On 19th August 2022, the ‘Small Package Exporter Champions (SPEC)’ Programme, initiated under the Workstream 2: e-Trade Portal Development and Promotion of the SeT4SME Project hosted its second workshop on training the Silver SPEC members, in collaboration with Khmer Enterprise (KE), European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EUROCHAM) and the Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA). The event saw over 30 attendants including 15 SMEs, and 4 potential mentors.
The SPEC programme aims to help Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Women Owned Businesses (WOBs) looking to ship small package consignments internationally and drive their export growth. The programme aims to establish a certificate system for Small Package Exporter Champions (SPEC) among MSMEs.
The training workshop aimed to present the identified champions, develop a shared vision amongst SMEs and potential mentors along with training for Silver SPEC Champions.
The workshop consisted of four training sessions including, training on, on-boarding MSMEs into e-commerce platform that provided insights on building an e-commerce store and optimizing product pages at a national level, Logistics and documentation and designing supply network, increasing efficiency and reducing costs, understanding Incoterms and supply chain management, understanding export journey and getting to know the international market demands and opportunities, building partnerships for exports, preparation to meets the demands, and strategies on capturing the global market opportunities. Lastly, the training also focused on designing products for export markets.
Following the training session, an online survey of MSMEs on mentoring support needs was also conducted along with an introduction to the ‘Mentorship Matching and Silver SPEC Certification Award Ceremony’ planned to be conducted in September. This event will introduce the mentors, the mentorship format, inform about the Gold SPEC program and pitching formats and finally have an award ceremony for the Silver SPEC certified SMEs.
Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME), is a two-year project (2021-2023) of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance), implemented by Swisscontact in partnership with Ministry of Commerce (MoC), and with the collaboration of the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), Cambodia Post, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA).