Economy June 13, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Mission heading to London to promote Geographic Indication rice

The Commerce Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department will send a mission to London from June 17-24 to promote Geographical Indication rice varieties such as Thung Kula Rong Hai jasmine rice, and other special rice grains.
The mission aims to increase sales of Thai rice to high-end markets. Thai rice traders will participate in the “Taste of London 2014” festival at Regent Park, London.
The department will provide advice on the proper ways to cook Thai rice, while participants at the fair will have the opportunity to taste various kinds of Thai rice. 
WTO trade forum in October
The World Trade Organisation is inviting organisations and private enterprises to join “WTO Public Forum 2014” in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 1-3 to learn about today’s trade situation under the topic “Why Trade Matters to Everyone”.
Those interested in participating can contact from today until September.
Green screen facility planned
Thailand’s demand for state-of-the-art digital green-screen studio production facilities is to be met with the announcement of Worldwide IPTV’s planned development of a full-service facility that will cater to audio, television and online programming and for Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
Richard Williams, managing director of Worldwide IPTV, said the continuing growth in demand for high-quality state-of-the-art digital and green-screen facilities in Bangkok had seen the company rapidly outgrow its current facilities. The introduction of more digital TV channels in Thailand together with the increase in the use of Internet-protocol TV are just two factors driving demand. 
Williams announced that Worldwide IPTV had selected MBMG Capital Partners to help it raise capital for the next stage of growth, a world-class green-screen production facility in Bangkok. MBMG Capital Partners, which has been consulting with Worldwide IPTV (Asia) for several months, will seek appropriate investors to fund the new facilities and become shareholders in the newly structured business.
TAT, Visa announce ‘grand sale’
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Visa will hold once again sponsor an “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale” from this Sunday until September 31 to attract tourists from all over the world. 
This year’s event is extended to three and a half months from two months previously with the aim of stimulating the local and international markets.
TAT and Visa have more than 20,000 allies in the tourism industry such as airlines, hotels, restaurants and spas. 
More phone numbers allocated
The telecom committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission yesterday approved 6 million mobile-phone numbers for Advanced Wireless Network (AWN) of Advanced Info Service and 160,000 new numbers for Real Future of True Group.
Both have offered third-generation service on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum under NBTC licences since last year.
Currently, AWN has been allocated a total of 30 million numbers while DTAC TriNet (DTN) of Total Access Communication has 12.4 million numbers and Real Future 14.4 million. 
AWN has about 29.2 million users while DTN has 16.1 million and Real Future has 14.56 million. Some of their subscribers have migrated from existing 2G services.