The study tour on May 18 plays an important role in efforts by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and implementing partner Swisscontact to strengthen MSMEs’ capacity through technical assistance, training, online and offline visits and exchanges to selected institutions in Cambodia and across the region.
A key part of the overall project involves raising awareness of international e-commerce opportunities. This includes providing practical information on the rules and procedures governing trade in small packages using the postal service and express shipments and creating opportunities to meet leading service providers responsible for sending small packages overseas. MSMEs and postal officials comprised the majority of the 48 participants. They were joined by three Swisscontact facilitators and CWEA members.
Following this successful initiative, a similar visit is planned to DHL Express. These tours will help to prepare selected MSMEs chosen as Small Package Exports Champions to complete a scheduled, three-month training workshop and mentorship programme.
Ms. Luna also singled out Cambodia Post’s door-to-door delivery option, saying that many of her members had shown interest in this because it would relieve the burden of transporting certain products to customers, particularly small consignments of product samples.
Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME), is a two-year project (2021-2022) of 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), Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA).