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February 2017 Issue 32


Message from your Chamber


   "I would like to open this edition of E-Advance by thanking the Board, Sponsors and Members for the warm reception I received on starting this position. When asked why I made the career move, my answer has always been the same – it’s an important role in the Australian-Thai community – and I’m happy to report that it is living up to all expectations. 

We have started the year as busy as ever, with a major event in the Australia Ball, various business meetings, and preparation for the Annual General Meeting, and members can expect the same busy schedule throughout 2017. 

Most pleasing is being involved in the work behind the scenes, which wasn’t always visible to me as a Member in the past. In recent weeks our Board of Directors held meetings with a trade delegation from Queensland, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and the Thai Customs Department, all with the objective of improving the business interests of AustCham Thailand’s Sponsors and Members. 

We held our first Business Briefing at Servcorp in February, and plan to hold regular breakfast, lunch and evening Business Briefings in 2017. These briefings are organised to provide knowledge updates and sharing and networking opportunities for similar interest groups, so please reach out to me any time if you would like to suggest topics. 

The next major event for the Chamber is the AGM on Wednesday 1 March at 4.30pm, at the Grand Hyatt Erawan. We look forward to seeing as many Members as possible to be part of building a better Chamber. "

For a full summary of what has happened in February and what is coming up in March, please read below.


Brendan Cunningham

Executive Director




AustCham Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017



March Sundowners



AustCham Lao Ball - Mardi Gras Ball



Phuket Breakfast Briefing: Introduction to MontAzure



International Women’s Day Panel Discussion "Insights on Leading Change"



Evening Briefing “Australian Visa Updates, Issues and Answers”



Breakfast Briefing “The Culture of Communication in Thailand” by Corporate Training Express (CTX)



Joint Chambers St. Patrick's Day Shindig



Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



“Celebrating 50 Years of ASEAN” Business Forum and Dinner Reception



ASEAN Sundowners



ANZAC Day 2017



Modern Business Services Exports to ASEAN May Be Greater Than You Think


Modern business services is a term that encompasses a range of professional services such as Financial Services, Insurance and Pension Services, Telecommunications, Computer and Information Services and Other Business Services.

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Minor boss Heinecke upbeat on 2017 performance


SET-listed Minor International Plc, a leading hospitality and food company, expects strong business this year as the economy rebounds.

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Thailand unveils ‘MICE Magnificent Themes’ campaign to target Oceania Market at AIME 2017



The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) launched a new campaign titled, "MICE Magnificent Themes" to promote Thailand as a unique destination for incentive travel for the fast-growing Oceania market.

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Thailand in 2017: a Changing Investment Landscape



2016 was a challenging year for Thailand, both economically and socially. The death of the much-loved King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, clouded a year also blighted by political instability, water shortages, and bearish domestic business sentiment. Although official figures have yet to be released, Thailand’s GDP growth for 2016 is expected to be 3.2 percent, the third lowest in the ASEAN bloc (after Brunei and Singapore).

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Chiang Mai to become smart city



2016 was a challenging year for Thailand, both economically and socially. The death of the much-loved King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, clouded a year also blighted by political instability, water shortages, and bearish domestic business sentiment. Although official figures have yet to be released, Thailand’s GDP growth for 2016 is expected to be 3.2 percent, the third lowest in the ASEAN bloc (after Brunei and Singapore)

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Chamber Staff movements


February saw the departure of a key member in the AustCham office and the arrival of two new fresh faces to the team. Click read more to meet new AustCham team members Khun Chatwalee and Khun Maneesa.

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AustCham’s Business Meetings update


In February, it was business as usual at AustCham Thailand, including a meeting with a visiting Queensland Trade Mission and representatives from the Thai Chamber of Commerce, a joint presentation from Australian Border Force and Thai Customs Department on new 'Customs Alliance 4.0' project, and an update on the business environment in Myanmar. Click read more to see the Chamber at work.

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Australian ASEAN Council (AAC) - International Relations Grants Program is now open!


Applications for the Australian ASEAN Council (AAC) – International Relations Grants Program are now being sought. Covering ten countries in the ASEAN, including Thailand, the Program seeks to promote people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia and support for the Australian Government’s international policy goals. Knowledge management is the overarching theme for the grant round. Funding priorities will focus on women in leadership, collaboration and innovation across three key sectors including: Trade and Economic Development; Technology and Entrepreneurship; and Culture and Education.

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Nominations for the 2017 Australian Alumni Awards open on Monday 20th March


If you, or someone you know, studied in Australia and have gone on to achieve success in your chosen field, please apply yourself or nominate someone at the link below

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Australian Alumni Awards – seeking sponsors


Event Sponsorship is available at different levels for the annual Australian Alumni Awards as well as other Alumni related events and activities. Sponsoring Alumni events is a highly-effective way of reinforcing brand awareness to large and diverse groups as it provides multiple avenues for branding over several months. For more information email or call the AustCham team 02 210 0216


Western Australian State Election - 11 March 2017


The Western Australian State general election will be held on Saturday 11 March 2017. If you are overseas and would like to vote, you can do so by postal vote or in-person at some locations.

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Asean Now: Weekly Wrap Episode 78

7 amazing technologies we'll see by 2030

New Year Celebrations Around the World in 2 Minutes



Promotions for AustCham members

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New Member - Digital Monopoly (Asia)

We’re a boutique digital design, advertising and marketing agency. Based in Perth, with offices in Melbourne and Bangkok, our primary mission is to provide performance driven, end-to-end solutions that help you meet – and exceed – your online marketing objectives. 

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New Member - Michael Page International Recruitment (Thailand) Limited

Michael Page is a leading professional recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment of permanent, contract and temporary positions on behalf of the world’s top employers.

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New Member - Talisman Media Group Co., Ltd.

What is Bangkok 101? Independent and unbiased, Bangkok 101 caters to savvy travellers who yearn for more than what they find in guidebooks.

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New Member - Modena by Fraser Bangkok

Centrally located in Thailand’s bustling capital, the brand new Modena by Fraser Bangkok introduces a touch of green living into urban hotel residences. The closest hotel to Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (linked by an underground walkway), it is also right in front of Queen Sirikit MRT station and just moments from the famous Khlong Toei fresh produce market.

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New Member - Integrated Galvanizing Solutions

Integrated Galvanizing Solutions (IGS) is an industrial engineering and consultancy company providing expertise in design, manufacture, supply and servicing of whole plant and individual equipment to the Hot-Dip Galvanizing industry.

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First Bangkok Sundowners

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