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30 November to 01 December 2016 | By invitation only

ESCAP is organizing a workshop focusing on using technology in support of trade for micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Through this workshop we hope to pioneer a new way of bringing together government and the private sector to develop an actionable, high-impact capacity building program to enable regional governments to use the technology revolution to unlock regional MSMEs’ potential for inclusive trade, economic growth, and job-creation.
The meeting will (1) conceptualize and develop – in conjunction with private sector partners, trade and development experts, impact funds, and governments officials - concrete and specific development solutions that will help Asia-Pacific’s MSMEs adopt and use B2B and B2C ecommerce and online payment systems–to grow their sales in international markets, tap into global supply chains, and fuel their overall growth and competitiveness; (2) help Asia-Pacific governments understand what policy environment is necessary to allow MSMEs to meaningfully engage in online commerce, and adopt and use technologies conducive to trade; and (3) identify and start driving concrete initiatives and public-private partnerships in such areas as ecommerce logistics and trade facilitation, and online payments, for MSME capacity-building. 

Expected outcomes include identifying key components of a capacity-building programme for entrepreneurs and business development institutions in four key areas:
1. Logistics (e.g., including background papers on a PPP to create a new platform that helps MSMEs’ calculate the total cost of delivery to their overseas customers);
2. Online payments and working capital (e.g., including background paper on a new, government- or donor-backed loan guarantee instrument for small export working capital loans for MSME ecommerce sellers, especially women-owned businesses);
3. Policy environment to support MSMEs (e.g., current status de minimis; ways the TFA implementation process facilitate ecommerce in key Asia-Pacific cities; how ecommerce laws can support cross-border commerce);
4. Online engagement (e.g., practical steps needed to engage in online platforms, especially to empower disadvantaged women in Asia-Pacific leverage online microwork platforms).

ADBI, ESCAP and UNCTAD are partnering to deliver a meeting on Trade in the Digital Economy, which will be also held in Bangkok, Thailand on 28-29 November 2016. This meeting will focus on how the digitization of products and processes is impacting the trade-development relationship. For more information, please visit the event’s website:

Related Documents 


  1. Programme for the Workshop on using technology in support of Trade for Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises


  1. Presentations: Day One
  2. Presentations: Day Two


  1. Report of the Workshop on using technology in support of Trade for Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]