Trade and Investment Facilitation


Mekong Institute (MI) in cooperation with the Fika and Sustainability Initiative, Thai Federation of SME, Industrial Promotion Center Region 5, organized an online national workshop on “Investment Opportunities in Economic Zones of Thailand” on October 2, 2021. The workshop aimed to share management and investment opportunities in Thailand’s economic zones lead to a collaborative approach in terms of knowledge, opportunities and guidelines for management, investment, and sharing opinions for the investment opportunities of Thailand.  

Chaired by Dr. Worawit Jirattticharoen, Director of Industrial Promotion Center Region 5, Khon Kaen. He presented that the platform is for exchanging knowledge to lead the process of improving work on the investment of the economic zones in Thailand, which will be carried out in different areas in order to have a coordinated connection and integration.

The workshop was attended by 51 participants who were senior-mid level officials from public and private sector namely Industrial Promotion Center, Inspection Bureau, Provincial Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Provincial Administrative Organization, the Secretariat of the Senate, SME one stop service center and Bank of Thailand, the Federation of Thai Industries, Thai Chamber Commerce, the Thai Federation of SMEs of Northeast, Thai-Laos Logistics Association and think tanks institutions.

The topics discussed in the workshop included framework of the national economic and social development plan, government policy to support SMEs industry, management of Thai investors promotion in the economic zone through concept of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.

The workshop was organized as a series of national workshops on investment opportunities in economic zones as part of a multi-year project on “Joint Development of Cross-Border Economic Zones in Lancang-Mekong Countries,” supported by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund and implemented by MI in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce, Royal Government of Thailand.

The highlights of discussions of the national workshop in Thailand and other Lancang-Mekong countries will be presented at a regional online Synthesis and Evaluation Workshop in the second week of October 2021.

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