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.
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.
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.
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.’
Beyond political rhetoric, the question is whether the current trend is indeed ominous of growing protectionism on the horizon.
MSMEs in the country weathered the economic turbulence by taking active steps to adjust their businesses and look for new opportunities.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership offers hope in in an ocean of trade policy pessimism.
Let us correct this myth and discuss what is needed to support inclusive business models for health care in Asia and the Pacific.
Inclusive business firms can help boost farmers' incomes, ensure food security.
Inclusive business firms need explicit strategies to empower women, so exceptions like Hippocampus can become the rule.