A senior Commerce Ministry official on Wednesday called on Thai entrepreneurs to strengthen logistics management given Thailand’s higher logistics cost compared to neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore.
Anchalee Promnart, deputy director general of the Department of Export Promotion (DEP), said that Thai businesses must be well prepared for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in the next two years.
Thai businesses must find ways to improve the quality of logistics which will contribute to more investment and better supply chains—the major factors in exporting Thai products to the global market, she said.
Paiboon Polsuwanna, president of the Thai National Shippers’ Council, said the government has failed to integrate technology and data systems among state agencies.
He called on the public sector to improve the interconnection of the IT systems in different agencies for private sector convenience and to save the time in dealing with government agencies.
Mr Paiboon said Thailand’s capability as a production leader in Southeast Asia has been internationally recognised, especially by Japan which has praised Thailand as an ASEAN trading hub.
The Department of Export Promotion, in cooperation with the Thai National Shippers’ Council and the Thai Hazardous Substances Logistics Association, will hold the Thai International Logistics Fair (TILOG) 2012 in Bangkok Sept 19-22 to exhibit international logistics innovations and enable manufacturers, importers, exporters and logistics service companies to meet for talks and build up logistics network among themselves. (MCOT online news)