SMEs are the backbone of the Asian economy.
SMEs in Asia need stable access to inexpensive finance.
SMEs constitute a major part of industries and contribute to the largest share of employment in both developing and emerging countries.
SMEs make a significant structural contribution to the Thai economy.
Kazakhstan remains a resource-dependent country, and the overall economy experiences external commodity price volatility.
Utilizing tax revenue spillover from green-energy projects and a community-based funding scheme could help fill green-energy financing gaps in Asia.
Japan’s monetary policy during 2002-2016 increased income inequality but its tax policy mitigated part of this adverse effect.
Distributed ledger technology offers the potential to raise investments in small-scale renewable energy projects.
Strong policy frameworks should strengthen investment business cases with the right economic and regulatory drivers.
With Asia home to more than 60% of the world's Muslim population, the outlook for Islamic banking and finance is bright.