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MONO Shop unites Japan SMEs, Otop exhibitors

Dec 12. 2014
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By The Nation

MONO Shop - an initiative by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce that aims to promote Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises and develop Thai-Japanese commercial channels - has hosted government and private-sector representatives at a major exhibition t
Thailand was represented at Zenkoku Bussanten – which took place at the end of last month in Tokyo – by the Department of International Trade Promotion, Tops Supermarkets, Villa Market and The Mall Group.
MONO Shop attracted more than 350 SMEs to the event.
“As a representative of MONO shop, I am delighted and would like to thank the director-general of the Department of Industrial Promotion [Nantawan Sakuntanaga] and the three private organisations for joining the trip with us to the exhibition in Japan,” said Kantatorn Wannawasu, representative director of MONO Shop’s Thai operator Mediator Co. 
“We have to thank everyone for their cooperation throughout this year. 
 “Some of the businesses are small and have limited production, so they can only sell in their own place, or some of them have difficulties with logistics. This exhibition can increase their sales, and investors can also see various products.”
Kantatorn said the government could use the exhibition to boost the economy while exchanging knowledge on the development of Otop products and developing channels to invite Japanese entrepreneurs to Thailand. 
She said it also strengthened the relationship between the countries. 
“After visiting the exhibition, we expect sales of the MONO Shop to raise to 200 million yen [Bt55.5 million] between this year and next. We expect 80-per-cent sales growth.” 
 MONO Shop asked the private-sector representatives at the exhibition to select 10 interesting products.
Eighty per cent selected foodstuff products such as alcohol, fruit juice, cakes, salad dressing, honey, vegetable jam and seasoning sauce. 

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