48th APCC COCOTECH Conference & Exhibition

20-24 August 2018

Event TypeMeetings, Seminars and Workshops
Event Location:The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
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48th APCC COCOTECH Conference & Exhibition

20 - 24 August 2018, The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand

INFORMATION SHEET FOR DELEGATES AND PARTICIPANTS

 

1.  Dates & Venue

The 48th APCC COCOTECH Conference & Exhibition will be held during 20 – 24 August 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The venue is Mayfair A-B  The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, 559 Ratchaprarop Rd., Makkasan, Rachathewi, Bangkok, Thailand.

2.  Organization of the Meeting

The Conference is organized jointly by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) and the Government of Thailand through the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives who will provide host facilities. The sponsored events and activities would be as listed in the program.

3.  Theme

The Conference theme is “Sustainable Coconut Development through Climate Smart Agriculture, Product Innovation and Advancing Technologies”. This meeting will cover new technological developments on coconut production particularly planting and replanting systems, varietal improvement, use of selected local elite planting materials and hybrids, coconut-based farming systems, integrated pest and disease management, post harvest processing, and technology updates in the manufacture of emerging coconut products for the domestic and export market, cost effective technologies on integrated coconut processing, and marketing strategies. Experts from the research and development, industry and the private sector will be providing input as Resource Speakers.

4.  Official contact at the Government of Thailand

  1. MR. UTHAI NOPAKOONWONG

          Deputy Director General

          Department of Agriculture

          Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives

          50 Phaholyothin Road, Ladyao Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

          Phone  : (66-2) 940 5418; 2579 0582

          Fax : (66-2) 579 4855; 2940 7460

           Email: uthai574@gmail.com

      2.  MR. SOMBAT TONGTAO

           Director, Horticulture Research Institute

           Department of Agriculture

           Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives

           Phaholtoyhin Road, Chatuchak

           Bangkok 10900, Thailand

           Phone   : (66-2) 940 5484 ext 112

           Fax         : (66-2) 561 4667

           Email    : tongtaosb@hotmail.com;

                         hri­_s@hotmail.com

5.    Official Contact at the APCC Secretariat

  1. URON N. SALUM                                                        2.         Ms. MRIDULA KOTTEKATE

        Executive Director                                                                     Assistant Director

        8th Floor, BAPPEBTI Building,                                                      8th Floor, BAPPEBTI Building

        Jl. Kramat Raya No. 172,                                                            Jl. Kramat Raya No. 172,

        Kenari, Senen, Jakarta 10430.                                                    Kenari, Senen, Jakarta 10430

        Phone: (62-21) 3100 556 to 557;                                               Phone: (62-21) 3100 556 to 557

        Fax: (62-21) 3101 007;                                                             Fax: (62-21) 3101 007

        E-mail: apcc@apccsec.org; apcc@indo.net.id                               E-mail: apcc@apccsec.org ; apcc@indo.net.id 

 

6.   Contact Person at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam

  1.  NUTCHATORN SITTHI

            Assistant Director of Sales

            The Berkeley Hotel

            559 Ratchaprarop Rd., Makkasan

            Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand.

            Tel:(66-2) 309 9999 ext 9911

            Fax : (66-2) 309 9900

            HP /Mobile : (66) 82527-2234

            Email : sale4@berkeleyhotel.co.th                    

7.    Participants

The Conference is open to the public. All APCC member countries will be represented at the Conference by a Plenipotentiary Delegate. Other senior government officials would comprise an official delegation. UN related agencies and relevant international organizations are invited to participate. Representative from APCC Accreditation organizations, coconut farmers, industry and private sector stakeholders are eligible to participate.

8.    Registration Fee :

      The Registration Fees are in the following categories:

  • US$500 for non-government sector participants from non-APCC member countries,
  • US$400 for government sector participants from non-APCC member countries,
  • US$300 for non-government sector participants from APCC member countries,
  • US$200 for government sector participants from APCC member countries.

 

       Registration Fee is waived for one Plenipotentiary Delegate or Head of Delegation for an APCC member country.

       Early bird registration discounts:

  • On or before 28 February 2018              ---  30%   
  • On or before 30 April 2018                    ---  20% 
  • On or before 31 May 2018                     ---  15%
  • On or before 30 June  2018                   ---  10%

 

       An administration fee of 25% of the amount paid will be charged upon cancellation.

       All registered participants shall be provided with a Conference I.D. card in the form of a name tag which should be worn throughout of the Conference. Payment of the Registration Fee will entitle the participant to all activities during the 5-day Conference as indicated in the Programme. The Registration Fee will also cover participation in the optional Conference Delegate Tour and electronic copy of Conference materials.

       The registration fee is payable to:

       Asian & Pacific Coconut Community

       Account number: 0-500093-528

       CITIBANK

       KCP Citibank Tower, At Pacific Century Place SCBD Lot 10, Jl. Jend.  Sudirman 52-53, Jakarta 12190,  Indonesia

       Swift Code: CITIIDJX

     

      Or Official PayPal Account at apcc@apccsec.org

      We also accept payment from American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card.

      

 

       All payment shall be made on net basis (Full Amount), clear of any commission, bank charges and any other charges.

       For Registration on Arrival at the Conference venue, all payments shall be made in cash either in US Dollar or local currency based on current day exchange rate.

9.   Registration Form

Please see attached copy of the Registration Form. Kindly fill up the registration form and send to the APCC Secretariat by fax at 62-21-3101007 or scanned and to e-mail at apcc@apccsec.org      Registration can also be processed online at www.apccsec.org.

10. Program

The 48th APCC COCOTECH Conference is organized for 5 (five) days i.e.: 4 (four) days indoor sessions and one day field tour. The detailed program will be distributed in due course.  Exhibition of coconut products, posters, equipments and technology is organized for the benefit of the participants. 

11. Hotel Accommodation

The accommodation for participants will be mostly at the Conference hotel, The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam. The room rates are inclusive of breakfast for maximum of 2 persons per room and includes Government Taxes:

Room Type

Room Rate

Approx in US$

Premier Room

*THB. 2,300.00

*US$ 76.67

*Rates applied to bookings made through APCC Secretariat

        All hotel bills will be charged in THB, rates in USD is only for reference purposes.

      For Hotel Berkeley Reservation Please contact :

Mr. ALIT PIRMANSAH                                             Ms. NAMON SENASUK                    

Market Development Officer, APCC Jakarta                   Sales Manager The Berkelay Hotel

Tel:(62-21) 3100 556 to 557 ext 16                            Tel: (66-2) 309 999  ext 3175

Email : alit@apccsec.org                                            Email : sale4@berkeleyhotel.co.th

HP/Mobile : +62 856 9740 3883                                 HP/Mobile  66-850-636-293

                                                              

Information on alternative budget or boutique hotels near to the Conference venue as shown bellow :

Hotel Name

Room Rate

Distance from The Berkeley Hotel

P2 Boutique

www.p2boutiquehotel.com

 

Rsvn@p2hotel.com

Room Rate : 1,600 THB/day

 

Contact Person : Thananant,

Telp: 662-255-5151,

400m - 5 minutes walk

 

Bankok Palace Hotel

www.bangkokpalace.com

Room Rate 1,600 THB / day

1 km – 13 minutes walk

Indra Regent Hotel Bangkok

www.indrahotel.com

Room rate: 1,600 THB/day

Single / Double

650 m – 8 minutes walk

Telp: 66-84-101-9292,     

Contact Person: Sukanya Chopsaeree

Bangkok City Hotel www.staybangkok.com

- Standard room 1,390 THB

- Superior Double 1,490 THB

- Double room  1,790 THB

Contact Person :  Ms.Kanlaya,

2.6 km – 14 minutes by car

 

All Plenipotentiary Delegates, Official Delegates of APCC member countries as well as APCC sponsored Resource Persons will be accommodated at Conference Hotel.

Other participants are requested to directly contact the hotel of their preference and inform their details such as name, address and flight details preferably 3 (three) weeks in advance to confirm hotel reservation. Confirmation will be on first-come-first-served basis depending on the availability of rooms. Kindly complete the Hotel Reservation form attached and send it to the Contact Person of the Berkeley Hotel mentioned at No. 6 above in order to get the special rates.

Please be advised that payment is made to the Hotel in person directly to the Hotel by using cash, bank debit cards and major credit cards including AMEX, VISA, and MASTER card.

12.  Transport Arrangements

The Government of Thailand will provide complimentary transport arrangements for Delegates and Senior Government Officials. It is advisable to send your flight details to the APCC Secretariat by e-mail apcc@apccsec.org or apcc@indo.net.id and to the Ministry of Agriculture by e-mail at tongtaosb@hotmail.com or hri­_s@hotmail.com.

 

To reach the Berkeley Hotel Pratunam from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok participants can take either private transfer, metered taxi, or airport rail link (Route A1 - A7, getting off at Rachaprarop station). The taxi fare to the hotel is about USD 15 while the rail link fare is THB 40 per person.

 

To reach the Berkeley Hotel Pratunam from the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok participants can take either private transfer, metered taxi, or Bus A3 (Pratunam – Lumphini Route, getting off at Pratunam bus stop). The bus fare is THB 50 per person. 

13.  Visa Requirements

Official delegates and participants from the private sector who hold ASEAN passports (except Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar) will not need visa to enter Thailand for a stay not exceeding 30 days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination, and their passport must be valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. A Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand is attached.     

Others may obtain their Thailand visa from the Embassy of Thailand in their country of origin or from the nearest Thailand Embassies/Consulates prior to their departure from their respective countries.

Where assistance is needed to get the necessary clearance from the Immigration Department of the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, kindly send to us your passport details (Passport No., Full name as in passport, Place and Date of Issue, Date of Expiry, Date of Birth, Nationality, etc.) and provide scanned copy of the bio-page by email including your flight details.

Delegates and Participants are respectfully reminded that it is the responsibility to secure their own visa requirements for transit purposes in countries where it is required. It is always advisable to obtain all necessary entry visas prior to leaving your country.

14. Insurance

Neither the APCC nor the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Government of Thailand will be responsible for personal accidents, medical services, or damage to the private property of participants. It therefore is highly advisable for participants to make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance during their stay in Bangkok, Thailand.

15. Airlines Servicing Bangkok, Thailand

       There are many major airlines which fly to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi International Airport BKK) such as Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, KLM, Philippine Airlines, China Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, EVA air, and Virgin Australia.

16. Currency

       The currency used in Thailand is Thailand Bath (THB). The exchange rate against US Dollar is approx US$ 1 = THB 30.67 as of 31 December 2017. This rate will be updated in future information sheet provided.

17.  Climate

       Bangkok features a tropical monsoon climate with three seasons: hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season between November and February.

       Average temperatures remain constant throughout the year with average high temperatures at around 30oC and average low temperatures at around 20oC.  


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