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Workshop on Regional Power Interconnection and Trade in the Greater Subregion

Workshop on Regional Power Interconnection and Trade in the Greater Subregion

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2009

Written by Mekong Institute

The three-week intensive workshop on "Regional Power Interconnection and Trade n the GMS" was held from 2nd_20th March 2009 at the GMS Electric PowerTechnology Exchange and Training Centre, Kunming City, Yunnan rovince, the People's Republic of China. The workshop was sponsored by the Yunnan Provincial Government of the People's Republic of China (YPG) and the yunnan Power Grid Corporation (YNPG). Twenty-nine government oficials and private sector personnel representing the six GMS countries (Cambodia, PR China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) attended te worksho. Participant composition was of 41% females and 59% of males.

The workshop aimed to enhance the competencies of senior to middle level government officials and senior private sector personnel working in areas related to power/electric enginneering, power companies and energy ministries from te six GMS countries. Targe organizations included EGAT, EVN, EDL, EDC and other regional independent power producers. The workshop emphasized on the development of a regional perpective in electric power trading and interconnection, introducing the necessary skills in organizaing and evaluating subregional power sector projects, and developing an awareness of energy status and demand growth in the GMS countries. The workshop also provided and awareness for participants to establish contacts with their peers across the GMS and share experienes and best practices among the GMS countries on challenges and key success factors in terms of power interconnection and rade development at the regional level.

The worksop evaluation revealed that most of te participants expressed satisfaction over the duration of the worksho. Majority of the participants rated the workshop as useful and could be applied in their jobs. They expressed that the knowledge and newly acquired skills can technically be applied in their respective fields. THe participants also stated that they enjoyed the multi-country group work and the presentations made by invited experts. THey particularly emphasized the usefulness of the structural learning visits in China, Lao PDR and Thailand and expressed their satisfaction on the way it was organized and handles. The participants were also happy at te oportunity gven to interact with co-participants to be able to build professional contacts and friendship in the GMS. They also expressed that this workshop should be repeated for other professionals in the power sector.

Expected outcomes and workshop objectives were mostly attained. However, some of the participants expressed that the workshop should involve more case studies from the GMS and they would have wanted to hear from the experiences of resource persons who are involved in policies and laws on power interconnection and trade development at regional level.


International Trading Course on Sustainable Rural Development

International Trading Course on Sustainable Rural Development

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2009

Written by Mekong Institute

 

The Mekong Institute was commissioned by Thailand International Development Agency to conduct a four-week annual international training course on Sustainable Rural Development for twenty five government officials from eighteen developing countries in Africa and Asia. The course aims at developing the participants professional capacity to assist rural development and improve living standards in rural communities. It provided a venue for senior and medium government officials from developing countries who are involved in rural development to share experiences and best practices on interventions that create lasting impacts and advance disadvantaged peoples quality of life.

 

The training course was designed and deliver using modular training approach, of which, all participants went through three progressive stages: a) Learn to do training on concepts, techniques and tools to be employed; b) Do to learn the participants are required to apply what they learn to their work assignment with proper coaching from assigned advisors; and c) Share to learn participants will have an opportunity to present their group works/findings and share their learning experience and lessons learned.

 

There were nine resource persons/subject experts who contributed to the design and delivery of the lectures, workshops and structured learning visits namely: Mr Erhard Floether, a freelance consultant, Mr Anthony M. Zola of Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, Mr Krailert Taweekul of Khon Kaen University, Dr Suchat Katima, Ms Maria Theresa S. Medialdia, Ms Sanda Thant, Ms Rowena M. Hidalgo, Ms Deborah Ling and Mr Marat Yu of the Mekong Institute.

 

The training course is comprised of three inter-related modules. Module 1 Rural Development: Issues and Problems aimed to draw attention to the crucial issues of rural development and to learn about the dramatic changes of the past and dramatic challenges in future for the rural sector. Module 2 Rural Development: Methods and Tools introduced participants to several important methodologies and toolkits used in formulating strategies and identifying, designing and evaluating programs and projects of rural development to improve their strategic planning capacity and project level capacity. Sessions were conducted both in classroom-setting and through site visits of related field sites in Thailand. Module 3 Sustaining Rural Development provided participants with opportunities to understand problems and opportunities of small-holder farming system, economic alternative, human resource development, and environmental issues. Sufficiency economy principal was also introduced as the rural development initiatives of Thailand. 

 

Three structured learning visits were organized for the participants to enhance the participants understanding of the programs contents through observation and interaction with the villagers in Dong Bung villagers. The trips to Royal Chitralada Agricultural Projects and Bangsai Arts and Crafts Center were also organized for participants in order for them to appreciate the complexities and successes and challenges of the projects.

 

The evaluations conducted throughout the course showed that the learning program was successful. However, there were suggestions for improvements: more field visits, more practical exercises and providing case studies of Africa.

 

 


Learning Program on Business Leadership in Competitive Enterprises Completion Report

Learning Program on Business Leadership in Competitive Enterprises Completion Report

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2009

Written by Mekong Institute

The participants indicated useful of the course modules including field visits and assignments. Program introduction allowed the facilitators and participans to introduc themselves and provided an overview of the learning program, and its methodology and process.

Module 1: Impact of Macro Enironmental Factors in Leardership in Mangement" introduced the participants to the broader context within which competitive enterprises operate and how the external environment influenced organizations, organizational cultures, organizational leadership and management.

Module 2: Leadership versus Management" presented general concepts on leadership and management.

Module 3: Performanace Base Management" covered the concepts of the Performance Management System. "Module 3B: Metrology and Applicaition" introduced the metrology and application tat relevant with different activites within legal metrology to leadership, planning and reporting.

"Module 4: Ethics, Social Responsibilit and Goernance n leadership" presented the importance of ethnics, social responsibiliy and goernance in leardership."Module 4b: Coaching as Strategies Mangement Tool" introduced an important 'Coaching" skill to the participants.

Module 5: Managing Competitive Enterprise

Module 6: Business Proposal Development" introduced a structured hand-on-training and practiced in developing business proposal, setting project screening criteria and simulated the role of project appraisal committee.

With regard to the duration of the course, objecives, and the resource presons, 82 percent of the participants indicated that 4 week duration of the program was appropriate, overall objective of te course was excellent, and the resource persons were good in helping them undrstand the program content.

With the lessons learned from the course and results from a range of evaluation methods, the learning program concludes that the learnin program is successful. However, recommendations are provided to identify pfurther cooperation, strengthen the network, provision of clear guidelines, and higher participation of women into the program.


SLV on Area-based Development, Community Agribusiness, OTOP and SME Development in Thailand

SLV on Area-based Development, Community Agribusiness, OTOP and SME Development in Thailand

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2009

Written by Mekong Institute

The structured learning visit (SLV) program on Area-based Development, Community Agribusiness, OTOP and SME Development was organized from 25 to 28 November 2009 and the sponsor is InWEnt gGmbH - Capacity Building International, Germany in cooperation with Mekong Institute, Inter-governmental Organization.  The participants were District Governor, Manager and/or Chief level, Academic, Operating Officers/  Senior Trainers from government, non-government and private sector in the fields of capacity integration development from Cambodia and Lao PDR attended this learning visit program.

The SLV was designed to explore best practices of Thailand in pro-poor product research and development, five-star OTOP, Micro-finance and community business, SME Cluster and Community learning center on sufficiency economy through observation and interaction with community enterprise group, technical support organization, and community livelihood development project pioneers around the basket areas in the Central region of Thailand (Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Angthong Provinces).

The program consisted of four learning days:

Day 1:             Keynote Address and Setting the Context (Opening Remarks, Participant Familiarization, Exploring Expectation and Program Overview)

Day 2:             Visit Pro-poor Product Research Development Projects and Five-star SME OTOP at Royal Chitralada Projects and Aran-yik Knife Community

Day 3:             Visit Micro-finance at BAAC, OTOP Community by Sai Noi Womens Group and Local Learning Center on Sufficiency Economy by Ban Hae Community

Day 4:             Presentations of Reflection to the Visits, Synthesis and Learning Evaluation and Return to Home Countries

Over the four days of the program the MI program facilitators completely facilitated the learning visits.  The participants disclosed their feedback that the structure learning visit design in terms of knowledge gained, relevance and applicability to the job and meeting expectation were mostly attained(a total rating average 3.68%).

The participants evaluated that program service was very satisfied(a total rating average 4.55) in terms of material providing, time management and other logistic arrangement during the exposure visits.  With regard to overall satisfaction,  a total rating average 4.55 stated that program service was very satisfied.  Based on the participants feedback, this report concluded that the SLV on Area-based Development, Community Agribusiness, OTOP and SME Development was successful. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE TH


International Learning Program on Enhancing Entrepreneurship in SME Development and Export Consortia

International Learning Program on Enhancing Entrepreneurship in SME Development and Export Consortia

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2009

Written by Mekong Institute

The Mekong Institute (MI) was commissioned by Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) to conduct a four-week annual international training course on Enhancing Entrepreneurship in SME Development and Export Consortia from 20 July to 14 August 2009 for twenty-six government officials and private sector personnel of seventeen developing countries in Asia and Africa.

The course aimed to develop participants appreciation of the importance and significance - and complexity - of sustainable enterprise development in a regional and national context.  It sought to develop the capacity of participants to assess and consider more effective enterprise and private sector development strategies and activities in their own countries.

The training course was designed and delivered using modular training approach where participants went through three progressive stages : i) Learn to Do training on concepts, techniques and tools to be employed; ii) Do to Learn the participants were required to apply what they learned in their work assignments with proper coaching from assigned advisors; and iii) Share to Learn the participants had opportunity to present the results of their group work, learning experiences and lessons learned.

Nine external resource persons and two in-house subject experts were invited to deliver lectures and facilitate discussions, and share experiences to the participants.  Nine structured learning visits in Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Bangkok were conducted to enhance the participants understanding of the program contents and to apply the principles, process, structure, and stakeholders in planning and implementing business from the visits.

The training course comprised five inter-related modules. Module 1 Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Setting the Context allowed the facilitators and participants to introduce themselves and provided an overview of the learning program, methodology, and process. Module 2 The Essentials of Enterprise Development: Why and How presented experience of establishing enterprise Silk Net as well as simulation game on Business Strategy. Module 3 Ensuring Business Survival and Sustainable Growth covered the concepts of enabling environment such as business development and financial services, productivity and competitiveness, and value chains to strengthen the enterprise sector. Module 4 Managing Enterprises included study visits to enhance the participants understanding on the contents through observation and interaction with enterprises management teams. Module 5 Developing Cluster and Business-to-Business Networks (B2BNs) introduced the concepts and described key steps and suggested tools and methods for developing business clusters and networks.

The results from a range of evaluation methods showed high satisfaction rating by the participants. However, recommendations for improvement included providing more information on export consortia, SME policy and PPP, inviting guest speakers from senior management level, providing more case studies, and organizing discussion forum with local entrepreneurs.


SLV on Microfinance Learning Experience in Northeast of Thailand (Khon Kaen, Udon Thani)

SLV on Microfinance Learning Experience in Northeast of Thailand (Khon Kaen, Udon Thani)

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2009

Written by Mekong Institute

The Mekong Institute (MI) was commissioned by the InWEnt gGmbH Capacity Building International, Germany to co-design, develop and deliver a series of capacity building program for InWEnt targeted groups of Cambodia and Lao PDR. One of the programs is Microfinance Learning Experience in Northeast of Thailand.

This program was organized for fifteen non-governmental organization officers and government officials of Lao PDR. The structured learning visits aimed for participants to study Thailand Microfinance and community banking and financing system and to study role of BAAC in supporting microfinance and community financial institutions (village banks, village revolving fund and community enterprises).

The evaluations conducted throughout the learning visits confirmed that the objectives were achieved and the learning visit was successful. Most of the participants were very satisfied with the program as shown in the total average rating on 1) satisfaction on structured learning visits design, 2) Mekong Institute services satisfaction, and 3) overall impressions on the structured learning visit.


Income Generation and Poverty Reductiono for Development

Income Generation and Poverty Reductiono for Development

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2007

Written by Mekong Institute

This report presents an evaluation of the learning program "Income Generation and Poverty Reduction for Development" conducted at Mekong Institute (MI), Khon Kaen, Thailand from 24 July-11 August 2007. The course was jointly funded by Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Colombo Plan Secretariat.

A total of 18 participants from 12 developing countries of Asia, Africa and South America attended the course, with women's participation accounting over one-third. The participants held a mixture of middle-level to senior-level positions at a wide array of the government ministries and departments, and universities.

"Income Generation and Poverty Reduction for Development" was a three-week intensive learning program. The program was aimed at assisting participants in the analyzing poverty, understanding various poverty reduction strategies, and monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction interventions in diverse socio-economic and environmental contexts. The course provided the participants with an opportunity to share experiences and ideas to build confidence n understanding and addressing the issue of poverty. The course was also successful in fostering an important network among professionals from different countries.

The course activities included presentations by facilitators, class discussions, group works/ assignments, case studies, study visits to " Sufficiency Economy Village" and "Population and Development Association" in Mahasarakham and Khon Kaen provinces, respectively. Besides, excursions to various parts of North-east Thailand and a variety of social and recreational activities were organized at weekends.

All learning activities, classroom sessions as well as field trips, were rated high in terms of contents and organization of the course by most of the participants. They were also appreciative of the resource persons not only for the course content but also for their ability to explain difficult content in clear and simple terms. Most of the participants indicated that 2-days time for field trip was rather inadequate and they suggested including more field trips in future. On the whole, all participants expressed their satisfaction with the MI facilities and support services, remarking MI facilities as efficient and well-run with dedicated and friendly staff. This report also contains recommendations drawn from the participants' feedback and MI staffs' assessment. These recommendations provide basis for future revision of the course organization and content.