Project profile — Phase 2 APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership


Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-2118791144)
2022-03-04 - 2026-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Philippines (10.00%)
• Vietnam (10.00%)
• Malaysia (23.33%)
• Indonesia (10.00%)
• Thailand (23.33%)
• Papua New Guinea (23.34%)


• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (25.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (25.00%)
• Trade policy and administrative management:
Trade policy and administrative management (33110) (10.00%)
Trade facilitation (33120) (10.00%)
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) (33130) (10.00%)
Trade-related adjustment (33150) (10.00%)
Trade education/training (33181) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This project aims to strengthen capacities and improve business management practices of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) owned and managed by women, youth and other aspiring entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand to expand into global and regional markets and foster sustainable economic growth. The project consists of two main components: Policy Advocacy and Research, and Training and Mentoring. The project replicates the Research, Training and Mentoring component of the first phase in Malaysia and Thailand, and Research and Training in Papua New Guinea. The project establishes new local partnerships in these three developing economies through their Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) network ensuring buy-in and collaboration. Under the Research, Training and Mentoring components, project activities include: (1) scaling up the capacity for digital entrepreneurship due to the global pandemic; (2) assuring inclusive MSME growth focused on equal access to technology and infrastructure; (3) increasing support for MSME competitiveness and ability to access international markets; (4) promoting innovation and support for micro-enterprises and start-ups; and (5) promoting capacity building for MSMEs in informal sectors. These research themes align with important regional MSME policy visions and frameworks, particularly the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) Strategic Plan for 2021-2024 and the Putrajaya Vision 2040. For the Policy Advocacy component, project activities include: (1) encouraging the use of technology and innovation; (2) reducing barriers to market access; (3) strengthening human capital; (4) building gender-inclusive businesses; and (5) investing in social entrepreneurship. The project continues to work and strengthen partnerships established in phase 1 with policy actors such as national legislators, local legislators, business support organizations and MSMEs in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. It is pursuing advocacy efforts for the suite of thematic policy recommendations that resulted from the research and studies in phase 1.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved policy and regulatory environment in support of MSMEs owned and managed by women and youth; and other aspiring entrepreneurs in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam; and (2) increased adaptation of Canadian mentoring and management best practices by MSMEs owned and managed by women, youth and other aspiring entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $400,000
Planned disbursement $1,729,066
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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