Thai diplomats seek markets for local products overseas

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BANGKOK, Aug 6 — Thai diplomats abroad are being asked to help find new international markets for locally-produced Thai products, a new strategy to boost sales of Thai local products in other countries.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday launched the new project jointly supported by the ministry of foreign affairs and the interior ministry at the annual meeting of ambassadors and consuls general and the OTOP (One Tambon One Product) fair.

She praised the two ministries working together to find market for Thai local products. Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he hoped that Thai diplomats would work proactively and in an in-depth manner.

“The project is another dimension of diplomatic mission to work with governors in an attempt to strengthen the Thai economy in line with the government’s policy,” the minister said.

At the OTOP event, 25 products from 19 provinces were selected to showcase.The products will be improved, adding value by changing packaging, for instance.

Among the highlighted products are herbal skin care compounds, Mud Mee hand-woven Thai silk, stingray skin bags, leather shoes, cut gems and jewellery.