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July 2017 Issue 37

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

Next month, AustCham's calendar is packed full with various interesting events including Member Briefing followed by the  premier monthly networking event, All Chambers Sundowners, as well as other Multi- Chambers events

>> An overview of AustCham business in July and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current business issues including BOI Offers Privileges to Support Thai Infrastructure and Hopes High for Ease of Doing Business .
>> A very interesting article on 'How Businesses Can Profit from Thailand's 46 Million Facebook Users' written by David Norcross, Digital Communications Director at Lexicon Business Communications
>>An Overview of Australian Internship in Thailand

Check out interview videos with Anantara Bangkok Siam, Stars & Stripes Sundowners sponsor and our ESB Sundowners sponsors; AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa and Thai AirAsia.

Industry Focus for July is Legal. Check out interesting articles written by our members who work in this area and visit our  members.

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News from our members
>> Warm welcoming and introduction to our 6 new members!

Here are beautiful snapshots at AustCham's organized events in July!


Message from your Chamber


"Dear Members,

As we move into the second half of 2017, we reflect on a busy start to the year that saw us organize multiple events and seek to engage our Members for input and participation across a range of activities.  The good news is this will continue for the remainder of the year, with two of our major events coming up – AFL Grand Final Family Fun Day on Saturday 30 September and Austcham Golf Day on Friday 10 November. Plus a variety of Business Briefings and Networking events in the pipeline.

In August, we will hold partnership events with both the Victorian and South Australian state governments, with VIP presenters and panelists joining us from those respective states.

We will also venture to Phuket in September for a Business Briefing and Sundowners, plus further events for our members on the Eastern Seaboard coming soon.

To keep updated on recent activities, please see our Chamber Business News below. Also, in this edition you can read about the Australian Embassy moving to its new location today, we highlight our Legal Members in our Industry Focus section, more interviews with our Sundowners sponsors, and we welcome six new members into our Chamber!  Plus other interesting stories from the Australian-Thai business community below.

Wishing you a successful month ahead"

Yours sincerely,


Brendan Cunningham

AustCham Executive Director

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All Chambers Sundowners



Member Briefing: Are you fit for work? Health & Well-being Panel discussion



Joint August Social Networking Night at Outback Steakhouse


Multi-Chambers Phuket Business Dinner


Multi-Chambers Lunch: Thailand Tourism Market 2017-2018

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Chamber Business news


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

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Australian Embassy's News: July


The Australian Embassy in Bangkok is moving to
Wireless Road
The Australian Embassy Bangkok is moving from South Sathorn road to a new location at 181
Wireless Road, not far from Lumphini Park.
The new premises on Wireless Road will open on Monday 31 July 2017...

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Thailand Board of Investment offers privileges to support Thai Infrastructure Development


Thailand’s strategically important geographic location gives it ample advantage to become a primary regional economic hub, not only in trade, investment and tourism, but also in communication and transportation networks that connect to other regions around the world. And the government has in recent years made investment in domestic infrastructure its top priority.

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Hopes high for ease of doing business


The government is hoping for a better ranking for Thailand in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index this year, saying it has made a lot of progress on that front, from new business registrations to amended bankruptcy regulations.

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How Businesses Can Profit from Thailand’s 46 Million Facebook Users

by David Norcross, Digital Communications Director at Lexicon Business Communications


Any business looking to increase sales should put Facebook high on its list of marketing priorities. In the 12-month period between January 2016 and January 2017 the number of social media users in Thailand grew by an incredible 21%. With 46 million registered users in Thailand spending an average of almost three hours per day using social media, a captive audience clearly exists...

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Networking key to great Thai-Australia relations says Board of new Association

by Thai Australia Network (TAN)


Providing regular opportunities for business owners and professionals to come together in an informal setting to network and develop long term personal relationships is the underlying objective of the Thai Australia Network (TAN) that was launched as an association last week. 
The concept of TAN was started by Richard Lovell five years ago and as the popularity and support of the networking events grew it was felt that the time had come to take the next step as an association....

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Welcoming Interns from UNSW and University of Canberra


AustCham Members welcomed Interns from both the University of Canberra – organized through Asiania Consulting – and the University of New South Wales, to their businesses in June-July.
Feedback from all of our members and other companies was very positive, and we can expect to see students from these universities in Thailand again this time next year...

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ESB Sundowners Interview video with AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa

ESB Sundowners Interview video with Thai AirAsia

Stars & Stripes Sundowners Interview video with Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
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July Industry Focus: Legal


Setting Up a Business in Thailand


By Alan Polivnick, Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams and AustCham Director



Recent survey by PeoplePerHour ranked Bangkok as the best city in Asia and the
seventh best city in the world to launch a start-up. At the same time, the government is focusing on increasing Thailand’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index
from 46 to 49...

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if you require legal services, please contact anyone of our members below for further details:

 Antares Group Baker & McKenzie Limited
BDO Advisory Limited
Clifford Chance (Thailand) Limited
 Dan Murdoch Risk Services (Thailand) Co. Ltd. Dej-Udom & Associates Ltd.
International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd.
 JNP Legal Co.,Ltd
JTJB International Lawyers
Co., Ltd.

LawPlus Ltd.
Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd.

Mayer Brown JSM
(Thailand) Limited

Mazars (Thailand) Ltd.
 MBMG Group
Orion Investigations Co., Ltd.  RSM (Thailand) Limited
 Siam City Law Offices Limited
(SCL Law Group)

Siam Premier International
Law Office Ltd.
Strategic Migration
Tilleke & Gibbins
International Ltd.

Visa Advice Centre Co Ltd Watson, Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited
 ZICOlaw (Thailand) Limited

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal, i.e. Qantas, Banyan Tree, ...

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Members News

Check out the latest news from AustCham members. For this month, MBMG Group has released MBMG Investment Advisory Update discussing July’s volatile start follows recent trends. Also, Meinhardt has launched its Special Edition Newsletter with respect to the deadiest fire tragedy at Grenfell Tower, London. Not to mention, St. Regis Bangkok who has a good news to share.

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New Member - Mr. John Cislowski, Dreams Ignite

John has 10 years experience within the online industry, with most of his experience earned in the challenging online gambling industry. The last 3.5 years has been heavily focused within the affiliate advertising sphere heading up Simian Play the owner of such sites as Rakereduction.com

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New Member - Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square

The hotel Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, a 4-star hotel located in the center of Bangkok, is the perfect base to explore the city. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, all guests can appreciate the pool, spa, gym and 3 restaurants...

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New Member - Dan Murdoch Risk Services (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Worldwide intelligence gathering and monitoring of 'at risk products' leading to the conducting of cyber and on the ground investigations to gain evidence and protect the corporate integrity of corporations and the safety of consumers globally...

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  New Member - Anantara Bangkok Sathorn

Our hotel we offer services for accommodation, meetings & functions and restaurants with five (5) star services.

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New Member - Ethan-West (Thailand) Ltd.

Established in 2005, West Race Cars Pty Ltd (West) is a race engineering company and the manufacturer of the West LMX 1000 / 1400 Sports Racer, the most advanced car in it's category.  The West name is synonomous with the high quality advanced engineering. West manufactures highest performing, super-bike engine powered race cars in the world...

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New Member - Billi Pty Ltd.

Billi is a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of highquality drinking water and washroom systems. The Billi brandis synonymous with Australian innovation and we provideproducts of uncompromising quality backed by a world classcustomer service experience.

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5 JUL - Member Briefing by The Hands Group: "CSR Activities for companies of all shapes & sizes"

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5 JUL - Stars & Stripes Sundowners

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18 JUL - Breakfast Briefing on Setting up a Business in Thailand

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21 JUL - AustCham Site Visit U-tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport

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21 JUL - Eastern Seaboard Sundowners at AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa

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Editorial contributions to Advance Magazine are welcome.
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20th Floor, Thai CC Tower
  43 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 210 0216-8
Fax: +66 2 675 6696
Email: office@austchamthailand.com
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