The ASEAN SME Academy is a one-stop, open-access gateway that provides business information and training resources to support ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development and internationalization. The Academy works to improve the business development services to SMEs through accessible courses and business information via computer, smart phones, and tablets.
The Academy provides courses and tools that cover subjects such as finance/accounting, management, marketing, operation, technology and trade/logistics. It also assists SMEs to find networking opportunities and gain access to region-specific information to further grow and upgrade their businesses. As per demand and when needed, the business information and training resources posted in the Academy will be selectively translated into the local languages to maximize reach and absorption.
ASEAN SME Academy was launched in May 31st 2016 during the 1st Meeting of ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSME (ACCMSME) in Singapore. It is a collaborative initiative between the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs and ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME).
On April 24 2019 while joining the 7th ACCMSME Meeting in Nha Trang, the Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Trade Training Centre to formalize collaboration for the ASEAN SME Academy
Council Members supporting the courses’ material in the Academy includes Baker & McKenzie, Cisco, Facebook, FedEx, Google, MasterCard, Microsoft, PayPal, HP, Procter & Gamble (P&G), UL, SAP and Adobe. There are also courses from international organization such as International Labor Organization (ILO).
The ASEAN SME Academy can be accessed at http://www.asean-sme-academy.org/.