The Latin Business Forum - Bangkok, Thailand
The second workshop under this project was expanded through the co-convening of the Latin Business Forum 2010 (link to site: http://utcc-event.utcc.ac.th/latinforum/), a regional conference that was held on 18 November 2010 at the Santi Maitri Hall, Thai Government House, Bangkok, Thailand graced by H.E. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand.
Over the last decade, economic linkages between Asia and Latin America continue to expand with creation and adoption of trade agreements, and increasing trade and investment between the two regions. While it is recognized that trade and investment continues to grow at a rapid pace, it has not reach its full potential. The regional forum entitled “Latin Business Forum” thus aimed to provide a venue to discuss the development of business channels between Latin American countries and ASEAN to create sustainable economic relations and explored strategies to further the trade and investment liberalization between the two regions. Plenary sessions were divided into four topics: 1) Economic Partnership, 2) Free Trade Agreements, 3) Latin America as Emerging Strategic Partners and 4) CEO Plenary.
This forum was jointly organized by the Office of Thailand Trade Representative, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thai Chamber of Commerce, The SEA-LAC Trade Center of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Inter-American Development Bank, the ASEAN Foundation and Embassies of Latin American countries in Thailand. Around 350 economists, trade and investment experts, business executives and industry professionals from ASEAN and Latin America participated in the forum. Among the distinguished resource speakers and participants came from the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Singapore Business Federation, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, International Chamber of Commerce-Malaysia, the Thai Board of Investments and UNESCAP.