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THAI CANAL: Comprehensive Study of New Logistics Systems for the Asia-Pacific Region
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE PATHS TO THAILAND’S FUTURE
THAI CANAL: Comprehensive Study of New Logistics Systems for the Asia-Pacific Region

September 11, 2017, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel



The Thai Canal which is also known as The Kra Canal, is a-mega project that has been a key subject of discussion for decades in Thailand. Some believe that the canal can serve as a vehicle to create economic prosperity for the future.
The immense investment in the Thai Canal is not only great affecting the Thai economy in a positive way, but it is also reverberating through the rest of the world. Thai Canal has more to offer to businesses than just a canal. It is also home to two world-class logistic and business hubs at the either end of the path between two oceans. The effects within Thailand and the whole Asia continent, especially Southeast Asia, will be exponential impacting everything from ports and terminal development to shipping, transport (rail, road, sub-waterways) and warehousing in the areas.
 
 
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Thai Canal Association for Study and Development are pleased to announce the International conference on TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE PATHS TO THAILAND’S FUTURE, THAI CANAL: Comprehensive Study of New Logistics Systems for the Asia-Pacific Region. The conference will include panels and presentations on major considerations for Thai Canal project from key industry specialists who are from private, public and government sectors. Besides, the conference will provide highly valuable networking opportunities where the C-level, senior management, professionals, operators, contractors, consultants and investors can learn about what projects can possibly be put in the pipeline and capitalize on the business opportunities being created.

The conference which is warmly supported by European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC), will be held September 11, 2017, at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel. A special discount is available for group registration, and conference attendees who register before September 1, 2017.​

CONFERENCE AGENDA (as of 26 July 2017)​

08.00           Arrival of Participants and Registration
08.30           Opening Speech by H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak (to be confirmed)
08.45           Messages of Congratulations
                    1. H.E. Thanin Kraivichien, former Prime Minister, former President of the Supreme Court and
                    former Member of the Privy Council
                    2. Gen. Saiyud Kerdphol, former Supreme Commander
                    3. H.E. Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand
09.10           Keynote Speeches
                    1. Gen. Pongthep Thesprateep, Chairman of the Thai Canal Association for Study and
                    Development
                    2. Prof. Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, President of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology
                    Ladkrabang (KMITL)
09.30           Morning Coffee & Tea Break
10.00           SESSION 1: World’ major canals
                    Session Chairman: Mr. Georg Wolff, Board Member, Chair of Advocacy Group Rail & Road
                    Infrastructure, European Association for Business & Commerce (EABC)
                    Topic 1: Panama Canal: Example of successful linkage between Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
                    Guest Speaker: Dr.Ilya Espino de Marotta, Vicepresidenta Ejecutiva, Ingeniería y Admministración
                    de Programas, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá. (To Be CONFIRMED)
                    Topic 2: Suez Canal: Example of successful linkage between the Mediterranean and Red Sea.
                    Guest Speaker: Mr. Osama Mohammed El-Sayed, University of Malaysia
                    Topic 3: Kiel Canal: Example of successful linkage between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
                    Guest Speaker: Dr. Hans Heinrich WITTE, General of Waterways & Navigation and Federal
                    Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure (To be CONFIRMED)
11.00           SESSION 2: Significant Concepts for world Development
                    Session Chairman: Dr. Nunthawat Charusrojthanadech, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology,
                    Ladkrabang
                    Topic 4: Mega-Projects in Asia and around the World – Challenges in Construction
                    Guest Speaker: Dr. Norio Yamamoto, Global Infrastructure Fund Foundation, Japan
                    Topic 5: One Belt One Road Initiative – Global Aspects
                    Guest Speakers: Mr. Zhen Wang; Chief, Regional Division of Asia and the Pacific Department of
                    Regional Programs and Field Representation, UNITED NATIONS, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
                    ORGANIZATION
                    Topic 6: One Belt One Road Initiative – Regional Aspects
                    Guest Speaker: Dr. Jinsong Zhao, PRC Lawyer Maritime Arbitrator, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
12.00           Lunch Break
13.00           SESSION 3: Kra Canal and Linkage among Asian countries
                    Session Chairman: Dr. Harald Wagner, Director of International Civil Engineering Program, King
                    Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
                    Topic 7: Impacts of OBOR on Maritime–Overland Transportation Logistics in Malaysia
                    Guest Speaker: Dr. Ruslan Hassan, Vice President, the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM)
                    Topic 8: Navigational Saturation of Malacca Straits and Its consequences
                    Guest Speaker: Mr. Pakdee Tanapura, Vice Chairman of Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy
                    Association, Head of Kra Canal Study Team
                    Topic 9: Development of Free Economic Zones
                    Guest Speaker: Mr. Tony Restall, Development Services International Ltd.
14.30           Afternoon Coffee & Tea Break
15.00           SESSION 4: Security and Environment
                    Session Chairman: Dr. Aphichat Sramoon, TEAM Consulting Group
                    Topic 10: Kra Canal and the unity of Thailand
                    Guest Speaker: Admiral Supakorn Buranadilok, President of the Royal Thai Navy Advisory Group
                    Topic 11: Impact of Megaprojects on Environment & People
                    Guest Speaker: Harald Wagner & Douglas Smith. KMITL Bangkok & ESIA London(DS Environment
                    & Social Impact Assessment Institute).
16.30           Conference Closing Speech delivered by Prof. Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, President of King
                    Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)
17.30 – 20.00 Cocktail Reception (Invitation Only)

                                                    

Price: 1000 THB (subject to 7% VAT) for EABC Members and consortium partners' members
*The price includes lunch and coffee break
*Thai Canal Association for Study and Development (TCA) will follow up on payment and issue the invoice.