eBay and Department of Industrial Promotion Boost Online Expansion for businesses in Northern Thailand Through E-Commerce Seminar and Workshop

Stocks and Financial Services Press Releases Friday December 4, 2009 17:00
Bangkok--4 Dec--Aziam Burson-Marsteller

eBay and the Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) today announced the launch of an e-commerce seminar and workshop that will be held on December 17 and 18, 2009 at Far Eastern University Airport Campus in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Titled, “Expand Your Business - Explore World Markets in 2010 through eBay”, it is aimed at helping Thai businesses to take advantage of export opportunities available via the Internet.

Arthit Wuthikaro, Director-General, Department of Industrial Promotion said, “The Department of Industrial Promotion has been collaborating with eBay to provide e-commerce training programs in Bangkok and other neighbouring parts of Thailand. In Chiang Mai, there is a strong supply of beautiful Thai clothing, handicrafts and jewellery which are popular with buyers around the world. We hope that through this joint event with eBay, Chiang Mai manufacturers will learn more about the opportunities that e-commerce brings and expand their sales channels internationally through eBay.”

According to a 2008 survey on e-commerce in Thailand conducted by the National Statistics Office, fashion, jewelry and clothing were the most popular products sold online, accounting for 29.4% of all e-commerce in Thailand.

Oliver Hua, Chief Operating Officer, eBay Greater China and Southeast Asia added, “We have seen positive results since the partnership announcement between eBay and the DIP in February 2009. More than 250 Thai businesses participated in the training programs and have started selling internationally on eBay’s global online marketplace. With US$15 billion in sales generated in the third quarter of 2009 alone and 89 million active members worldwide, eBay presents Thai businesses with a new and innovative sales channel in today’s competitive environment.”

The “Expand Your Business - Explore World Markets in 2010 through eBay” seminar will cover topics such as the basics of starting an export business online, successful eBay strategies and useful business tips by certified eBay Education Specialists and an eBay top seller. For participants who are ready to start selling on eBay, there will also be a full-day, hands-on workshop and individual consultation sessions conducted by eBay experts.

For more information about the seminar and workshop or to register for the event, please log on to http://www.shopping.co.th/eBayDIP. For other enquiries, please call 02-204-7979, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The full training program schedule can be found as follows:
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Venue: Auditorium, Far Eastern University Airport Campus, Chiang Mai
9.00 am – 12.00 pm How to Start Your First Export Business Online
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Expand Your Business, Explore World Markets in 2010 Through eBay
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Tips on How to Grow Your Online Business by eBay PowerSellers
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm Q&As, In-depth Consultation by eBay Gurus
Friday, 18 December 2009
Venue: Computer Room 1240, Far Eastern University Airport Campus, Chiang Mai
9.00 am – 4.30 pm eBay Workshop: Registration, Product Listings, and other topics.
About eBay Inc.

Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and our global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jean Ow-Yeong
eBay Southeast Asia
Tel: +65 6510-4502
Email: jowyeong@ebay.com
Supawadee Srirojpinyo
Aziam Burson-Marsteller
Tel: 02-252-9871
Email: supawadee.s@abm.co.th

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