Research on Promoting Trade in Services by SMEs and Women Entrepreneurs

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Research on Promoting Trade in Services by SMEs and Women Entrepreneurs

Publication Number

APEC#220-CT-01.6

Published Date

May 2020

Type of Publication

Reports

Publications Under

Committee on Trade and Investment(CTI)

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1407

Pages

220

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Description

This research report addresses promotion of trade in services by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women entrepreneurs through data analyses and case studies. It statistically highlights the low presence of SMEs and female entrepreneurs in services trade, and points out that the fixed costs associated with overseas business expansion make SMEs and women entrepreneurs unable or reluctant to participate in services trade. Based on the online survey result highlighting female business workers’ need for business related funds as well as safety of investment destination, and in order to secure their financial profits accompanied by non-financial values, effectual and possibly ICT-based affirmative actions are needed in line with the Boracay Action Agenda.