Mekong Institute (MI) alumni advocated the merits of electronic transactions and the use of electronic signatures for efficient cross-border trade to 25 entrepreneurs and professionals from Thailand at an online workshop on June 30, 2021.
Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, MI Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation, commended Mr. Burapong Voraraktara, Mr. Subin Pongpanmeesuk, and Ms. Ploynapus Ruangsaengsilp for their commitment in completing their action plan, three months after attending MI’s “Facilitating Cross-Border Electronic Transactions and the Use of Electronic Signatures” online program.
“By sharing and transferring the knowledge they have gained from the MI training, our MI alumni are broadening understanding of the value of digitalization to help realize a cross-border paperless trade environment in the region.”
He added that their support will help mitigate trade disruptions, and more importantly, enable the resumption of economic activities while limiting physical contact in the current pandemic climate.
Mr. Sapphasuk Wijaiworakit, an IT expert from the Thai Custom Department, also presented Thailand’s digital evolution from the traditional customs process to the current use of the National Single Window and ASEAN Single Window. He also demonstrated the use of Public Key infrastructure, a system that creates, manages, distributes, and stores secure digital certificates to expedite inter-country trade engagements.
Supported by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund and the Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, the session was part of efforts to enhance Information and Communication Technology through improvements in infrastructure and facilities to effectively ease cross-border trade and investment facilitation in the region.