Representing the entire region, Thawatchai said his delegation hopes to spark interest from eastern customers and distributors in the goods made in the four northern provinces. By making new partners, small northern manufacturers can gain experience and improve the quality and designs of their goods before Thailand joins the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
(L to R) Anuwat Phuwaset, president of Lampang Chamber of Commerce; Thawatchai Thierdpaothai, Lampang governor; Suttha Saiwanit, deputy governor of Mae Hong Son; Chaowalit Saeng-Uthai, Chonburi permanent secretary; and Supranee Siriarphanont, Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, Lampang Chapter, during the opening ceremony of the Lanna market at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.
After the market’s close, Chonburi Permanent Secretary Chawalit Saeng-Uthai and members of the Pattaya City Council helped open a public version of the event, called the “Lanna Market” at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. The market, which ran through March 3, offered 60 shops offering spa items, bo sang umbrellas, ban thawai handicrafts from Chiang Mai, fabrics, longan products, carved wood and sculptures from Lampoon, mud products, tourists services and cuisine from Mae Hong Son and ceramics, Ban Luk handicrafts and souvenirs from Lampang.
Thawatchai said the Lanna Market “sells the best of the best merchandise from the northern states in hopes of boosting and developing the abilities to expand the investments in Chonburi and the eastern region.”