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5 government agencies join forces Upgrading OTOP-SMEs products in a complete range, strengthening community and regional tourism businesses Responding to the Local Economy Policy in the 4.0 Era

5 government agencies Combining strength to build crutches to strengthen OTOP products and SMEs, including training knowledge develop production standards upgrade packaging allocate distribution channels as well as support low-cost loans Stimulate community and regional tourism businesses Aiming to expand the market far and wide to the international level Responding to the government’s Local Economy policy in the 4.0 era

Today (29 Aug) 5 agencies signed a memorandum of understanding. Project activities promoting OTOP products and SMEs with wings 4.0 consisted of Mr. Darun Saengchai, Director-General of the Department of Airports (DOE), Mr. Pisit Rangsaritwuthikul Secretary-General of the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), Mr. Panuwat Triyangkurot, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industrial Promotion (NIDA), Mr. Tawirot Songkumpol, Acting Chief Commercial Officer THAI Smile Airways, THAI Smile Airways Company Limited and Mr. Mongkol Leelatham, Managing Director Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank) to support OTOP products (One Tambon One Product) and small and medium enterprises or SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) in a comprehensive way, from knowledge develop product standards Upgrade the packaging to meet the needs of the target market. Allocate space and distribution channels Help to make publicity advertisements as well as supporting low-cost financing with purpose To promote OTOP products and SMEs to be known Able to expand the market to the international level, including promoting tourism businesses at the community and regional levels, causing job creation, job creation, and widespread income distribution This will result in Thai entrepreneurs taking the basic economy out of the trap of middle-income countries according to the government’s Local Economy policy, which is in line with the 4.0 era economic policy, and also supports entrepreneurs according to the National Strategic Plan. Stability Item 2. Strategy on building competitiveness and Article 4. Strategy on creating equal opportunity and social equality

Mr. Darun Saengchai, Director-General of the Department of Airports, said that he is very pleased to have been involved in driving the project for promoting OTOP products and SMEs in the wings 4.0 to be successful. Currently, the Department of Airports is in charge of 28 locations covering every region. All over the country, the Department of Airports has a plan to develop airports continuously under the government’s policy of focusing on promoting the country’s transport network connection. In 2020, the Betong Airport project in Yala province is expected to be completed. and can open for service to the public 1 more. For this memorandum of cooperation, DTI is ready to support the use of space in the airports under its supervision. to support and provide opportunities
Entrepreneurs participating in the project use the area to sell products and participate in various activities. It generates income for the local community, which promotes the country’s economy and builds a good network together with the local community.
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Mr. Pisit Rangsaritwuthikul The secretary-general of the Thai Industrial Standards Institute said that TISI is ready to cooperate in academic community product standards to the fullest extent. To promote and develop the quality of community products to be accepted And build confidence for both domestic and international consumers. In the past, TISI has supported the activities of the Bank of Thailand in the pilot project to study and explore the potential of OTOP entrepreneurs and SMEs of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the PAO. Lao PDR, which will lead to building a business network in CLMV countries and in the future will expand to AEC countries according to the next government policy

Mr. Panuwat Triyangkurot, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industrial Promotion, said that the cooperation in implementing the project to promote OTOP products and SMEs with the wings 4.0 this time is a good model of integration of SMEs and OTOP driving. It will be able to answer 3 important issues which are 1) good product with innovation 2) product with standard quality and 3) product with market to support it. The Department of Industrial Promotion will be able to support in product and packaging development including the selection of potential products to join the project We believe that this project will be a part that will help drive SMEs and OTOP to the 4.0 era.

Mr. Tawirot Songkumpol, Acting Chief Commercial Officer Thai Smile Airways, Thai Smile Airways Company Limited, said that this cooperation THAI Smile will publicize OTOP products and SMEs through various media of THAI Smile as well as support OTOP products to have more distribution channels. Moreover Customer information will be exchanged with SME Bank to jointly organize marketing promotion activities and serves to promote the image of various agencies under this cooperation as well

Mr. Mongkol Leelatham Managing Director Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank) said that this cooperation SME Bank serves to coordinate cooperation with allied agencies. and help publicize through various channels ready to provide access to low-cost sources of money Through the project “Loan to support tourism businesses and community tour operators” amounting to 7,500 million baht to focus on upgrading tourism and related business operators in communities and regions, such as businesses located in tourist attractions or in a creative industrial village (CIV), accommodation and restaurant businesses, etc., including supporting investment in franchises Create an alternative for the new generation to return to their hometown to start their own business. This will bring benefits to create jobs, create jobs, generate income, spread to communities and regions widely according to the Local Economy policy of the government.

For guidelines Project “Loan to support tourism businesses and community tour operators” in the case of an individual Set a credit limit per person of not more than 2 million baht if you are an individual with value added tax (VAT) registration or a certificate from a government agency. Credit limit per person is not more than 5 million baht for juristic persons The maximum credit limit per person is not more than 15 million baht. The first 5 million baht credit line does not require collateral. TCG can be used as a guarantee, which will be compensated for TCG fees in the first 4 years. Total borrowing period is 7 years. Use collateral according to bank criteria Interest rate 1st year interest rate MLR -1.5 percent per year, 2nd year onwards interest rate MLR -1.0 percent per year. In case of using collateral, TCG charges interest rate MLR per year. Customers will receive assistance. TCG fee is free for 4 years, 1.75% per year, total 7% by the government helping 4% and the other 3% is helping from the Bank of Thailand.

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