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၂၁ ႀကိမ္ေျမာက္ အာဆီယံ-တရုတ္ ထိပ္သီးေဆြးေႏြးပဲြထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကျငာခ်က္

Yangon 20 November 2018

(၃၃) ႀကိမ္ေျမာက္ အာဆီယံ ထိပ္သီး အစည္းအေဝးပြဲမွ အာဆီယံဥကၠဌ၏ ထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာခ်က္

Yangon 19 November 2018

ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္၏ အတိုင္ပင္ခံပုဂၢိဳလ္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ အာဆီယံစီးပြားေရးႏွင့္ ရင္းႏွီးျမႇဳပ္ႏွံမႈဆိုင္ရာ ထိပ္သီးအစည္းအေဝးသုိ႔ တက္ေရာက္မိန္႔ခြန္းေျပာၾကား

Yangon 16 November 2018

၂၀၁၇ ခုႏွစ္အတြက္ အာဆီယံအဖဲြ႕၀င္ႏုိင္ငံမ်ား၏အဓိက ကိန္းဂဏန္းမ်ား

Yangon 15 November 2018

ကုန္သြယ္မႈ ပိုမို အဆင္ေျပေခ်ာေမြ႕လ်က္ရွိေသာ အာဆီယံ

Yangon 06 November 2018

ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္အတုိင္ပင္ခံပုဂၢိဳလ္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္၏ NHK သတင္းဌာနႏွင့္ေတြ႕ဆံုေမးျမန္းျခင္း

Yangon 06 November 2018

အာဆီယံစီးပြားေရးအသိုက္အ၀န္း (၂၀၁၅) ေဖာ္ေဆာင္ျခင္းႏွင့္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ၏စီးပြားေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ား၊ အငယ္စား၊ အေသးစားႏွင့္ အလတ္စား စီးပြားေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ား ဖံြ႕ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေရး

Yangon 26 October 2018


Asean News

US-funded workshops prepare SMEs for ASEAN integration

16 March 2015, Manila, Philippines

CEBU CITY -- A US-funded program to prepare small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community is expected to cover all 10 Southeast Asian countries by the end of this year, officials said.

As of last week, the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs has reached about 1,700 SMEs through workshops with one-on-one mentoring sessions across the region.

Among the 10 member countries of the ASEAN, only Brunei Darussalam has not been covered, said Mario Masaya, SME manager of advocacy group US-ASEAN Business Council, Inc. (US-ABC). A workshop was held here last week while advanced training sessions are scheduled to be held in Manila and Vietnam.

Mr. Masaya, who coordinates SME initiatives for the council from his Jakarta office, said the group will hold a workshop in Brunei before the end of this year. Other ASEAN member countries are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

“We hope to cover all 10 ASEAN countries by the end of the year. We are also preparing to establish an online ASEAN academy and we will put resource materials online. We will also give advanced training to specific sectors,” he said in a press conference at the sidelines of the workshop here last week.

The program, implemented through a partnership between the council and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), allows 150 American member companies of the US- ABC to help local SMEs improve strategies to take advantage of opportunities in the regional economy and become part of a global supply chain.

At the workshop in Cebu, representatives of MasterCard, Microsoft Philippines, PwC Philippines, and United Parcel Service shared their best practices with about 200 SMEs.

Gerald Sun, vice- president and head of sales of MasterCard Worldwide, said SMEs can improve their bottom line by leveraging digital payments.

“MasterCard believes that knowledge and information sharing with the local SMEs on the benefits and usage of electronic payments will help grow their market, win consumers and improve business competitiveness,” MasterCard Philippines Country Manager Jose Rene L. Villa-Real said in a statement.

Elizabeth Magsaysay- Crebassa, Philippine senior country representative of the council, said the SME training program was initiated in 2011 as a response to the ASEAN economic ministers’ request. This was expanded in 2014 through an alliance with the USAID.

“The SMEs are considered potential customers, suppliers and future partners. It really is in the interest of everybody to see the success of an investment atmosphere pushing SME development and success,” she said.

The US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, launched in March last year, mobilizes the resources of major US companies and USAID to help ASEAN SMEs become more competitive in domestic markets and support high-performance SMEs become world-class suppliers in the global value chain.

Asteria C. Caberte, regional director of the Department of Trade and Industry, welcomed the alliance’s initiatives.

“This is a great leap for us, especially that there are a lot of low- hanging fruit that are waiting to be picked. This is a very good venue for sharing of best practices,” she added.

The ASEAN Economic Community aims to establish a single market and production base with free movement of goods, services and investments across the 10 ASEAN member countries by the end of this year. Tariffs on 99.6% of products traded within the region have already been eliminated.

The ASEAN market, with an estimated 650 million consumers, is seen to become the fourth largest bloc, after China, India and the European Economic Community.


Source: Business World Online(Marites S. Villamor)

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