February 29, 2024

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Spain-Thailand Unite for Sustainable Food Tech Innovation

After COVID-19 has passed, the world is igniting on fostering collaboration to tackle the uncertain future that could happen in no time. Geography is not a hindrance anymore. The country’s leaders and tech experts are coming together to explore innovative ways to address global challenges and promote mutual understanding. In this era of interconnectedness, the realisation that no single nation can thrive in isolation has sparked a new wave of cooperation.

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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the significance of international technological collaboration cannot be overstated. In light of the growing scarcity of food resources, countries recognise the need to pool resources and share advancements to ensure food security.

In light of this, the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) of the Kingdom of Spain, leaders and experts convened at the Spain-Thailand Innovation & Tech Dialogue Platform.

The dialogue platform aimed to catalyse transformative collaborations in sustainable food technologies. The convergence of expertise from TISTR and CDTI created a dynamic space where innovative ideas were exchanged, fostering a shared vision for a future where technology plays a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable and resilient food industry

Regarded as the “Kitchen of the World”, Thailand has abundant agricultural resources, a skilled agricultural workforce, and its status as the globe’s second-largest rice exporter and a significant contributor to the production of fruits, vegetables, and fishery goods, Thailand grapples with the intricate challenge of maintaining food security.

Hence, some agencies have emphasised the importance of international collaboration in driving innovation, particularly in areas crucial for sustainable development. The necessity of technological advancements in ensuring food security has become increasingly apparent. As Thailand grapples with the intricate task of fortifying its food security measures, the call for collaborative efforts on a global scale resonates strongly.

This forum highlighted the roles of CDTI and the Programme Management Unit for Competitiveness (PMUC) in promoting technological cooperation. It provided an overview of Spain and Thailand’s research and development capacities. Particular emphasis was placed on Circular Economy and Agrifood leadership, aligning with global priorities for sustainable practices.

Further, this forum also held the matching meeting (B2B, R2B, R2R Meetings) parallel to the EU-Thailand Conference on Circular Economy and Food Technology. This segment aimed to deepen knowledge and understanding of funding opportunities under Horizon Europe in circular economy and food technologies. It also sought to foster collaborative research and development cooperation between the European Union and Thailand.

The dialogue platform catalysed knowledge exchange, offering a dynamic space for researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore innovative solutions to address challenges in the food industry. With a focus on circular economy principles and sustainable practices, the collaboration is poised to drive advancements in functional foods while addressing agrifood waste valorisation.

The collaboration not only underlines the commitment of both nations to technological innovation but also signifies a step towards forging lasting partnerships that transcend borders. As the global community strives for sustainable solutions, such international dialogues contribute to a shared vision for a healthier, more sustainable future.

By bringing together expertise from Spain and Thailand, this platform opens new avenues for research, development, and strategic partnerships, particularly in the critical areas of sustainable food technologies and circular economy practices. As the Spain-Thailand collaboration thrives, it marks the nation’s initiative for food security preparedness.

Additionally, this forum also highlights the transformative power of technology, diplomacy, and shared vision in shaping a more sustainable and interconnected future for all. The collaborative spirit evident in this partnership reflects a broader shift in the international landscape towards unity and cooperation for future sustainable nations.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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