SINGAPORE, 12 November 2018 – ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) launched the Future of ASEAN: 50 Success Stories of Digitalisation of ASEAN MSMEs publication at the sidelines of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2018 in Singapore.

The ASEAN-Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) congratulated the ACCMSME on the release of the publication.  “It is a real source of inspiration for all and we look forward to more success stories from MSMEs who venture and thrive in the digital era being replicated many times over in the following publications,” said Dr. Robert Yap, Chair of ASEAN-BAC.

The publication profiles 50 inspiring stories of MSMEs in the ASEAN region that have leveraged digital technology in starting, sustaining and growing their businesses from sectors such as agriculture and fisheries to beauty and fashion, information technology, manufacturing and services. The publication also provides good references to the various government support programmes available in ASEAN to promote digital technology adoption among MSMEs.

Dato Lim Jock Hoi, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, said “MSMEs are critical to the well-being of the region and to the success of the ASEAN economic integration agenda. Embracing digital technologies will help MSMEs to have better market access, become resilient and thrive in this digital age.”

The ACCMSME partnered with Japan through AEM METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) in the production of the book. Yoshitaka Yamamuro, Chief Representative of AMEICC Secretariat, added that AMEICC Secretariat is committed to continuing their utmost effort to further deepen inclusive and sustainable partnership between ASEAN and Japan.

Download the full publication here.