Time of event

11:00am–12:00pm Tokyo time

Summary

This webinar highlighted key takeaways from the new book Enhancing SME Participation in Global Value Chains: Determinants, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations, as discussed by the volume editor Shujiro Urata and a panel of contributing authors.

The focus was on boosting small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trade in developing Asia and the Pacific moving forward. This included opportunities and challenges toward increasing the role of SMEs in cross-border production and supply chains, also known as global value chains (GVCs), and related policy imperatives.

The webinar featured case studies from Indonesia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, spotlighting examples of SME trade through GVC participation and how it could impact the future of trade growth, productivity, and inclusive development across Asia and the Pacific.

The discussion was followed by an audience question and answer session.

Agenda

Volume editor remarks

  • Shujiro Urata, ADBI visiting fellow

Contributing author presentations

  • B.C.H. Maduwanthi, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka
  • Shandre Thangavelu, Sunway University, Malaysia and University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Upalat Korwatanasakul, Waseda University, Japan
Objectives
  • Overview the new book Enhancing SME Participation in Global Value Chains: Determinants, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations
  • Describe Asia and the Pacific’s SME trade challenges, opportunities, and implications
Participants
  • Policy makers, researchers, journalists, students, and interested members of the public
Output
  • Enhanced understanding of SME trade and development in Asia and the Pacific
  • Greater awareness of the outlook for SME participation in cross-border production and supply chains and its potential impacts
  • Identification of measures for strengthening SME trade via global value chains
Conference Presentations

Enhancing SME Participation in Global Value Chains
Shujiro Urata, ADBI visiting fellow

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Impact of Global Value Chains (GVCs) on Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sri Lanka
B.C.H. Maduwanthi, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka

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Human Capital and Participation in Global Value Chains: Evidences from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia
Shandre Thangavelu, Sunway University, Malaysia and University of Adelaide, Australia

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Trade, Global Value Chains, and SMEs in Thailand: A Firm-Level Panel Analysis
Upalat Korwatanasakul, Waseda University, Japan

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Event Contact

  • Hitomi, Kaori Media and Partnership Consultant Administration, Management, and Coordination ADB Institute E-mail contact form