Mekong Institute (MI) and the Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) were profiled in Shenzhen Daily following the successful completion of sessions under the “Capacity Building for Regional Economic Integration and Innovation for Free Trade Zone Development in the Lancang-Mekong Region” online training at the MI Headquarters last March 30 to April 1, 2021.
The activity exposed 35 government, academic researchers, and private sector representatives from Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to international and regional concepts and practices on free trade zone (FTZ) development, with focus on P.R. China’s pilot program to equip participants in contributing to future economic zone development in their respective Lancang-Mekong countries.
SFIEC provided experts, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs from Shenzhen, who presented strategies that enriched participants’ knowledge on strengthening the regional supply chain, upgrading connective production bases, and making more efficient trade flows through technology and innovation for increased trade and investment.
MI and the SFIEC formalized their partnership on June 30, 2020 and have since pooled their respective expertise and resources to help Lancang-Mekong nationals advance targeted and informed solution-driven responses for deeper regional connectivity and cooperation.
SFIEC, a non-profit organization that has established a platform for international exchanges and cooperation, is one of MI’s active partners. The growing list of MI associations is part of the intergovernmental organization’s mission to further regional integration and cooperation among Lancang-Mekong countries in the areas of trade and investment facilitation, agricultural development and commercialization, and sustainable energy and environment.