Inclusive business firms can help boost farmers' incomes, ensure food security.
Let us correct this myth and discuss what is needed to support inclusive business models for health care in Asia and the Pacific.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership offers hope in in an ocean of trade policy pessimism.
MSMEs in the country weathered the economic turbulence by taking active steps to adjust their businesses and look for new opportunities.
Beyond political rhetoric, the question is whether the current trend is indeed ominous of growing protectionism on the horizon.
Inclusive business can address problems of the poor at scale in a sustainable, commercially viable way. But this approach is still a small niche, and scaling it up will require all actors to ‘up their game.’
TPP and RCEP are not perfect, but they can unlock Asian trade liberalization and growth. Supporting open accession, an eventual Asia-Pacific FTA and complementary national policies will help achieve this end.
Development finance institutions can support inclusive business, but mainly as brokers to build an enabling environment for companies that want to provide profitable, long-term solutions to serve the needs of the poor.
There is no single or simple solution to ensure SMEs benefit from regional integration schemes – ASEAN economies need to fix key productivity, regulatory, infrastructure, and financing gaps.
When risk mitigation processes are put in place, inclusive business deals are no more risky than other investments – it’s is just a different kind of risk.