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February  2016 Issue 20


 "It has been a busy start to the year with the Chamber hosting a number of events including: two networking evenings, the Qantas Emirates Great Southern Land Ball and most recently the AustCham Golf Tournament. We thank the sponsors who made these events possible. Be sure to scan the photos from the Ball in today’s eAdvance. 

Advocacy work started in January with members asked to provide feedback on the trade liberalisation of the services sector. A good response was received and the Board is now working with the Australian Embassy and Ministry of Commerce to discuss the outcomes. 

Next week we will hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 4.30pm on Thursday 3 March 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan. The AGM will be followed by March Sundowners. We encourage you to attend the AGM to hear the wrap up of 2015 and cast your vote for 2016. Voting members who attend the AGM will receive a free voucher to March Sundowners. If you are not able to attend the AGM please remember to register your proxy – full details are available on the website. "


Alex Cullum

Executive Director



AustCham Annual General Meeting (AGM)



The Australian Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) will hold its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 16:30 on Thursday 3 March 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, prior to our monthly Bangkok Sundowners.




March Sundowners



Please join us for Sundowners in March for the ultimate business networking event. This is a wonderful opportunity for members and guests of the Chamber to meet new people and expand their professional contacts in a social environment. You will also enjoy the wonderful hospitality and service offered by one of Bangkok’s leading 5 star hotels; The Grand Hyatt Ewaran.



Equal Partners: Realising the Potential of Women in the Workplace



Celebrated annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of ordinary women who have played extraordinary roles in their countries and communities.



Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



AustCham would like to invite members and guests to AustCham's Eastern Seaboard Sundowners. Hosted by AustCham and held in conjunction with the counterpart chambers at Centra Maris Resort Jomtein



City of hidden gems


Easily dismissed as an industrial centre, Lamphun is in fact a glorious historical treasure trove

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2016 Benchmark Report: Australia – 25 years of consecutive growth


The Australia Benchmark Report provides rich data demonstrating why there is no better place than Australia to do business. The report examines five key reasons for investing in Australia – Growth, Innovation, Talent, Location and Business – and compares Australia’s credentials with other countries.

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Australia’s recent export performance


Towards the end of last year we took a detailed look at how Australian exports performed in FY 2014-15. This post updates that earlier analysis to take a preliminary look at developments in calendar year 2015.

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Australia is knocking at the door of opportunity


In 2012, Australia’s Asian Century White Paper outlined fundamental policy and attitudinal changes that would be required if Australia was to make the most of the opportunities presented by the Asian century. Yet it has had no impact on policy in Australia.

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Thai Baht Remains Strong


Bank of Thailand revealed that since the beginning of the year 2016, the movement of Thai and the fluctuation of Thai Baht increases from 3.2% to 4.8% by getting stronger. In the meantime, in Malaysia, the flux is from 9% to 13% and Singapore dollars’ from 5.1% to 8.7%.

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Thailand faces greatest shortage of skilled labour in Asean: World Bank


According to the World Bank (WB), Thailand will face the biggest shortage of skilled labour in the Asean region, while an academic has proposed the implementation of area-based education in order to give students the right skills for the job market.

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Thailand Laos Ready One Stop Service at Mukdahan Bridge


Thailand and Laos have agreed to implement a single-stop inspection system at the second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge by the end of this month.

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Thai-Aussie anti-terrorism pact in the works


Thailand and Australia plan to sign an anti-terror pact and have pledged to cooperate closely in tackling regional terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon says.

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AustCham Annual General Meeting 2016


AustCham will hold its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 16:30 on Thursday 3 March 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, prior to our monthly Bangkok Sundowners. To ensure a quorum is reached it is important that voting members either attend the AGM or assign a proxy. Proxy forms can also be downloaded here and must be submitted by 5.00pm Wednesday 2 March 2016. For more information about the AGM and to read the profile of the 12 nominees for the Board, please click at read more.

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Qantas Emirates Great Southern Land Ball


On Friday 29 January AustCham hosted a truly Australian affair at the Grand Hyatt Erawan. Emceed by Mr Ray Martin, guests enjoyed Australian food and wine, under the night sky at Uluru. As part of the event, the AustCham CSR Committee, assisted by the Helping Hand Group, held an online charity auction featuring Australian favourites and regional offerings with the proceeds going to local charitable causes. AustCham is pleased to announce that 128,723THB was raised for AustCham CSR and an additional 113,000THB collected for the Fred Hollows Foundation.



Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce


Early in the month, AustCham’s Vice President, Josh Hyland, and Executive Director, Alex Cullum, met with Greg Bicknell, Chief Executive Officer and other representatives from the NT Chamber of Commerce who are travelling in the region to discuss emerging opportunities in the Northern Territory. To learn more about developments in Northern Australia, please click at read more.

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Key Asia Capabilities for SMEs

Celebrating Working Women: International Women's Day

ASEAN Automotive : Huge Potential



Promotions for AustCham members

Discover a variety of promotions and good deals from AustCham members.

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New Member - Pace Country Club Co., Ltd.

PACE Development is the leader in Thai luxury property and hospitality. With core strengths in understanding the high-end consumer, PACE also delivers innovation in the retail market with a strategy to build a portfolio of global food & beverage brands. We create a full range of lifestyle property, services and retail. Each element of PACE features world-class design and premium quality, by introducing new trends, improving the landscape and enhancing people's lives.

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New Member - Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa

Located between Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Bangkok’s city centre with easy access to BITEC Convention Centre and Mega Bangna, Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa is an unmistakable resort situated in the lush surrounds of an iconic 18-hole golf course.

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New Member - Keith Yates (Individual Member)

Being an Australian business person residing in Bangkok I want to have links to the Australian business community and also be connected to Australia via the Chamber

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New Member - Panus Assembly Co., Ltd.

Panus Assembly was established over four decades ago by a group of technological entrepreneurs in Panusnikom district, Chonburi, about 100 kilometers from Bangkok.

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New Member - Contech (SEA) Co., Ltd.

ConTecH (SEA) Co. Ltd. is an associate company of ConTecH Engineering Co. with our Head Office in Melbourne. Our Thai company was established to better serve our South East Asian customers. Our manufacturing is supported by our Engineering design teams in both Australia and Thailand. ConTecH is a conveyor manufacturing company providing systems for the Food, Pharmaceutical, Bakery, Snack food, Meat and Seafood, and Beveridge industries.

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New Member - PKF Advisory (Thailand) Limited

PKF International was established in 1969 and is a global family of legally independent firms that provide quality accounting and business advisory services around the world. We are the 11th largest global accounting network, found in more than 120 countries.

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New Member - SW Consulting (Asia) Co., Ltd.

SW Consulting (Asia) is a Client Focused services firm that aims to provide the best quality service and great value at an affordable price. Our staff are skilled and qualified, but more importantly they understand the need to be as knowledgeable and supportive as they can while getting the job done quickly and efficiently.

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New Member - Primal Co., Ltd.

Primal is a leading digital marketing agency based in Bangkok while having 6 other global offices with our HQ in Australia. We're offering brands incomparable strategical services. We produce campaigns constructed to improve your return-on-investment through strong and thoroughly devised digital solutions.

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New Member - Pickaboo Co., Ltd.

Pickaboo is an exceptional experience center offering an extensive variety of fun activities that are ideal for anyone who is looking for a new leisure experience or a special gift to create unforgettable moments for a loved one. Pickaboo believes that life is to be enjoyed, and it is our aim to deliver high quality, fun experiences covering adventure, relaxation, and amazing culture, all over Thailand. Ranges of add-on services, such as a personal assistant, are offered for greater customer convenience.

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New Member - David Callachor (Individual Member)

To view his profile, please click at read more.

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Qantas Emirates The Great Southern Land Australia Ball 2016, 29 January 2016, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

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February Sundowners, 3 February 2016, Mode Sathorn Hotel Bangkok

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