Micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of ASEAN economies and thus critical for post-COVID-19 recovery and future socio economic resilience. MSMEs account for over 97% of all firms, 85% of the labour force, about 45% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and between 10% and 30% of the total exports of ASEAN economies. However, MSMEs face significant challenges that hinder their development and, in some cases, their survival. They face barriers accessing finance, attracting talent, reaching markets and innovating, among other areas. Because of these constraints on resources and capacity, they tend to be more vulnerable to crises and disasters.
The regional guidelines “enhancing the resilience of MSMEs to crises and disasters” provide a foundational framework for ASEAN policy-makers to build the resilience of MSMEs. The guidelines provide information on how the relevant agencies in ASEAN Member States can identify resources, determine roles and responsibilities, establish coordination mechanisms and include disaster risk management in existing or new policies and regulations.
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Enhancing the Resilience of MSMEs to Crises and Disasters: Regional Guidelines for ASEAN Governments [PDF, 4,000 kb]