CIBJO Urges Thailand To Strengthen Regional Role
CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri has proposed that Thailand position itself as the primary access point to the gemstone and jewellery industries and markets of the ASEAN bloc in Southeast Asia, serving as a centre that connects and services the entire region, and also acting as a bridge-way that links it to the world. Cavalieri was the keynote speaker at a dinner summit held in Bangkok on August 8, organised by the country’s Department of Trade Promotion (DITP), which brought together senior government and industry representatives to consider strategies for consolidating Thailand’s leadership role in the business.
DITP, which is the department within Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce responsible for promoting the country’s export industries, has recently expanded its involvement in the critically important gemstone and jewellery industry, taking over the management of the Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair. Its summit in this week was presided over by Apiradi Tantraporn, the minister of commerce, who was joined by the DITP director general Malee Choklumlerd.
Reviewing the position of Thailand in the gemstone and jewellery business, Cavalieri noted that, while it undoubtedly has achieved the status of a world leader – seeing its exports grow over the past 10 years by almost 300% to about $11 billion, and peaking in 2012 at $13.1 billion – it is not always considered that way internationally.
“Thailand’s second-tier status as a centre has less to do with production and sales capacity than it has to do with the way that it is perceived in the business. He proposed that Thailand be positioned as the ASEAN jewellery trade centre, providing an easily accessible gateway to a massive region, which also includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Brunei.