The Business Continuity and Resilience (BCR) Tab provides content for ASEAN MSMEs on how to anticipate disruptions (i.e., natural disasters or pandemics) and prepare a plan to ensure that business operations can continue if disruptions materialize. The BCR Tab is developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with support from the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs (ACCMSME) and the US-ASEAN Business Council.

As part of the United States strategic approach to the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) prioritizes its cooperation with ASEAN. Partnering with ASEAN fosters regional economic growth, strengthens public health security, and reduces transboundary threats – such as trafficking in persons, global climate change and illegal wildlife trade. In our partnership with ASEAN, USAID/RDMA also promotes prosperity and security through economic inclusion, women’s empowerment, and good governance.

The US-ASEAN Business Council Institute, Inc. (USABCI), is the charitable arm of the US-ASEAN Business Council, drawing on the spirit and power of the Council’s membership to create opportunities for deeper engagement by U.S. companies in ASEAN.  The Institute focuses its energies on activities that help educate and build the capacity and knowledge base of partners and stakeholders throughout Southeast Asia and serves as an important collective voice, amplifying the impact of U.S. companies’ contributions and dedication. The Institute also telegraphs the basic values that U.S. companies share and is prepared to support: 

  • Humanitarian activities and community engagement to help improve the lives of people in ASEAN where the Council’s companies work
  • Programs to preserve and expand knowledge about the rich cultural and art heritage of the region among audiences in the United States and of America in ASEAN
  • Other initiatives in the fields of education, governance and rule of law, health, the environment, trade, commerce and investment. 
  • For more information on our projects or to get involved, please contact Margaret Hanson-Muse at mhansonm@usasean.org or go to https://www.usasean.org/usabci.

The Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (DTI-BSMED) initiates and implements programs and projects addressing the specific needs of MSMEs in the areas of technology development and transfer, financing, marketing, and training. BSMED is mandated to promote and develop MSMEs in the country and is also tasked to review and formulate policies and strategies geared towards the advancement of MSMEs in the areas of entrepreneurship development, institutional strengthening, and productivity improvement. The Bureau is a co-administrator of the ASEAN SME Academy. 

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