The National Rice Seed Storage Laboratory for Genetic Resources has deposited rice seed in the Seed Vault at two occasions. Senior Rice Scientist Kasem Soontrajarn shows an identical copy of the last deposited seeds kept at NRSSL to NordGen director Lise Lykke Steffensen.Director of Department of Agriculture (DOA) gene bank Kunyaporn Pipitsangchan explains that the vision is to serve as a center of excellence for the conservation of plant genetic resources of Thailand, towards leadership for conservation of plant genetic resources in the South East Asia Region. For this purpose DOA has invited NordGen to provide gene bank knowledge and to assist in the process towards a functional National Plant Genetic Resources Center (NPGRC).The Conference of National Plant Genetic Resources Center was opened by Mr. Luck Wajananawat, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives. He thanked NordGen for fruitful cooperation and assistance for conserving seeds and development of the new Genetic Resource Center.Since 2015, staff from NordGen has regularly visited Thailand and colleagues from Thailand have vice versa visited both NordGen headquarters in Alnarp, Sweden and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Quite recently NordGen director Lise Lykke Steffensen and colleagues gave lectures at the NPGRC 4th meeting of the Master Plan Drafting Committee for the Establishment of the National Plant Genetic Resource Center, chaired by Mr. Luck Wajananawat, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.A broad range of partnersThe 17 organisations that will be coordinate activities within NPGRC comprise three ministries (Ministries of Agriculture and Cooperatives, of National Resources and Environment and of Science and Technology) and partners and players among universities, private companies and other organizations and offices.During the travel to Thailand, NordGen visited several of the center partners. Three of them are gene banks that already have deposited seeds in the Seed Vault; DOA gene bank, National Rice Seed Storage Laboratory for Genetic Resources (NRSSL) and the Plant Genetic conservation Project under the Royal Initiation of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG).