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.
Regional Workshop to facilitate Export Processes
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.
1st GTI Stakeholder Meeting in Mongolia
o strengthen the coordination of cooperation efforts of Mongolia under the framework of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), Mongolian GTI focal points convened for the first time to jointly discuss their approaches and engagement within the initiative.
Utilising the GIZ-VIETRADE Export Guidelines for Train-of-Trainer
Building up on the successful introduction of the GIZ-VIETRADE Export Guidelines for fresh fruits, both sides deepened cooperation on private sector development in regard of export processes to China. To enhance capacity of Vietnamese SMEs, GIZ and VIETRADE conducted a train-of-trainer (ToT) based on the Export Guidelines in Hanoi on 12-13 September 2018.
Vocational training along the agricultural value chain: learning from China
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Hanns-Seidel Foundation (HSS), and the Vocational Training Centre Pingdu, China, organised a pilot training course for the Laos Vocational Education Development Institute (VEDI) from 13-24 August 2018 on food processing and rural value chains to demonstrate the benefit of trilateral cooperation between Germany, China and third countries in the region.
Introduction to SME Service Centers
To support the development of SMEs, governments, organisations and institutions around the world have set up SME Service Centers, to provide SMEs with respective business information and capacity-building. The GIZ SCSI Programme aims to improve SME inclusion in regional cooperation and integration processes in Asia. To accompany ongoing interventions, SCSI regularly compiles overviews on available online support sources for private sector development. The following list gathers information on SME Service Centers in the region as well as additional examples on good practices.