Pajchima Tanasanti, director-general of the IPD said "Thai silk...produced in the Northeast of Thailand, has a unique texture. GI certification will ...help promote the fame of Thai silk, but also result in added value for farmers and producers."
Thai policy has been to seek certification first for agricultural products around the world, but that is now being expanded to handicrafts. This will be the first Thai handicraft product to receive a GI certification from abroad. The Thai Queen is a backer of the Thai silk industry.
In Vietnam 35 GI certifications have been registered. They include Peruvian pisco and Scotch Whisky but most are domestic. Vietnam has also sought a GI regstration in Thailand for its Buon Ma Thuot coffee. Of the GIs registered in Thailand this is the first from another ASEAN state.