Access to Trade and Growth of Women’s SMEs in APEC Developing Economies

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Access to Trade and Growth of Women’s SMEs in APEC Developing Economies

Publication Number

APEC#213-PP-01.1

Published Date

February 2013

Type of Publication

Reports

Publications Under

Senior Officials Meeting Task Groups, Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE)

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Pages

62

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Description

Research for this project aimed to highlight the complex array of factors affecting women in business through a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. A quantitative survey targeted SME owners in domestic and exporting firms, half of whom were women. Qualitative methods included focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews and case studies.

1. Constraints to women in business

2. Reserach Overview

3. Management and operational capacity of women-owned SMEs

4. Government support for women entrepreneurs

5. Social environment and background of women entrepreneurs

6. Key challenges for women in export and lessons for regional integration

7. Conclusion

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