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APEC Seminar on Enhancing Market Entry for MSMEs including Smallholders in Asia-Pacific Region

Objectives: To enhance entry of MSMEs including smallholders into local, domestic and international market is one of the key elements to increase their income and to foster rural development. The seminar aimed to share best practices and technology to increase efficiency and production levels of MSME holders, identify capacities needed by MSMEs (i.e. stable production, quality, regulatory compliance) for market entry at various levels and examine potential measures for aiding market entry.

Beneficiaries: Public, private, and academic representatives in charge of agriculture, forestrt, fisheries, rural development and poverty alleviation from APEC economies as well as delegates attending FSW 2018.

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Web Matching and Networking

One of the key challenges for Japanese SMEs is to globalize their businesses like its larger companies in the context of trade and investment promotion around the Asian and Pacific region. A web matching system “J-GoodTech has been established recently with a view to providing reliable platform connecting global SMEs. Bilateral CEO Network Enhancing Projects are also being arranged. APEC member economies’ interest and participation will be greatly appreciated.

Promoting SMEs’ Voluntary Development: Experience of Japan

Japan introduced the experience gained from the effort involved in Japan’s general accounting standard for SMEs to share what they have done for the voluntary development of SMEs. Many SMEs in Japan are often not aware that the accounting processes are important for the company management. The ERIA survey 2015 found that this is a common situation in each economy.

As the government agency, Japan presented that it is significant to select the target in SMEs, to implement measures tailored to the stage rather than to equate all SMEs, to make SMEs interested in without pressing.

Promoting SMEs’ Voluntary Development: Experience of Japan

Japan introduced the experience gained from the effort involved in Japan’s general accounting standard for SMEs to share what they have done for the voluntary development of SMEs. Many SMEs in Japan are often not aware that the accounting processes are important for the company management. The ERIA survey 2015 found that this is a common situation in each economy.

As the government agency, Japan presented that it is significant to select the target in SMEs, to implement measures tailored to the stage rather than to equate all SMEs, to make SMEs interested in without pressing.

 

“Finance” Matters for SME and Trade Policy

Japan emphasized the importance of bridging the gap between SME policy people and finance people. SME policy people should understand basic finance issues so as to provide policy support for solving prioritized finance issues for SME. Japan explained the usefulness of the APFF report as well as the necessity for SME policy people to give input and discussed how to solve the bottlenecks of SME finance.

APEC SME Exhibition Information Sharing Network and APEC SME Exhibition Model and APEC SME CEOs’ Network

Japan presented on the role, structure and operation of the “APEC SME Exhibition Information Sharing Network and APEC SME Exhibition Model” and the “APEC SME CEOs’ Network”

JISMEE 2011

The short introduction about the Japan International SME Exhibition in 2011.

Japanese Bar Initiatives to Resolve Legal Obstacles for Cross-border Business by SMEs

It presented on ways that SME Outbound Legal Support Working Group, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) assisted SMEs to internationalize, particularly on the Japanese Bar Association (JBA) initiatives to resolve legal obstacles for cross-border businesses.

Recent Japan's Efforts on Food Value Chains and AFFrinnovation

Japan shared its efforts on the establishment of a food value chain, and the AFFrinnovation policy in Japan, and announced Japan’s APEC project on “High level public private forum on cold chain to strengthen agriculture and food's global value chain”.  AFFrinnovation is defined as a concept which aims to expand the possibility of combining agriculture, fisheries and forestry as integrated industries as a result of the movement from primary industries to tertiary industries.

SMEWG Strategic Plan 2009-2012 Report on Progress of Activities Under Financing

Japan updated on APEC SMEWG initiatives relating to financing. Gaps identified in this area were i) need for increased SME access to finance and ability to manage global crises; ii) need to improve capability of SME financial institutions; iii) insufficient collaboration between the APEC SMEMM and other international fora; iv) insufficient financing for micro enterprises; v) need to learn from experiences of other economies on micro-financing. To contribute to addressing these gaps, Japan highlighted that it would organize an EoDB seminar on getting credit and Indonesia would organize a workshop on developing micro-finance institutions.