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7 Ways to Bolster Southeast Asia’s ‘Fragile’ MSMEs

November 19, 2020
To navigate the COVID-19 crisis, MSMEs require tailored approaches, with the most vulnerable being prioritized.
Direct cash transfers or deferrals of tax or rent could boost local consumption and help improve sales of local retailers, which are often micro-enterprises. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Targeted Measures for Small Businesses Are Critical to Economic Recovery

November 09, 2020
Small businesses need dedicated programs to help them weather the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, says an ASEAN–OECD policy paper.
Farmers and fishermen saw their income drop by 60% during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo credit: ADB.

Self-Employed, Agriculture Workers Suffer Deepest Cuts in Income

September 18, 2020
A survey of 8,000 households in Southeast Asia shows household businesses and the self-employed are the most affected, followed by farmers and fishermen.
Remote learning and working during the pandemic have underscored the importance of improving digital access. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Youth Survey Shows Why ASEAN Needs to Become Digital-Ready

August 12, 2020
Social distancing has heightened the difference between digital haves and have-nots.
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Sabah Manufacturers Seek Business Advice to Survive the Crisis

August 04, 2020
A survey identifies what kind of assistance manufacturers in Sabah need to survive in the next 6 months.
Photo credit: iStock/dorian2013.

Tech Startups Show the Way Out of the Crisis

July 23, 2020
Four young CEOs from BIMP-EAGA countries share how they are thriving in this era of disruption.
News Brief

Go Digital ASEAN to Help Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

July 17, 2020
The Google-supported initiative will equip 200,000 micro and small enterprises in Southeast Asia with digital skills and tools to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
Small store selling masks and alcohol

Helping SMEs Bounce Back from COVID-19

July 12, 2020

Aside from improved access to credit and other financial support, businesses also need support navigating a changing business environment. 

Businessman thinking. Photo credit: iStock/Kong Ding Chek

How to Avoid a Cash Crunch during the Pandemic

July 06, 2020
Take advantage of government aid and incentives, maximize cash inflows, and keep expenses down.
A woman delivers groceries to a homeowner while on lockdown.

Advice for SMEs: Look for Opportunities from the Pandemic

June 16, 2020
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to look at opportunities, not just the threats posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.