Thai­land reaches out to Jack Ma

The Phnom Penh Post - - BUSINESS -

THAI­LAND has beefed up its co­op­er­a­tion with Alibaba co-founder and chair­man Jack Ma to help pro­mote the countr y’s tourism on­line in the hope of lur­ing more Chi­nese to take trips to Thai­land, while join­ing hands with the Chi­nese e-com­merce gi­ant for trade devel­op­ment.

Fol­low ing dis­cus­sions wit h t he Chi­nese bil­lion­aire in Shang­hai on Tues­day, Tha i Deput y Pr ime Min­is­ter Somk id Ja­tus­ripita k said t he Alibaba chief had ac­ceded to the Thai re­quest to help pro­mote tourism through its on­line com­merce em­pire, which can ac­cess a large num­ber of Chi­nese.

Thai la nd wi l l do a 20-sec­ond v ideo pro­mot­ing the countr y’s tourism as part of A libaba’s on­line pro­mo­tiona l ca mpaign on Novem­ber 11 and about 800 mil lion Chi­nese a re ex pected to v iew this on­line cam­paign.

Com­bined with the waiver of v isa-onar­riva l fees for Chi­nese tourists and for na­tiona ls of 20 ot her coun­tries plus Tai­wan, more tourists are ex­pected to v isit Thai­land later t his year.

“A libaba is pleased to sup­port Thai­land’s tourism and now it is go­ing to hold an ac­tiv it y for t he sin­gle per­son day on Novem­ber 11, ask­ing us to do 20 sec­onds of a short pre­sen­ta­tion v ideo. I may be t he pre­sen­ter of t his v ideo to gain Chi­nese tou r ists’ conf idence on con­ve­nience and safet y,” Somkid said.

Lo­gis­tics hub

Alibaba also con­firmed it would in­vest more in the Eastern Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (EEC), as it wants to build up a lo­gis­tics hub for prod­ucts in Thaila nd a nd t he re­gion, apart from its planned hu­man re­sou rces devel­op­ment a nd t ra i ni ng cen­tre. The Chi­nese e-com­merce gi­ant is seek ing a plot of land in t he EEC.

Af­ter Ma spoke of Alibaba’s need for Thai fruits rang­ing from man­gos­teen, mango and oth­ers, aside from durian, Tha i Min­is­ter of Com­merce Sont i rat Son­ti­ji­ra­wong said he had asked the Chi­nese e-com­merce gi­ant to in­form about the types of prod­ucts, spec­i­fi­ca­tions and t he quan­ti­ties needed in de­tail so t hat an an­nual plan could be drafted to di­rect ef fe c t i v e pr oduc t ion a nd s ou r c i ng through con­tract farm­ing.

High-po­ten­tial prod­ucts

A libaba has been sourc­ing high-po­ten­tia l Thai prod­ucts and help­ing Thai op­er­a­tors ex­port to China. Three groups of po­ten­tia l Thai prod­ucts are: agri­cul­tural and agro-in­dustr y prod­ucts – fruits and pro­cessed fr uits, fr uit juice, frozen seafood, bro­ken rice, nuts, co­conut oil and snacks; elec­tron­ics and com­puter parts and raw ma­te­ri­als – plas­tic pel­lets; and lifest yle prod­ucts – tex­tiles, nanofab­rics, sports­wear, cot­ton and wo­ven fab­rics, wooden f ur­ni­ture a nd leat her prod­ucts.

In mid-2017, Alibaba Group de­cided to make an 11 bil­lion baht ($334.45 mil­lion) in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing a dig­i­tal plat­form, dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre and trans­porta­tion joi ni ng ha nds wit h Thai la nd Post, IT in­vest­ment, au­to­ma­tion and robot sys­tems for small and medium en­ter­prises and joint dig­i­tal hu­man re­sources devel­op­ment and busi­ness pro­mo­tion through e-com­merce, in the EEC’s smart digita l hub.

Son­ti­rat said Alibaba is ready to help t ra i n Tha i of f icia ls who wi l l de­velop Thai busi­ness op­er­a­tors through on­line t rade a nd tech nolog y. A l ibaba has a busi ness devel­op­ment cent re – t he “Taobao Vil­lage” model.

Soon, Thai­land will dis­patch its team of 15-20 mem­bers from the Min­istry of Com­merce’s Depart­ment of Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, the Min­istry of In­te­rior’s Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Depart­ment and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Co­op­er­a­tives’ Co­op­er­a­tive Pro­mo­tion Depart­ment for in-depth learn­ing from Alibaba on the devel­op­ment of a lo­gis­tics net­work to carry prod­ucts from lo­cal ar­eas to con­sumers.


Thai Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Somkid Ja­tus­rip­i­tak said Jack Ma agreed to the Thai re­quest to help pro­mote tourism at a meet­ing on Tues­day.


Sheikh Ahmed bin Dal­mook bin Juma al-Mak­toum on Wed­nes­day dis­cussed with Suy Sem work­ing to­gether to find oil and gas in­vest­ments in Cam­bo­dia.

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