Economy and commerce

Small and medium enterprises (SME)

Land issues, SME promotion dominate Party meeting

The leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party has told the government to continue to prioritise the addressing of land issues along with greater promotion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to boost the economy. The Party leadership gave the advice at the fourth Plenary ...

Draft law on trade remedies adopted

The Council of Ministers on Friday adopted a draft law on trade remedies to protect local producers, businesses, enterprises and foreign businesses operating in Cambodia from imported products being sold below their cost base. Ministry of Commerce spokeswoman Soeng Sophary said the trade remedies law ...

Cabinet backs credit boost for SMEs in Bt15 bn package

The cabinet on March 21 gave the nod to the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand to extend up to Bt15 billion in loans to small and medium-sized enterprises. The cabinet also approved plans for a major industrial estate development project in Sa Kaeo. “About ...

Government help needed to improve SME market access

KT: How does FASMEC plan to help promote SMEs? Taing Por: In order to liaise with SMEs, FASMEC will open branches in 25 provinces nationwide in May. This will enable investors to be matched with provincial business partners. We will be focusing on SMEs in the ...

Lazada to provide online training to local SMEs

Lazada Group, a subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, plans to provide training to 30,000 local small and medium-sized enterprises this year to raise their online capabilities. The development has come after Alibaba signed a letter of intent with the government to help it move ...

IMF calls for growth through stimulus

The International Monetary Fund has recommended that Thai policymakers implement both fiscal and monetary stimuli in order to boost economic growth and steer inflation back to target. The recommendation was made during a visit to Bangkok for Article IV consultations. “The team recommends monetary policy ...

Struggling with free trade

As Thailand continues to negotiate more free trade agreements, local businesses often struggle to reap the rewards of lower or zero tariffs offered for shipments. The Commerce Ministry reported exporters took advantage of US$52.5 billion worth of FTA preferences and lower tariffs allowed by the Generalised ...

Mandalay development policy draft completed

The first draft of a policy to develop specific industries in the Mandalay Region has been completed and will soon be presented to the Hluttaw once the policy is finalised. Work on drafting the policy began three months ago, and focuses on the sectors of agriculture, ...

Vietnam's SMEs face a range of difficulties

A host of difficulties face small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong told a conference on March 2 in Hanoi on policies to support SMEs and the experience of Japan. He also insisted that SMEs play a ...

Senior officials discuss priorities for APEC 2017

Senior officials from the 21 member economies sat together for the first working day on March 2 in Nha Trang, discussing three out of four priorities proposed by Việt Nam for the APEC Year 2017. The priorities include fostering sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth; deepening regional ...

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