Following the success of the first Digital Champions Workshop on May 15 2017, the Asian Trade Centre Foundation (ATCF) and the Asia Pacific MSME Trade Coalition (AMTC) jointly organized the second Digital Champions Workshop on August 21 2017. This series of workshops aim to foster better understanding between Micro, Small, and Medium-sized enterprises (MSME) and government officials in the digital age.
19 participants came from across the Asia Pacific to share their thoughts, experience and concerns in various industries such as education, food products, IT, fashion, machinery trading, or and social enterprises. They flew in from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
During the morning sessions, experts on relevant areas came together to share their knowledge and experience in cross-border trade and in working with government officials. The three experts were Dr. Deborah Elms of the Asian Trade Centre Foundation, Mr. Jeff Paine of eBay and Mr. Steven Okun from the American Chamber of Commerce. One participant from the 1st workshop, Mr. Edmond Looi from the Enlighted, also joined the morning sessions to share his thoughts and experience with the first workshop. These discussions aimed to equip MSME owners and representatives with the tools to better communicate their challenges to government officials.
During the afternoon sessions, the participants paid a visit to Google's Singapore headquarters to have lunch and listen to presentations on how MSME can better communicate with the governments. After the visit, participants came back to the training room at Rutgers to attend a roundtable discussion with the government officials from Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Vietnam Embassy in Singapore and the US Embassy in Singapore.
The workshop ended with a cosy cocktail session and networking dinner. Other companies based in Singapore and government officials from New Zealand embassy also joined us for the night. Meaningful discussions, valuable sharing of experience, and direct feedback were exchanged among all the guests.