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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Asia and are effective job creators and income generators. In addition, SMEs play a key role in poverty reduction and inclusive economic growth. However, SMEs in the subregion often face considerable resource constraints and have limited capabilities to compete effectively in global and regional markets. Recent experience from a wide range of the Asia-Pacific countries, particularly from South-East Asia and China, indicates that domestic SMEs can access international markets through global (and regional) value chains (GVCs). This publication aims to propose practical policy interventions for improving business environments by targeting three South Asian countries — Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, to facilitate SMEs’ access to global and regional markets through GVCs. Sector based value chain approach was adapted to focus on a few product groups with high export potentials: plastic goods from Bangladesh; coffee and ginger for Nepal and rubber and electronic products in Sri Lanka. National action plans and a subregional programme, together with operational strategies including needed institutional framework among stakeholders, for those products were developed and presented.