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How we facilitate investments and support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs :

Catalyzing Growth of MSMEs

In most countries MSMEs are aggregately the largest employer and contribute between 25% – 50% of GDP, they are the economy. We understand that a vibrant MSME sector is critical for inclusive economic development, job creation, innovation and broad-based prosperity. MSMEs typically involved in all kinds of businesses across an economy and often face constraints in accessing resources, markets and scalable growth opportunities.

In OECD countries, MSMEs (i.e. enterprises with fewer than 250 people employed) accounted for about 65% of employment and 53% of national value added in the business sector in 2019, based on data from the OECD Structural and Demography Business Statistics (SDBS) database2. In G20 middle-income economies, the official MSME share in national employment and GDP is usually lower, reflecting in part the fact that structural business statistics do not typically capture activities and employment in the informal economy and agriculture – where these activities are generally larger in emerging economies than in developed economies – unlike official statistics on GDP and employment, which, at least in theory, do.


Based on household and labour force survey data3, the ILO estimates that small economic units (i.e. companies with fewer than 50 workers) accounted for 66% of total employment in G20 economies in 2019, although there are large variations by country income group (Figure 6). In particular, small enterprises made up 68.5% of employment in G20 middle-income economies, but only 50% in G20 high income economies. A finer disaggregation shows that the smallest economic units, i.e. the self employed, accounted for nearly one-third of total employment in G20 middle-income economies but only for 10% in G20 high-income economies, pointing to one of the reasons behind the existing productivity gaps between high- and middle-income economies worldwide.

FDIWeek’s specialized MSME practice focuses on consulting on policy frameworks and facilitating strategic investments, partnerships and support ecosystems to uplift and empower these vital economic engines:

Investment Facilitation

We attract foreign and domestic investors, venture capital funds, impact investors and corporations looking to invest in, partner with or integrate local MSMEs into their supply chains and distribution networks. This provides the capital, market linkages and knowledge transfer to help MSMEs scale.

Ecosystem Development

We enable investments into creating robust enabling ecosystems including entrepreneur support centers, incubators, vocational training institutes, common facility centers, marketing cooperatives etc. which offer MSMEs the technical, business and financial support critical for their success.

Value Chain Integration

Our initiatives promote backend integration of MSMEs into agriculture value chains, manufacturing supply chains, logistics networks etc. This facilitates upstream and downstream investments, enhances productivity and ensures equitable participation.

Access to Finance

Lack of affordable financing is a key barrier. We attract investments to establish dedicated MSME funds, supply chain finance programs, microfinance providers, fintech lenders and alternative financing models to meet the unique capital needs of smaller enterprises.

Policy and Incentives

We advise governments on policies, incentives and support programs to create a conducive environment for MSME growth including tax benefits, regulatory reforms, export incentives, development of industrial clusters and economic zones targeted at MSMEs.

Technology Enablement

A focus is enabling investments in digital technologies like e-commerce, digital payments, smart logistics etc. which can help MSMEs overcome scale disadvantages, access wider markets and seamlessly integrate into the modern economy.

By fostering an interconnected support infrastructure combining investment capital, technical assistance, market access and progressive policies, our approach empowers MSMEs to unleash their full potential as drivers of innovation, employment generation and equitable economic development.

Step-by-step approach we take when engaging governments on MSME

    1. Initial Assessment
    • Conduct comprehensive research on the client’s MSME landscape, challenges and priorities
    • Analyze economic data, policies, support programs, cluster mapping, value chains etc.
    • Identify key MSME segments to focus on based on growth potential and impact.

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    1. Stakeholder Consultations
    • Engage relevant government ministries, agencies, trade bodies and MSME associations
    • Understand pain points, requirements, ongoing initiatives from stakeholder perspectives
    • Gather grassroots-level feedback from MSME entrepreneurs in focus sectors/regions
    1. Opportunity Mapping
    • Map priority MSME segments against investment/support opportunities
    • Assess potential for investments across financing, technology, infrastructure, skilling etc.
    • Identify opportunities for integration into domestic/global value chains.
    1. Strategic Roadmap Development
    • Formulate a comprehensive MSME growth roadmap and action plan
    • Define strategies for entrepreneurship promotion, access to finance, technology upgrading
    • Design policy interventions, incentives, regulatory reforms, cluster development approaches.
    1. Resource Planning & Impact Modeling
    • Determine technical assistance, capacity building and implementation resource requirements
    • Develop institutional frameworks, delivery models for support programs
    • Model expected economic impacts – investments, exports, jobs, income levels etc.
    1. Stakeholder Alignment & Resource Mobilization
    • Conduct multi-stakeholdervisioning workshops to align on the roadmap
    • Secure buy-in from relevant government agencies and ecosystem players
    • Support resource mobilization from government budgets, DFIs, aid agencies etc.
    1. Investment Promotion & Facilitation
    • Devise targeted investment promotion strategies for focus MSME segments
    • Leverage our global investor networks for MSME investment facilitation
    • Enable venture funding, corporate partnerships, value chain integration.
    1. Implementation Support & Monitoring
    • Provide implementation management and oversight support
    • Establish monitoring, evaluation and feedback mechanisms
    • Course-correct approach based on realized outcomes and evolving needs. 

This comprehensive approach ensures a ground-up, tailored strategy development engaging all stakeholders to catalyze impactful growth of the MSME ecosystem through strategic investments, interventions and facilitation.

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