Training Course on Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Goods and Services

Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Goods and Services: Issues and Strategies in a Post-Pandemic World

August 3 to August 20, 2020

MI is inviting 18 mid-level officials representing government ministries and departments, think tanks, academic and research institutions, as well as business associations, companies, and small- and medium-sized enterprises working in the areas of commerce, trade, information and communication technology, and export industries from Lancang-Mekong countries to attend the e-training course on “Enhancing Trade Competitiveness For Goods and Services: Issues and Strategies in a Post-Pandemic World” from August 3 to August 20, 2020 in our official digital platforms.

The e-training will cover 12 days of live sessions, which will not run for more than three hours each day. Materials such as reference documents, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, exams, among others, will be provided during the self-paced and on-the-day of activities. During the e-training, MI will conduct mid-term and final evaluation tests of participants’ skills and knowledge through online survey methods.

Following the completion of the online training course, participants will have three months to implement his/her action plans before reconvening in the Synthesis and Evaluation Workshop.



The interactive 12-day e-training is designed to (a) advance knowledge on the linkages between post-pandemic recovery and trade competitiveness, including of SMEs and cross-border trade in goods and services; (b) share business strategies that will enhance company- and SME-level competitiveness in the trading of goods and services; (c) contribute to the building or strengthening of cross-border infrastructure, facilities, goods and services-related against global emergencies such as a health pandemic; (d) contribute to the enhancement of cross-border hard and soft connectivity; and (e) promote usage of Information and Communications Technology in cross-border infrastructure and facilities to maximize benefits from cross-border trade in goods and services.

The e-training is part of the “Upgrading Border Facilitation for Trade and Logistics Development” project implemented by MI and in collaboration with Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce. With support from the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund, the project aims to (a) promote trade along border trade zones which link Lancang-Mekong countries, (b) facilitate cross-border trade by increasing the capacity for commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders within the Lancang-Mekong countries, (c) enhance connectivity and strengthen competitiveness across international borders through improvements in infrastructure and support of policy and structural reforms.


The e-training caters to mid-level officials from government ministries and departments, think tanks, academic and research institutions, as well as those from the private sector representing business associations, export companies, and small- and medium-sized enterprises representing Lancang-Mekong countries.

The applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in the development or implementation of policies and strategies on cross-border trade and integration, company-level strategies and/or SME promotion/strategies
  • Hold a university degree in business, commerce, trade, or any other related field
  • Be proficient in English speaking and writing

In addition, MI highly encourages the participation of women and people from Lancang-Mekong border countries or persons engaged in cross-border or regional trade and investment.

Important criteria for participant selection are his/her commitment to (a) attend the online training in its entirety, (b) complete all assignments, (c) implement action plan/s after completion of the e-training, and (d) attend the synthesis and evaluation workshop after implementing the action plan/s.


Interested applicants must complete the online application form and upload the following: (a) letter of nomination from his/her organization, (b) essay detailing his/her work duties and responsibilities (maximum of 150 words), (c) essay explaining how he/she will utilize the knowledge gained from the e-training in his/her organization or home country (maximum of 250 words), and (d) passport copy at no later than July 20, 2020. For queries, please contact Mr. Sokim Phang, Program Officer, at [email protected], copying Ms. Sanchita Chatterjee, Program Specialist, at [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selected 18 e-training participants will be provided USD 100 for his/her internet package.

For more information on the training, requirements, and schedule, please see the Curriculum Design Statement.