APEC ministerial meeting aims to increase SMEs competitiveness

Wednesday, 2017-09-06 11:29:30
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The press conference announces schedule for the 24th APEC SMEMM and related meetings to take place in Ho Chi Minh City from September 10-15. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The 24th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM) and related meetings, which are scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City from September 10-15, are expected to enhance the competitiveness and creativity capacity of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the digital era.

The event will create valuable opportunities for businesses to exchange effective cooperation ideas in the context of globalisation and integration, said Ho Sy Hung, Director of the Enterprise Development Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment at a press conference in Hanoi, on September 5.

Ministers will discuss measures needed to facilitate business access to markets and deeper engagement in global value chains; to enable MSMEs to gain access to new technologies, to improve management capacity, and increase competitive edge; and to promote entrepreneurship and business ethics.

They are also expected to adopt a number of documents, including a declaration on promoting start-up businesses, and a strategy developing green, sustainable and innovative SMEs.

A series of related meetings will take place during the event such as the 45th APEC Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Working Group Meeting, APEC Online to Offline (O2O) Forum, APEC Startup Forum, and Forum on APEC Digital Economy.

Established in 1989, the APEC comprises of 21 economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.

Vietnam joined the APEC in 1998. SMEs employ more than 50% of the workforce and contribute over 40% of the GDP in Vietnam.