Compendium on Methodologies for SMEs Internationalization

This initiative is envisaged as a contribution to the MSMEs Marketplace established under the Iloilo Initiative. It also addresses Leader's instructions to implement the Boracay Action Agenda (BBA), and facilitate SMEs access to regional and global markets. Particularly, this initiative will achieve the Common Goals towards 2020 outlined in the BAA, where the indicators include case studies of MSMEs participation in international markets and global value chains, and the increase in internationalization activities. In addition, this compendium will add value to the existing work programme under work stream 5 of the APEC Strategic Blueprint on Global Value Chains on Assisting SMEs to Benefit from GVCs. 

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APEC Women Connect Program

The program aims to build a community through online and offline activities to empower women to realize entrepreneurship by effective sharing, learning and awarding.

APEC Cross-Border E-commerce Training (CBET) Program

APEC CBET is designed for global SMEs to receive the most practical, professional, scalable and localized cross-border e-commerce trends, knowledge, hands-on skills, as well as entrepreneurship guidance on a wide range of startup concepts in the new global value chain. It's a knowledge sharing and entrepreneurship fostering program, comprised of offline APEC CBET workshop and online e-learning platform. 


Hong Kong, China’s Support for SMEs in the Internet and Digital Economy

Hong Kong, China's (HKC) sharing focused on their support for SMEs in the internet and digital economy.  Some of the measures included incubation programmes to nurture start-ups in the ICT field and mobile app business; opening up government and public data for entrepreneurship and making land available for the development of data centres; providing support and setting up dedicated institutions for assisting SMEs to upgrade, innovate and adopt technological solutions; and training and educating SMEs to increase their knowledge and know-how of the internet and digital economy.


Driving Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation in Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China's (HKC) sharing focused on their continuous efforts in driving the development of innovation and technology (I&T), with a focus on re-industrialisation.  By re-industrialisation, HKC aimed at applying I&T to manufacturing for developing high-end industries suitable for HKC and carrying out high value-added production processes.  To achieve this, a number of measures have been taken, including providing more space for industrialisation, assisting existing industries to move towards high value-added production, strengthening research and development, and providing financial assistance for upgrading and innovation.


Enhancing SME’s Competitiveness for Greater Participation in Global Value Chains

Hong Kong, China's (HKC) presentation focused on their multi-folded support measures to enhance the competitiveness of its SMEs for their greater participation in the Global Value Chains.  These measures included the promotion activities by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council to enable SMEs to explore and connect with the global market; funding support to assist SMEs to upgrade their business and innovate; promoting research and development and their commercialisation; and providing infrastructure and other institutional support to facilitate the movement of goods across borders.


SkillsFuture Singapore

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Education (MOE). It will drive and coordinate the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement, promote a culture and holistic system of lifelong learning through the pursuit of skills mastery, and strengthen the ecosystem of quality education and training in Singapore.


Peruvian Entrepreneur

It is the platform of Business Development Services of the Ministry of Production, designed to promote the competitiveness of MSMEs through the implementation of mechanisms and instruments for business development and strengthening, to the benefit of the Peruvian entrepreneur, his family, his region and his country.



The TradeStart network is an extension to Austrade's own offices and is delivered in partnership with State, Territory and local governments, industry associations and chambers of commerce.

The prime objective of Austrade's TradeStart network is to assist small and medium sized exporters to achieve long term success in international markets  It offers exporters the combined resources of Austrade and each partner organisation, providing local assistance and a direct link to Austrade's services and overseas network.



The National Institute of the Entrepreneur is a decentralized administrative body of the Ministry of Economy, which aims to implement, implement and coordinate the national policy of support for entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium enterprises, promoting innovation, competitiveness and projection in the national and international markets to increase their contribution to economic development and social welfare, as well as contribute to the development of policies that promote culture and business productivity.