Date: July 10, 2020
Participants: 94 (WebEx), 457 (Facebook Live Views as of July 15)
Partner: Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) Thailand, Thammasat Business School
Overview: Around 100 owners and executives of Thailand Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participated in the webinar session titled, “Enhancing Digital Skills for Thailand SMEs in COVID-19”. Hosted by Saravadee Homsub, Country Manager –Thailand, Laos Myanmar, the US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council) and moderated by Dr. Suthikorn Kingkaew, Assistant Professor for International Business at Thammasat Business School. The webinar was officially opened by Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the Council, Dr. Wimonkan Kosumas of OSMEP, and Associate Professor Dr. Ruth Banomyong, Dean of the Thammasat Business School. And it featured Dr. Wimonkan Kosumas, Deputy Director General of Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) Thailand, Ms. Natsicha Voraprukpisut, Head of Market Development for Mastercard, and Ms. Boonthida Ratanavilaikul, Marketing Manager for FedEx. The webinar began with a session from Dr. Wimonkan who presented the Thailand Government’s plan to support Thai SMEs in the COVID-19. It was followed by a session from Ms. Natsicha of Mastercard who explained the benefits of digital payment systems and cashless transactions to help adapt in the digital commerce era, especially in the COVID-19 time. Lastly, Ms. Boonthida of FedEx discussed the effect of COVID-19 on the global supply chain and how to adapt to disruption.