Final Project Evaluation and Rural E-Commerce Policy Development

Workshop Background

Mekong Institute (MI), with Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, is implementing the “Action Research on Rural E-Commerce Development in Lancang-Mekong Countries” project. Supported by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund, the 2018 to 2020 project will produce a policy paper to help strengthen the promotion and management of rural e-commerce in Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

As such, MI will hold the “Final Project Evaluation and Rural E-Commerce Policy Development” Workshop from June to July 2020 via Zoom application to (a) examine the current status of e-commerce policy development, (b) discuss how business and trade development issues were addressed in rural areas, (c) identify key institutions and capacity building needs that will spur rural e-commerce development, and (d) recommend priority measures and inputs to develop a policy framework for the sustainable promotion of e-commerce in Lancang-Mekong countries.

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Targeted Participants

Sixty senior- and mid-level officials who are Lancang-Mekong country nationals from the ministries or departments of industry, commerce, information, communication and technology, as well as private sector representatives specializing in e-commerce and rural e-commerce (e.g., banker, e-payment solution provider, ITC service provider, training and research institute, logistics service provider), and those from training and research institutes, agricultural cooperatives, social enterprises, start-ups, and SMEs were selected to attend the workshop.

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Workshop Process

The workshop is structured as an online group discussion with the MI team facilitating the activity remotely. Onsite assistance and facilitation will also be provided by a local workshop coordinator and/or MI’s cooperation partners in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Vientiane, Lao PDR; Yangon, Myanmar; Kunming, P.R. China; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and Bangkok, Thailand.

The workshop will apply online methods and tools to generate open exchanges of technical inputs as outlined in the following workshop program flow: (a) introduction, orientation, and guidance by MI team; (b) group discussion by participants; (c) synthesis and summary by MI team.

For more information on the workshop and requirements, please refer to the Concept Note.

For other queries, please contact Ms. Hao Weng, Program Coordinator, at, copying Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department Director, at [email protected]