SQW was contracted by the IFC to undertake a review of the SME Linkages Program. As part of the review, SQW produced a summary paper on Linkages best practice and reviewed four IFC Linkage programmes in depth (involving fieldwork in Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Zambia and Peru) and five others through desk research. The aim was to compare and contrast the various programmes, identify lessons learned, draw conclusions on effectiveness and provide recommendations on how to incorporate best practice into future Linkage programmes.
The EU has established a network of EBIC’s throughout the Asia Pacific region. Four are already operational in Bangkok, Bombay, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. Others are planned for Colombia, Jakarta, and Vietnam. This assignment was to produce a report considering how EBICs had operated to date and their likely future evolution; bearing in mind links with TICs and Asia Invest.
We undertook a full feasibility study for an innovation centre to support the formation and growth of new innovative and technology based businesses in Hong Kong. This included market analysis, proposals for physical development and organisation and management arrangements. We later advised on the appointment of the first Chief Executive. The Centre was subsequently built and has proved extremely successful.