The Ministry of Commerce has expressed its determination to use the 25th Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) CEO Meeting which Thailand will host in April, to declare its potentials in export promotion in order to boost the growth of the country’s international trade activity.
Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) Deputy Director-General Wuttichai Duangrat has revealed that after 20 years, Thailand has once again been granted the honour of hosting the 25th ATPF CEO Meeting during 18-20 April. High-level executives from agencies related to international trade promotion from 23 countries will gather at this meeting. Mr. Wuttichai revealed that so far, nearly all ATPF members have accepted to attend the upcoming meeting in Thailand.
The ATPF CEO Meeting is organized to promote trade cooperation among member countries as well as steers Asia towards becoming the world’s trade center. It is also a venue where CEOs from international trade promotion agencies across the globe can share their perspective, experience and knowledge, as well as discuss international trade issues and other relevant matters. The meeting will also see the setting up of policies, cooperation guidelines and future cooperation projects among member countries.
Mr. Wutthichai stated that the DITP will take this opportunity to showcase its work and achievements to ATPF member countries, which include the website thaitrade.com, which provides easy access for consumers to get in touch with Thai entrepreneurs and exporters, and the Thailand Trust Mark, which guarantees the quality of Thai products.
Additionally, Myanmar will be attending the meeting as an observer for the first time. Taking advantage of the occasion, Thailand will carry out negotiations with Myanmar in hopes of being able to do trade and invest in the neighbouring country given that Myanmar is opening itself up in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. In return, Myanmar will also have easy access to investment in Thailand as well.