Chiang Mai OTOP distribution
achieves 1.7 billion
Chiang Mai province’s OTOP distribution this year
reached 1,776 million baht while the target was 1,554 million baht.
selling Chiang Mai OTOP products.
Somsak Suthisan, head of Chiang Mai Community Development
Office disclosed that there were 1,758 products registered with the
province. The best sellers were decor items, souvenir handicrafts and
Next year, the province will continue to support its OTOP products and
will emphasize quality to meet the market’s requirements.
Make your own bio-diesel using lard and vegetable oil
Fill up with fish-fry!
Residents of Chiang Mai can be trained in the production
of bio-diesel from waste materials with the intention of saving on energy
costs and conserving the environment.
The Energy Management and Conservation Center at Chiang
Mai University has organized the training program, showing attendees how to
produce the fuel from used lard and vegetable oil.
Director of the center Assoc. Prof. Prasert
Rerkkriangkrai said that the bio-diesel when used as 80 percent petroleum
and 20 percent bio-diesel can be used to power motor vehicles.
“The center will train residents in the techniques,
methods, and all processes concerned in the manufacture and expects that
attendants will be able to produce bio-diesel by themselves afterwards,”
The training project began in late September and will
continue through to July 26 next year. Three groups are trained at a time,
with no more than six persons in each group. After successful training,
attendees with receive a production machine and a certificate.
Those interested can ask for more information at the
Energy Management and Conservation Center, CMU, or call 053 942007-9 # 106
or 108 during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Training is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the
faculty of engineering, and lasts a complete day. Application fee is 1,000
baht which includes lunch and coffee breaks.
Chiang Mai targeted to become center for computer animation but still lacks skills
Chiang Mai is to be promoted as a center for the software
industry, particularly in the field of animation, but the number of skilled
personnel available is causing concern.
Chaitawat Saowapon, chairman of the board of Software
Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) Chiang Mai branch said that a target had
been set to develop the province.
Animation multimedia will be the focus, mainly because
the sector is already well advanced, but the Thai software industry lacks
human resources. SIPA has therefore initiated several projects such as a
pre-professional training program to produce skilled animation makers in the
This program is projected to train 200 people per year,
said Chaitawat, with a second program set to train 80 people as animation
He said that IBM had offered to train 3,000 persons in
Thailand to Java certification standards, but SIPA was doubtful that this
number of people could be found at present. Java training is also being
provided, he said, and the first intake has already completed the course.
However, there are at present only 50 certified to Java standards, whereas
the province was expecting to have 300 persons.
Chiang Rai OTOP set to beat this year’s 2.2 billion baht target
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
With Chiang Rai on the way to beating its OTOP sales
target for this year, the 3rd OTOP Fair, displaying more than 100 products
and staged on Phahol Yothin Road in Muang, Chiang Rai, was both timely and
The fair was opened by Deputy Governor Worachai
Uttamachai, who was joined by Akhom Wongsawang, head of the Chiang Rai
Provincial Development Office.
Akhom told the gathering that OTOP sales since January
this year had reached 2.202 billion baht, and that the target of 2.2 billion
baht has already been exceeded.
Best seller amongst Chiang Rai OTOP lines is tea,
representing 30 percent of sales. The high figure is due to the tea being
exported, primarily to the United Arab Emirates. Next most popular products
are fabrics and handicrafts.
Chiang Rai Governor Worakiart Somsoi has approved an OTOP
budget of 8 million baht and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Yongyut Tiyapairat will add extra funding for the setting up of an OTOP
distribution centre near Chiang Rai International Airport. Completion is
scheduled within six months.
Thailand tops list of foreign
investors in Lao PDR
Thailand was the largest-scale foreign investor in the
Lao People’s Democratic Republic for the first nine months of this year.
Chalermpon Pongchabubnapa, Thai commercial counselor in Vientiane said that
from January to September this year, Thailand topped the list of foreign
investors in Laos, with its approved investment in 25 of the country’s
major projects amounting to US$ 450 million (Bt 18,430 million), or 36
percent of total investment. Ranking after Thailand on the list are France,
Vietnam, Australia and South Korea.
Promotions for foreign investment has mostly been made in
generating electricity, which accounts for 85 percent of total investment,
while the balance of investments have gone into mining, agriculture,
handicraft, hotels, restaurants, wood industry, construction, and textiles.
This year’s total foreign investment has increased 133
percent, compared to last year’s total foreign investment of US$ 533
million (Bt.21.3 billion) (TNA)