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

Date Published: July 17, 2020

An initiative supported by Google will equip 200,000 micro and small enterprises in Southeast Asia with digital skills and tools to cope with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. They will learn how to grow their businesses online and protect against cyber threats.

The ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and the Asia Foundation launched in June an initiative called Go Digital ASEAN, which is funded by a $3.3 million grant from Google. It will train up to 200,000 people from rural and underserved communities in member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In a news release, the ASEAN committee said the training will cover digital marketing, business development, and cybersecurity to help participants improve their livelihood in the digital economy.