A region’s ability to position itself powerfully within world trade and to benefit from international business is strongly determined by its capacity and expertise in the field of logistics, which in the GMS is still shaped by rather low and at times unpredictable performance, typically limited service range, and a lack of international network and competitiveness.
In order to tackle the shortage of staff specialized in logistics in the GMS, MI organizes the “Certified Logistics Master Program” under the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund. Since 2014, the program aims to significantly improve the present landscape of logistics service providers (LSPs) in the GMS. Therefor, it compensates for the lack of regional level educational institutions offering courses on logistics, which are urgently needed in order to achieve economic integration of the region and to foster the sustainable regional development.
In 2015, the first of three planned modular courses was completed and 29 of 30 participants were awarded as Certified Logistics Master (CLM). The certificate was jointly awarded by MI, GMS Freight Transport Association (FRETA) and Khon Kaen University (KKU). Through the implementation of action plans and internal knowledge sharing, their impact has been multiplied, improving LSPs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand (CLMVT). Moreover, the program facilitated business cooperation among LSPs in the region for investment and cross-border logistics services.
With the second modular training, which started in October 2015, and a third modular training, conducted in May 2016, a total of 90 local LSPs along the GMS economic corridor from CLMVT have completed the program. Furthermore, a Training of Trainers (ToT) program targeting 20 of the successful participants will be conducted during the 3rd phase of the project. As a result, the training will be replicated at the local level to further benefitt at least 150 logistics practitioners on the ground.