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Khon Kaen is one of the biggest cities in the north-eastern region, 2nd regional contributor to the national GDP with 1.8 million of population. Khon Kaen is also considered as a center of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).



Co-organized by the Swiss-Thai Chamber of Commerce the Kohn Kaen Business Forum will be held from 23-24 September 2021 to promote Khon Kaen as a business destination to expatriates in Thailand. Business opportunities in Smart City, Smart Farming, Innovation, Connectivity are yet to be discovered in Khon Kaen, the Gateway to GMS. The Business Forum was initiated by the FTCC, BeLuThai and the NTCC under the lead of the JFCCT.



The business forum is also an occasion to connect with local entrepreneurs in Khon Kaen.


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Event details

Dates: Thursday 10th - Friday 11th of June 2021

Venue: Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Center (map)

Participation Fees: 5,000 THB (for 2-days business forum), VAT 7% excluded


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Tentative Programme

(*The program can be changed without prior notice)


Thursday 23rd of September2021

09:00 - 12:00 Start-up Business Pitching

14:00-14:30 Welcome & Opening addresses

  • Mr. Stanley Kang, JFCCT Chairman
  • Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya , TCEB President
  • Mr. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, TAT Deputy Governor for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas
  • Chairman, Board of Trade of Thailand (TBC)


14:30-15:00 Keynote speech by Dr. Somsak Jangtrakul, Governor of Khon Kaen Province



15:00-16:30 Panel discussion 1: Khon Kaen Able City

  • Mr. Channarong Buristrakul, Chairman of Khon Kaen Chamber of Commerce
  • Food Valley, MRO, Dry port: Mr. Songsak Thongthai – Chairman of FTI Khon Kaen
  • NEEC: Mr. Suradech Taweesaengsakulthai, CEO - Khon Kaen Think Tank
  • IC: Mr. Tak Sriratanobhas, Vice President at Mitr Phol Group
  • GMS: Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekar, Executive Director - Mekong Institute
  • Medicopolis: Dr. Chairat Uthaipibull, TCELS Deputy CEO



16:30-18:00 Panel discussion 2: sharing best practices from Foreign Business Community

  • Smart Farming - Remko Vleesch Dubois, CEO, Kirloskar Brothers (Thailand)
  • Smart City - Joost Helms, Director, Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO)
  • TBC
  • TBC


18:00 - 20:00 ISAN Networking Night


Friday 24th of September 2021

08:00 - 17:00 Site Visits

  • Route 1: BCG & AgroTech - Mitr Phol and HM Clause (30 pax only)
  • Route 2: Transport & Health - RMUTI, Smart City Operation Center and Medical Hub at Khon Kaen University (30 pax only)

17:00-20:30 Visit E-San Industrial Fair and Networking Dinner hosted by Khon Kaen Chamber of Commerce and FTI Khon Kaen

Sep 23 & 24, 2021 (GMT+7)

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Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre (อวานี ขอนแก่น โฮเทล แอนด์ คอนเวนชั่น เซ็นเตอร์)
Chang Wat Khon Kaen, Thailand
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