ASEAN Regional Agricultural Trade Environment Assessment Reports: Informal Economy

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint calls for equitable economic development and enhanced competitiveness, dynamism, and resilience of ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by “facilitating their access to information, markets, human resource development and skills, finance as well as technology.” Much of the agricultural small enterprise sector operates informally and is disadvantaged as a result. These businesses are either not officially registered as enterprises or do not receive assistance from the public sector because they do not meet the local definition of a business. RATE offers opportunities for action, at both the national and regional levels, for engaging the informal economy and ensuring that it receives the benefits that the AEC Blueprint sets out.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:45am