Message from Sumate Tanthuwanit

When the previous German Technology Symposium & Exhibition (GTS) was held in 1999, Thailand was still in the clutches of its deepest economic crisis in living memory, although even then e a silver lining was already appearing on the horizon. GTS02, in contrast, coincides with Thailand’s return to economic strength. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that Thailand’s economy has returned to pre-crisis levels. Furthermore, practically all economic analysts are currently revising their forecasts for the development of the Thai economy upwards. These are indeed positive signals for GTS02.

Technological transfers from Germany to Thailand and economic relations between our two countries have a long and mutually beneficial history. One milestone of this longstanding partnership has been the founding of the GermanThai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) in 1962 exactly 40 years ago. Since then the German~Thai Chamber of Commerce has gone from strength to strength. The first German Technology Symposium & Exhibition was organised by GTCC already in 1985. Not only GTCC in itself, but also GTS, being the most important technological German event in Thailand, has grown tremendously, and I am proud that GTS02 is one of the biggest such undertakings ever.

As GTS02 is happening at a time when Thailand is showing such a strong recovery, provides an excellent chance for the participating German companies and organisations to present their technologies and products to potential Thai partners. These technologies in turn will provide important tools for Thailand to complete its economic restructuring and modernisation. German technologies presented at GTS02 are environmentally friendly. Therefore, they will also help to put our economy on a sustainable foundation.

Furthermore, sustainable economic development needs a well-educated human-resource base as well as research and development. Therefore, I am particularly happy that so many German universities and training institutes are participating at GTS02 in order to present themselves to the Thai public, especially to Thai students, on whom our future rests.

I am convinced that GTS02 offers many opportunities to establish new coOperations and deepen existing relationships between German and Thai Companies. On behalf of the organiser, lll wish all participants every success.

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Message from Ludwig Georg Braun President Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry

In the globalized economy both countries, Thailand and Germany, can only secure their respective competitive positions through the development of human capital, know how, and advanced technological capacity. While Germany has been confronted with this challenge for many years, for Thailand the need to move towards a strong and independent high tech sector came apparent with the 1997 crisis situation. In addition, rising labour costs make it more and more difficult to compete with Asian neighbours in the traditional low tech industries.

Against this background it is extremely good news for me that the German -Thai Chamber of Commerce is again successfully organizing the long established German Technology Symposium & Exhibition. ln the present time of a sluggish world economy more than 170 participating companies and organizations from Germany demonstrate a remarkable interest in economic and technological cooperation with Thai companies and institutions. At the same time, the high number of participants is proof of the strong confidence of German business in Thailand’s prosperous economic development.

I am sure, the coming Symposium and Exhibition will provide another great setting for creative thinking on ways our business communities can work together in effective technological partnerships.

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Message from Somsak Thepsuthin

I would like to extend my congratulations to the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce for organizing the seventh German Technology Symposium and Exhibition (GTS02).

GTS02 is an important event for Thailand’s industrial development. There are more than 181 well-known German companies and organizations participating in this event to present German machinery, equipment and environmental technologies. Representatives of Thai industry therefore have opportunity to learn about German technology to increase the value-added in Thailand’s industry production and to develop production processes that are of high standard and pollution free. Furthermore, the presence of German universities and training institutes at GTS02 supports the strong determination to develop the necessary human resources to build a knowledge-based economy.

In addition, this event also provides industrialists an excellent forum for establishing new contacts and for ever deeper economic integration between two countries, in the spirit of true partnership and mutual benefit.

On behalf of the Ministry of Industry, I would like to offer my best wishes to the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce as well as all participants for continued success and prosperity in their future endeavors.

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Message from Phinit Jarusombat

Development of science and technology is the basis for our economic recovery, as they are a prerequisite for the development of both production and service sectors. in addition, technology transfer from abroad is needed as a supplement to speed up the economic development process, GTS02 will allow ample opportunity to transfer German technology in all major fields, especially the capital goods industry sector. This technological transfer in turn will help us to achieve our goal of sustainable development.

Furthermore, the strong presence of German universities and research institutes at GTSO02 will bring across further co-operations in the fields of science, research and development. The education possibilities, which are offered by those German institutions, will help us to create a sufficiently large number of skilled personnel in the areas of science, technology and engineering, which, in addition to the transfer of technology, will also help to support sustainable national development.

GTS02 is a further building block in the long-established partnership between Germany and Thailand in the fields of science and technology. l am, therefore, convinced that GTS02 will play an important role in the further deepening of this relationship.

On behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology, l wish to thank the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce for their efforts in bringing this very important event to Thailand, already for the seventh time. l wish GTS02, therefore, all success.

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Message from Thaksin Shinawatra

It gives me great pleasure to extend my congratulations to the GermanThai Chamber of Cormerce for once again organizing the Seventh German Technology Symposium & Exhibition (GTS02) here in Bangkok.

Since 1985, the first German technology symposiums and exhibitions have been held in Thailand with great success. Besides providing access to the latest technology and promoting closer cooperation, contributing to the forging of stronger business ties, such symposiums have created vital links to technical institutions and a strengthening of relations and friendship between our business people and the general public.

l am particularly happy to see the strong educational side of the event, particularly academic training and professional education. Both sectors are of enormous importance to the future of our country and their value for our further development cannot be overemphasized.

i am, therefore, very pleased to offer my best wishes to the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce and all cooperating German and Thai organizations for the success of the Seventh German Technology Symposium & Exhibition, which ‘I am sure will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed by members of the technological and industrial sector as well as the general public.

Message from Dr. Werner Mutler Federal Minister Ministry of Economics and Technology Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Werner Mutler
Federal Minister
Ministry of Economics and Technology
Federal Republic of Germany

The German Technology Symposium & Exhibition GTS02 is being conducted for the seventh time and can thus look back on its more than two decades of existence. It has become a regular feature in German Thai economic relations. This year, a record number of German firms and institutions will be participating. This shows that Thailand is growing in importance as a partner for German business, science, and research. The rapid recovery of Thailand’s economy after the 1997/98 crisis was a major factor in this connection. The outlook for further development in the course of this year and the next is promising.

The growing success of the GTS-events over the years shows that Thailand’s economy is changing. its increasing integration in the global economy has strengthened the country’s international competitiveness. Thailand’s production is more and more characterized by technology-oriented processes. This enhances the attractiveness of the country for foreign investors. Furthermore, Thailand is in the process of becoming a central market in Southeast Asia with an impact reaching into the neighboring countries. This trend will become stronger with the implementation of AFTA, the ASEAN Free Trade Area.

The establishment of the Joint Economic Commission has given German~ Thai business relations new drive. The Commission will presumably meet in the first half of 2003 and provide fresh impulses for bilateral cooperation. In this context, technologically demanding projects will, no doubt, stand in the foreground of consideration. This reflects the new quality of cooperation between Germany and Thailand.

The German-Thai Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the constant growth of interest in GT3. Exemplary organization has already become a hallmark of this event. This, and the strong thematic approval given to GTS by Thai partners, exercises a strong attraction particularly on small and midsized companies. But the German scientific and research community is also strongly represented, as always. This instills confidence for the future of economic cooperation between Germany and Thailand.

I am convinced that GTS02 marks a further step towards ever closer technology cooperation. It will intensify the already friendly relations between our two countries.

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Message from Andreas von Stechow Ambassador Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Message from Andreas von Stechow
Ambassador
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

The German Technology Symposium will be held for the seventh time in November 2002. Since the last GTS event in 1999, the Thai economy has made good progress in restructuring and modernization, and the outlook for the future is good. Despite the difficult global economic environment of last year, the commerce between our countries rose to record levels, and investment from Germany is rising once again. This reflects the confidence of German companies, equipped with a wide range of modern technology and know how, .in the further development of the Thai economy. The Thai-German Joint Economic Committee

we agreed to constitute will give us a further tool to developing the economic cooperation between our countries.

The GTS02 offers excellent opportunities for the Thai business community and the public at large to get acquainted with modern technology made in Germany. German companies and institutions will be represented in various sectors such as machinery and plant, electrical and electronics, power engineering, information and communication, packaging and environmental technology. Special focus will be laying on education and training in Germany, and numerous German universities and institutions will present themselves.

I wish GTSo2 every success and I am looking forward to welcoming our Thai partners there.

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