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Thailand: Public and Private Sectors Joining Hands in Increasing Processed Food Exports
Source: thailand.prd.go.th
Source Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Country: Thailand
Created: Aug 16, 2010

The public and private sectors are joining forces in upgrading the standards of Thai food and increasing the value of Thai processed food exports.

The Board of Trade of Thailand has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thailand Trade Representative Office and the National Food Institute to foster their cooperation in enhancing the potential for processed food production for export.

Under the MOU, the Thailand Food Export Center will be established to help develop small- and medium-sized enterprises in the processed food industry. Foreign experts will be invited to offer technical know-how on various matters, ranging from standard production to packaging and taxation.

The objective of the signing of this MOU is to increase Thai processed food exports to 48 billion baht in the next five years. In the initial stage, emphasis will be placed on such target groups as hospitals, military units, and prisons in European Union countries.

Mr. Kiat Sittheeamorn, President of the Thailand Trade Representatives, said that in the first year of the joint operation, the Thai processed food export value is likely to stand at 400 to 500 million baht. The figure would rise to between 40 and 50 billion baht in the fourth year. He called for the greater production of ready meals, as vast export opportunities are now open in the world market.

According to the National Food Institute, good quality and safety standards are recognized as the strengths of the Thai food industry. Thailand has continued to promote food safety, aimed at contributing to good health among the people and to Thai food production and exports.

Thai food plays an important part in contributing to the Thai economy. Thai restaurants and Thai food can be found in almost every corner of the world. Food processing is cited as one way to add value to agricultural products. The production system must be rearranged for the better quality of products in line with local and international demands.

The National Food Institute was established in 1996 to help develop the food processing industry and particularly to remove barriers affecting its competitiveness in the global market.

The Government has a policy to promote Thailand as the Kitchen of the World by encouraging the opening of more Thai restaurants overseas. The policy will also help promote exports of raw materials from Thailand for Thai food preparation.

Thailand is striving to promote food production and food safety at the same time. Today, the country has become one of the worlds major food exporters.
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