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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN)
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.

ASEAN MEMBER STATES (AMS)
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At the 9th ASEAN Summit in 2003, the ASEAN Leaders resolved that an ASEAN Community shall be established. During the 12th ASEAN Summit in January 2007, the Leaders affirmed their strong commitment to accelerate the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015 and signed the Cebu Declaration on the Acceleration of the Establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015.
ASEAN COMMUNITY
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ASEAN SME Working Group (ASEAN SMEWG)
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In ASEAN, cooperation on SME development began way back in 1995, when fostering SME development became one of the priority areas in respect of policy focus and resources. The ASEAN SME Agencies Working Group (SMEWG), which comprises representatives from ASEAN SME agencies, was formed to formulate policies, programmes and activities on SME development. The SMEWG serves as a consultative and coordination forum to ensure the development of SMEs under the on-going process of ASEAN integration and support the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. SME Corp. Malaysia is the Malaysian Focal Point for this working group. The list of ASEAN SMEWG National Focal Points are as follows:

ASEAN SMEWG NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS

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HISTORY: ASEAN SME DEVELOPMENT

 

 

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ACHIEVEMENT OF SAP SMED 2010 – 2015

 

 

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ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025
Since January 2014, the ASEAN SME Working Group has been developing the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025 (SAP SMED 2025) under the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

 
The plan involves holistic approach towards SME development in the region to effectively contribute towards narrowing the development gaps, especially from economic perspective for better integration. ASEAN SME Working Group (ASEAN SMEWG) have collaborated with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to produce the SME Policy Index for ASEAN. As a result, several gaps were identified relating to the SME development ecosystem among AMS, especially between the ASEAN-6 and CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam).


In addressing the gap, the SAP SMED 2025 aims to enhance the resilience of ASEAN SMEs in an increasingly competitive economic environment and support their growth and development through the vision of a “Globally Competitive and Innovative SMEs”. This plan will become the game changer for SME Development in the ASEAN region for the next 10 years. The SAP SMED 2025 will promote the development of entrepreneurs and SMEs facilitating their integration into the regional and global value chain.


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SAP SMED 2025 has been officially launched at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit 2015, held at the side line of 27th ASEAN Summit, on 21 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and will take effect on 1 January 2016.

 

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