SMEWG Resources

The Philippines

Global SME Cross-Border Matchmaking Service Mode

China introduced the Global SME Cross-border Matchmaking Service which was provided by the Bank of China. The purposes are to improve connection and communication for SMEs. Six steps concerning this service was introduced. Until now, in order to match make, workshops have been organized with 30,000 participants from 56 economies over 5 continents. In the future, China plans to strengthen ties with other economies to jointly stage matchmaking activities.

Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) to MSMEs

Collective management organizations (CMOs) are a crucial part of the supply chain of the entertainment, creative, and business industries that cover all audio and video works. With the advancement of digital technologies, it has become even more important for CMOs to establish an efficient and accessible licensing model and bring down licensing costs when authorizing to MSMEs, thereby improving the effectiveness of goods and services while creating new values in the industrial sector, which would be a crucial element to boost industrial growth.

Chinese Taipei proposes the "Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to MSMEs" project. By sending out a questionnaire to all APEC economies, carrying out analysis, conducting in-depth follow-up interviews with chosen economies with successful licensing models, and holding workshop, Chinese Taipei intends to compile and publish a booklet on the best licensing practices of CMOs to MSMEs, which can serve as a highly practical and effective reference tool for CMOs, licensing practitioners, and government agencies in the APEC region.

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Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) to MSMEs

Collective management organizations (CMOs) are a crucial part of the supply chain of the entertainment, creative, and business industries that cover all audio and video works. With the advancement of digital technologies, it has become even more important for CMOs to establish an efficient and accessible licensing model and bring down licensing costs when authorizing to MSMEs, thereby improving the effectiveness of goods and services while creating new values in the industrial sector, which would be a crucial element to boost industrial growth.

Chinese Taipei proposes the "Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to MSMEs" project. By sending out a questionnaire to all APEC economies, carrying out analysis, conducting in-depth follow-up interviews with chosen economies with successful licensing models, and holding workshop, Chinese Taipei intends to compile and publish a booklet on the best licensing practices of CMOs to MSMEs, which can serve as a highly practical and effective reference tool for CMOs, licensing practitioners, and government agencies in the APEC region.

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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.

 

Igniting Creativity - Hong Kong, China's Support for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Creative Industries

Hong Kong, China made a presentation on the economy's support measures provided to SMEs in the creative industries, with a focus on the design sector. These include all-round support to nurture design start-ups through the Design Incubation Programme; revitalized decommissioned buildings to provide space for design studies and exhibition and art venues; and funding support through the CreateSmartInitiative to promote the development of the industries. Altogether, the support measures facilitate SMEs in the field to grow and establish their business in both locally and overseas.

Industry-Oriented and Cloud-Based Services - Help to Improve ICT Adoption and Global Value Chain Integration for SMEs

Nanjing, the host city of the 21st APEC SME Ministerial Meeting, has been leading various efforts to empower SMEs innovative and sustainable growth. One of their main strategies was to set up Nanjing SME IT Adoption Service Center. Through the evolvement of the organization and its activities in the last several years, they have accumulated successful experiences on how to promote the use of ICT among SMEs and on how to improve the level of ICT adoption in manufacture-on-demand, e-commerce application, logistics and supply chain collaboration, business management and others.

IP Commercialization for SMEs

The project is implemented within the "Initiative to facilitate the exploitation of IPRs and innovation in SMEs", proposed by Korea and Mexico. The goal of the project is the exchange of experience on best practices in IP management and commercialization for SMEs. The objectives of the projects are:

1) to develop a seminar agenda that is focused on IP commercialization where IP commercialization experts from different APEC economies can identify problems that SMEs face in commercializing their IP;

2) to discuss the ways of solving the problems that SMEs face in certain economic aspects of IP field during 3-day seminar in 2018 in Russia;

3) to identify the best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs and further activities to address the needs of SMEs in the IP field in APEC region. 

Representatives of government authorities (policy makers/ government officials), non-governmental organizations and research institutions, who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field, as well as representatives of associations/unions of SMEs will be invited to take part in the seminar.

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IUMK Business Licensing for Micro and Small Enterprises – Indonesian Experiences

Simple, easy and free-of-charge business licensing for micro and small enterprises (MSE).The license provides protection for MSE in doing businesses at the designated location, access to business mentoring, and access to financial sources by registering and opening saving account at the government owned banks. Since the first launched of the initiatives in 2015, 175,646 business licenses were issued and 12,643 new saving accounts were opened at the BRI (Government owned bank).

Korea’s Experience in Policy Support to Encourage Korean Small Businesses to Make Use of Free Trade Agreements

Government organizations such as SMBA, Korea Customs Service, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, and SME-support organizations such as Korea Federation of SMEs are working closely together to implement various policies to support Korean SMEs to make proper use of FTAs.

New Era of Growth for APEC SMEs Through Online-to-Offline (O2O) Business Models (SME 02 2015)

In response to Leaders and Ministers’ instruction on promoting digital access for SMEs, the O2O initiative is designed with a 4-year framework and the 4 solid pillars to involve the private sector, international organizations such as ICC and OECD, other APEC fora and the SMEWG.

Productive Innovation

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.

Promote SMEs’ Innovation in Viet Nam Agriculture Sector

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.

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.

Report on Code of Ethics Implementation by APEC Biopharmaceutical Industry Associations, 2012-2016

The elaboration of a Consensus Framework for Multi-Stakeholder Ethical Collaboration in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors, brought together relevant actors in healthcare system under a common platform. The Framework was endorsed under the APEC Nanjing Declaration.

Report on the Workshop on Facilitating SME Trade Through Better Understanding of Non-Tariff Measures in the Asia Pacific Region for the Agriculture and Food Processing Sector

The workshop was held by the Philippines and the United States in Atlanta, the United States on 8-9 June 2015. It identified four major challenges that SMEs were facing in terms of non-tariff measures, including poor access to information on NTMs and GVCs, high cost of compliance with NTMs, and low readiness to join GVCs. A number of short-term and mid-term actions were recommended.

Responses from the Economies - Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service Providers

The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs encourages economies to provide timely and accurate information on export and import procedures and requirements. Economies agreed to strengthen and promote the usage of trade information portals on goods and services trade. In addition, the APEC Service Competitiveness Roadmap (2016) instructs APEC Economies to develop a set of good practice principles on domestic regulations in the services sector, and subsequently, the APEC Non-binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector (the DR Principles) was endorsed at CSOM 2018.

In light of this background, this survey invites APEC Economies to provide information regarding the regulatory regimes applicable to "online shopping platform services" according to the regulatory principles set out in the DR Principles. Online shopping platform services refer to the provision of internet-based platform (website) services for wholesale and retail products and services mainly by third parties. Four categories of regulatory information are surveyed: 1) licensing requirements and procedures; 2) qualification requirements and procedures; 3) transparency; and 4) business names.

A total of 19 responses were received from APEC Economies (AUS, CDA, CHL, PRC, HKC, INA, JPN, ROK, MAS, MEX, NZ, PE, PHL, RUS, SGP, CT, THA, US, and VN). According to the responses collected, the practices of most Economies are consistent with the DR Disciplines. The DR Principles offer a good benchmark to understand convergences and divergences in related e-commerce regulatory regimes across the APEC region, as well as provide a basis for information- and experience-sharing.

The collated results is published in the APEC MSME Marketplace with a view to facilitating e-commerce through enhanced regulatory transparency and predictability.

 

Serving the SME Community 360

Hong Kong, China made a presentation introducing their network of government and quasi-government support centres for SMEs. These centers serve to look after SMEs' needs in their establishment and operation in the form of information and advisory services of Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs ("SUCCESS") run by the Trade and Industry Department, enhancement of business operation by the IT solution services of Hong Kong Productivity Council's "SME One" and "Inno Space", and market expansion by the export market-oriented services of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council's "SME Centre".

SheEO Learning Lab

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Singapore’s Experience in Helping SMEs Build Innovation Capabilities

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

SMEs' Integration into Global Value Chains in Services Industries: Software Services

This project seeks to facilitate better understanding of how GVCs in software services is structured and where the opportunities and challenges are for SMEs' participation including smart factory cases; provide APEC Ministers and Leaders with a set of policy recommendations on how to promote SMEs' integration in software services GVCs addressing challenges and achieving sustainable growth and trade in the industry; help SMEs build capacity and develop strategy for effective integration into GVCs of the software services industry; and, identify business opportunities and difficulties for SMEs in the software services industry and help policy makers to reflect the difficulties.

Beneficiaries of this project include the public sector (government bodies and agencies), SMEs/MSMEs and related associations, multinational corporations, developing economies and academia.

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SMEs' Integration into Global Value Chains in Services Industries: Tourism Sector

The project will develop of a comprehensive study on structures, main strategies for MSMEs to participate in tourism GVCs, as well as best government practices and policies on facilitating MSMEs access to tourism GVCs.

The project seeks to:

1)   To facilitate better understanding of the structure of the main tourism GVCs (including culture and nature-based tourism; Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions - MICE tourism; accommodation and transport providers; cafes and restaurants); and the opportunities and challenges for tourism MSMEs in the Asia Pacific;

2)  To provide APEC policy makers with a set of recommendations on how to enhance competitiveness in tourism GVCs; and

3)  To help MSMEs build capacity and develop strategy for effective integration into services GVCs.

Beneficiaries of this project include: the public sector (government bodies and agencies), MSMEs and related associations; academia (academic institutions, public and/or private research institutions), multinational corporations and developing economies.

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SMEs’ Role Model: Thailand Case Studies

Thailand presented the cooperation model between the Office of SMEs Promotion and the Stock Exchange of Thailand in identifying and incubating SMEs which have high potential to raise fund and be listed in the Market for Alternative Investment (MAI) or the stock market for SMEs. It highlighted two SMEs companies in non-hi-tech sector that had got access to MAI.

These two SMEs role models represent which rose from being micro enterprise to larger firms with international presence through the opportunity to raise fund in the stock market

Staying Ahead, Nurturing Innovative Start-ups

Hong Kong, China's best practice sharing focused on support for innovative start-ups, especially Fintec start-ups. Supporting start-ups was an important part of Hong Kong, China's drive to develop innovation and technology for the economy. A broad range of measures were adopted such as enhancing existing start-up incubation programmes, introducing new programmes, reducing general and specific taxes, and improving SME funding schemes to enable start-ups to benefit as well.

Summary of the Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service Providers

The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs encourages economies to provide timely and accurate information on export and import procedures and requirements. Economies agreed to strengthen and promote the usage of trade information portals on goods and services trade. In addition, the APEC Service Competitiveness Roadmap (2016) instructs APEC Economies to develop a set of good practice principles on domestic regulations in the services sector, and subsequently, the APEC Non-binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector (the DR Principles) was endorsed at CSOM 2018.

This survey invites APEC Economies to provide information regarding the regulatory regimes applicable to “online shopping platform services” according to the regulatory principles set out in the DR Principles. Online shopping platform services refer to the provision of internet-based platform (website) services for wholesale and retail products and services mainly by third parties. Four categories of regulatory information are surveyed: 1) licensing requirements and procedures; 2) qualification requirements and procedures; 3) transparency; and 4) business names.

A total of 19 responses were received from APEC Economies (AUS, CDA, CHL, PRC, HKC, INA, JPN, ROK, MAS, MEX, NZ, PE, PHL, RUS, SGP, CT, THA, US, and VN). According to the responses collected, the practices of most Economies are consistent with the DR Disciplines. The DR Principles offer a good benchmark to understand convergences and divergences in related e-commerce regulatory regimes across the APEC region, as well as provide a basis for information- and experience-sharing.

 

 

Thailand’s SMEs’ Single Bookkeeping Scheme

SMEs’ Single Book Keeping Scheme” is part of the Thai government's measures to strengthen SMEs access to finance with a single set of accounts and encourage them to comply with the tax laws. SMEs that have registered capital of no more than 5 million Baht and income of no more than 30 million Baht who have registered with the Revenue Department since 15 January, 2016, till 15 March, 2016, must inform the Revenue Department that they will open an account that shows their income and financial budget to be in line with the real business situation (single account). The Revenue Department will not inspect any retrospective tax even if it is tax of a juristic entity, VAT, business tax, or revenue stamp, so in order to have knowledge and understanding relating to the correct process of bookkeeping, as well as actually work and draft an appropriate investment plan for the business.

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.