February 24, 2023 – From February 21st to February 24th, 2023, INVEST NS traveled to Thailand on a working trip to fulfill an invitation from the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and went to a few businesses visit around Thailand.
On the first day, INVEST NS was invited to join WAIPA-ESCAP APAC IPAs FDI & Investment Conference at United Nation Conference Centre, Bangkok. It was a great opportunity for us to broaden our international networking as we got to meet with many Investment Promotion Agency (IPAs) from around the world. The whole day conference discussed topics such as Digital FDI & Innovation, FDI focus on Climate Change, Green Investments, and Sustainability, Effective Strategy & Best Practice in FDI.
The program continued on the second day with the opening session of United Nations ESCAP APAC Trade, Investment & Innovation Week and keynote addresses by the invited guest. We then resumed attending the workshop organized by WAIPA, which focused on the Pro-active Investment Promotion topic present led by Mr. Andreas Dressler, Managing Director of FDI Centre. In the afternoon session, the workshop continued with another speaker, Mrs. Premila Nazareth Satyanand, Consultant & Advisor of ARTNET, who focused on the topic of FDI in Digital Economy.
On the third day of our visit to Thailand, we went to True Digital Park, Bangkok. Special thanks to Mr. John Lim from Roland Berger, the main consultant responsible for developing True Digital Park, for being there as our tour guide. Mr. John Lim briefed us on how the development concept of True Digital Park has attracted numerous big names in the technology industry, such as Google, Huawei, Microsoft, LINE, Bosch, Daikin and etc. Moreover, the presence of these large tech corporations has attracted many startup companies to establish their base in True Digital Park. We were also lucky to get to meet with Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee, President of True Digital Park Bangkok. This visit helps us getting a clear view on the development and component of Digital Hub and it’s inspired us to have our own Digital Hub in Negeri Sembilan.
During our last day of working trip to Thailand, we visited the Great Wall Motor Manufacturing Thailand (GWM Thailand) factory located in the Rayong Industrial Park. GWM Thailand is a car assembly manufacturer that produces numerous brands specialty in EV, PHEV & HEV such as HAVAL, WEY, ORA, Great Wall Pickup, and TANK. We were welcomed by Mr. Amnat Saengjan, Vice President of Great Wall Motor Manufacturing (Thailand) and Mr. Joey Jia, GMW Reps from China (Exptriate). The meeting began with a brief explanation of GWM Thailand’s history and overview. We were then brought to a tour around the Smart Factory facilities to have a look at their daily operations and products. We are looking forward to their subsidiary & partner opening the same facilities soon in Negeri Sembilan.