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January 2018 Issue 43

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Dear Members,...From Brendan Cunningham, AustCham Executive Director

Industry Focus for February is Business Advisory. Check out interesting articles written by our members who would like to share their views.

>> Special issue of our Chamber News and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current issues such as the new SMART Visa from BOI Thailand

On the occasion of celebrating Australia Day, check out the video representing Australia as 3G; Great People, Great Country and Great Chamber. Also let's us introduce you to AustCham's 2018 corporate sponsors through their video presentation. As well as, a thank you video to our Naming rights sponsor at the Great Australian Bash 2018, MQDC

Approaching February with AustCham First Sundowners of the year!. Not to mention, the first AustCham Australian Alumni Job & Education Career Expo, as well as various multi-chambers' events.

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News and events from our members
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 5 new members!

Snapshots at AustCham's organized events in January!



Message from your Chamber


Greetings from your Chamber! What a great start to the year it has been! In my regular meetings with Chamber members, there has been one consistent theme in every conversation – “we’re so busy!” Many members have been surprised by the work cyclone they faced when returning from the holidays, but at the same time pleased by the vibrant business environment. We hope that the year started great for you too.  

In this edition of Advance our Industry Focus is on Business Advisory, Legal, Tax, Accounting and Insurance sectors, with a variety of interesting articles from our members below. We encourage you to take a moment to update on what is happening in these areas and how it affects individuals and businesses in Thailand.

We also welcome five new members, and highlight the Member Benefit sections. If you haven’t already, please have a look at our Promotional Offers, Members Calendar, and Members News; if you would like to contribute to these sections and promote your business, please feel free to contact the AustCham office.

Finally, with Australia Day just passing, we have some great photos and stories from the celebrations here in Thailand.

Wishing you a successful 2018 ahead!


Brendan Cunningham

AustCham Executive Director

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February Industry Focus: Business Advisory


Thailand joins the Inclusive Framework on BEPS


By Utumporn Tongpian, Senior Manager at  BDO Thailand



In 2017, Thailand became the 98th jurisdiction to join the OECD’s Inclusive Framework on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).The Inclusive Framework, which now has more than 100 members, will monitor and peer review the implementation of the minimum standards of the BEPS package as well as complete the work on standard setting to address BEPS issues....

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Chamber Business News: January


AustCham has had a busy schedule in January with Business Meetings and Member Briefings. To see what’s been happening in the Chamber, click here for an update...

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  Thanks to MQDC for making the Great Aussie Bash a success!

AustCham Thailand would like to thank our wonderful sponsor - Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC) - for making The Great Australian Bash such a huge success!


Australian Embassy News: January


Celebrating Australia Day in Thailand

On the 26 January 2018, various celebrations were held in Thailand to celebrate Australia Day.  Of particular note, Australia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Mr Paul Robilliard and Consular-General, Craig Ferguson both hosted receptions to celebrate Australia Day.  While, the Honorary Consul of Australia in Chiang Mai, Ronald J Elliott visited local Australian businesses to mark the occasion.  These celebrations not only celebrated Australia Day but also the close relationship that Australia and the Kingdom of Thailand continue to enjoy.

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  BOI confident “SMART Visa” to support targeted industries and attract more experts, executives, and investors
Thailand has been making a series of efforts in driving the economy through innovation. The Thai Government has taken another step to attract talents and technologies with a view to further developing its targeted industries or the so-called S-Curve industries...

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  FLASHBACK: AustCham Thailand meets with Thai Deputy Prime Minister, January 2017
On the 12th of January, 2017, AustCham Thailand Director, Chris Larkin, together with AustCham Member Simon Wetherall, presented to Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong at Government House on issues relating to the government’s efforts to support the Digital Economy in Thailand. The meeting also included officials from counterpart Ministries, such as Labour, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Digital Economy...

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Getting to know MQDC

The Great Australian Bash 2018: Great People, Great Country, Great Chamber

AustCham Annual Sponsors 2018

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BCCT Phuket Business Dinner


Member Briefing on Changes Affecting Australians based in Thailand with Investments Back Home


AustCham 2018 First Sundowners


Joint Chambers HR Breakfast Talk on "Best practices to set up Thai Leaders for Success, in Asia and Worldwide"


Chiang Mai Connect by NTCC


Job & Education Career Expo


BCCT Multi-Chambers Eastern Seaboard Business Networking


GTCC Joint Chambers Luncheon “Thailand Economic Outlook 2018”


Joint Business Luncheon with Khun Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General, Board of Investment (BOI)

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month of celebration, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal for the festive season.

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Members News

Check out the latest news from AustCham members.

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AustCham Members Calendar

Find out what upcoming events our members have at AustCham Members Event Calendar.

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New Member - Arnoma Grand Bangkok 

Arnoma Grand is a 4 Stars, 369 Keys Hotel located in the very centre of Bangkok's Shopping and Business District.With 2 restaurants - including Mango 99 for international and Thai cuisine and Ah Yat Abalone for the finest Cantonese Seafood, a Wine Pub, Fitness Centre, Swimming Pool, Spa and extensive Meeting facilities - including the Arnoma Grand Ballroom, capable of seating up to 800 Delegates.

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New Member - Asalon Co. Ltd

Asalon has been manufacturing Furniture and accessories for over 25 years.With both Thai and Foreign Staff we are here to service any of your interior needs for personal homes or Large scale hotels and condos...

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New Member - Captain Hook Smoke House Co,. Ltd 

The birth of Captain Hook came from 4 friends sharing a common passion in life, Big Game Fishing and spending many evenings together far offshore. We were all there Martin Eleveld Walter Dreier, Peter Pauli, Uwe Schittek and I....

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    New Member - Logistics Bureau

Logistics Bureau is a management consultancy specialising in providing customers with the strategies, systems and processes to implement truly integrated supply chains...

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New Member - Rohlig (Thailand) Ltd.

Röhlig is an owner run forwarding company, that offers logistics solutions in the field of sea freight, air freight, project logistics and contract logistics. The family-owned company was founded in 1852 in Bremen, Germany. Today, more than 2,000 staff members in about 30 countries are part of its global network...

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17 JAN - Vinarco Tri-Nations 'Braai & BBQ'

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20 JAN - AUSTCHAM The Great Australian Bash sponsored by MQDC

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

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  43 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 210 0216-8
Fax: +66 2 675 6696
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