‘Report on recent Board of Trade and Thai Chamber of Commerce meetings’
"Members may be aware that AustCham has a seat on the Board of the Board of Trade (BOT) and Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) as a result of Australia's strong trading relationship with Thailand. In a recent meeting, AustCham was given insights to the BOT and TCC's contribution to the reforming of Thai law in the five target areas below. The BOT/TCC have put in much time and effort to creating realistic proposals that will mean a better quality life and an improved business environment - including for foreign businesses.
1. Security: including human trafficking, illegal debt and city cleanliness and sanitisation.
2. Economic: including developing infrastructure (rail and water management).
3. Social Services: including education, public health and research and development.
4. Law Against Corruption.
5. International: Including preparedness for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and human rights. The TCC and BOT have joined a subcommittee lead by Khun Prayut Chan-o-cha and four Deputy Prime Ministers to consider law amendments in these areas urgently. The TCC and BOT have joined a subcommittee lead by Khun Prayut Chan-o-cha and four Deputy Prime Ministers to consider law amendments in these areas urgently.
Also on the agenda for the BOT/TCC is Thailand's need to improve efficiency in its government agencies. Recent discussions of results from the Ease of Doing Business Report and IMD world competitiveness yearbook have provided further emphasis on this topic. Including by moving extensive paperwork submissions to online systems, there is hope that activities such as paying tax, setting up a new business and processing building permits will be able to be done much more quickly and easily. Foreign businesspeople will be pleased to know that 90 day visa reporting will be trialled on an online system next month. Hopefully the system will be available to all expatriates in Thailand before too long. If members would like to contribute ideas in AustCham's agenda with the BOT/TCC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org "