Best Practices

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Digital Economy
2017
Title Description Presentor
APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative: Enhancing SME Digital Competitiveness and Resilience Towards Quality GrowthPDF icon 17_smewg44_011.pdf

The project is identified as one of the existing efforts undertaken by APEC in promoting digital economy. Five O2O serial events held in Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Viet Nam and the Philippines in 2017, expected to establish an expert network, formulate the APEC SME digital resilience training guidebook, enhance SMEs’ capabilities to seize digital opportunities and well prepare for the challenges via cross fora collaboration.

Chinese Taipei
Market Access
2016
Title Description Year / Meeting / Workshop Presented Presentor Classification
Regulatory Reform – Case Studies on Improving the Business Environment for SMEsPDF icon 16_smewg42_006.pdf

The report includes four case studies which evaluate the role of regulatory reforms in creating a proper business environment supporting SMEs: 1) dedicated agencies to assist SMEs with growth, development, compliance and internationalization; 2) agencies and institutions that specialize in supporting SME finance; 3) regulatory tiering; and 4) SME-friendly Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIA).

2016/SMEWG42/006

Business Environment, Market Access
Study on Driving Economic Growth Through Cross-Border E-Commerce in APEC: Empowering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Eliminating BarriersPDF icon 16_smewg42_004.pdf

The 2015 APEC Business Advisory Council and USC Marshall School of Business report focused on engaging SMEs in cross-border e-commerce. They conducted first hand research across the 21 APEC economies to discover the enhancers and chokepoints unique to each economy. APEC and each member governments must focus to engage and support SMEs. An APEC wide framework addressing cross-border e-commerce is needed; sharing of best practices and pathfinder approaches is encouraged; and effort is required to help SMEs capacity build

2016/SMEWG42/004

APEC Public - Private Dialogue on Identifying and Addressing Difficulties and Challenges that Hinder SMEs from Taking Trade Benefits and Advantages of RTAs/FTAs in the Region (SME 06 2015T)PDF icon 16_smewg42_020.pdf

Recommendations from the Dialogue include:

Government agencies to act as facilitator; Look into new emerging SMEs, such as online business, social enterprises, services industry and tourism;Develop strategies to promote innovation and technology transfer to improve the competitiveness of SMEs; Best practices on innovation and entrepreneurship; he Internet is an important infrastructure to help SMEs do business and export. On this point, it is shared that APEC may develop a work plan to enabling the participation of SMEs in digital trade; Assess the impacts of FTAs/RTAs on agriculture.

2016/SMEWG42/020

Viet Nam
Promote SMEs’ Innovation in Viet Nam Agriculture SectorPDF icon 16_smewg42_031.pdf

SNE accounted for 97.5% of total enterprises in Viet Nam, but only 1% in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery sector. In the agriculture sector, SMEs’ innovation has an important role in various stages from inputs, production, post-harvest, processing and trading of agricultural products. In 2015, Viet Nam is one of the 14 outperforming economies among the middle-income group, one of the eight innovation achievers, and one of the 11 developing economies that are labelled “innovation outperformers”. Viet Nam also shared about their Government’s initiatives in promoting innovation and SME development, as well as about the five best practices SME innovation in the agriculture sector.

2016/SMEWG42/031

Viet Nam
Singapore’s Experience in Helping SMEs Build Innovation CapabilitiesPDF icon 16_smewg42_030.pdf

Singapore shared their experience about how innovation could help SMEs operate more efficiently and increase revenue. Singapore also explained its sectoral approach in developing innovation infrastructure and making intellectual property more accessible to SMEs. In addition, Singapore also pointed out how SMEs could partner larger companies to innovate and highlighted key emerging technology areas to look into in the coming years

2016/SMEWG42/030

Singapore
Empowering Youth EntrepreneurshipPDF icon 16_smewg42_026.pdf

Initiative oriented to encourage the youth (between 18 - 40 years) to venture into business. The objectives of this program are to acculturate entrepreneurship, create a paradigm shift from job seekers to employment providers, and create resilience and sustainability of entrepreneurs. After the successful completion of Phase 1 (Test the Perseverance of Mind & Physical) and Phase 2 (Increase Knowledge - Effective Business Operations), the participants will receive RM15, 000 (USD3,628) to assist them in starting the business and will be able to utilize the a Buddy System for 12 months upon the business establishment to receive advice from experienced and trained Business Counsellors.

2016/SMEWG42/026

Malaysia
Energizing Innovation and Technology in Hong Kong, ChinaPDF icon 16_smewg42_027.pdf

Recent developments in support to innovation and technology (I&T). Hong Kong, China set up a dedicated bureau and put significant financial resources to carry out a number of initiatives, including promotion of “re-industrialization”, research and development; supporting I&T start-ups and SMEs; nurturing talents, etc.

2016/SMEWG42/027

Hong Kong, China
From SMEs to Hidden Champions by Innovation and Networking with Leading Multinational Corporations (MNCs) – The Case of Chinese TaipeiPDF icon 16_smewg42_035.pdf

Best practices in industrial development, specifically the fastener industry. The competitiveness of the fastener industry in Chinese Taipei is facilitated by SMEs industrial clusters which makes them the 3rd largest exporter in the world. Chinese Taipei highlighted how one successful fastener industry firm grew from a SME to a MNC in 30 years.

2016/SMEWG42/035

Chinese Taipei
Productive InnovationPDF icon 16_smewg42_028.pdf

The presentation gave an updates on what has been done within the “Productive Diversification Plan” which was launched by the Ministry of Production of Peru one and a half year ago. The Plan combines cross-cutting policies to strengthen fundamental capacities along with vertical policies that pay attention to specific sectors.

2016/SMEWG42/028

Peru