Project Title

Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women-Led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Garments and Textile Sector through Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

SME 08 2017A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SME 08 2017A 

Project Title

Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women-Led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Garments and Textile Sector through Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

90,000 

Co-funding Amount

10,000 

Total Project Value

100,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Philippines 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Russia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/10/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/08/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Ann Claire Credo-Cabochan 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of International Trade Relations 

Postal Address 1

375 DTI International Building, Senator Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City, 1200 Philippines 

Telephone 1

63-2 4653300 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

AnnClaireCabochan@dti.gov.ph 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ana Clarisa D Abastillas 

Job Title 2

Trade and Industry Development Analyst 

Organization 2

Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of International Trade Relations 

Postal Address 2

375 DTI International Building, Senator Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City, 1200 Philippines 

Telephone 2

63-2 4653300 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

ana Clarisa D Abastillas 

Declaration

Ann Claire Credo-Cabochan and Ana Clarisa D Abastillas 

Project Summary

APEC economies recognize that the full potential of women’s contribution to the Asia-Pacific economy remains untapped.  Women led MSMEs have a great potential to address the challenges of providing employment and livelihood to the growing population.  Acknowledging the vast potential of innovative enterprises in MSME sector this project seeks to: (a) raise awareness of possible impediments to Women MSMEs sustainable growth; (b) disseminate best practices on Women Entrepreneurship; and (c) explore possible means for APEC members to collaborate on creating an  environment conducive for Women MSMEs. 

The proposed project will also contribute to APEC’s work on MSMEs and women’s empowerment and greater inclusion in the Asia-Pacific economy.  In this regard the Philippines proposes to organize a 2 day APEC Skills Training Workshop on Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a 1 day Forum on best practices of women entrepreneurs in the garments and textile sector.

Relevance

The need to improve the status of women and the promotion of women’s roles in development are no longer seen merely as issues of human rights or social justice.  Although some women do start micro-level businesses to support themselves and their families, raising a family and setting-up a business may pose as a challenge. As described in a survey report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, 2013), "...due to their difficulty in dealing with the life puzzle originated by the need of taking care of family and business at the same time, women entrepreneurs are considered to have relatively lesser experience in terms of handling external business contacts for innovation. However, such difficulties have also enabled women to embrace the opportunities provided by information and communications technologies (ICTs) to create marketing channels, collect customer information and improve efficiencies in their business processes”. [1] 

Training programs can be especially important for women.  According to Sluis et al (2005), a marginal increase in schooling increases an entrepreneur’s business income by 5.5 percent on average.  This return on marginal schooling is higher for women.[2]  Stevenson (2004) shows that countries that provide more incentives and support systems specifically designed for women entrepreneurs have higher rates of female entrepreneurship.  In countries where such specific support services do not exist, there are lower levels of women’s entrepreneurship.[3] 

This proposal directly links to: Rank 1 – Information technology and digital economy, including e-commerce, ICT infrastructure and digital trade; Internet Economy, including the implementation of APEC Initiative of Cooperation to Promote Internet Economy. It also directly links to: Rank 2, the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth, especially women and the economy.



[1] Shah, H. & Saurabh, P. August 2015. Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Nations: Growth and Replication.

Strategies and Their Impact on Poverty Alleviation. Technology Innovation Management Review, 5(8): 34-43.

[2] Sluis J, Praag M, Vijverberg W. Entrepreneurship selection and performance: a meta-analysis of the impact of education in developing economies. World Bank Economic Review (International); 19, No. 2:225-61, 2005.

[3] Stevenson, L. (2004).  Multi-country Perspective on Policy for Women Entrepreneurs:  Sustaining the Momentum, 28 October. Ottawa.

Objectives

1) To support women-led MSMEs enhance their business or start a business through skills training;  

2) To raise awareness of possible impediments to Women MSMEs sustainable growth;

3)  To disseminate best practices on Women Entrepreneurship; and,

4) To develop recommendation and explore possible means for APEC members to collaborate on creating a conducive environment for Women MSMEs.

Alignment

This proposed project aligns well with the 2017 APEC’s theme of “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future” as it promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Furthermore, the proposed project is relevant to the 2010 APEC Growth Strategy, the 2015 Strategy for Strenghthening Quality Growth and the 2015 Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs.  Most importantly, the project supports Viet Nam’s priority for 2017 which is Promoting Sustainable, Innovative and Inclusive Growth

This project strongly supports the key priority area of entrepreneurship, innovation and the internet and digital economy emphasized in the APEC SME Working Group’s Strategic Plan (2017-2020) specifically on promotion of an entrepreneurial culture amongst the youth, women and other individuals and in fostering innovation in MSMEs to strengthen business competitiveness. This Project is also aligned to the PPWE Strategic Plan (2015-2018), which falls under Innovation and Technology, Skills and Capacity building, and Access to Market (three out of the five pillars in achieving women's economic empowerment).

TILF/ASF Justification

This project seeks funding from the APEC Support Fund specifically MSME Sub-Fund. 

This project will build the capacity of and engage APEC developing economy members; its direct beneficiaries will be women-led MSMEs. In addition, this project will support the development of human capital and/or entrepreneurial capacity among MSMEs especially women-owned businesses in developing APEC economies.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: A 2-day skills training workshop will be organized and a best practice forum will be convened to supplement the workshop.  During the workshop and forum, the project will enhance participants’ knowledge in terms of opportunity assessment, marketing tactics and help build and use entrepreneurial networks. 

A comprehensive report on the results of the workshop and forum will be produced as one of the projects outputs.  The report will reflect the pre and post evaluation of the training workshop and discussions made during the forum. Results of this report will also highlight areas or gaps that may still be addressed or undertaken by other economies to enhance needs of women-led MSMEs. 

Outcomes: Based on the workshop and discussions during the forum, the project aspires to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in improving their businesses.  It is also expected that the knowledge harnessed during the 2-day workshop and the 1-day forum will help participants in making informed judgments in terms of business decisions and processes. 

Beneficiaries:

Women-led MSMEs proprietors are considered the direct beneficiaries of this project.  For the forum, they will mainly engage as the audience, whereas successful and start-up MSMEs will be invited to share their experiences with others. Women in Business institutions that oversee women’s MSME activities in APEC are also potential beneficiaries and target participants for both the forum and workshop.  In particular, APEC government officials are expected to play an active role in a brainstorming session on sustainability to discuss enabling conditions for Women owned MSMEs.

Dissemination

A comprehensive summary report of the proceedings and results of the workshop and the forum will be prepared and will be made publically available electronically at APEC publication page for wider dissemination.  The results will be presented during the SME Working Group/SME Ministerial Meeting in PNG and the PPWE meeting. 

For the workshop and forum the target audience is mainly women-led MSMEs proprietors.  In addition, aside from successful and start-up women-led MSMEs in the garments and textile industry, people from the academe, and large enterprises will be invited to impart their knowledge and discuss how women-led MSMEs can boost their businesses.  Invited government officials will also be able to discuss policies that will enable women-owned businesses to go global. 

There are no intentions to sell the outputs from this project.

Gender

For the skills training workshop, majority of the participants will be women who own businesses found amongst SMEs and ME.  For the workshop and forum, majority of the speakers will be women although, a number of male participants are expected to be present (i.e. as trainer during the workshop and some invited participants during the best practices forum)   who will  play an active role in the forum to discuss enabling conditions for women-owned MSMEs to be sustainable. In addition, as part of the workshop module, there will be a discussion on the unique aspect of being a female entrepreneur.

Work Plan

Month/Year

Activities

January – March  2017

·  Circulate the concept note to seek co-sponsorship from the APEC
SME WG’s members

2 May – 31 May 2017

·  Develop the full proposal

2 June 2017

·  Submission of project proposal with QAF of at least 2 economies

October 2017 – January 2018

·  Over –all preparation of the event;

·  Prepare the agenda, module;

·  Send invitation letters to speakers and member economies

 2nd week of April 2018

·  Skills Training Workshop for Women-led Entrepreneurs (Two day event), in Manila, Philippines

·  Forum on Best Practices of Women-led Entrepreneurs in the Garments and Textile Industry( One day event) in Manila, Philippines

May  – August 2018

·  Document the key outcomes of the forum and workshop;

·  Report the key outcomes at SOM3

September 2018

·  Present key outcomes at the APEC SME WG meeting and
SME Ministerial Meeting in Papua New Guinea;

October 2018

·  Submit the project completion report

Risks

One of the risks associated with the conduct of the skills training workshop is ensuring the selection of good trainers/speakers and the active contribution of participants.  The project organizers will be working with a consultant who has had extensive experience in conducting skills training workshops and seminars specifically geared towards women led-MSMEs. 

Another concern would be the selection of appropriate participants to the skills training workshop and forum.  The workshop and forum caters mainly to Women-led MSMEs proprietors and those women interested in setting up a business, thus invitation will be sent out to the economies’ SMEWG and PPWE representatives who will be responsible in screening and identifying the appropriate participants who will benefit greatly in attending the skills training workshop and forum.  In addition, the PO together with the consultant will develop a participant’s profile, which will help the SMWEG and PPWE representatives in choosing the correct invitees.  

Monitoring and Evaluation

To ensure that the objectives of the project are met, the project organizers together with the consultant will conduct a pre and post evaluation of the participants.  The pre-evaluation will help the consultant together with the project organizer gauge the knowledge and skills of the participants and conduct the necessary training to the attendees of the workshop.  The post-evaluation on the other hand will help measure whether there was an increase in knowledge of at least 70% of the participants.  As part of the skills training workshop, participants will prepare a business plan which will be presented at the end of the workshop. 

The project is targeting at 70-80 participants, 20 of which will come from the APEC travel eligible economies.  The PO will also work closely with the APEC secretariat to encourage other participants from APEC economies to attend. 

In addition, a comprehensive summary report on the results of the workshop and the forum will be prepared based on the results of the evaluation for the workshop and discussions during the forum.  The results will be presented during the SME Working Group and SME Ministerial Meeting in PNG.

Linkages

The project will promote cross fora collaboration by seeking advice and recommendations from the related fora including PPWE and ABAC, among others.  It will also build on PPWE’s previous projects proposed by the United States in 2014: “Gap Analysis Toward Development of a Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC (WE-APEC) Network” and Next Steps for Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC (WE-APEC), Phase 2”.  Meanwhile, the project will engage non-APEC stakeholders, including UA&P CRC which has done much work in the field, as speakers, resource persons and facilitators for the workshop and forum.

Sustainability

The project will serve as an important contribution to APEC’s work in addressing needs of women-led MSMEs especially in the area of skills training.  In addition, the summary results of the best practices forum and the skills training workshop will be made available electronically at APEC publication page which may be used as a reference to possible options and approaches in addressing areas or gaps that may still be carried out by other economies to improve the needs of women-led MSMEs.  In addition, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will use as reference, results of the workshop and forum in drafting its workplan in the future.  Furthermore, based on the summary results the PO together with the consultant will draw up recommendations and future projects which APEC economies may undertake.

The Workshop together with the Forum will be a good venue and opportunity for women-led MSMEs to increase their network and gain possible collaboration/cooperation with other businesses.

Project Overseers

Name:  Atty. Ann Claire Credo-Cabochan
Title:  Director of the Bureau of International Trade Relations
Organization:  Department of Trade and Industry
Postal address:  375 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Tel:  +63 2 465 3300 loc. 439 

Name: Ana Clarisa D. Abastillas
Title: Trade and Industry Development Analyst
Organization:  Department of Trade and Industry
Postal address:  375 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Tel:  +63 2 465 3300 loc. 415

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The project organizer seeks APEC funding to hire a consultant (under contractor fees) who together with the PO will organize the 2-day Skills Training Workshop for Women-led Entrepreneurs.  The following work will be done by the consultant:

·  Design the skills training workshop module

·  Provide workshop kit (i.e. learning materials, writing materials, and ID, among others)

·  Provide secretariat support

·  Provide necessary trainers/teachers for the workshop (trainers/teachers will be part of the fee of the consultant)

·  Provide facilitator for the Forum on Best Practices

·  Draft the results of the 2-day Skills Training Workshop as an input to the project completion report

,  Draft outcome of the 1-day Forum on Best Practices as an input to the project completion report

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Advance payment for airfare and per diem (speakers and active participants) will encourage participation in the project.

Waiver for advance payment and funding of 3 speakers

PO requests for funding of 3 speakers.  In order to make this project a success, the PO believes that women-led entrepreneurs from other economies should be invited to share their experiences and best practices. 

Are there any supporting document attached?

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Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

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Declaration

Project Summary

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Beneficiaries and Outputs

Dissemination

Gender

Work Plan

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Monitoring and Evaluation

Linkages

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