Location of Conference
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for most employment and much of the production in emerging Asian economies. However, their potential for growth, innovation, and productivity enhancement is often stymied by lack of access to finance as well as inadequate capacity and training. Policy interventions and institutional developments that to ease these constraints could contribute substantially to the growth potential of these countries.
We invite submission of papers for a 2-day conference on topics related to supply-side support for SMEs with special reference to the situation in Asia and the Pacific economies. We are looking for original papers in the field of theoretical, empirical, and experimental economic research on the following areas:
- Technological improvement
- Skill development (education/vocational school, training for specific skills)
- Capital raising (improving financial access such as through bank loans, money lenders, crowd funding, and venture capital; improving credit databases; and tailoring banking regulations)
- Infrastructure development such as industrial zones, roads, railways and ports.
The ADBI, IFABS, and UNESCAP, with the collaboration of the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham, are supporting this conference.