By The Nation
The event is set for the second floor of the Ratthaprasasanabhakti Building (Building B) of the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road.
Banyat Kamnoonwatana of CP All said the first “Opportunity Market” in 2019 received “very good feedback” from SMEs, students and job-seekers.
The spotlights this year will be on opportunities for jobs, education, business partnerships including with 7-Eleven, “good quality of life”, knowledge and shopping.
There will be a Knowledge Zone, Pavilion Zone, Educational Zone, Job Fair Zone, Agro-products Zone, Selected SME Products Zone, SME Clinic Zone, Business Matching Zone and Partnering with 7-Eleven Zone, all free to visit at no cost.
“We have allies from all sectors setting up more than 300 booths across 10,000 square metres,” Banyat said. “These are SMEs bringing community products and agro-products to sell at discount prices.
“There will be more than 35,000 jobs ready to apply for, and financial institutions offering consultations in business.”
The main stage will have seminars on “Education Transform” and “Success Tips of Successful SMEs” and the “7-Eleven Thai SMEs Sustainability Awards”. SMEs keen to place their products in 7-Elevens or become business partners with 7-Eleven will be able to get information directly from the people in charge.
“CP All wants to make sure that all Thai people have secure employment, a good education and a pleasant quality of life,” Banyat said. “It also wants to enable SMEs to scale up their businesses and gain knowledge from this event.”
Sutthikan Masamran of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion said the agency would this year focus on supporting early-stage, micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs.
“These three groups cover more than three million people and we aim to help them ride the waves of change to stay competitive by adding value and reducing costs,” she said.
The agency’s booth will have officials to consult and allow SMEs to register via the SME Connext application and SMEONE website to access news and information.
Dr Ariyaporn Amnucksoradej of the Department of Industry Promotion’s Division of Industrial Business Capability Development said this is the decade when the world will go fully digital, and Thailand meanwhile will auction off 5G bandwidth, bringing numerous benefits to the country.
“My department is determined to enhance knowledge and creativity among SMEs and enable them to use smart technology to increase productivity through seminars and booths,” she said.