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International Trade Centre Supports SMEs in Developing Countries Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), spoke at ADBI on 11 December about current ITC projects designed to help small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries internationalize and integrate into global value chains. One such project highlighted was to help mango producers optimize their production processes and, in particular, boost their production processing capacity and diversify their export markets, while at the same time minimizing wastage. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino presented his ideas on how to facilitate the financing of SMEs, including through a credit rating system and using hometown trust funds, in Asia. Read more.

Establishing an ASEAN Economic Community: Progress, Challenges, Next Steps

Establishing an ASEAN Economic Community: Progress, Challenges, Next Steps In 2007, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) decided to create an integrated economic region - termed the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) - by the end of 2015. In a new Asia Pathways article, ADBI Project Consultant Jenny Balboa and Research Director Ganeshan Wignaraja critically assess the steps taken thus far towards the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) within this ambitious timeline, highlight the challenges to be met, and offer suggestions on how best to move forward with the AEC project. Read more.

President Nakao Addresses ADBI Annual Conference

President Nakao Addresses ADBI Annual Conference The President spoke on the prospects for growth in Asia and the Pacific and outlined his 8-point development agenda at the ADBI 17th Annual Conference on 5 December in Tokyo. The meeting explored the growth outlook for Asia and the Pacific in 2015, SME finance and trade issues, and infrastructure investment impacts and finance. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino, Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei, and Stanford University Professor Masahiko Aoki also presented at the event. Read more.

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Updated 15 December 2014
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