BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 – The Department of Industrial Promotion is pushing for the development of five fashion items trading areas as part of its drive to make Thailand an ASEAN fashion hub.
Department director-general Onrachaka Sibunrueang on Wednesday expressed the belief that the domestic fashion industry will become revitalized in the latter half of this year due to improved economic trends. She expects the fashion industry to grow roughly 10% for the whole year, driven mainly by the gems and textile industries.
In pushing for Thailand to become ASEAN’s fashion hub, the department is collaborating with other agencies to lend support to fashion item producers in five commercial areas. The five areas include Chatuchak, Terminal 21, Sampheng, the Muslim garments zone in Minburi and the silk trading zone in Pak Thong Chai. Assemblies of the vendors and producers will be hosted by the department and its allies to allow exchanges of information and to lend support to products development by the producers. According to Ms. Onrachaka, the target is to involve 75 businesses in the said competitiveness-boosting activity in total.