METI-RIETI APEC Symposium on Small and Medium Enterprises

Strategy for Reinvigorating Economic Growth with Dual Engine: SME and Asia-Pacific


This symposium will bring together ministers; academic scholars with cutting-edge knowledge from various fields including Professor AnnaLee Saxenian of UC Berkeley, prominent for her works on networks and clusters; and entrepreneurs who have successfully internationalized their business activities to discuss economic growth and SMEs in the Asia-Pacific region. The major points of discussion will be:

  • Post-crisis growth strategies and start-ups/new businesses

    New consumers in the Asia-Pacific region will create markets with tremendous potential, and we can expect growth in a variety of fields including eco-business and safety and security. Under these circumstances, start ups and new businesses - and through them the accumulation of industry - will play a considerable role.

  • Effects of international business activities such as trade, investment, and labor mobility on SMEs

    Recent studies have shown that, in general, companies with higher productivity tend to be internationalized, and that internationalization in turn enhances the productivity of those businesses and has positive repercussions for their business partners and competitors through technological transfers and the encouragement of greater competition.

  • Strengthening the institutional basis for facilitating international business activities and economic cooperation

    To develop business from an international perspective, SMEs need to overcome many challenges, such as securing human and physical resources, and removing financial constraints. They also need to pay attention to procedural issues associated with international business activities.

This symposium will provide a valuable opportunity for those involved in the management, policy administration, or research of SMEs to examine the pressing challenges they face from a broad array of perspectives.

We look forward to your participation.


  • Time and Date: 14:00-17:30, Friday, Oct 1, 2010
  • Venue: Nagaragawa Convention Center (2695-2 Nagara Fukumitsu, Gifu, Japan 502-0817)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission fee: Free
  • Organizers: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, (METI) Japan; Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact Information: APEC 2010 Japan, SME Ministerial Meetings Registration Office
    Tel: 03-5216-5303

Symposium Agenda

14:00 - 14:10 Opening Remarks

FUJITA Masahisa (President and Chief Research Officer, RIETI / Professor, Konan University / Adjunct Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

14:10 - 15:10 Keynote Speech

14:10 - 14:30 "Aiming for SME Growth in the Asia-Pacific Region"

NAKAYAMA Yoshikatsu (Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan)

14:30 - 15:10 "SMEs and Regions: Innovating in a Global Economy"

AnnaLee SAXENIAN (Dean of School of Information (I School) and Professor (I School and Dept. of City and Regional Planning), University of California, Berkeley))

15:10 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 17:30 Panel Discussion

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

FENG Jun (Chief Executive Officer, Beijing Huaqi Information (aigo) Digital Technology Co Ltd.)

OKAMOTO Tomohiko (President, NABEYA Co. Ltd., Japan)

AnnaLee SAXENIAN (Dean of School of Information (I School) and Professor (I School and Dept. of City and Regional Planning), University of California, Berkeley))

Greg SO (Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)

Tulus T. H. TAMBUNAN (Director, Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies, University of Trisakti, Indonesia)

Panel Chair:

WAKASUGI Ryuhei (Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University / Research Counselor, RIETI)

*Please note that agenda/speaker is subject to change without notice. Thank you.