$300 Billion Funding Gap for SMEs in Southeast Asia Is Critical because they Account for 42% of Region’s GDP

July 27th, 2020 – Financing for SMEs is severely limited in certain regions of the world. Many different peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms have been launched in order to provide much-needed capital to small businesses.

The SME Finance Forum reveals that 41% of formal micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging markets currently have unmet financing needs or requirements. This funding gap presently stands at around $5 trillion, which is notably 1.3x the current level of available financing.

The funding gap in Southeast (SE) Asia, which is one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions, stands are roughly $300 billion.

This significant lack of funding isn’t simply a problem for specialized or small industries. It’s actually a problem affecting SE Asia’s core economy, which is (like in other parts of the world) driven by the SME sector.

A Deloitte study from 2015 revealed that SMEs accounted for 42% of the total GDP of the five ASEAN founding members – which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.


Written by Crowdfund Insider

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