BANGKOK: APSA, on behalf of the Asia-Pacific seed industry, attended a seminar on July 15 to discuss Thailand’s new “BCG” economic Model.
APSA Executive Director Dr Kanokwan Chodchoey addresses the BCG Agriculture Focus Group. See full gallery below.The Seminar was attended by some 1,300 public and private sector leaders, including top-level department heads, CEOs, ministers and the Thailand Prme Minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha.
The economic integration of BCG, which stands for Bio-Circular-Green, aims to accelerate development of the Kingdom’s agro-food, medical, science, R&D and tourism sectors through the promotion, expansion, integration and upgrading of value-addition supply and service chains.
The seminar began with brief welcome remarks from outgoing Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Dr. Suvit Maesincee. After that, Thailand Prime Minister, Gen. Prayuth Chanocha took the podium, and held it for about an hour to deliver an intimate and thought-provoking address that touched on a multitude of opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Thailand.
“Failure is not an option … We must prevail … We can’t be complacent … Cooperation among all concerned sectors will be crucial …” were among key take-away messages emphasized in his address.
Next, an overview of the BCG model was presented by representatives of nine strategic focus groups, including agriculture; food; energy, materials and biochemistry; innovation for value addition; medicine and vaccines; medical equipment; tourism; circular economics; and creative economics.
The focus groups then held individual sessions in the afternoon, which provided an opportunity for stakeholders to provide direct feedback on challenges, as well as ideas and proposals moving forward. Representing the Asia-Pacific seed industry, APSA Executive Director Dr. Kanokwan Chodchoey attended the agriculture session, in which she spotlighted Thailand’s proposed Seed Hub strategy as an essential element of the BCG model. Stay tuned for a full report on the model, to be published in Asian Seed & Planting Material, Quarter Three edition next month.