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TA Orange comes to Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang

Quadrangle Expo 2002 highlights regional development

TA Orange comes to Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang

TA Orange Co. has now locally opened its public services. Supachai Chearavanont, the company’s chief executive officer and Adhiruth Thothaveesansuk, chief commercial officer introduced their company and networking services during the press conference held at Chiang Mai University on Saturday, September 28.

Adhiruth Thothaveesansuk, chief commercial officer of TA Orange.

They announced that TA Orange now has networking services to Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang provinces and introduced its cluster of dealers in these provincial areas. In Chiang Mai there are 221agencies plus Lampang’s 45 and Lamphun ‘s 32.

The first area for the public service was operated in Phuket, Pang-nga, and Krabi provinces in the South this past July. The public services were then expanded to other provinces. Several activities were also organized to welcome and celebrate the grand opening of the company.

Sales and promotions are being held at various outlets at the beginning of this month, plus at the Quadrangle Expo 2002 at the 700th anniversary stadium until October 6.

Supachai Chearavanont, chief executive officer of TA Orange.

TA Orange’s Supachai said these Chiang Mai, Lampang and Lamphun provinces have high potential for economic growth, with Chiang Mai being a center of trade and commerce.

Currently, TA Orange has 850,000 customers and has plans to increase its number of customers up to one million within this year.

Quadrangle Expo 2002 highlights regional development

Economic investment to be made easier?

Kannikar Petchkaew and Metinee Chaikuna

The Quadrangle Expo 2002 organized recently in Chiang Mai produced agreement that the investment climate in this area should be operating in economic zones. Other participants and observers like USA, Australia, Japan and Germany, all had the same opinion that investment should be operated by economic zone to economic zone, or regional scheme to regional scheme, not as one country to another country.

It was felt that China will play the leadership role in the Quadrangle (and ASEAN) instead of Japan and the U.S.A. Pornchai Ruchiprapha, deputy secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, pointed out that Thailand needs to make the investment climate clearer in order to stabilize the area’s economic outlook. The government has also encouraged the economic area of Chiang Rai to support the trade and investment in the Quadrangle.

Chingchai Hanjenluck, executive director of Loxley, Ltd., said that Thai investment in this area has been operating well regarding consumer products, with the Sahapat group and Charoen Pokkaphan group being the leaders. However, he said that something that could be improved upon is that Thailand is not yet using high technology or bio-technology, which are highly needed in China.

U-Tian-Win, vice- president of the Burma Chamber of Commerce and Industry told Chiangmai Mail that Burma was located in between the two biggest markets; China and India. Burma also has the ability to supply both markets through sea and land corridors. Burma is the connection between ASEAN and BIMST-EC, consisting of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

He also said that Burma at the present has investment from 25 countries, totaling around 7.5 billion USD. Over 32% of the investment is in the natural gas and oil industry, with Malaysia being the main investor in this field.

U-Tian-Win revealed that Burma wishes to join the economic area but has been ignored in many projects. A project called the East-West Corridor; the trade connection between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam projects, does not have Burma as a part of it at all. “We want to ask the ADB how can you call the project ‘East-West Corridor’?” U-Tian-Win said.

Ju Jeng Kua, the president of the Yunnan Chamber of Commerce said that China gives significant importance to ASEAN and the cooperation amongst China, Japan, Korea, and ASEAN. The project to decrease all tax to zero percent in the free commercial ASEAN and China area by 2007 is China’s dream. He said he believes that in the future, the Quadrangle would become a rival of the western coast of China. “At the moment, ASEAN has invested 2 billion USD in China, whereas China has invested only one billion USD in ASEAN. However, the Chinese government aims to increase investment in ASEAN within 5 years. Moreover, we have the aim to import 2 billion USD in goods from ASEAN nations next year,” he said.

Ju also said that in the future there will be cooperation between countries all over the world, but each country cannot individually make trade, or separate itself from its group of countries. Therefore, private companies need to cooperate. China is planning to facilitate foreign investment in every way, too, Ju said.

Kom Duanjunta, assistant director of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Department, Laos, said that Laos needs to develop tourism together with countries in the provincial area, because at the moment 50% of their tourism comes from neighboring countries. Laos cooperates with tourist operators in the area to promote package tours instead of individual tourism as in the past.

Kom also said that Laos still expects to continue trade with neighboring countries. When the 252 km route from Huaysai to Borten is finished, Laos will become the connection between China and Thailand. At the present, the route has been sponsored by Thailand, Laos and China. With economic cooperation and loans the construction will be finished within 2 years.