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Integrating Small and Medium-sized Enterprises into the Regional and Global Markets

In: Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011: Post-crisis trade and investment opportunities

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In Asia and the Pacific, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain a critical source of employment creation (in many economies of Asia and the Pacific contributing 60% or more of jobs) and income generation. While SMEs enhance dynamism in economies by providing flexibility and fresh ideas, they can also stabilize societies by providing safety nets for disadvantaged workers. In this regard, the SME sector has occupied a prominent position in the development agenda of all developing economies in the region; thus, promotion of SME development has been regarded as an important policy issue in those economies.

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  • United Nations ESCAP, 2011. "Integrating Small and Medium-sized Enterprises into the Regional and Global Markets," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT,in: Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011: Post-crisis trade and investment opportunities, chapter 7, pages 103-110 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
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    1. Samantak Das & Sanjib Pohit, 2006. "Quantifying Transport, Regulatory and Other Costs of Indian Overland Exports to Bangladesh," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, pages 1227-1242.
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    Keywords

    SMEs; Small and Medium-sized Enterprises; Regional; Global; Markets; Value chains; opportunities; apparel; garments;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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