6 Dec 2023
On 1 December, SweCham participated in the EEC Business Forum 2023, highlighting the electrification empowering for tomorrow at the Eastern Economic Corridor!
The event started with a visit to the Hitachi Energy's factory in the Bangpoo Industrial Estate. They adhere to KAIZEN management principles, consistently enhancing the factory to maintain exceptionally high standards with a primary emphasis on safety. The Bangpoo facility of Hitachi Energy stands as one of the group's smaller plants. Despite its size, it distinguishes itself as one of the most productive factories, demonstrating a significant commitment to sustainability and solar energy initiatives. Big thanks to Dr. Worawut Waruttamapornsu, Country Managing Director of Hitachi Energy (Thailand) and Mr. Ekachai Chanyawiwatkul, Operations Manager for the warm hospitality and the excellent tour.
Following our visit to Hitachi Energy, we proceeded to the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA). DEPA concentrates on enhancing Thailand's digital economy. In the Thailand Digital Valley, it now also supports firms specialising in virtual products and artificial intelligence. The agency places a strong emphasis on partnering with the private sector, notably Ericsson. Ericsson is in the process of establishing their 5G Innovation and Experience Studio (5GIX) in Thailand's Digital Valley. Our sincere gratitude to DEPA for hosting the lunch and to our speakers, Khun Panitharn Payackapan of Ericsson Thailand and Khun Tipawan Tangjitpiboon, Director of IoT Institute of DEPA for their sharing the latest development and the facilities available for businesses.
During the EEC Business Forum 2023, various presentations showcased distinct projects in the region. These speeches outlined key factors that contribute to the attractiveness of the EEC region for investors, including the EEC visa offering a 10-year duration without the need for 90-day reporting. Additionally, attention was drawn to noteworthy infrastructure initiatives, such as high-speed rail and deepwater ports, with projected completion timelines around 2027/28.
The conference highlighted how various companies strive to contribute to the development of the EEC. Amata, for example, is actively engaged in shaping smart cities, while GreenYellow Asia specialises in enhancing environmental sustainability at industrial sites through the deployment of solar cells. Additionally, Ericsson plays a pivotal role by contributing advanced 5G technology, aiming to foster greater efficiency and sustainability in production processes.
We would like to express our thanks to the sponsors Ericsson, GreenYellow Asia, AMATA, Kirloskar Brothers (Thailand) Limited, VNU Asia Pacific, and GT Auto from Volvo Pattaya for their generous support. Also, special thanks to Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) for their exceptional support.
Finally, we would like to extend our warm congratulations to the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce Thailand on arranging such an insightful and successful forum.