Turning up in full support of the occasion were H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia; H.E. Mr. Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC); H.E. Mrs. Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce, of Lao PDR; H.E. Dr. Than Myint, Minister of Commerce of Myanmar, and their delegations, together with the representatives of public and private sectors as well as the academic elites of the CLMVT. Acting Minister of Commerce, Ms. Chutima Bunyapraphasara; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Boonyarit Kalayanamit and Trade Policy and Strategy Offlice's Director General, Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon, along with executives of partner agencies, were on hand to welcome all distinguished guests and members of the media.
"The Thai Government has long recognized the high potential of the CLMVT region as a new hub of the Asian and global economy," The Prime Minister said in his address at the forum's opening ceremony. "Thus, we are pleased to host the CLMVT Forum again this year under the theme of CLMVT as The New Value Chain Hub of Asia."
"We aim to mobilize seamless connectivity throughout the value chain, both within and outside of the CLMVT region. We also aspire to develop a network of business leaders, young entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics, and youth in the CLMVT region in order to achieve sustainable mutual prosperity. In this era of changes, where technologies can rapidly revolutionize the world and geopolitical tensions remain high. Cooperation is more important than ever."
The Prime Minister emphasized: "The shared prosperity within the CLMVT region must be led by the private sector and academia. The Government will play a supporting role as a facilitator by building the groundwork for development. The private sectors in our region has long proven their ingenuity when it comes to business expansion and innovation, while also making key contributions in terms of cooperation in all areas. This CLMVT Forum 2019 can provide all participants with valuable information and inputs from various brainstorming sessions plus direct knowledge from esteemed speakers, especially with CLMVT ministers personally addressing the limitless potential of the region. Participants have the platform to discuss future directions, cooperation, and meet any global challenges and trends without fear.
The Prime Minister emphasized that "technology has now become a fundamental part of our lives and business processes. This is the time of the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" where digital, physical and biological technologies have merged into one, changing people's way of life and business operation in all sectors – industry, agriculture and services, in a monumental scale. New technologies will come with their own challenges. Aside from fiercer competition, uncertainties and volatilities now characterized the global economy. This means all sectors of the CLMVT region must adapt and cooperate to move forward through partnership in addition to competition. We must ensure that small players can participate in the modern value chain by constantly learning, reducing costs and generating added value."
"Thailand firmly believes that we are 'stronger together'. We operate under the principle of inclusive development that will leave no one behind. The CLMVT has a long standing relations, building on mutual respects for our diversity and the support of mutual prosperity. This CLMVT Forum will contribute to our sustainable development goals and send a strong message of our limitless potential born out of our unity to the global stage." the Prime Minister reiterated.
Acting Minister of Commerce, Ms. Chutima Bunyapraphasara, added that the CLMVT region is brimming with potential. The region is located at the heart of Asia and has been experiencing rapid growth. CLMVT has state-of-the-art infrastructure, abundant natural resources, and capable human capital. It has rightly become one of the most attractive trade and investment hubs in Asia and the world.
Ms. Chutima disclosed that this Third CLMVT Forum has drawn the enthusiastic participation of over 500 high-ranking executives from the government and private sectors from 14 countries in the region and beyond. Organizations represented included J.P. Morgan, Google, DHL, National University of Singapore, Chandragan Group India, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Bank of Ayudhya, BMW Thailand, the Bank of Thailand, the Federation of Thai Industries, Thailand Development Research Institute, WHA Corporation and many more.