CIBJO Urges Thai­land To Strengthen Re­gional Role

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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.

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