TPSO, Ministry of Commerce in association with FIN, Chiang Mai University

TPSO, Ministry of Commerce in association with FIN, Chiang Mai University

Promoted Eco-Packaging Industry with “The Future for Sustainable Eco-Packaging” Event Welcoming 679 Participants and Experts from 25 Countries with support from supported AHKFTA

On 2 – 3 September 2021, the Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with Food Innovation and Packaging Center (FIN), Chiang Mai University organized an academic seminar and a business matching activity under the theme “The Future for Sustainable Eco-Packaging”. The event was funded by Economic and Technical Cooperation Fund under the ASEAN – Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement. The two-day online seminar and business matching programs between entrepreneurs and buyers from ASEAN countries. The seminar was also an opportunity for the FIN to present the study on eco-packaging global value chains and academic discussion, technical presentation and best practice discussions by 16 speakers from leading companies and agencies in Asia. The seminar also focused on recommendations for MSMEs, farmers, related stakeholders and the government in an effort to develop better business models and policies to promote eco-packing recycling and sustainable packaging trend. 

During the two-day event, the online academic seminar was attended by the total of 679 participants from 34 countries, including Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Laos, Vietnam, United States and Singapore. Regarding the business matching activity, entrepreneurs representing Thailand came from Advanced Know-How Company Limited, Bio-Eco Company Limited, Bioform (Thailand) Company Limited, CIP 168 Company Limited, Narai Superbag Company Limited and THAI Starch Company Limited. The event also drew 49 buyers from six countries, resulting in 32 business matches. This particular success will further strengthen the capacity of MSMEs and farmers in the eco-friendly packaging market. 

Both the seminar and business matching activity were made possible through the cooperation from Thai Bioplastics Industry Association, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), The Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, Nestlé (Thai) Limited, Asian Institute of Technology, Plastics Institute of Thailand, TechSci Research, Biodegradable Packaging for Environment Public Company Limited (BPE) under the brand “Gracz”, Wongpanit International Company Limited, and Euromonitor International. The Vice President of Chiang Mai University, the Director General of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), and the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations and Co-Chair of ASEAN – Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee also delivered the welcome remarks and attend this remarkable seminar. 

This event is a part of the Integrating Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Eco-friendly Packaging to the Global Value Chain Project, funded by the ASEAN – Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement: Economic and Academic Cooperation. As ASEAN is one of the main global manufacturers of eco-friendly packaging material with a rapid growth in the market share, both from regional use and an export demand. Therefore, an effort to promote eco-friendly packaging business should be pursued jointly by the private and public sectors in order to strengthen and sustain its global value chains and foster more use of environmentally friendly packaging. For more information, please visit https://www.fin.cmu.ac.th Email: fininfo.fin@gmail.com Tel. 053-948286

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