Organiser of SME Biz Asia wants best in Asean crown

Corporate May 24, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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A spate of companies, agencies and associations are set to open new trading platform at SME Biz Asia 2015 - a premier and modern B2B tradeshow that will showcase products and services in Thailand.

Labelled the largest ever B2B tradeshow for small and medium-sized enterprises In Thailand, the January 22-24 event at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre in Muang Thong Thani will for the first time boast joint-operations between leading private companies, state-run companies, public organisations and domestic and international associations. 
It is hoped this will make SME Biz Asia the best B2B tradeshow for SMEs in Asean. 
The event will include various solutions covering seven main zones that will answer the needs of international competition and welcome the opening of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. 
At Sukosol Hotel, Ibrix and Impact Exhibition Management Co held a press conference to sign the memorandum of understanding for SME Biz Asia 2015 along with six leading agencies from Thailand and abroad.
They included the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ISMED), the National Innovation Agency (NIA), the Thai e-Commerce Association, the Association for Promotion of Thai Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (ATSME) and the Franchising and Licensing Association (FLA – Singapore).
Another agency included the Hong Kong Association for Promotion and Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (HKSME).
The conference was support by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and included a panel discussion entitled “Successfully Engaging The New Innovative Solutions Driven SME Economy”.
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Experts from leading organisations in Thailand and abroad spoke, including ISMED director Suwanchai Lohawatanakul and Thai e-Commerce Association president Pawoot Pongvitayapanu.
Other speakers included ATSME president Penthip Pornchaded, FLA general manager Glendon Cheok and HKSME chairman Peter Kan.
Sakkachat Sivabovorn, chief executive of Ibrix Co Ltd, said the event would be the biggest ever B2B SME tradeshow in Thailand. 
Sakkachat said it would provide business channels to SMEs looking to increase their business potential and networks. It would also help SMEs reach an international level.
“For the SMEs that have already accessed  governmental services but still would like to increase their competency to be perfectly ready for the AEC in 2015, SME Biz Asia 2015 will be a good choice for them to take on and adapt the solutions offered at the event to their own businesses for future sustainabili?ty,” Sakkachat said.
Loy Joon How, Impact Exhibition Management general manager, spoke about the attractiveness of the event to overseas associations – highlighting FLA and HKSME’s willingness to support it as proof of that.
He said roadshows to other countries has been conducted to promote the event, which is expect?ed to lure more than 300 exhibitors.
About 30 per cent of the products and innovation will come from Asia, with between 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – 20 per cent of them foreigners – expected to attend.   
“Small and Medium Enterprises, or SMEs, are the backbone of Thailand’s economy, accounting for more than 96 per cent of the total enterprises in the country and creating jobs for more than 10 million people,” Loy said.
“Hence, it is important that Thailand has a strong, dynamic and efficient SME sector to ensure sus?tainable economic and social devel?opment. 
“We are proud of the organisation of this event as we are helping gear Thai SMEs towards the world’s competitive market. We trust that  SME Biz Asia 2015 will be the most talked about [of its kind] in Asean.”