Formulating Policy on E-Commerce and Trade for SMEs in the Asia Pacific Region: An APEC Study
John Breen (Victoria University, Australia), Suzanne Bergin-Seers (Victoria University, Australia), Stephen Burgess (Victoria University, Australia), Gordon Campbell (Victoria University, Australia), Muhammad Mahmood (Victoria University, Australia) and Robert Sims (Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2004
This chapter examines the role that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has played in setting government policy to encourage increased trade by SMEs. A study of six “successful” micro and small businesses in APEC economies that was commissioned by APEC examines their attitudes towards trade and e-commerce. The case studies show that e-commerce can be a facilitator to trade for businesses with a propensity towards entrepreneurship and good management practices. To other businesses it may be seen as an inhibitor due to the lack of knowledge associated with its use and its benefits. The chapter shows how APEC used this study and some of its other initiatives to develop its IT and e-commerce policy for SMEs as part of its overall policy for SME development in the region.