Small and medium-sized enterprises face unprecedented headwinds, from liquidity squeeze to cutthroat competition. But they make up over 90 percent of businesses in Asia Pacific, providing the most jobs in an economy. So for four weeks, Managing Asia pays special attention to SMEs, profiling four entrepreneurs finding their way in the challenging market.
In the first episode, the story of a modern farmer and his unfailing quest to harvest a sustainable business model.
Thailand's biggest food and hospitality operator Minor International served up record profits in spite of political instability and massive floods. CNBC's Christine Tan talks to Founder and Chairman, Bill Heinecke, for his recipe for tackling adversity.
The man steering Thai Airways' turnaround Piyasvasti Amranand was dismissed from his post on Monday. CNBC's Christine Tan managed to speak to him before he was forced to step down in a frank and open interview about the national carrier's recovery to profitability, and the politics inside the airline.