Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot led a group of members of the private sector to observe the Don Mueang Airport to see if it could be transformed into a retail-wholesale center.
Mr Alongkorn said the center could attract international buyers and buying agents. If possible, an exhibition hall for trade shows, a convention hall, offices for buying agents, and a cargo could be built as well. He added over 2.9 million Thai SMEs could benefit from this center.
Initially, representatives from the logistics sector have shown interests in the project, hoping that entrepreneurs from various industries would utilize the center.
The Deputy Commerce Minister further stated that both the public and private sectors agreed to use around 65,000 square meters of space for a cargo, using 1 billion baht budget. He believed that even when the new government comes in, the project could still be continued as it could become a leading ASEAN trade center.