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Thailand International Creative Economy Forum and Creative City Prototypes
Source: thailand.prd.go.th
Source Date: Friday, November 26, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: Thailand
Created: Nov 29, 2010

World-renowned creative economy experts will gather in Bangkok for the Thailand International Creative Economy Forum, to be held from November 28 to 30. In response to the Thai governments policy to promote the creative economy, the Department of Intellectual Property is launching the project Creative City Prototypes under the Creative Thailand program.

The Thailand International Creative Economy Forum will take place at Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld. Among the famous experts joining the forum will be Mr. John Howkins, Chairman of the Creative Group England; Mr. Dimiter Gantchev, Acting Director for Creative Industries Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); and Ms. Edna dos Santos, Chief of the Creative Economy and Industries Program of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will give an address at the opening ceremony on November 29 at 13.10 hr, following a report by Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot. After the opening ceremony, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Dr. Supachai Panichpakdi, will give a keynote address on Creative Economy: Creative Development. Four topics to be discussed at the debate session include Creative City and Community Improving Our Way of Living, Creative Brand and Design Value of True Creativity, Creative Content and Media Delightful Sensation, and Traditional Knowledge Bridging the Divide.

The three-day forum will also feature an exhibition Creative King, focusing on His Majesty the King of Thailands creative achievements, and other interesting exhibitions from WIPO, UNCTAD, and the United Nations Development Program. On this occasion, the Bangkok Broadcast 2010 festival will be held on November 29-30 at Urban Space, Ratchaprasong, near the venue of the forum. It will showcase Thailands innovations in the broadcast media industry.

The hosting of the Thailand International Creative Economy Forum will show Thailands readiness to take a leading role in the creative economy in this region. The Government launched the Creative Thailand policy in August 2009, aimed at developing Thailand into a creative economy hub in ASEAN and increasing the countrys creative economy value from 12 percent to 20 percent of GDP by 2012.

As for the Creative City Prototypes project, Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn told a press conference on November 23 that 10 provinces across Thailand will be selected as prototypes for development as creative cities. These provinces must have cultural capital, folk wisdom, tourism attractions, or distinctive products, thus enabling them to increase the economic value from their products and services, generate employment, and stimulate the local economy. Moreover, they have creative industries that should receive support and promotion for their cultural heritage, artistic designs, and craftsmanship.

The project began in October 2010 and will be concluded in August 2011.
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