The Small Package Export Champions (SPEC) Program launches its second phase.

On the 20th of March 2023, the Small Package Export Champions (SPEC) Program, established as part of the Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME) project, commenced its second phase. This phase was launched with backing from Khmer Enterprise (KE) and Swisscontact, in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), Cambodia Post, Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA), and Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC).

This launch signifies a pivotal moment, demonstrating that Cambodian SMEs are advancing toward exporting their products overseas through the Small Package Export Champions (SPEC) Program. This progress is made possible with the support of Khmer Enterprise (KE) and Swisscontact, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and other partners. 

"“SPEC could support SMEs to enhance their capacity to be ready to export internationally and I believe that SPEC program will continue to support SMEs to ship international consignments and provide sustainable benefits to the private sector, government, and all stakeholders.”"
Said H.E. Samheng Bora, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce 

The SPEC program was inaugurated on the 28th of June 2022, with the objective of enhancing capacity and fostering network support for MSMEs (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises) seeking to ship small package consignments internationally and boost their export growth. Following the successful onboarding of 15 Gold SPEC certified MSMEs in Phase 1, the second phase aspires to expand the capacity and network-building efforts to the provincial level.

"The primary objective of the Phase 2 implementation is to extend the capacity and network building activities to provincial levels and thus upscaling the positive impacts to a lot more SMEs. Potentially 150 SMEs would benefit from our awareness trainings under this new phase."
Said Sok Kha, Team Leader of the Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME) project.

The launch event was attended by 34 participants, comprising 13 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), including 12 Women-Owned Businesses, 5 government officials, as well as leaders of international organizations and associations. Details regarding the various ways stakeholders could engage in the initiative were provided.

Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs
Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME) is a two-year project (2021-2023) for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. This project aims to support Cambodia in improving its trade performance and driving inclusive growth in the country by enhancing trade facilitation implementation with improved transparency in trade practices and reduced time and cost of cross-border e-trade.