Regional Policy Network on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)


The Regional Policy Network on Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) is one of the six Regional Policy Networks (RPNs) in the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme, established in 2014. The Network is comprised of delegates of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSMEs) and experts from a wide-spectrum of SME policy areas such as investment, productivity, trade, environment  and digital economy from the OECD and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). 

In 2018, the OECD, in cooperation with ASEAN and ERIA, launched the latest edition of the SME Policy Index ASEAN 2018 : Boosting Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth during the 50th ASEAN Economic Minister's Meeting in Singapore in September 2018. The 2018 SME Policy Index aims to enhance the capacity of Southeast Asian policy makers to identify policy areas for future reform, as well as implement reforms in accordance with international good practices.

The RPN aims to improve and co-ordinate effective SME policies in ASEAN countries. The RPN also supports the implementation of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Development  2016-2025 (SAPSMED 2025) through a five year horizontal project for ASEAN SMEs.

Making up more than 90% of enterprises and accounting for over 50% of jobs, MSMEs play an important role in the ASEAN region. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 also emphasises the need to strengthen the role of MSMEs as the backbone of ASEAN economies.

The RPN on SMEs continues to strengthen the work of the OECD and ASEAN to support, monitor, and assist in capacity building and open policy dialogues on good practices among ASEAN countries.




Strengthening Women's Entrepreneurship in ASEAN: Towards increasing women’s participation in economic activity - ASEAN in co-operation with the OECD (2017)  ‌

Strengthening SME Policy Development through Data Collection Enhancement in Myanmar - OECD (2016)

ASEAN SME Index 2014: Towards competitive and innovative ASEAN SMEs - ERIA in co-operation with the OECD (2014) 





The RPN meetings are held twice a year back-to-back with the meetings of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs (ACCMSME).  Since it was launched in 2014, a number of meetings have already been held, focusing on a wide-range of SME policy related issues including technology transfer, innovation, access to market, SME statistics, SME productivity, the impact of the digital economy on SMEs, inclusive business and GVCs and greening SMEs.

In addition to these RPN meetings, four SME roundtables were organized in 2014 to discuss forward-planning with national stakeholders in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam.




Enhancing the evidence base for MSME policy through better business statistics 

Virtual Meeting April 2021

Driving the post-pandemic recovery and strengthening systematic resilience

Virtual Meeting Novemeber 2020 
Fostering a Vibrant Ecosystem for Start-Ups for ASEAN  Virtual Meeting June 2020

Strengthening the Evidence Base to Support SME Policy Monitoring and Evaluation in ASEAN.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 2019

Impacts of Digitalisation and the 4IR on ASEAN MSMEs

Nha Trang, Viet Nam April 2019

Making the Transformation Work for Sustainable Growth in ASEAN 

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar  November 2018
GVC and Greening SMEs Luang Prabang, Lao PDR April 2018

High Growth Enterprises

Manila, Philippines

October 2017

Shaping the future of ASEAN through Inclusive Business

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

May 2017

The Impact of the Digital Economy on SMEs and Ways to Measure

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

November 2016

Productivity in ASEAN, MSMEs and productivity, and policies for promoting MSME ICT usage


June 2016

Using statistics for SME policy design, implementation and monitoring, and quantitative and qualitative tools for strategic action plan monitoring

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

November 2015

SME policy principles for ASEAN and SME Statistics

Bangkok, Thailand

May 2015

Access to markets for SMEs

Siem Reap, Cambodia

November 2014

Technology transfer, innovation, technology facilities and research and development

Manila, Philippines

June 2014



Ms. Annie NORFOLK BEADLE, Policy Analyst, OECD


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