Digital finance allows smallholder farmers to access high-value markets and technology, and reduce the cost of doing business.
Shigehiro supports ADB developing member countries in improving SME access to finance through various technical assistance projects. His expertise includes policy issues in microfinance, SME finance, housing finance, and capital market development especially in Asia. Prior to joining ADB, Shigehiro worked at Japan’s Ministry of Finance, the OECD, and as an advisor to the Government of Indonesia.
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Microfinance institutions must ensure that clients are treated in a fair and transparent manner, and are able to fulfill their debt.
Let's create a market mechanism that incubates 'smaller but growing' firms that will eventually tap the exchange market.
SMEs should participate in global value chains to reverse the deceleration trend of labor productivity in Asia and the Pacific.