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 January 2017 Issue 31



   " Welcome to 2017– the 40th anniversary of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce. What a fantastic achievement! 

On behalf of Austcham, I would like to introduce the first Advance of 2017 by wishing all our members and friends all the very best for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 

Our message for the year is that we will continue to focus on our three core benefits for our members: Networking, Community and Business. 

Our monthly networking event – Sundowners – will again be the highlight of the Bangkok business community calendar. Our annual events – Anzac Day Tour to Hellfire Pass and AFL Grand Final Day – will also continue to provide unique Australian experiences in Thailand, and we will strive to find new and interesting opportunities for people to connect. 

To ensure we are contributing to Thai society, your Chamber will work hard on identifying and helping worthy and relevant CSR activities, and we invite our sponsors, members and other chambers to join these projects. In particular, we would like to take a more hands on approach to CSR this year. 

Behind the scenes, your Board of Directors remain focused on strengthening relationships with Thai and Australian government agencies as a platform for our members to be heard and contribute to more efficient business practices. 

I am delighted to welcome on board our sponsors for 2017, highlighted in the newsletter below. Our Chamber is a success because of their support and we greatly appreciate their contribution to the Australian-Thai business community. 

The Chamber exists for our members and we would like to encourage even greater participation in all our activities this year. With this in mind, we will be asking our members if they would be interested in taking an active role in our various sub-committees to help further our work in specific areas. Watch this space for more details. 

Finally, our new Executive Director, Brendan Cunningham, joined in January with a dedicated goal of making 2017 Austcham’s finest in our 40-year history! 

I am looking forward to seeing you at our events and, as always, if you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to contact me, your Board or the Austcham office any time. "


Brenton Mauriello

President of AustCham




AustCham Myanmar Membership Launch & Networking Event



First Sundowners in Bangkok



Breakfast Briefing “The Update on Regulations and Business Environment in Myanmar”



Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



Mazars Guide to Doing Business in Thailand


Mazars publishes a guide called “Doing Business in Thailand” to provide a thorough and insightful overview for those interested in investing in Thailand.

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2016 Highlights – what now for 2017? by MMT Financial Solutions


Not surprisingly 2016 had its fair share of volatility, share markets started badly in January due to concerns over the outlook for economic growth and fears of deflation.

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The Future of Jobs and the Evolution of Skills



Disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape over the coming years. Many of the major drivers of transformation currently affecting global industries are expected to have a significant impact on jobs, ranging from significant job creation to job displacement, and from heightened labour productivity to widening skills gaps.

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Employment Opportunity: Membership & Events Coordinator and Digital Communications Coordinator at AustCham Thailand


The Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (Austcham) is looking for a Membership & Events Coordinator and a Digital Communications Coordinator to join our team.

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AustCham Directors Working with the Thai Government


On the 10th of January, a number of Austcham Directors, including Chris Larkin, Peter Emblin, and Alan Polivnick met with a delegation of officials from the Thai Customs Department, led by Kulit Sombatsiri, the Director General.

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Ambassador Robilliard marks Australia Day


Australian Ambassador to Thailand Paul Robilliard has issued a a special message to mark Australia Day of 2017

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Appointment of Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai


The Australian Government has appointed Mr Ronald Elliott as its new Honorary Consul resident in Chiang Mai with jurisdiction throughout the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai and Tak.

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AustCham President attended the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej Funeral Ceremony


AustCham President Brenton Mauriello attended a Buddhist Funeral Ceremony of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace on Friday 27th  January 2017.

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Asean Now: Weekly Wrap

Davos 2017 - An Insight, An Idea with Jack Ma

New Year Celebrations Around the World in 2 Minutes



Promotions for AustCham members

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New Member - Brigton College International School Bangkok

Brighton College Bangkok opened in September 2016 and shares the aims and ethos of Brighton College UK, England’s top co-educational school. It offers pupils the best educational traditions and innovations from East to West.

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New Member - Grab Taxi (Thailand)

It was 2012 and legend has it, a few friends were enjoying some tea together. As is common with Southeast Asians, they started ranting about how hard it was to get a taxi.

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New Member - Park Hyatt Bangkok

Scheduled to open mid 2017, Park Hyatt Bangkok has been carefully conceived to provide a level of service and hospitality unparalleled in the market.

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New Member - Permsin Steel Work PCL.

With over 25 years of experience in steel processing and distribution, Permsin Steel Works Public Company Limited (PERM) has become one of Thailand’s steel industry leaders. We are expertise in steel processing and manufacturing of metal sheet roofing products.

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Vinarco Tri - Nations "Braai & BBQ"

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The Coffee Club Australia Ball 1977

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Editorial contributions to Advance Magazine are welcome.
Please direct queries and/or submit content to executivedirector@austchamthailand.com

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Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 210 0216-8
Fax: +66 2 675 6696
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