Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2020 – Volume II

COVID-19 impact on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in developing Asia

A rapid online business surveys in Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines, and Thailand  was conducted during March and May 2020 to assess the initial two-month impact of COVID-19 and associated quarantine measures on micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

There were 6,911 survey responses, of which 3,831 were completed by MSMEs: 525 in Indonesia, 355 in the Lao PDR, 1,804 in the Philippines, and 1,147 in Thailand. The surveys used 15 March as the reference date for the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and defined MSMEs using the employment threshold set by respective national definitions.

This report provides a rich set of initial facts and ideas for governments to develop evidence-based policymaking to support the revival of MSMEs hurt by the pandemic.

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