About the Project

Despite being the second fastest growing region after East Asia, South Asia is one of the least integrated regions in the world with limited economic cooperation amongst the eight countries comprising the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Other than domestic constraints, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) are some of the most important factors responsible for the low-level of intraregional trade.

NTBs also negatively impact the development of mutually beneficial regional value chains and production processes of regional markets, which are now increasingly attractive for diversification given the noticeable dip in the demand for goods and services in other markets.

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are recognised as an important source of employment and poverty alleviation especially for women across countries in the region. Women-led/owned/dominated MSMEs constitute a major source of formal and informal sector employment for women in South Asian countries. However, the average growth rate of Women-owned micro, small and medium enterprises (WMSMEs) is significantly lower than the average growth rate of MSMEs run by men.

In South Asia only eight to nine per cent of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are owned by women compared to 38 to 47 per cent of the same in East Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It is worthwhile to strengthen their participation in the regional markets while leveraging their existing and potential roles in the creation and strengthening of regional value chains.

Implementing Organization
CUTS International
D217, Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park, 
Jaipur 302 016, India
Ph: +91.141.2282821, 
Fx: +91.141.2282485 
Email: cuts@cuts.org 
Web: http://www.cuts-international.org/




Regional Trade Potential of WMSMEs in South Asia: The Case of India
National Consultation

February 11, 2015, New Delhi, India
Backgrounder | Agenda



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CUTS International (Consumer Unity & Trust Society)
D217, Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park
Jaipur 302 016, India
Tel: +91 141 2282821 Fax: +91 141 2282485
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