The ”Guidelines for the Promotion of Inclusive Business in ASEAN,” a publication endorsed in 2020, aims to help the Southeast Asian region bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic through inclusive business.
“At ESCAP we are convinced that inclusive businesses have the potential to bridge the growing gap between the economy and people, and help countries with their resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery,” Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement.
Furthermore, Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina Binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani, Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Brunei Darussalam, said that the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states are actively engaging in inclusive business policy development and capacity building to better understand its concept and approaches.
Briefing notes of the guidelines are translated into the national languages of Southeast Asian countries. An e-learning module has also been developed to encourage learning inclusive business among policymakers. It is accessible at asean-sme-academy.org.
Digital solutions, investment models and partnerships will help address Covid-19 in the region.
The ”Guidelines for the Promotion of Inclusive Business in ASEAN” was presented in a summit hosted by ASEAN Chair 2021, ACCMSME, co-organized by Darussalam Enterprise, ESCAP, iBAN, OECD and the ASEAN Secretariat.