Trade ambassadors urged to meet export target

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BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has instructed Thai trade ambassadors worldwide to do their best to help the export sector meet its target this year, despite the global economic slowdown.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak delivered his policy to 65 trade ambassadors, adding that he will not revise down the export target from 5% growth, despite concerns for the global economy. He claimed the Thai economy has a solid foundation. Last year, Thailand was the fourth largest exporter in the world, after China, Hong Kong, and Mexico.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak

Trade ambassadors have been told to study the markets of potential import nations, namely China, India, Japan, the United States and those in the ASEAN region. They are also expected hire local staff to achieve the export goal more effectively and promote SME products via e-commerce.

Commerce Minister Aphiradee Tantaraporn will propose to the Cabinet the establishment of farm product distribution centers, which are aimed at raising prices of agricultural goods in the global market.

The centers will be piloted in 10 provinces by private companies, with support from the government. The provinces include Udon Thani, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Rai, Chanthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Phatom, Samut Sakhon, Phitsanulok and Sa Kaeo.