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The 5-day intensive training program on “Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, Women and Children in the GMS” is designed to enhance knowledge and skill sets of  Laos  civil servants in  protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers in both sending and receiving countries. Furthermore, since women and children are often exposed to human trafficking, abuse of labor and domestic violence, this training course will cover the good practices in terms of providing protection measures to them through rights- based approach. Developing understanding on the current good practices and challenges will enable Laos to improve its management system in protecting the rights of those vulnerable groups. The Program is organized under the auspices of Mekong Institute in collaboration with Thailand International Cooperation Agency.

In collaboration with International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) and MASHAV- Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, Mekong Institute (MI) is going to organize the Training on ‘Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship’ on December 6-16, 2016. The training will be organized at the MI Residential Training Center in Khon Kaen, Thailand with the Structured Learning Visits (SLVs) to successful projects in Thailand.

This training aims to acquaint participants with the concepts, policies, strategies and good practices in promoting innovative entrepreneurship that stimulates the development of the region.

Trade and Investment Facilitation Department, Mekong Institute (MI) as part of JAIF – SEC Project, is organizing the “Regional Training on Business Research and Database Development in the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC).” The training is held on November 14-18, 2016 at Mekong River Conference Room of Mekong Institute Annex Building. 

The training program aims to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills on business research and development of business database that will serve as an interactive platform between and among interested business individuals and organizations.

This food safety training course focuses on GMP. This course introduces the participants to the basic principles of food safety, hygiene and sanitation. It discusses the food safety hazards and how to adequately control them. This GMP course lays the foundation where the other food safety management systems build upon. The 5-day training course also includes action planning for the participants to be able to help them apply their learnings in their place of work.    

Trade and Investment Facilitation Department, Mekong Institute (MI) with support from the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) is organizing the training on Commercial Bank’s Lessons on the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) on October 31 – November 4, 2016 at James B. Bolger Conference Room, 1st Floor of the Mekong Institute. The program aims to share experiences and lessons learnt from commercial banks for supporting SMEs and to provide knowledge and practical skills for the SME development to the target stakeholders. Challenges and opportunities faced by SMEs, including an effective SME financing mechanism will also be addressed at the training.

MI organized the training program on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) from August 15 to 26. It was sponsored by Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA). The course aimed to enhance Laos government officials’ capacity in promoting GAP to ensure the free movement of safe, healthy, and quality food in the region. The participants had the opportunity to learn from the practices and experiences of Thailand on GAP application in GAP certified fields in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima

 

The training aims to provide the participants with necessary knowledge and skills on SME cluster and export consortia formation and plan of actions to create SME product clusters. Participants will assist the formation of SME clusters to integrate the product clusters into regional value chains.

The Mekong Institute (MI), in collaboration with the The Monitoring Office of Program 165, is going to organize a two-week Training Program on “The Impact of Climate Change Environment and Natural Resource Management in Agricultural Sector”. The training will take place on August 9-19, 2016 at Mekong Institute Residential Training Center in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Nineteen government officials who are working with Agriculture, Rural Development and climate issues from Vietnam will attend the training program. The program aims to enhance knowledge and skill sets of participants with respect to good practices of climate mitigation and adaption measures focusing on environment and resource management in agriculture sector in an interactive learning setting. The structured learning visits (SLV) are integrated into the training course to expose participants to the communities in Thailand which are practicing innovative climate adaptation and mitigation measures. 

The program aims to promote regional cooperation and knowledge exchange on strengthening country systems that enhances their capacity in supporting poverty alleviation and sustainable rural development strategies and interventions. Field visits to communities with rural development and income generation projects will be arranged for participants to acquire first-hand experience, which they can apply in their work. The best practices for rural areas will likewise be introduced and discussed.

Sponsored by the People’s Government of Yunnan Province of PR China, target participants are government officials of the GMS countries including Cambodia, PR China, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CCLMV), who are directly involved with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty alleviation and sustainable rural development programs in their respective areas

Mekong Institute is organizing the Training Program on “Sustainable Rural Development” on June 13-17, 2016 at Mekong Institute’s Residential Center, Khon Kaen, Thailand, aiming to enhance professional capacity to analyze challenges and opportunities of rural development for rural communities, and to be able to facilitate local participation in the development of rural communities. The training participants will have the opportunity to exchange on-the-ground experiences, learn from challenges and discuss best practices for rural areas. Target participants are government officials from Lao PDR and Thailand, who are directly involved with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development programs.

The five-day training program will be organized in partnership with the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD).

The 3rd modular training on “Certified Logistics Master” will be held at Mekong Institute (MI) Residential Training Center in Khon Kaen, Thailand, from May 23 to June 3, 2016. The training is funded by the Mekong - ROK Cooperation Fund (MRCF). It aims at improving cross-border and trans-shipment logistics services through capacity development and accreditation of local logistics service providers in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Mekong Institute (MI) in collaboration with Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and the Colombo Plan is organizing a two-week international training on ‘Microfinance for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) Development in Asia Pacific Region’, April 25 - May 6, 2016, at the Mekong Institute Residential Training Center, Khon Kaen, Thailand. 

With an aim at introduction of the concept and information sharing on the latest developments in microfinance sector in connection with SME growth, the program is designed for the senior and mid-level the government officials and staff of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (CCIs) from member countries of the Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development. These include the Colombo Plan development member countries. These countries namely are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Mekong Institute (MI), KHON KAEN – The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was officially launched last December. Once the AEC blueprint is fully implemented, ASEAN will become a prosperous economic community with freer and more efficient flow of goods, trade, services, capital and investments, as well as skilled labor and human resources across the region. Despite the promising opportunities, AEC also poses many challenges. To address these challenges, MI is going to organize a two-week Regional Training on “Enhancing Cross-Border Trade Facilitation toward AEC 2015” on March 14-25, 2016, with the support from Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA). The program aims to foster participants’ capacity development and develop a deeper understanding of challenges and issues faced by related government officials and business owners on cross-border trade and management, and to support policy and structural reforms. 

In order to train participants in all aspects of project management and to provide insights into the project planning and development process of development projects which have trans-boundary or trans-national implications, Mekong Institute in cooperation with NEDA is organizing  a practical training program on “Project Management in the Context of GMS Cooperation and Integration”. The target audiences are government officials, managers of multinational enterprises and development professional from the CLMV countries, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, and Bhutan - who are involved in the identification, design, and planning of development projects.  The course will provide them with better understanding of today’s state-of-the-art practices in project management in the regional and sub-regional development sphere.

Mekong Institute (MI), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is going to organize the Regional Training Workshop on Planning and Implementing Contract Farming Operations from November 23-26, 2015 at MI Residential Training Center in Khon Kaen. The program aims to build the capacity of participants in dealing with issues related to facilitating market linkages through contract farming operations.

The course aims to develop participants’ capacity to monitor and evaluate sub-regional or trans-boundary development projects. It was designed for GMS participants who have undergone the training program on Project Design and Planning in the context of GMS Regional Cooperation and Integration held at MI in June 2014 funded by the Yunnan Government.

Funded by the Mekong-ROK Cooperation Fund (MRCF), the 2nd modular training on Certified Logistics Master will be held from October 26 to November 7, 2015 in MI. The training aims at improving cross-border and trans-shipment logistics service through capacity development and accreditation of local logistics service providers in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.

The regional training is designed for logistics service providers from Ministry of Transport, logistics associations, custom broker associations, trucking companies, warehousing companies and freight forwarding companies.

The training program aims to enhance the participants’ capacity in stimulating local economic development via cross border trade promotion which is relevant for Quang Tri Province of Vietnam. In light of ASEAN regional integration and GMS economic cooperation, the trade will focus on trade agreements which will have impacts of local business and trade sector development. The training targets 20 senior and mid-level officials and private sector from Quang Tri Province of Vietnam.  

The training program aims to enhance the participants’ capacity in stimulating local economic development in the post-conflict environment which is relevant for the Kayin State. The training will focus on promoting meaningful participation of private sector and community in planning and management process of local economic development.  The training targets 20 senior and mid-level officials, private sector and community based organizations from Kayin State, Myanmar.

This workshop will help participant, especially the new member staff of MI to learn more about MI activity on how we organize and facilitate the training course as well as SLV. All new staff are required to attend the training.

The training aims to enhance the capacity of Chamber of Commerce, Business Associations, and governmental and private trade promotion agencies to conduct effective trade events, and foster the collaboration network among various agencies of CLMV countries. As part of the ongoing project on “Capacity Building for the Integration of CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) Economies into ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)”, funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP), the outcomes of the ‘Trade Events Promotion’ training program are expected to contribute to the goal of increasing cross border trade of CLMV countries.

The Program is to promote regional cooperation and knowledge exchange on strengthening country systems that enhances their capacity in supporting sustainable community development strategies and interventions. Target participants are the government officials from Cambodia who involved directly with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community development programs, the training program aims to enhance professional capacity in skills of community analysis, be able to gain better knowledge on concepts and process of community development, and to be able to facilitate local participation in the development of rural communities. During the one-month course, participants will be able to develop their knowledge and ability to plan for strategies and interventions to cope with the community issues.

The course aims to outline the factors affecting the deterioration of fresh agricultural produce and present postharvest technologies for maintaining quality and reducing postharvest losses. Some of the topics to be discussed include techniques in managing temperature and packaging. The six-day training program will also include a structured learning visit (SLV) to a processing company in Thailand to provide the participants an opportunity to observe and gain first-hand insights into the operations of a fresh produce processing plant. At the end of the course, participants are expected to develop an action plan for implementation in their respective countries and organizations.

The program aims to enhance the participants’ appreciation of the urgency to facilitate ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and improve their knowledge and skills on coordinated cross-border management for greater efficiency in managing agriculture trade.

Target participants include border checkpoint officials (animal inspection, plant inspection, customs), and cross-border trade investors from CLMV countries. A visit to a border checkpoint will introduce participants to cross-border procedures, particularly customs procedure, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) inspection measures and various requirements that will facilitate the movement of goods from one country to another.

The program aims to enhance national capacity in promoting ASEAN GAP and its certification system to ensure the free movement of safe, healthy and quality of food within the region. Twenty-four participants are the government officials mandated to promote GAP in CLMV and investors from private sector

The four-week course will focus on  problem identification, defining research objectives, formulating research hypotheses, and developing sound conceptual/theoretical frameworks to anchor students’ research which, will in-turn, provide the basis for their respective master’s theses.

The program aims to enhance the participants’ appreciation of the urgency to facilitate ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and improve their knowledge and skills on coordinated cross border management covering the aspects of immigration and customs procedures for the movement of goods and people. The training targets 13 senior and mid-level officials from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam who are involved in cross border management, specifically from immigration, customs, agriculture, border police agencies. It is also expected that the training will contribute to strengthen the Network of Government agencies across the countries by sharing their best practices in border management.

This two-day workshop is the follow-up activity of “Training of Trainers on Local Economic Development with Inclusive Growth and Gender Integration (Phase I) organized by Mekong Institute on 21th-25th April 2014. After the completion of ToT program, the participants implemented country-wise action plans by conducting localized trainings. This workshop will provide opportunity for participants to reflect and learn from each other in action plan implementation and share the good practices. Additionally, the outcomes of this workshop will be used for designing future LED interventions.

The training program is the second activity under the NSEC project “Enhancing Provincial and Local Chambers of Commerce Capacities in Trade and Investment facilitation along the GMS NSEC (R3A&B) sponsored by ASEAN China Cooperation Fund (ACCF).

The objectives of the training are:

  • To understand the need and importance of export trade for business growth and expansion
  • To develop skills on different tools for organizing trade events;
  • To develop skills to plan, conduct effective trade events and monitor the success of the event.

The comprehensive program will include structured learning visits (SLVs) to a range of sites in Thailand including community and private rice mills and seed groups, the central agricultural market (under the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC)), and the community-based silk producers in the northeast of Thailand. These SLVs will reinforce conceptual course modules covering entrepreneurship styles and strategies to SMEs and large-scale organizations. At the same time, detailed examples and case studies of best practices from Thailand will be utilized throughout to provide participants with clear, applicable strategies for value chain management and value-adding activities.

This training will focus on the current state-of-play in the international trade of Myanmar to allow the participants to develop deeper understanding of challenges and issues faced by SMEs in Myanmar and equip them to formulate better policy framework to tap opportunities in the goods and services sectors in the regional and global markets.

The event is structured into two parts. Part 1 will introduce the SME cluster products to the prospective business partners. Part 2 of the event will provide an opportunity for the SME cluster groups and prospective investors to conduct business matching.

This training aims to enhance their knowledge and skills in GAP and postharvest handling of fruits and vegetables. In 2014, MI is going to organize a training of trainers (TOT) for those who have the potential to be GAP trainers in CLMV. These trainers are expected to continue promoting product quality and safety by raising awareness among various stakeholders through various capacity development efforts.

The training aims at helping participants develop their capacity and gain deeper understanding in ASEAN, FTA status and trade issues of FTAs in the GMS context including current state of affairs in the regional and international trade. Target groups of the training are representatives from private sector bodies, namely; chambers of commerce and industry, business associations, exporters and importers in the GMS countries. Through this training course, participants are expected to improve their knowledge and skills for greater utilization of FTAs in their businesses and trading in the regional and global markets.

The program aims to enhance the participants’ appreciation of the urgency to facilitate ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and improve their knowledge and skills on coordinated cross-border management for greater efficiency in managing agriculture trade.

Target participants include border checkpoint officials (animal inspection, plant inspection, customs), and cross-border trade investors from CLMV countries. A visit to a border checkpoint will introduce participants to cross-border procedures, particularly customs procedure, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) inspection measures and various requirements that will facilitate the movement of goods from one country to another.

Sponsored by the ASEAN China Cooperation Fund (ACCF), MI’s Trade and Investment Facilitation Department will organize a regional training course entitled, ‘Business Research and Information Management along North South Economic Corridors: NSEC (R3A & R3B)’, from July 14-18 in Khon Kaen, Thailand. The one week training is part of the one year project on “Enhancing Provincial and Local Chambers of Commerce Capacities in Trade and Investment Facilitation along the GMS North-South Economic Corridor (R3A & R3B).

MI is offering the program in collaboration with a state enterprise, Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand, and three multinational agro-based companies namely, Mitr Phol Group, Sriviroj Farm Khon Kaen, and Swift Company in Nakhon Pathom as private sector partners. These organizations will host the students during their 20-day practicum that allows hands-on experience in various aspects of poultry, dairy, sugarcane, and fresh fruit & vegetables business operations. Through this program, the participants are expected to learn about modern technologies in production and processing systems as well as marketing, through experiential learning.

The program aims to develop the capacities of the trade negotiators, policy makers and practitioners of government agencies in the GMS countries. The course will be beneficial to the practitioners dealing with trade policy development and negotiations (at the unilateral, multilateral, and regional levels). The course will cover important aspects on standardization process and approaches at all levels (national, regional, FTAs, global),   trade policy principles, lessons from trade policy experiences, trade growth, the WTO and Doha agenda and necessary skills for effective participation in the policy making process and on trade negotiation table.

This project aims to contribute to rapid local economic development and inclusive growth through supporting rural and border area development that provides employment and increases the earnings of low-income groups. It also seeks to increase mobility along the EWEC, especially across borders, enabling rural communities including ethnic groups and women to access markets, and employment opportunities. To achieve the development result, the project shall first. The program is tailored to meet the needs of provincial authorities and private sector from the pilot project provinces, namely Khammoune, Lao PDR, Quang Tri, Vietnam, and Kayin State, Myanmar. Since the participants of this training come from different countries, the training will be conducted in English.

This training aims to train the participants in all aspects of project management and to provide insights into the project planning and development process of development projects which have trans-boundary or transnational implications. The target audience is government officials, managers of multinational enterprises and development professional from the GMS countries who are involved in the design and planning of development projects. The course will provide them with a better understanding of today’s state-of-the-art in project management in the regional and subregional development sphere.

 

 

This modular training program is designed to train BDS providers, existing SMEs and prospective entrepreneurs on basic concepts of entrepreneurship development and SME promotion with a focus to promote business development in maize and allied sectors.

The training will adopt a modular approach with three successive stages of learning- learn to do (training), do to learn (application of the knowledge) and share to learn (synthesis and feedback).

This one week training program aims to build capacities of senior-middle management working with SMEs in providing effective and inclusive development of rice clusters in Khammoune province. They will be trained on tools and strategies in developing SME clusters for rice business sector, market access and developing export market through export consortia and integration of SME exporters to regional and global value chains. The program will be held from May 26 - June 2, 2014, in the target location Khammoune Province, Lao PDR.

With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Mekong Institute will implement a TOT Program on SME Cluster Development and Export Consortia for Coffee Sector in Quang Tri, Vietnam from 26 May - 2 June, 2014. The program aims to better prepare SMEs for seamless integration into the regional economy. This training program is a part of the three year project on “Capacity Development for Inclusive and Equitable Growth, GMS” implemented by Mekong Institute (MI) pertaining to the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) in Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.

The one week training programme has been designed with an aim to build capacities of regional CDA in key areas of Cluster development to promote SME cluster linkages and support SMEs’ integration into the regional and global value chain. This regional training programme is a part of the three-year project on Capacity Building for Integrating CLMV Economies into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, which has been funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Mekong Institute (MI) is organizing a Structured Learning Visit on Improving Cross-border Agriculture Value Chain on May 26-30, 2014 at the MI Residential Training Center in KhonKaen, Thailand. The course aims to enhance the awareness of both the public officials and the private sectors on the nature of cross-border trade in agriculture and recognize the importance of rapid and simplified cross-border proceduresin fresh produce. Target participants includecross-border provincial authorities, border checkpoint officials, cross-border trade investors, and producer groups from CLMV countries. A visit to a border checkpoint will introduce participants to cross-border procedures, particularly immigration, customs procedure, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) inspection measures and various requirements that will facilitate the movement of goods from one country to another.

The project is a regional capacity development project that aims at contributing to rapid local economic development and inclusive growth in the GMS with special emphasis on provinces and communities along the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), in which three pilot provinces/states Khammoune Province (Lao PDR), Quang Tri Province (Vietnam) and Kayin State (Myanmar) had been selected.

The development of SME cluster is vital for enabling SMEs in the GMS to take advantage of the increased opportunities with the formation of AEC in 2015. This necessitates the provision of effective business development services to enable the SMEs to function and expand business.

To enable the SMEs to be better prepared for seamless integration into the regional economy, MI is implementing the ToT Program on SME Cluster & BDS Market Development with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This ToT program is part of the three year project on “Capacity Development for Inclusive and Equitable Growth, GMS” in the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) comprising of Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

The training course will be organized and conducted in Mekong Institute, Thailand. The scholars will engage in an interactive learning environment to understand the analytical methods used to convert data into information for decision-making. Upon completion of the training, they will be able to describe the differences between quantitative and qualitative research and apply several statistical techniques used in research. They are also expected to improve and finalize the research proposal they prepared prior to acceptance to the Program.

This seminar cum business matching aims to promote SMEs export network, particularly the silk production groups and silk traders on the EWEC. This seminar will provide an opportunity for silk businesses to share best practices and lessons learned and to strengthen the EWEC business network.

Coordinated Border Management (CBM) systems and procedure promote cohesion, efficiency and logical manner of managing border operations as these apply to travelers, goods and transportation crossing international borders.  CBM is essential for the fulfillment of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) system. The proposed learning course  is designed to enhance the participants’  appreciation, knowledge and skills in strengthening cross border systems and procedures, particularly immigration, customs procedure, sanitary and phytosanitary inspection measures. 

The training course, jointly sponsored by New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), aims to broaden participants’ horizons on the characteristics and benefits of value chain approaches. The course will promote the utilization of these approaches in the GMS with a view to enhancing local, regional and national economic development.

This course will be beneficial to policy makers dealing with trade policy development since it provides in-depth input on the economic and developmental implications of trade policies and negotiations at the unilateral, multilateral, and regional levels, while also ensuring the adequate treatment of the more practical aspects of policy making and negotiations.

The program aims to improve the participant knowledge on FTAs. The program would help the participants improve their ability to identify emerging trade opportunities for SME exporters in GMS countries through AEC integration, gain better understanding onidentifying emerging impediments in utilizing FTAs beyond tariff reduction as per the regional and international requirements

This course aims to improve participants’ understanding of the importance of Good Agricultural (GAP) and Postharvest Practices in promoting product quality and safety of fruits, vegetables and meats. At the end of the program, participants would have acquired knowledge and practical experiences on the application of GAP and postharvest practices and have transferred the knowledge to various stakeholders engaged in the production and trade of fresh produce.

The programme aims to build capacities of business development service providers in key areas such as developing SME cluster, developing export model through export consortia, facilitating access of business development service, cluster mapping, technology adaption, innovation and integration of SME exporters to regional and global supply chains. The programme would provide an in-depth understanding of clusters and their significance, dynamics of SMEs working in clusters, consortium approach for developing holistic business performance and improving global competitiveness of the cluster firms/SMEs.

The program aimed to enhance the technical skills of targeted government officials in designing and conducting project monitoring and evaluation and presenting the findings and recommendations to the respective project key stakeholders.

The programme aims to support SME internalisation through identification of external market for their exportable products. Participants will be expected to identify a list of top-ten products for export once they complete the training and return to their countries. They will also jointly develop a software for market identification as part of the training program

The program aims to develop participant’s basic skills to conduct business and trade research by designing, collecting and analysis of business related information. This modular training is aimed at developing the NSEC Business Database to provide business related information and provide a platform for networking among the business community in the NSEC and beyond.

The program aimed to build capacities of business development services (BDS) providers and SME exporters in key areas in developing SME cluster, developing export model through export consortia, facilitating access of BDS, cluster mapping, technology adaption, innovation, and integration of SME exporters to regional and global supply chains