Workshop on Trade, Global Value Chains, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Event | 6 - 7 February 2020
ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Time of event

Day 1: 09:00–17:20
Day 2: 09:00–12:10


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are boosting their production and sales by taking advantage of trade and supply chain opportunities provided by the globalized economic environment. For example, some SMEs are increasingly exporting to foreign markets while others are tapping into global value chains (GVCs) developed by large international companies.

Through these activities, SMEs are obtaining technology and management know-how, sales and procurement network access, and enhanced growth capacity. However, relatively few SMEs are fully capitalizing given obstacles including financial, technical, and human-resource constraints.

This research workshop will investigate how SMEs are responding to the globalized economic environment and its importance to developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. The focus will be on paper findings that assess SMEs' export and GVC participation, barriers, and how firms can overcome them. This includes drawing upon papers’ detailed, statistical research and/or case studies using firm-level/plant-level data for a selected country/economy.

  • Explore the results of research papers on trade, GVCs, and SMEs
  • Examine SME export and GVC participation, barriers, supporting institutions, and economic impacts
  • Government officials and researchers think tanks, universities, and international institutions
  • Identification of ways to strengthen SME export and GVC participation
  • Articles to be considered for publication as ADBI working papers and in an edited book
How to register

Register here.

Observers from overseas are welcome on a self-financing basis.

To ensure the health and safety of event participants as the new coronavirus situation develops, registrants will be required to complete health clearance procedures and, depending on the result, may be refused entry to the event venue. The health clearance procedures are subject to change. Related questions may be directed to the event contact(s) above.


Click here for ADBI’s address and directions.