Trade and Investment Facilitation

Mekong Institute, with the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China through the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund, is organizing a modular training on “Management of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Lancang-Mekong Countries.” The training will be held on September 24-28 at Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand.  

With a learner-centered approach, the modular training aims to i) improve knowledge base of participants by sharing status and progress on cross border economic zones (CBEZs); ii) build capacities of SEZ officials and the private sector on various issues related to management of SEZs;, iii) share best practices on SEZs/CBEZs and provide examples from the Lancang-Mekong countries; and iv) promote learning and exchange among stakeholders.

The training is part of a three-year project on “Joint Development of Cross-Border Economic Zones” in Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand, with MI as its implementing agency in coordination with Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce. The project is geared toward promoting SEZs and increased coordination among the Lancang-Mekong countries and boosting trade and investment from within and outside the subregion.


The training is designed for representatives from the:

  • Government (including ministries of planning, finance and commerce, agencies responsible for development of SEZs, customs officials)
  • Private sector (from business associations, exporter associations, banks, SEZ developers and managers, etc.).
Full scholarships will be provided to a total of 24 participants – four each from Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Applications are now open to interested applicants. Please submit a completed application form and a copy of your passport to Mr. Toru Hisada, Senior Project Coordinator at toru@mekonginstitute.org and Mr. Sa-nga Sattanun, Program Manager at Sa-nga@mekonginstitute.org. Nominated candidates must attach their letter of nomination along with the abovementioned requirements.

Deadline of application is on September 12, 2018.

For more information about the training, please contact Mr. Sa-nga Sattanun or Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation Department, at dutta@mekonginstitute.org

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