Study Tour for Small to Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (13-17 December)

13-17 December 2011

In this period of economic instability, there is a need to strengthen entrepreneurship among the small to medium entrepreneurs (SMEs).  A few countries in Asiahave adopted the One-Village-One-Product OVOP) Scheme to stimulate would-be entrepreneurs.  Thailandhas been one of the leading countries in successfully implementing the scheme.  In one of the trips made by Filipino leaders in One-Town-One-Project (OTOP), Kalinga Trade & Industry Director Grace Baluyan said that both Thai and Philippine OTOPs are inspired by the OVOP of Oita Prefecture in Japan, “but seems Thailand is more successful than we are”; where Tabuk Mayor Camilo Lammawan Jr. inspired by the sugarcane juice distilling observed, “The Thai sugarcane by product tastes like rum and could last for 10 years with proper cork”.  He plans to transplant in Tabuk the Thai technology of distilling sugarcane juice (Quoted from, 8/18/2008).

This study tour is arranged with the purpose of finding out what makes Thai OTOP tick by visiting the entrepreneurs themselves, and learning from where they started to where they are now.  Other enabling environments will also be visited on how they support the entrepreneurs in facilitating growth.

Who should attend


Government officials involved in community development focused on entrepreneurial development, private citizens who want to establish their own SME, and others interested in developing an income generating activity.


OTOP entrepreneurship discussions, observations in these areas:

  • Starting an SME
  • Management of SME, drawbacks and challenges
  • Financial environments in support to SME
  • Government support in promotion and marketing of products
  • Recap of lessons learned from the trip
  • Engagement in SME woven into the fabric of The Thai culture & lifestyle


  • Briefing from pertinent agencies
  • Interaction with resource persons
  • Observation of activities


  • A body of firsthand knowledge on entrepreneurial development and implementation
  • Lessons learned from site visits

Certificate of Participation

  • A program participation certificate signed by the President of Kasetsart University

Program Costs

  •  The program fee is US$700 per person, which includes tuition, workshop materials, morning and afternoon snacks, and field trip transportation including airport transfer.
  • Not included in the fee are: airfare, accommodation, meals, and personal expenses.
For Further Information

Please contact:


The Director

InternationalCenterfor Development Communication

Extension and Training Office




Tel:      662-942-8940

Fax:     662-942-8941



Upcoming regular courses:

  • Gender and Development, 13-23 Sept. 2011
  • Advanced Office Productivity Management, 13-23 September 2011
  • Management of Development Projects and Programs, 11-21 October 2011
  • Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, 8-18 November 2011