Chiang Mai workshop discusses road to Health City status

national June 02, 2017 15:15

By Nisanart Kangwanwong
The Nation

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Chiang Mai province joined with North-Chiang Mai University (NCU) and the Bayern International (BI) under Germany’s Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology in hosting a workshop on Friday to discuss ways to achieve the goal of “Smart Chiang Mai – Health City”.

Experts and officials from related agencies gathered at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel to mull over how to add value to what the city already boasts, such as food, tourism, hospitals, nursing homes and business establishments for elderly customers, and how to apply the innovation-driven 4.0 Technology to it.

Chiang Mai deputy governor Manas Khansai who presided over the event said Chiang Mai City, with its high potential, has a transportation system that facilitated transport of food and medicine materials, many tourist attractions suitable for visitors recovering from illness and large medical facilities. It is also deemed well-equipped to support the ageing society people’s lifestyle, he said, so this brainstorming session aimed to create cooperation to develop Chiang Mai City as the Health City.

As the state of Bavaria has been successful in applying the 4.0 Technology to add value to resources such as agriculture, tourism, and wellness destinations, Bayern International would help the efforts to propel the plan forward by providing advice on related matters, said NCU president Narong Chavasin.

German Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai, Hagen Dirksen, said Germany was willing to partake in the development of this northern city toward Health City status for people’s better quality of life and add value to what the city already has to offer. 

The event would discuss ways to develop tourism, food, 4.0 Technology-driven hospitals, as well as the setting up of nursery homes and business places that catered to retirees and the elderly.

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