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Int'l Trade Promotion Dept launches free app for businesses

The Commerce Ministry's International Trade Promotion Department has launched a mobile application for exporters amid the growth of online trading and seamless trade in the global market.

"DITP Connect", which can be downloaded for free to smartphones and tablets, aims to help traders, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, access information easily with no cost for management by using information technology.

Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, director-general of the department, said yesterday that the new app should help exporters reduce the cost of searching for information to promote their products.

Traders can use the app to find supply sources, supply-chain producers, buyers and marketplaces, without having to travel to many places.

Information provided by DITP Connect includes highlights and activities from the department, news, market reports from Thai trade offices abroad, export statistics, and a link to Thaitrade.com, which offers information on overseas importers.

With up-to-date and real-time information, at no additional cost, traders, especially SMEs, should be able to draw up business plans and promote their exports easily.

The department has also opened the SMEs Sourcing and Supply Chain Centre for businesses to source raw materials worldwide and markets for their production and trading.

Interested SMEs can give the centre details on the kind of raw materials or products they would like to get to support their supply chain. The centre will search information worldwide and prepare a list of contacts within two weeks.

To support online traders, the department is also running a website called Thaitrade.com. After one year of operation, the website has drawn 1.8 million visitors worldwide. About 11,500 sellers and 53,000 buyers have registered with the website and generated Bt1.7 billion in sales.


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