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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thailand B.O.I. Fair Nov 2011 'get on board"

BOI Fair 2011, which will be held from 10-25 November is the third time the Board of Investment has organized an industrial fair to showcase the accomplishments of Thai industry and the development of world-class industries in Thailand.

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In 1995, as part of the celebrations of the Fiftieth Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne, the Board of Investment organized BOI Fair ’95, and Their Majesties, King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, graciously presided over the opening ceremony on 17 February 1995. Under the theme, ‘Thailand Moves Ahead,’ BOI Fair ‘95 showcased the country’s strong potential for future industrial development and the capabilities of Thai manufactured goods and services.

At the time, it was the biggest exhibition ever held in Thailand, covering 400 rai (160 acres) of space at Laem Chabang Port. Among the Fair’s many important activities was a CEO Forum – featuring high-level executives from major companies throughout the world – and the BOI Fair Film Festival, which featured films and filmmakers from around the world.

BOI Fair ‘95 was originally scheduled to be held from 17 through 26 February 1995, but was extended to 28 February to accommodate the larger-than-expected turnout of 1.8 million people.

Buoyed by the success of BOI Fair ‘95, in 2000, as part of the 6th cycle (72nd birthday) celebrations of His Majesty the King, the BOI organized a second BOI Fair, BOI Fair 2000, with the opening ceremony presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Among the goals of BOI Fair 2000, which was held at Muang Thong Thani in suburban Bangkok from 3-17 February 2000, was the restoration of confidence in the Thai economy among foreign and domestic investors in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

Throughout the 15 days of the Fair, leading companies from all over the world showcased the capabilities of Thai industry, and provided an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses to show their capabilities by exhibiting products.

To say BOI Fair 2000 was a success would be an understatement, as almost 4.5 million people flocked to the fair, which included 72 outdoor pavilions and more than 1,000 indoor booths.

Flag of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) o...Image via WikipediaIn addition to the pavilions and booths, there were numerous exhibitions and activities during the fair. As at BOI Fair ’95, there was a CEO Forum, presided over by Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, which attracted high-level executives from major multinationals, including Minebea, BMW, Toyota, Nestle, Johnson Electric, and Proctor & Gamble, to name just a few.

The BOI also organized more than 175 seminars on a variety of topics of interest to both industry and consumers and the seminars proved extremely popular, attracting some 20,000 participants, more than double the original estimate.

The Ministry of Labor organized a Job Fair, attended by more than 50,000 job hunters, about 40% of whom were able to secure jobs, primarily in factories on Thailand’s vibrant Eastern Seaboard. The Department of Vocational Education (DOVE) also exhibited at BOI Fair 2000, highlighting innovations from students at some 100 vocational schools nationwide.

There can be little doubt that BOI Fair 2000 was a success in every sense of the word, and with 84 pavilions (all of which have already been booked) and 3,300 booths, BOI Fair 2011 is sure to be even more successful than the previous two events.
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