WORD ON PHUKET EXHIBITIONS: The first ever SME exhibition in Phuket on Thursday and Friday attracted more than 100 participants from around Thailand, bringing with them a wide range of traditional and innovative new products and services.
Organized by the Association of Thai Small and Medium Entrepreneurs sic (ATSME), the event, held at the Royal Phuket Marina’s exhibition centre, was part of a government-supported SME training initiative, which aimed to educate business owners in international SME guidelines.
During the opening ceremony, Deputy Phuket Governor Mr Somkiat Sangkaosutirat highlighted the importance of attaining global standards to ensure export quality.
“Phuket’s international community and hospitality industry made the island an excellent base for enterprises,” said Mr Somkiet.
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All the products on sale at the Phuket SME expo were home-grown initiatives, many of them based on organic and natural materials and ingredients, such as: organic odor-killing sprays and beauty products developed at Suranaree University in Nakon Rachasima; hand-made and naturally dyed garments from Chiang Mai; preserved organic fruits from northeast Thailand and detoxifying wheatgrass from a colonic cleansing spa in Bangkok.
Also attending the event were about 200 members of Thailand’s Department of Export Promotion, under the Ministry of Commerce.
Bioway exhibitor Theo Vera said participating in the Phuket event, and other regional events, with the help of the ATSME had been very beneficial.
“We have been to several exhibitions in the last few months, including expos in Singapore and Malaysia, where we have received very positive responses and greatly expanded our network,” he said.
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