Economic zone programs have helped countries in Southeast Asia move from agriculture to export-oriented manufacturing. Photo credit: iStock/faidzzainal.

A Coopetition Strategy for Special Economic Zones in BIMP-EAGA

November 25, 2022

An Asian Development Bank study shows how the subregion can create a single market and production base through cooperation and competition.
Basket vendor in Indonesia. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Strengthening Communities and MSMEs for a Resilient Tourism Recovery

October 13, 2022

G20 provides guidelines for putting local communities and small enterprises at the center of a sustainable and inclusive tourism recovery.
Small businesses suffered large income and capital losses during the pandemic. Photo credit: ADB.

4 Mistakes MSMEs Made during COVID-19

July 27, 2022

A study of Southeast Asian businesses shows what not to do during a crisis.
People lining up for tickets for an amusement park ride.

Putting Mindanao on the Path to a Resilient Recovery

May 17, 2022

A UNDP–MinDA study assesses COVID-19 impact and identifies actions to reach peace and development goals.
Children's ward of the Mahkota Medical Center in Malaysia. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

ADB Supports Equity Investments in Southeast Asia

January 18, 2022

Investments in private equity funds Creador V and Northstar V will help create jobs, improve services, and foster good corporate governance.
Students in a classroom

Give Entrepreneurship a Chance, Young People in Mindanao Urged

August 03, 2021

Digital businesses a good option since youth are well-versed in technology.
Rice vendors in their store

Mindanao Barter Trade Persisted in 2020 despite COVID-19 Restrictions

August 03, 2021

Traders are uniquely positioned to adapt to shocks, says Asia Foundation report.
The ASEAN Access website is designed to help small businesses enter new markets by providing information and linking them to service providers.

ASEAN Opens Online Portal for SMEs

June 22, 2021

The ASEAN Access portal helps small and medium-sized enterprises explore market opportunities within and outside Southeast Asia.
A startup should be nimble and be able to pivot when needed. Photo credit: iStock/ismagilov

3 Essential Tips on Starting a Business during a Pandemic

June 15, 2021

Solve pain points, pivot, and prepare to fail, advised up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Indonesian coffee farmers. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

How ASEAN Can Help SMEs Go Green

June 02, 2021

OECD provides policy recommendations in three areas: finance, regulation, and information.