Among the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), MSMEs are the drivers of economic growth and innovation, making up over 97 per cent of total enterprises and employing over 50 per cent of the workforce across the region. In the case of Vietnam, MSMEs account for 40 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and employ 77 per cent of the labour force. As an emerging economy with an average 6.2 per cent projected GDP growth over the next five years, MSMEs are critical to Vietnam’s economic prosperity.
With the objective of analyzing Vietnam’s MSME business development process, this survey focuses on company profiles: their focus on sustainable development, their growth plans, the barriers to growth that they identified, and their use of technology and innovation. The survey also probed trends related to gender, age, and industry.
Conducted by The Evidence Network and Da Nang Institute for Socio-Economic Development, this is the first of four annual APEC economy-specific MSME survey projects commissioned by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, as part of the APEC-Canada Building Partnerships project.