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Save the date for the “Workshop on Utilization of FTAs for Thai and Japanese MSMEs” on 5 March, 11:00 – 14:30 JST

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The ASEAN-Japan Centre; Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce of Thailand; and JETRO Bangkok invite everyone to the Workshop on “The Utilization of FTAs for Thai and Japanese MSMEs” on 5 March 2024.

Tuesday, 5 March 2024
11:00 – 14:30 JST | 9:00 – 12:30 ICT
Facebook livestream (Thai and Japanese simultaneous translation)

“The Utilization of FTAs for Thai and Japanese MSMEs” is a two-part seminar with keynote presentations and a workshop mainly targeting Japanese MSMEs in Thailand and local Thai MSMEs.  

Speakers will give an overview on the utilization status of FTAs in and between Japan and Thailand, as well as the benefits of utilizing FTAs from the perspectives of the Thai and Japanese industries. The Director of JETRO Bangkok will elaborate on the services JETRO provides for prospective MSME beneficiaries of FTAs. 

The seminar features a practical workshop component. Speakers from the Thailand Ministry of Commerce will be tackling Certification of Origin application processes; Rules of Origin Verification System; and Issuance of Forms under JTEPA, AJCEP, and RCEP.  

Finally, a Q&A session will be moderated by the AJC Assistant Director and Head of the Research, Policy, and Advocacy Team, Mr. Yasushi Ishida.

The ASEAN-Japan Centre & FTA Promotion 

The ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC)’s “ASEAN-Japan Trade Insights” is a seminar series conducted in major trade-oriented ASEAN Member States to promote the utilization of Free Trade Agreements.  

Having previously held an FTA seminar in Hanoi, Viet Nam – with this instalment, AJC targets mainly Japanese MSMEs in Thailand and local Thai MSMEs.  

Following the implementation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement in January 2022, there has been an increase in companies seeking to utilize FTAs. However, it is noted that there are three “barriers” (Knowledge, Process, and Internal cooperation) that small and medium sized Japanese companies face when trying to apply for FTAs (METI 2022). Similar challenges are believed to arise among SMEs in ASEAN. To further promote open and free trade, investment expansion, and economic integration in the ASEAN region, greater utilization of FTAs is needed.  

The workshop is part of AJC’s ongoing commitment to conduct projects consistent with the needs and demands of the ASEAN business sectors by collaborating with regional experts, in conjunction with ASEAN governments and economic organizations. 

Stream the Workshop for free on DTN Thailand’s Facebook page.
No registration required. Stream here: 
*For more details on onsite participation (open to local Thai and Thailand-based Japanese MSMEs) at Eastin Grand Hotel, Bangkok, check DTN’s Facebook and MOC’s event announcement.  

Date5 March 2024
Time11:00 – 14:30 JST | 9:00 – 12:30 ICT
FormatOnline (Facebook Livestream) & 
In-person (Eastin Grand Hotel Phayathai, Bangkok *prior registration required) 
LanguageThai and Japanese simultaneous translation
OrganizerASEAN-Japan Centre 
Department of Trade Negotiations, the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand 
JETRO Bangkok
Programme8.30 – 9.00 ICT | 10.30 – 11.00 JST 
09.00 – 09.20 ICT | 11.00 – 11.20 JST 
Opening Session  
1. Mr. Rachavitch Piyapramote 
Deputy Director – General of Department of Trade Negotiations, 
Ministry of Commerce 
2. Mr. KURODA Jun 
President of JETRO Bangkok 
09.20 – 10.00 ICT | 11.20 – 12.00 JST  
Keynote Presentations 
1. “Current Utilization of FTAs including RCEP, focusing on the 
target country and Japan” 
Mr. YOSHIOKA Takeomi, Chief Researcher, Institute for International Trade and 
Investment (ITI)  
2. “How to utilize the benefit of FTAs from the industry point of views” 
Mr. ASANO Ryoji, Former Director, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
3. “JETRO Bangkok’s services on the Utilization of FTAs” 
Mr. KITAMI So, Director, Regional Research, Japan External Trade Organization, Bangkok  
10:00 – 10:15 ICT | 12.00 – 12.15 JST  
Coffee Break 
10.15 – 12.15 ICT | 12.15 – 14.15 JST  
1. “Application process for getting a Certification of Origin under JTEPA, 
Miss Hanan Wisitpattharanon, Trade Preference Division, Department of 
Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce 
2. “Rules of Origin Verification System and Issuance of Form JTEPA, 
Mrs. Suwadee Niyomthai, Trade Officer, Senior Professional Level, Bureau 
of Foreign Trade Services, Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of 
12.15 – 12.30 ICT | 14.15 – 14.30 JST 
Q & A  
Mr. Yasushi Ishida, Assistant Director and Head of Research, Policy and 
Advocacy Team 
12.30 – 12.35 ICT | 14.30 – 14.35 JST 
Message by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan 
12.35 – 14.00 ICT | 14.35 – 16.00 JST 
Stream (online)
ContactResearch & Policy Advocacy (RPA) Team 
1F, Shin Onarimon Bldg. 6-17-19 Shimbashi,  
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004 

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