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ENTERPRISE PERFORMANCE IN ASIA (EPA)

SMALL ENTERPRISES, GOOD GOVERNANCE, AND COMPETITION: KEYS TO GROWTH WITH EQUITY IN EMERGING ASIA

 

Keys to Growth with Equity in Emerging Asia

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Overview of the Conference

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) comprise more than 96% of all enterprises, employ 50-99% of the workforce, and contribute around 32-77% of GDP in ASEAN countries.  However, despite their importance, small enterprises still face various obstacles that hinder them from reaching their full potential as engines of inclusive growth. While reforms are crucial to unblock these constraints, the tools required to craft appropriate policy reforms like firm-level data are sparse in many developing countries. Without this detailed information, policies may not necessarily respond to the different challenges faced by micro, small and medium scale firms, resulting in one-size-fits-all strategies that may not work at all. This intensifies the need to review the current state of MSMEs and the policies regarding them.

In order to address the gaps in the enterprise development literature and maximize the use of available enterprise survey data for policy and business usage, the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center (APC) is undertaking an initiative of bringing together scholars and experts in this field through a multi-country research project supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The Enterprise Performance in Asia (EPA) Project promotes evidence-based research on MSME issues like obstacles to growth, innovation, and vulnerability to crisis by supporting new research undertakings that will investigate the challenges faced by Asian enterprises. The EPA Project also capacitates and builds a network of researchers in the region to improve knowledge base on enterprise development.

The findings of the studies supported by the EPA Project from different countries in Asia will be disseminated in a conference being organized by AIM Policy Center and IDRC. With the theme Small Enterprises, Good Governance, and Competition: Keys to Growth with Equity in Emerging Asia, this conference will bring together scholars, experts, and practitioners in this field in the hope that evidence-based policy discussions between the private sector and public policy makers can facilitate genuine reforms to unleash the potential of MSMEs as engines of inclusive growth. This will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines from November 7 - 9, 2013. About 200 participants composed of researchers, professors, entrepreneurs, government officials, development workers, etc. from all over the world are expected to attend.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV will be delivering the keynote address at the conference. Some of the confirmed speakers include Prof. Jay Mitra from the University of Essex and Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo from Central Bank of the Philippines. Senior experts from the World Bank, United Nations, APEC, and ASEAN will also participate in this event. Successful entrepreneurs from the ASEAN region will also share their stories and views on different MSME issues.

The conference will have plenary sessions and breakout sessions for academic paper presentations. Researchers are encouraged to submit a paper for presentation at the conference (see Call for Papers). Aside from the EPA-supported research studies, papers from The Asia Foundation, World Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action, German Development Institute, and Philippine Economic Society will be presented. The AIM Policy Center and Asian Development Bank will likewise share the results of the latest Philippine MSME studies on competition, corruption, access to finance, and crisis resilience using a new dataset of 2,040 firms in 34 cities in the Philippines.

For practitioners and for those who are interested to attend the conference, online registration is extended until 30 October 2013! There is no registration fee, but seats are limited.

 

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