Surat: Thailand, which tops the chart of the most preferred tourist destinations for Indians in general and Gujaratis in particular, has set its eyes on promoting the innovative technology used by the entrepreneurs of Surat and South Gujarat in various industries back home.
A five-member business delegation led by Mumbai-based Royal Thai Consulate’s Consul General, Thanawat Sirikul, Deputy Consul General, Nattasuda Mettaprasert, and investment director and Consul, Nanthapol Sudbanthad visited the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) to understand the innovative technology used by the Surat entrepreneurs for its promotion in Thailand.
“Surat is a dynamic city and is moving very fast in the direction of development day by day,” said Thanawat Sirikul, Thailand’s Consul General in Mumbai. “Therefore, the innovative technology of South Gujarat including Surat will be adopted by Thailand. I invite the Chamber to bring a delegation of South Gujarat businessmen to Thailand to promote this innovative technology in Thailand” added Sirikul.
Earlier, the Thai delegation visited the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and that they were impressed with the SMAC (Smart city) center. SMAC is an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for effectively managing the city of Surat, including the provision of good quality municipal and allied services for the citizens.
Paresh Patel, chairman of SMC’s Standing committee, Municipal Commissioner, Banchhanidhi Pani, and Mayor Hemali Boghawala accompanied the Thai delegation and informed them about the smart measures taken by the civic body to improve the civic facilities for its denizens.
Sirikul requested the chamber of commerce to provide platforms to various Thai companies in South Gujarat and also to promote the tourism sector in Thailand. The Consul General showed his keen desire for encouraging the jewelry manufacturing companies in Thailand to participate in the Sparkle-Gems and Jewellery event organized every year by the SGCCI.
It must be noted that the Government of Thailand had launched the India-Thailand Jewelry Cluster Program in 2012. The SGCCI had partnered in the program with Thailand and that a business delegation had visited Surat.
Dinesh Nawadia, President of SGCCI said, “Surat and south Gujarat is the hub of industrial manufacturing. Surat has the two biggest sectors including diamonds and textiles. In the next few months, the world-class Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) will be made operational, which will attract visitors and buyers from more than 117 countries of the world”
Navadia added, “It is the best opportunity for the Thailand government to promote Gujarat tourism in Thailand”