DSC_0362 copyThe APEC SME Business Matching and Internship Consortium for Global Value Chain Integration project is being conducted to:

• Jumpstart information exchange and to identify the knowledge and capability gaps for SMEs in global value chains
• Create an SME Global Value Chain Business Matching and Internship Consortium
in APEC to foster cooperation and to spur information exchange among industry stakeholders (multinationals, SME training providers, SME agencies, and industry champions)
• Develop an online platform for easier communication and information exchange

As one of the major deliverables of the project, a workshop was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 8 and 9 June 2015. A total of 33 delegates from 12 APEC economies–Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, USA, Vietnam, and a representative from the International Trade Center attended the said workshop.

A stakeholders consultation workshop was also held last 29 April 2015 in UP ISSI, where 55 participants composed of SMEs, key industry players, training and academic institutions, and government agencies who were able to identify issues that are critical to SME’s participation in the global supply chain.