs' access to global markets through O2O business models and best practices. Also for echoing the 2015 priority of "Fostering SME's participation in regional and global markets", this project will connect 5 top e-commerce platforms, collect O2O best practices from 10 APEC economies with at least 20 cases, gather over 400 participants through hosting 1 Summit and 2 workshops that are at margins of 2016 SMEWG and SMEMM. Above all, this project will be the catalyst and facilitator paving the way for a new era of growth by making trading across borders faster, cheaper and easier for MSMEs in the APEC region.

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Best Practices on Brand Development and IP Protection for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

The project is a major step in advancing the Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation initiative of APEC.

With focus on MSMEs, the project seeks to accelerate their participation in the global economy by helping them develop and strengthen their brands, and make their businesses competitive through intellectual property (IP) protection and management. By promoting brand development to MSMEs, it is also expected that their level of awareness and appreciation of IP will increase.

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Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business

The Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business project is a cross-fora collaboration effort of PPWE (as the lead forum) and IEG.  It looks into the broader aspect of Inclusive Business (IB) both in theory and practice, and zooms into how women's economic empowerment serves as vital contribution in the development, scale-up, and replication of IB models in the Asia Pacific region.

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Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women-Led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Garments and Textile Sector through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

APEC economies recognize that the full potential of women's contribution to the Asia-Pacific economy remains untapped.  Women led MSMEs have a great potential to address the challenges of providing employment and livelihood to the growing population.  Acknowledging the vast potential of innovative enterprises in MSME sector this project seeks to: (a) raise awareness of possible impediments to Women MSMEs sustainable growth; (b) disseminate best practices on Women Entrepreneurship; and (c) explore possible means for APEC members to collaborate on creating an  environment conducive for Women MSMEs. 

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The Philippine Approach to SME Internationalization

Guided by the Export Development Plan and overseen by the Export Development Council (EDC), a plan to promote exports was formulated and put in place with two prongs, i.e. to increase SMEs participating in export and to diversify both products and markets. Various programs were introduced to support SMEs Internationalization, e.g. supporting start-ups, export competitiveness and doing business in FTAs, etc.