TCEB builds Mekong corridors

Bangkok, 8 October 2019 – The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau will support conferences that promote economic corridors with neighbouring countries to strengthen Thailand’s ambition to become an events hub for the Greater Mekong Subregion.

It hopes to build economic ties with neighbours Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam by supporting events that draw delegates from neighbouring countries.

TCEB’s Senior Vice President, Nichapa Yoswee said the bureau has so far supported four conferences hosted in Thailand but linked to GMS countries. Support covers co-hosting and offering financial subsidies.

“The total value of business exchange between 2018 and 2019 stands at THB 307 million,” said Nichapa.

The International Conference on Luang Prabang-Indochina-Mawlamyine Economic Corridor (LIMEC) was an example of how TCEB supports events. The conference covered a region that spans two cities in Lao PDR, five Thai provinces in the lower northern region, and three key cities in the south-eastern part of Myanmar.

Co-hosted by TCEB, the conference has been held in Thailand for five years and attracts between 400 to 500 delegates.

Cambodia-Vietnam-Thailand Economic Corridor Cooperation Conference (CVTEC) was hosted in 2018 in Pattaya and 2019 in Rayong where MOU has now been signed between the three countries to open oceanic transportation route along the southern coast of Vietnam, Cambodia and eastern coast of Thailand in the four Thai provinces of Trat, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Chonburi.

The GMS Logistic Forum started in Bangkok in 2018 and the second edition in Khon Kaen in 2019. Both editions attracted around 450 delegates, mostly logistics operators from the six GMS countries. Undertaken by GMS Freight Transport Association (FRETA), Mekong Institute, GMS-BC, Thai Federation of Industries (Khon Kaen Chapter) and co-hosted by TCEB, the event is the first GMS-level logistic conference and is complementing Khon Kaen’s potential as a logistic hub of the GMS region.

GMS Thailand e-Commerce Economic Corridor (GTEC) an inaugural event hosted in Chiang Rai last July provided a platform to link Thai entrepreneurs with Chinese e-commerce platform operators. 

TCEB’s is pushing GTEC to become a catalyst to develop an e-commerce economic corridor and plans to stage GTEC annually and rotate the venues in Thailand, starting with the Northeast in 2020 and South Thailand in 2021. GTEC is run by Thai-Chinese Strategic Research Centre, International College of Digital Innovation (Chiang Mai University), Ministry of Commerce Biz Club, Thai-Shenzhen Friendship Association.