Date: August 31, 2021
Participants: 160 (Zoom), 221 (Facebook Live views as of September 6)
Partner: Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) Thailand
Overview: More than 150 owners and executives of Thailand Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participated in the webinar titled, “Supporting Thailand SMEs’ Digitalization Amid COVID-19” on August 31, 2021. The webinar was a collaborative event between the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP) Thailand which aimed to empower Thai SMEs to be more digitally competitive in the COVID-19 crisis. The first panel session focused on measures by the Thai government to support SMEs and promote several programs in ASEAN for Thai SMEs featuring Dr. Wimonkan Kosumas, Deputy Director-General of OSMEP, Mr. Wittawat Lamsam, Director of International Cooperation Department of OSMEP, and Ms. Nugraheni Utami, Manager – SME Initiatives of US-ABC. In the second panel session, Facebook had a fireside chat between Ms. Sudaporn Woraporn, Director of Tourism Marketing Learning Division of TAT and Ms. Ing Sirikulbordee, Public Policy Manager, Facebook Thailand. It was followed by a training session from Ms. Amp Vajrabhaya, Client Partner, Facebook Thailand who presented how to maximize online business for SMEs and building a strong digital presence. Next, in the Visa session, Ms, Sirirat Thiengtham, Senior Director of Merchant, Sales and Acquiring, Visa Thailand, shared digital payments can be a solution and help SMEs to transform their business online. Finally, Dr. Suthikorn Kingkaew ended the webinar session by introducing the latest initiative called The Innovator Platform which supports small businesses to be more creative and competitive to build their business.