Mr. Mah Choong Kean (also known as Alvin C K Mah) is a member of the expert team for the United Nations Network of Experts in Paperless Trade (UNNeXT) for Single Window Masterplanning and Public Private Partnerships. Alvin is a seasoned and well-established Single Window expert in the Customs and Trade industry and with more than 20 years of deep knowledge and exposure particularly with the ASEAN region, South Asia region and Central Asia region. His expertise and experience include economic and sectorial ananlysis (eg. study, research, analysis, design, conceptualisation and policy recommendation, design change management and capacity building plans, business process re-engineering, etc) with respect to National Trade Facilitation Blueprinting for the Government of Myanmar, National Customs Management Services Blueprinting for Government of Syria, E-Commerce Services Blueprinting for Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam, ASEAN Single Window Preparedness Survey for ASEAN Member States, Inter-Agency Task Force for ASEAN Single Window, TEDI Japan (Trade EDI) ASEAN Project for Documentation Exchange (e-ASEAN Project), Gazelle Project (ICF) Africa – Asia Inter-Regional Single Window, CEPT (Common Effective Preferential Tariff) Form D Information Exchange Prototype, Project between Thailand and Malaysia, and Cross Border Exchange Project (supply chain and trade documents information exchange between service providers in East Asia).
Currently, Alvin is on assignment with UNESCAP on technical readiness for paperless trade and cross border data exchange. This assignment focuses on the e-trade facilitation facilities like single window, for the countries of Mongolia, Myanmar, Armenia and Uzbekistan.
Prior to this he has successfully completed an assignment in Mongolia as International Consultant – Business Analysis for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Inspection Measures for trade facilitation. Reporting to the Chief of Staff for Mongolia’s Deputy Prime Minister, this assignment is funded by Asian Development Bank. The assignment involves the analysis of the business processes of Mongoiia’s permit issuing agencies (PIAs) and the inter-collaboration with Mongolian Customs and the Mongolian Single Electronic Window. This will eventually lead to the design of the Inspection Management System for the PIAs and the tender documents for acquiring the services of an international firm for system development.
Amongst the last assignments prior to Mongolia, Alvin was a Consultant under a World Bank team that provided technical assistance in designing the National Single Window using World’s Best Practices for the Government of Bangladesh. This assignment included preliminary surveys conducted with the Bangladeshi stateholders, awareness programs on single window implementations around the world and subsequently a preliminary design of single window based on the readiness of the stakeholders, both public and private sector in Bangladesh. Capacity building plans were also formulated and conducted for both sectors.
In between assignments, he facilitated a Capacity Building Study Tour by the Single Window team from Kyrgyzstan to understand Best Single Window Practices in Malaysia and the region. This study tour was financed by Asian Development Bank. In 2013, Alvin was the National Project Manager for a Technical Assistance package funded by World Bank for the Government of Nepal for the implementation of the National Single Window and also Nepal’s involvement into the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – Regional Single Window initiative.
Alvin has also served as resource personnel to the ASEAN Secretariat Bureau of Economic Integration and Finance for the Annual ASEAN Directors-General Customs Meeting, ASEAN Directors of ICT Customs, Inter-agency Task Force for ASEAN Single Window, ASEAN Single Window Workgroup on Technical Matters, Support personnel for Chairman, ASEAN Single Window Steering Committee, ASEAN-EU Program for Regional Integration Services. (APRIS), Trans-regional EU-ASEAN Trade Initiatives (TREATI), and Establishment of knowledge experts for ASEAN Member States, as well as to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) for the Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum. In addition, Alvin has also conducted workshops in technical co-operation for Data Harmonization Workshop under Technical Assistance for ASEAN Single Window by ADVANCE Program, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Single Window and ASEAN Single Window Workshop for officials from the Government of Lao PDR (2009), Trade Facilitation and e-Commerce Workshop for officials from the Government of Vietnam, E-Commerce Blueprinting Workshop for officials from Vietnam Trade Information Center, Ministry of Industry and Trade, ASEAN Single Window Preparedness Workshop for members of the ASEAN Single Window Workgroups for Technical and Legal Matters, National Single Window Workshop for member of KARDIN (Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Trade Facilitation Workshop for officials from the Government of Myanmar.
Alvin is experienced in the modernization of supply chain management leading to international trade facilitation. In 2006, he establised the Supply Chain Management / Order Fulfillment Exchange involving multi-national companies (MNC) and large local companies (LLC) and their respective suppliers in Malaysia. In 2009, he also established the pilot for a tri-region Single Window for trade facilitation comprising of United Kindom (representating the EU), Senegal (representing the African nations) and Malaysia (representating the ASEAN region).
He is also experienced in public procurement processes after having more than 10 years of exposure to handle contract bidding, execution and management for ASEAN projects funded by international donors e.g. EU-APRIS and USAID. He has also experience with Investment Climate Faclity for Africa in one of his international cross-border exchange projects. From this experience in the service provider industry, he has also led a team to establish the 2 stage bidding process terms of references, call for expression of interest, shortlisting, request for proposal, evaluation and award for a multi-million dollar project to replace the entire trade faciliation infrastructure for Malaysia and inclusive of the acquisition of an ecommerce engine to facilitate the supply chain processes.
Alvin has also been serving as Head Judge for Malaysia’s chapter of the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (MSC APICTA) in the category of Best of e-Government and Public Services since 2005.