The 5th Industrial Fair to be held from Jan 28 – Feb 6
Should bring in 7 million baht says organizer
Industrial Promotion Center, Region 1 in cooperation with
Chiang Mai private enterprise is going to arrange the 5th Industrial Fair at
the Industrial Promotion Center from January 28 to February 6.
Rattanawadee (3rd right), chairman of the Industrial Promotion Council,
Northern Region, and Banjong Paisarnteerakorn, chairman of the 5th
Industrial Fair Organization (3rd right) at the press conference.
The dates and other details were announced at the press
conference held on January 6 by Saroj Rattanawadee, chairman of the
Industrial Promotion Council, Northern Region; Banjong Paisarnteerakorn,
chairman of the 5th Industrial Fair Organization; Siriporn Tantipong,
chairman of the Fair’s Public Relations Division; Thanee Triwattanawong,
the HINO dealer representative; and Prakit Wangpat, director of the TT&T
Upper Northern Region.
So far, an estimated 300 industrial entrepreneurs in
Chiang Mai have signed up for the fair, said Saroj. Since the country’s
GDP in 2004 has increased by 50 percent, because of growth in the industrial
sectors, the Industrial Fair will be arranged to promote SMEs and bring
further industrial advancement. Although Chiang Mai is a small industrial
province, its SMEs are outstanding and can be promoted to international
markets, said Saroj.
Saroj estimates 10,000 people would visit the fair and circulate
approximate 5-7 million baht.
Loan center for disaster victims opened
The Thai government has opened a one-shop center to help
disaster victims with financial support. Disaster victims in the six coastal
provinces hit by the tsunami can seek loans or debt relief through the
center, from state-owned financial institutions like the Bank for
Agriculture and Cooperatives (BAAC), Krung Thai Bank, said the vice minister
of Finance, Dr. Veerachai Veerametheekul, who opened the center.
Dr. Veerachai urged people whose businesses or employment
had been wrecked by the tsunami to visit the center to consult specialists
there on financial and practical matters. The BAAC is ready to lend ten
billion baht to existing clients and others in the affected areas, the
bank’s president, Teerapong Tungteeranun said.
The Krung Thai Bank’s board scheduled a meeting to
authorize branch managers in the six provinces to lend up to forty million
baht, according to its vice president Dusit Tengniyom. Under this new
facility, credit will be extended on special terms to disaster victims.
Branch managers will be able to fast-track approval for applications without
the usual rigorous screening of credit history.
Dusit admitted that the disaster may aggravate the
bank’s non-performing loans portfolio, as many clients affected by the
disaster simply cannot repay their debts. However, he said he believed that
when their businesses were re-established, these clients would try hard to
repay the loans. (TNA)
Nurseries to be built in industrial estates
Nurseries will be built in industrial estates across
Thailand to provide care for young children of low-income laborers.
Another 30 industrial estates in the country will have
new nurseries this year under a joint ministerial child welfare program, the
permanent secretary for Labor, Charupong Ruangsuwan, recently announced.
There are already 66 nurseries in industrial estates and large construction
sites across the country.
Under the program, the provision of child care should
allow their parents to work efficiently, without worrying about the
children. Conditions in more than 16,000 existing nurseries will also be
improved under the child-welfare development scheme, Charupong said.
The program is a join project involving the Ministries of
Labor, Interior, Education, Public Health, and Social Development and Human
A women’s rights activist, Wilaiwan Sae-Tia has urged
the government to be flexible and admit children registered in different
areas to attend the nurseries. Nurseries should also be allowed to operate
at odd hours to accommodate children whose parents are working overtime, she
suggested. Representatives of laborers should also be allowed to take part
in operating these nurseries, Wilaiwan added. (TNA)