The 2017 Traditional Medicine International Development Forum hosted in Bangkok Thailand Aspiring to Build a Sino-ASEAN Traditional Medicine Industry Exchange and Cooperation Platform

Photo-taking session of distinguished guests who participated in the closed meeting

The Guangdong-Macao Traditional Chinese Medicine Technology Industrial Park (GMTCM Park), in conjunction with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DTAM) and Naresuan University in Thailand, officially opened the 2017 Traditional Medicine International Development Forum in Bangkok, Thailand today (27 April 2017). The Forum convened representatives of Traditional Medicine from government departments, organizations, associations and enterprises of Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, in addition to other ASEAN Member States, mainland China and the Macao SAR Government, attracting a turnout of nearly 200 professionals.

The Advisor to the Office of the Secretary for Economy and Finance of the Macao SAR Government and President of GMTCM Park Ms. Lu Hong, Commercial Counsellor to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand Mr. Zhang Peidong, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) Mr. Wu Zhendou, Director of Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine of the Ministry of Public Health Thailand (DTAM) Mr. Suthep Watcharapiyanan, and the Chancellor of Naresuan University in Thailand Dr. Kanchan Ngourungsi will address the Forum respectively.

The Forum has extended invitations to more than 20 representatives of Traditional Medicine from government departments, industry organizations and enterprises to conduct keynote speeches on 3 major topics; cooperation and policies, technology and development, as well as market and opportunities of Traditional Medicine, and sharing the latest development of Traditional Medicine in China and ASEAN countries, relevant law and legislation, registration requirements, and outstanding Traditional Medicine technology and products, thus establishing a multi-party exchange platform for governments, academics and businesses from China and ASEAN countries.

In addition, to demonstrate exchange opportunities to industry organizations of participating countries, the Forum, through a ‘project link’, arranged live exhibits of products, effects and services, information exchange and business interaction opportunities for 12 Chinese and Thai entities comprising of reputable enterprises, medical institutions, institutions of higher learning and others, offering a resource development platform.

In the closed meeting on 26 April 2017, representatives of government departments, organizations, associations and enterprises from 5 ASEAN countries, mainland China and Macao engaged in discussions about the development of Traditional Medicine in their respective countries, ways of maximizing the role of Macao as an international window, promotion and development of internationalization of Traditional Medicine, and solutions on strengthening international cooperation and common development in their respective Traditional Medicine industries.

GMTCM Park hosted the Forum with the objective of building the bridge between the functional departments of ASEAN countries, relevant organizations and enterprises in the Traditional Medicine and general healthcare industry, hence laying the foundation of exchange and cooperation between mainland China and Macao’s outstanding Traditional Medicine products and technology, and ASEAN countries.

The International Development Forum of Traditional Medicine 2017 is jointly organized by the Guangdong-Macao Traditional Chinese Medicine Technology Industrial Park Development Co., Ltd. and the Faculty of Medicine of Naresuan University in Thailand, co-organized by the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CDUTCM), China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Public Health of Naresuan University in Thailand, and strongly supported by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM), Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Health Bureau of Macao SAR Government, Thai Food and Drug Administration, and the Thailand Chinese Physicians’ Association.

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