USAID Evaluates Capabilities of Business Support Organizations to Help Them Become More Effective

Friday, March 6, 2020

On February 26-28, the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (USAID LinkSME) project collaborated with the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) to conduct on-site capabilities assessments for five business support organizations (BSOs) in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Quang Nam Province. The BSOs, from both the public and private sectors, included the Center of Supporting Industries Development; the Association of High-Quality Vietnamese Products; the Investment Promotion and Enterprise Support Center of Quang Nam Province; the Danang Industry and Trade Promotion Center; and the Assistance Center for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Central Vietnam. With a tailor-made screening tool for each BSO, USAID LinkSME and AED evaluated the BSOs’ technical competence, willingness and commitment, management and leadership capacity, supporting activities for SMEs, and experience in building business linkages between lead firms and Vietnamese SMEs. After analyzing the screening data, USAID LinkSME will propose a technical assistance package to all five BSOs to address capacity gaps holding back the BSOs from fully serving their membership and linking SMEs to manufacturing supply chains.

So What? By providing technical assistance to BSOs, USAID LinkSME is helping facilitate business linkages between Vietnamese SMEs and lead firms, promoting private sector-led growth in Vietnam (Journey to Self-Reliance) and advancing the Indo-Pacific vision of improved trade and competitiveness. 

Last updated: May 22, 2020

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