On March 19-20 the SCSI Programme brought together its partners in Bangkok to discuss approaches on private sector enhancement in regional economic integration processes. The emphasis was on strengthening small and medium enterprises (SMEs) inclusion from Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Vietnam in regional and global agricultural value chains.
SCSI Closing Workshop and Regional Expert Forum
Exporting Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to China
Based on the export guideline train-of-trainer (ToT)and trainings for dragon fruit, longan, lychee, and watermelon, VIETRADE and GIZ set up two follow-up events on 28 February in Hanoi and 01 March 2019 in HCMC to award 14 trainer from trade promotion networks and associations and chambers.
First GTI Policy Brief published
To foster knowledge exchange on industrial parks, like eco-parks, cross-border economic zones and logistics parks in Northeast Asia, Jilin Province hosted a Policy Dialogue on Industrial Parks on September 5, 2018, in Changchun. Channeling the outcome of the dialogue, GIZ supported the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat in compiling GTI’s first Policy Brief.
Regional Workshop to facilitate Export Processes
The agricultural sector offers an immense economic potential for development in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam. However, due to informal trade channels and lack of capacity the revenue in agricultural trade with China remains low. On 05-06 December, SCSI invited main partners from the three countries for a regional workshop in Beijing to bundle its approaches within its three Southeast Asian focus countries and set a platform for regional knowledge exchange.
From Theory to Practice – Training and Study Trip on Fresh Fruit Export Processes in Cambodia
To enhance export capacity among Cambodian micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), GIZ SCSI in cooperation with the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) organised a two folded training from 06-08 November 2018. A one day training workshop on the Step-by-Step Guidelines for Exporting Fresh Banana, Mango and Longan Fruits to China was held in Phnom Penh. The theoretical part then was followed by a technical training in Kratie province to learn about practical steps and utilise the guidelines at the production site.
GTI Workshop on FTA/RTA Information Sharing
To improve knowledge on free trade agreements (FTA) and regional trade agreements (RTA) among members of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), the GTI Workshop on FTA/RTA Information Sharing on 25th October in Bo’ao, China was co-organized by the Ministry of Commerce of China (MofCom), the China Association of International Trade (CAIT) and the GTI Secretariat. .