On June 24th 2010, at the meeting room of Phuket’s new provincial hall, Chaiwat Thepee – the Administrative Assistant of Phuket; Somsak Songnui – the Provincial Development Officer; and Naparat Laongpet – the President of Phuket One Tambon One Products or OTOP Network, together informed about the ‘Phuket Best OTOP Selection 2010’ which would be held on June 30th 2010 at Thavorn Grand Plaza Phuket Hotel.
Chaiwat said that Phuket had been running OTOP projects following the policy of the government since 2003. The project had given people alternative careers and higher income as well as ways to express local wisdom to people in different places. The province had never stopped to better the project and always tried to get participation from locals to make a better administrative system for the project.
This year, the province had provided many training sessions to develop OTOP entrepreneurs’ skills in order to enhance the quality of Phuket OTOP. Moreover, all the entrepreneurs were helped in market plans, product exhibitions and road shows that made their products better known. Meanwhile, Naparat concluded that there were 190 OTOP entrepreneurs registered to join the selection.