ASEAN, USA launches e-learning platform for SMEs

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), together with the US-ASEAN Business Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have launched the Academy of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (ASEAN SME Academy 2.0), an improved version of the online learning platform.

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ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.

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The initiative aims to support businesses in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase through advanced tools and courses available in Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese to develop digital skills.

According to Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN, digitization is a new requirement for growth and competitiveness for all businesses and economies.

In this sense, he pointed out that the key to success is to change the business mentality in order to take advantage of digital technologies.

Ambassador Ted Osius, President and CEO of the US – ASEAN Business Council, said thatASEAN SME Academy 2.0 is a partnership between the two parties aimed at strengthening the position of small and medium – sized enterprises in the region.

Kate Rebholz, charg√© d’affaires at the US ASEAN Mission, meanwhile said the new initiative would help thousands of businesses in Southeast Asia overcome the effects of the pandemic, build resilience for the future and adapt to the digital growth of the global economy. .


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