Thai Canal International Conference

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Technology for Sustainable Paths to Thailand’s Future


Comprehensive Study of Alternative Logistics Systems

for the Maritime Silkroad

September 11, 2017, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel


Will Thai Canal be constructed? How will it benefit Thailand and Asean Countries?
This conference aims to bring together professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various specialties in commercial canals around the world in order to brainstorm on the Thai canal feasibilities from both academic and visionary perspectives.

Conferences Announcement

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 Maritime Silkroad. 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 Program at a Glance


  • H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak (to be confirmed)


  • H.E. Thanin Kraivichien: former Prime Minister, former President of the Supreme Court & former Member of the Privy Council
  • Gen. Saiyud Kerdphol: former Supreme Commander
  • H.E. Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand


  • Gen. Pongthep Thesprateep, Chairman, the Thai Canal Association for Study and Development
  • Prof. Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, President, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)



SESSION 1: World’ Major Canals, chaired by: Mr. Georg Wolff, Chair of Advocacy Group Rail & Road Infrastructure, European Association for Business & Commerce (EABC)

  • Panama Canal: Example of successful linkage between Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Dr.Ilya Espino de Marotta, Vicepresidenta Ejecutiva, Ingeniería y Admministración de Programas, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá. (To Be CONFIRMED)

  • Suez Canal: Example of successful linkage between the Mediterranean and Red Sea.
    Osama Mohammed El-Sayed, University of Malaysia (To be confirmed)
  • Kiel Canal: Example of successful linkage between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
    Hans Heinrich WITTE, General of Waterways & Navigation and Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure

SESSION 2: Significant Concepts for World Development, chaired by Dr. Nunthawat Charusrojthanadech, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang

  • Mega-Projects in Asia and around the World – Challenges in Construction
    Norio Yamamoto, Global Infrastructure Fund Foundation, Japan
  • One Belt One Road Initiative – Global Aspects
    Zhen Wang; Chief, Regional Division of Asia and the Pacific Department of Regional Programs and Field Representation, UNITED NATIONS, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
  • One Belt One Road Initiative – Regional Aspects
    Jinsong Zhao, PRC Lawyer Maritime Arbitrator, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

SESSION 3: Kra Canal and Linkage among Asian Countries, chaired by Dr. Harald Wagner, Director Of International Civil Engineering Program, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

  • Impacts of OBOR on Maritime–Overland Transportation Logistics in Malaysia
    Ruslan Hassan, Vice President, the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM)
  • Navigational Saturation of Malacca Straits and Its Consequences
    Pakdee Tanapura, Vice Chairman of Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association, Head of Kra Canal Study Team
  • Development of Free Economic Zones
    Tony Restall, Development Services International Ltd.

SESSION 4: Security and Environment, chaired by Dr. Aphichat Sramoon, TEAM Consulting Group

  • Kra Canal and the Unity of Thailand
    Admiral Supakorn Buranadilok, President of the Royal Thai Navy Advisory Group
  • Impact of Megaprojects on Environment & People
    Harald Wagner & Douglas Smith. KMITL Bangkok & ESIA London (DS Environment & Social Impact Assessment Institute)

Remark; The conference program is as of 28 July 2017. The Organizers reserve the right to amend the program without prior notice due to unexpected incidence.

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Contact Info:

E-mail: thaicanalconf@gmail.com

Call: +6681 668 5448, +6663 994 4156

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