Trade and Investment Facilitation

Mekong Institute (MI), in collaboration with Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, rolled out an online training program on “Facilitating Cross-Border Electronic Transactions and the Use of Electronic Signatures” to enhance Information and Communications Technology (ICT) connectivity and use in Lancang-Mekong countries from March 1 to 12, 2021.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, MI Executive Director, explained that the 10-day activity was designed to make more efficient and inclusive cross-border trade and e-commerce practices through digitalization. “By adapting to new technologies, we strengthen our productivity and competitiveness against an ever-evolving regional market,” he said.  

Facilitated by MI and thematic experts, participants were exposed to international and regional frameworks, as well as ICT concepts and principles. The sessions were also supplemented with group discussions and exercises to stimulate knowledge exchange among the 40 training participants who represent the government, private, and business sectors in Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

At the end of the program, participants will implement their action plans to widen understanding of the merits of electronic facilities and services in their respective home countries. Findings from these activities will be presented at an MI-organized synthesis and evaluation workshop to reinforce best practices.

Supported by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund, the online training program is part of the three-year “Upgrading Border Facilitation for Trade and Logistics Development” project, which aims to promote trade and foster connectivity along border trade zones through capacity building initiatives, infrastructure improvements, as well as policy and structural reforms. 

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