On April 6th, 2022, Institutional Capacity Support for EAD Implementation of the SeT4SME project (Workstream 1) was kicked off by H.E. LCT. TEKRETH Kamrang, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce. The workshop brought together the project’s implementation team and its partners, including representatives of the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) Cambodia Post, Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Universal Postal Union (UPU). The group reviewed and discussed the workstream’s objectives, planned activities, and timelines.
Under Workstream 1, the project works alongside the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) and Cambodia Post to digitalize paper-based customs clearing processes for small packages sent through the post. Doing so will open up new, cross-border e-commerce possibilities for Cambodian businesses micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The kickoff meeting was attended by Mr. THEN Samvisoth, Director General of Cambodia Post, who gave his remarks on the importance of this workstream.
In his remark, Dr. Sang Sinavith, Director of Customs International Cooperation Department, General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE), mentioned the anticipated contribution of EAD implementation to time and cost reduction for cross-border trade.
The project aims to develop a fully operational EAD by connecting the digital link of GDCE's ASYCUDA World to that of Cambodia Post's CDS. This would contribute to Cambodia's undertaking of digital trade facilitation to enhance the enabling environment for cross-border trade and progress its commitment under World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).
The kickoff meeting was physically attended by 30 participants representing the Ministry of Commerce, General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), Cambodia Post, the Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA), Swisscontact, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) team joining virtually from Switzerland.
“Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME)” is a two-year project (2021-2023) undertaken by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, through its implementing partner, Swisscontact. The work is being done in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) with the collaboration of the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), Cambodia Post, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA).