Modular Training on Measures for the Management and Promotion of Special Economic Zones

Modular Training on Measures for the Management and Promotion of Special Economic Zones 

August 10 to 21, 2020

MI is inviting mid-level officials from Lancang-Mekong countries representing national ministries, provincial government departments, academic institutions, and business associations who are working in the areas of planning, finance, commerce, special economic zone development, customs management, trade export, and banking to attend the modular e-training course on “Measures for Management and Promotion of Special Economic Zones” from August 10 to 21, 2020 via Zoom application.

The e-training will cover 10 days of live sessions, which will not run for more than three hours from Monday to Friday. 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, MIl will conduct mid-term and final evaluation tests of participants' skills and knowledge through online survey methods. The online training course will be followed by three months of action plan implementation and a Synthesis and Evaluation workshop.  


Training Background

The 10-day online activity is designed to (a) update Special Economic Zone (SEZ)/Cross Border Economic Zone (CBEZ) development in the global and regional levels, (b) deepen understanding of how pandemics impact on trade and investment and identify measures to mitigate economic crises, (c) build capacities of government and private sector officials on issues related to SEZ management (e.g., strategies, policies, practices, institutional and governance issues, socioeconomic and environmental impacts, risk management), (d) exchange SEZ/CBEZ best practices with reference to the mitigation or management of pandemics, (e) promote learning and exchange among stakeholders on SEZs/CBEZs, and (f) share information of the EZ database ( to promote investments in Lancang-Mekong countries.

The training is part of the “Joint Development of Cross-Border Economic Zones” project implemented by MI and in coordination with Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce. With support from the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund, the project aims to enhance trade and investment facilitation between and among Lancang-Mekong countries by promoting SEZs, deepening inter-country coordination, strengthening supply chains, and upgrading production bases, among others.

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Target Participants

The e-training is open to Lancang-Mekong country nationals who are mid-level officials representing national ministries, provincial government departments, academic institutions, business associations. Applicants must be working in the areas of planning, finance and commerce, special economic zone development, customs management, trade export and banking to qualify.

Specifically, the applicants must

  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience in SEZ/CBEZ development, as well as exposure in the planning and implementation of institutional policies and strategies
  • Hold a university degree in economics, planning, political science, or any other relevant field
  • Be proficient in English speaking and writing
  • Be culturally sensitive and competent

In addition, MI highly encourages the participation of women and minorities. People from Lancang-Mekong border countries or persons engaged in cross-border or regional trade and investment are also invited to apply.

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.

Workshop Process and Requirements

The “Measures for Management and Promotion of Special Economic Zones” modular e-training will follow three phases:

Phase 1.Online Learning Phase. This consists of 30 hours of live online learning from August 10 to 21, 2020. Participants will conceptualize training content, participate in sessions, and exchange insights on related topics. At the end of this phase, participants will develop action plans that must be implemented in their home countries.

Phase 2. Action Plan Implementation. Participants will be required to roll out their respective actions plans with technical support from MI.

Phase 3.Synthesis and Evaluation Workshop. Participants will be invited to a Synthesis and Evaluation Workshop to share experiences and best practices related to their action plan implementation. Participants will also be required to submit recommendations on strengthening the content and management of the training program.

Interested applicants must complete the online application form no later than July 30, 2020 at queries, please contact Mr. Sokim Phang, Program Officer, at [email protected], copying Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department Director, and Mr. Sa-nga Sattanun, Program Manager, at [email protected] and [email protected], respectively.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Participants will be provided USD 100 (as per country wise quota under the project) to cover internet costs. The payment will be made to those who will complete the full e-training course and commit to roll out his/her action plans in his/her home country.

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