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CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATONS ALONG EWEC

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATONS ALONG EWEC

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2010

Written by Mekong Institute

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE TH MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Since May 2008 InWEnt implements the programme Regional rural development through Innovative regional management in South East Asia. Total programme duration is to last for 4 years. Programme activities cover the countries Cambodia and Laos and are operational in two provinces of each country (Siem Reap and Battambang in Cambodia and Sayaboury and Attapeu province in Laos). Since the Federal Republic of Germany has identified rural development as one of the focal area of support, the InWEnt programme closely cooperates with GTZ rural development programmes and DED (Battambang).

It aims at building up and strengthening regional management structures. The capacity building activities increase the competences of the participating organisations to actively design and coordinate a potential-oriented and participatory regional development of rural areas. The conceptual orientation is based on the LEADER-PLUS approach.

Three objectives should be reached by the end of four-year implementation period:

(A) The partners on local and regional level are knowledgeable in the principles, instruments and processes of integrated rural development, the regional management and the economic development on community and regional levels. They apply these to establish an equivalent development of their rural areas.

(B) Regional, national and cross-boarder networks of executives and decision-makers of partner organisations and institutions are strengthened. They contribute efficiently to a specialist exchange of experience on policies, strategies, promotion programmes and appropriate organisational structures for the development of rural areas and to regional integration.

(C) Selected governmental and/or non-governmental training organisations are qualified to independently carry out valuable capacity building in principles and tools of regional management for realizing an integrated rural development.

Since the programme is implemented through a single phase lasting four years InWEnt decided to conduct a midterm review (MTR). The review fulfils two purposes a) to review project achievements up-to-date in terms of its relevance, applicability, efficiency and effectiveness and b) to use the findings and recommendations to improve the project design and implementation during the remaining implementation period. In cooperation with the Mekong Institute interviews were conducted with all target groups (core group members, decision makers and lead trainers) in both countries.

There has been a solid progress toward achieving this indicator. 18 National Trainers (10 for Cambodia and 8 for Laos) and over 200 regional management core group members from 14 selected regions (districts) of Cambodia and Laos participated in a modular training programme of Regional Management. Since October 2008, five progressive training modules on Regional Management were provided to the target groups using Training of Trainers approach of which the InWEnts international trainers provided TOT to the National Trainers and following the TOT, the National Trainers in turn conducted the same training module to RM core groups. In addition a team of 14 members from Cambodia and Laos are attending a twelve-months training course in Germany. The programme measure will last until September 2010.

The Regional Management Capacity Building Programme of InWEnt is very relevant to both Cambodia and Laos. Both countries have, since early 90s, transformed from centralized planned economies to decentralized market-oriented economies. Cambodia is more advanced in implementing its Organic Law on decentralization and deconcentration. Though Laos had a slow start, it is making visible progress toward decentralization.

The Regional Management (RM) approach as a tool to foster rural development is very new to both countries and there is no ready-made formula so far. Development of tools for multiplication is in progress. To ensure that the RM Capacity Building Programme will continue to be used at the project pilot sites, is scaled up to the national level and is incorporated into national training programmes the review team recommends a set of follow-up actions:

It is recommended to continue the present ToT training modules which have already been scheduled in July and November and at the same time start finding new permanent implementing partners at regional and national levels. This involves:

It is suggested anchoring the training programme at a regional organization which has the capacity to deliver services (training, consultancy) and to ensure basic research on the matter, thereby institutionalizing the RM programme on a regional level. Due to its characteristics (regional focus, entails research and training services, has a thematic focus on Rural Development, etc.) and existing involvement in the programme the Mekong Institute (MI) seems to be the natural partner for this aspect. The selected organization, once capacitated, can serve as Champion of RM in the Mekong Countries.

Working with National Institutions that have a direct mandate in promoting rural development might be of additional benefit. The National Economic Research Institute and Training Center of Ministry of Planning and Investment of Laos and the Cambodian Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Cambodia are two potential partners.

More concerted activities are required developing a Laotian and a Cambodian Regional Management Training Package. This measure is under way, as some practical experiences and adaptations made e.g. in Cambodia have already been re-introduced into trainings for Core Groups. In defining this package, the implementation experiences of the German TA partners are irreplaceable, yet the process has to be supported by InWEnt RM experts, MI and national trainers.

Introducing Regional Management as an innovative approach for Rural Development in Cambodia and Lao PDR requires the support of the National Level. To gain this support, national level policy dialogue needs to be initiated. Policy dialogue can be used to call the attention and increase awareness of policy makers and senior officials on regional management issues.

Study visits need to be closely coordinated with training contents to support learning in the various modules. For high level officials exposure to different good practices might continue to include visits to the Regional Management Programme in Bavaria or to Thailand (decentralized law, local administration system).

The roundtable discussion with the management of the partnering national training institutions revealed that the interest in the topic of Regional Management is high but there is still some scepticism in how far this will prove to be a business case which justifies resource allocation for further developing capacities and contents. This should be a topic of continued discussion between InWEnt, German TA partners and national partners.

During the remaining implementation period the organizational capacity building concerning the anchoring of the innovative rural management approaches needs to be further developed with higher priorities. The review team suggests that the Mekong Institute could play more active role both countries supporting the institutional anchoring of the topic.

 


Capacity Development Program for Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Business Associatons along EWEC

Capacity Development Program for Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Business Associatons along EWEC

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Year: 2010

Written by Mekong Institute

The Mekong Institute (MI) in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB)- RETA 7521: Strengthening Local Chambers of Commerce and Industry along the East-West Economic Corridor to Promote Trade, Investment and Value Chains conducted a five-day regional training course on Capacity Development for Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) and Business Associations (BA) along East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) from 6 to 10 December 2010 for forty executive members and staff of CCIs, Business Associations and government officials in government department whose work is directly involved with trade and investment activities of Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course aims at developing the capacity of industry associations, trade promotion agencies and chambers of commerce and industries in understanding the role of their organization in the light of developments taking place globally and thereafter exposes them to various issues and strategies involved in trade and investment promotion activities.

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 advisers; and iii) Share to Learn the participants had opportunity to present the results of their group work, learning experiences and lessons learned.

Four resource persons were invited to deliver lectures and facilitate discussions, and share experiences to the participants, as well as, to enhance the participants understanding of the program contents and to apply the principles, process, structure, and stakeholders in planning and implementing trade from the learning program.

The training course comprised of four inter-related modules. Module 1- Trade and investment Promotion -Role of CCI gave an understanding of the role and functions of CCI and management information systems. Module 2 -Integration of SMEs of EWEC in Global Value Chain covered the concepts of inter-SME trade and regional and global value chains (RVC/GVC) and supply chains- related trade facilitation. Module 3 -Business Networking with SMEs in EWEC and tools and methods for developing business clusters and networks. Module 4- Trade and Investment promotion Strategies enhanced the participants understanding on effective trade fair management, management information systems, the need and importance of trade fairs and Steps for Planning a Trade Event, management practices and promotion.

The feedback gathered from the participants confirmed that the resource persons and facilitators were qualified, experienced and able to explain difficult content topic in clear and simple term. The evaluation results demonstrated that the learning program successfully attained its objectives. The results from a range of evaluation methods showed high satisfaction rating by the participants. However, recommendations for improvement included providing field visit.


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.