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EGAT collaborates with Department of Industrial Promotion to promote community goods for sustainable development

          EGAT collaborates with Department of Industrial Promotion and “virtue power network” to hold press conference on the project “Open the factory ...Coordinate with community” in the form of Social Enterprise and enhance communities to take care of environment and manage community enterprise for sustainable development.

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          On July 12, 2017, Mr. Tatree Riewcharoen, Assistant Governor-Corporate Social Affairs, as a EGAT representative joined a press conference on the project “Open the factory ...Coordinate with community” in the form of Social Enterprise. Mr. Pornthep Karnsub, Deputy Director-General, Department of Industrial Promotion, shows willingness with 9 organizations of virtue power network at Kamolthip Ballroom1, Sukosol hotel, Bangkok.

          Mr. Pornthep stated that government has supported and driven Social Enterprise policy with an objective to reduce inequality and poverty and drive the country towards Thailand 4.0 by applying innovation and creative thinking with local wisdom to create an identity for products. The project of “Open the factory...Coordinate with community” aims to promote community participation in solving social problem, protecting environment, and developing community in compliance with social enterprise model.

          He also stated that the project is a cooperation between Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry and 9 organizations of virtue power network which is comprised of Sirindhorn International Environment Park, Industrial Estate Authority, Central Group, Dow Chemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Vinythai Co., Ltd., Bangchak Co., Ltd., PTT Co., Ltd., IRPC Co., Ltd., and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

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          The Assistant Governor stated that EGAT has the policy to take care of community in the vicinity of dams and power plants or under high-voltage transmission line and enhance the quality of life of community. Strengthening communities by promoting community products will help them to be self-reliant. The cooperation between EGAT and Ministry of Industry will promote society and community to have good quality of life in another way.

          Mrs. Yuwadee Thongsuwan, Director of Social Affairs Division, stated that in the area of EGAT, Ministry of Industry realizes the potential of goods as community enterprise products which are cashew nuts from the communities around Sirikit Dam in Uttaradit Province and pickled fish around Ubonrat Dam in Khonkaen Province. The Social Affairs Division will continue the way that Department of Industrial Promotion applies to educate people about marketing, package, and how to earn stable income that brings about sustainability. The core of development is how to find regular income for community to be self-reliant. Department of Industrial Promotion chose to support cashew nuts as the first product because in the vicinity of EGAT sites, there are many community products. If the first product is successful, it will be expanded to other products.

          “It’s a duty of EGAT by cooperation with Department of Industrial Promotion and virtue power network in providing assistance and promoting community products around EGAT sites to become Social Enterprise products. Therefore, cooperation and community readiness are needed,” said the Director of Social Affairs Division.

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