EABC is now official representative of Thailand within the EBO WWN organization. Therefore the visit to Brussels was very important to attend the AGM of the EBO WWN to review last year’s performance and elect a new Board. It also allowed to visit various Organizations in Brussels. This was a good opportunity to learn about new EU Projects as well as inform the EU about the current situation from the member countries of EBO. See also their Website: www.ebowwn.com
The host of our meeting was the DG Grow which sponsors EBO WWN. This provides us to have direct contacts in Brussels with EU authorities. During the meeting we were welcomed by Mr. Eric Mamer, Director DG GROW. We also met with representatives of DG Trade, Devco and FPI. Discussion were comprehensive and covered various issues such as FTA utilization and implementation, Best practices, Globalization backlash, World political and economic situation, Rise of protectionism, Industrialization and poverty reduction in developing countries, in particular Africa. The latest initiative of the EU is the so-called EU Economic Diplomacy to focus on Third Market Internationalized EU Business perspective. There were also some sharing of experiences on social media policies.