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ADB, Gojek to Study Digitization, COVID-19 Impact on Indonesian MSMEs

December 03, 2020

The joint research project will use the Gojek digital ecosystem to study the benefits of business digitization on Indonesia's micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
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Finding Gold in Cacao

December 01, 2020

The development of agricultural value chains can help turn cacao into a cash crop for farmers in the southern Philippines.
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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.
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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.
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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.