The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, is scheduled to organize Thailand Rice Convention 2013 between 26 and 28 May 2013 in the northern province of Chiang Mai.
The three-day event will take place at the International Convention and Exhibition Center Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary in Mueang district.
Participating in the convention will be about 500 delegates from 40 countries worldwide. They comprise representatives from rice-producing and exporting countries, rice importers and traders, academics, and rice experts, as well as members of the Thai and international media.
The convention is intended to serve as a forum for players in rice trade to meet and exchange views, which will contribute to the development of the global rice industry. It will provide an opportunity for rice importers and exporters to hold trade negotiations, as well.
Moreover, the Thailand Rice Convention is also meant to bring a positive signal to the global rice trade and spotlight Thailand’s readiness to become a rice hub in ASEAN and the world. It will showcase the quality and efficiency of technological advances in production, trade, and development of the Thai rice industry.
The theme for Thailand Rice Convention 2013 is “Pushing ASEAN toward the World’s Rice Hub,” which reflects Thailand’s intention to cooperate with other rice countries in the region to make ASEAN the world’s rice center.
The convention features a seminar, with panel discussions and lectures by experts and high-ranking officials from Thailand and other ASEAN countries. It also includes an exhibition of Thai rice, especially organic and pigmented rice (riceberry), which contains high nutritional value.
The seminar to be held on 27 May, after the opening ceremony, consists of five sessions: Thailand’s Rice Marketing Strategy, Trade Aspect of Asian Rice Market, ASEAN Rice Production and Export Potential, Overview of Organic Rice Market and How to Access the European Market, and World Rice Trade Outlook.
On 28 May, a field trip will also be arranged, giving international delegates the opportunity to observe rice cultivation and production at Maejo University in Chiang Mai.
Thailand is among the world’s largest rice producers and exporters. Thai jasmine rice, known in full as “Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Ronghai,” has become the first product in Southeast Asia to be registered under the European Union's Protected Geographical Indication scheme.
The Department of Foreign Trade has set a target of 8.5 million tons for Thai rice exports in 2013. The Ministry of Commerce is also conducting a study on the creation of a rice trade zone in order to stabilize rice prices in the world market, promote regional food security on a sustainable basis, and prevent rice smuggling from the countries sharing borders with Thailand.