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ASEAN Fosters MSME Cross-Border Trade and Circular Economy

16 October 2023
Group photo of ASEAN Member States Representatives during the 16th ACCMSME Meeting and other Meetings.
Group photo of ASEAN Member States Representatives during the 16th ACCMSME Meeting and other Meetings.

In the recent 16th ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) Meeting and Related Meetings, held from 16-20 October 2023 in Singapore, updates on ASEAN Access took center stage. This regional platform supports MSMEs in expanding their network and cross-border trading. The meeting was attended by representatives from the ASEAN Member States, including those from SMEs promotion agencies and the private sector.

ASEAN Access is co-owned and operated by the ten ASEAN Member States. It boasts nearly 50 network partners and has started extending its reach to international organizations and countries, such as Italy and Japan. Linkages exist to national SME portals, e.g., Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam, and new tools, such as the ASEAN Tariff Finder. The aim is to ensure that MSMEs can tap into emerging business opportunities in new markets and seamlessly integrate into wider supply or value chains.

“It is important to continue proactive coordination, communication and collaboration between the ASEAN Access Task Force, National Focal Points and Network partners to ensure smooth delivery of high-quality and relevant services to all ASEAN businesses.” said Dr Veerapong Malai, Director General of the Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) Thailand, in his opening remarks.

Highlights from the meeting:

Key takeaways:

The ASEAN SME II project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), offers technical assistance for the development and maintenance of ASEAN Access, as well as a study on MSMEs’ preparedness for the Circular Economy.

Group photo of ASEAN Member States Representatives during the 16th ACCMSME Meeting and other Meetings.
Group photo of ASEAN Member States Representatives during the 16th ACCMSME Meeting and other Meetings.

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