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June 2016 Issue 24


 "Last week saw the Chamber host the third annual Australian Alumni Awards. The event is a great illustration of the strong links between Australia and Thailand at a personal level with the evening celebrating the achievements of the thousands of Thai students who have undertaken higher education in Australia over the last 50 years. This year the Awards were fiercely competitive with a large field of impressive candidates nominated for recognition in all four categories– a full report and photos from the event can be found in this issue of eAdvance. It has been a busy month in the Chamber between events and meetings. We have received the first results from the 2016 AustCham Business Survey and are working with our AustCham counterparts to finalise the full regional report. In contrast to last year in 2016 members identified their top three business challenges as 1. Access to Skilled Labour 2. Government Bureaucracy and 3. Size of customer base; while the top three growth drivers remained largely the same 1. Thailand’s position as a regional hub 2. Proximity to customers and 3. Economic conditions in Thailand. The initial results proved very useful in a recent meeting between AustCham and General Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister for Education, where planned improvements to the vocational education and training (VET) sector were discussed. The Minister sent a strong message that Thailand is committed to improving the VET sector by strengthening the curriculum and ensuring integrated workplace training in order to provide better trained graduates that meet the needs of business. He has asked his Department to work closely with local Australian business representatives to find internship opportunities for talented students. A list of sectors and target vocational areas is in the process of being identified with the intention of placing the first interns in November. We will keep you updated on these discussions! 

AustCham during a recent meeting with General Dapong Ratanasuwan, 

Minister for Education

Finally, this month we highlight two causes supported by AustCham members who seek your assistance with these very worthy projects. The first, an Australian based initiative by Blackmores to raise money for brain cancer research and the second, a local story ‘Steps with Theera’, a social enterprise for profit coffee shop and café in Ekamai. This inspirational project supports young adults with special needs and members can get involved by donating items for the café kitchen and vocational training centre. More details can be found in Member News."


Alex Cullum

Executive Director



Multi Chambers/Grant Thornton Evening Presentation



AustCham in collaboration with the American, British, Canadian, Irish, Singapore and Swiss Chambers of Commerce invites you to a Multi Chambers/Grant Thornton Evening Presentation on Thursday 30 June organised by BCCT.

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AustCham Stars & Stripes Sundowners



AustCham are delighted to invite members, guests and counterparts from the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) to join us for Stars & Stripes Sundowners.




Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



AustCham would like to invite members and guests and colleagues from partner Chambers and supporting Chambers to AustCham's Eastern Seaboard Sundowners to enjoy an evening of networking. Hosted by AustCham at Courtyard by Marriott South Pattaya



Scaling across ASEAN



An invitation has been extended to AustCham members to attend an engaging and interactive panel that will examine making the most of economic opportunities in ASEAN. Hosted by AustCham member Simon Osbourne from AIP Global, the panel discussion will be held on Tues 26 July with insights offered by Alibaba's Jerry Zhe (Country Manager of Thailand's B2B Market) and Hubba's Amarit Charoenphan (Group CEO and Co-Founder). Learn about how these two companies are approaching the economic opportunities in ASEAN with questions to be addressed including: "How can small and medium businesses gain a foothold within the world's fastest growing region" ? "How can I grow my business in a way that best leverages the resources that I have"? and "How can I position myself to work within some of the region's most vibrant companies"? For full event details and tickets, please click at the link read more.

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BREXIT is it the disaster the markets fear? by MMT


In a shock to investment markets, which had been increasingly confident Britain would remain in the EU, the British electorate voted by a 52%-48% margin to leave the European Union. London, Scotland and Northern Ireland generally voted to remain in the EU but were outweighed by votes to leave from the rest of England and Wales.

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Why do we call it human capital?


By the time we've been alive two or so decades, many of us will have picked up some skills, possibly a little work experience, hopefully some sense of direction. We might even find we are now reasonably attractive to an employer. We have become human capital.

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Bangkok mid-table in global ranking for cost of living


Bangkok was ranked 74th of all 209 cities ranked in the Cost of Living Survey by Mercer, a drop from 45th last year and 43rd in 2014.

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Brexit offers a vital lesson in ASEAN


The “Brexit” vote – which saw people in the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union – is an important lesson for Thailand and members of Asean to learn in its expansion plans for the Asean Economic Community, a former Finance Ministry permanent secretary says.

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2016 Federal Election - How to Vote 


The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016. Early (in-person) voting will be offered at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok from Monday 20 June to 1 July 2016 between the hours of 8.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, and on Saturday 2 July from 9am to 5pm. Please bring your Australian passport when you attend the Embassy to vote. 

For more information about Enrolment and Online Postal Vote Applications, please click at read more

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‘ASEAN Women’s Private Sector Forum (Tourism)’


M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon, special advisor to AustCham’s Australian Alumni program, attended the ‘ASEAN Women’s Private Sector Forum (Tourism)’ in Laos from the 13 – 15 June. A collaboration between the Australian Embassy, Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Lao) and the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture, the forum aimed to provide women in the tourism industry, particularly those running small and medium sized enterprises, with skills and networks to strengthen their businesses. The main outcomes from the forum will be presented to participants at the ASEAN Ecotourism Forum in Pakse from 21-25 June.

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ASEAN and Australia to Further Strengthen their Strategic Partnership


ASEAN and Australia reaffirmed their strong commitment to further strengthen the strategic partnership at the 6th ASEAN-Australia Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting, held on 7 June 2016 at the ASEAN Secretariat.

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ASEAN to press RCEP to cut tariffs on 92% of goods


ASEAN countries will propose to the 16 member states of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to eliminate tariffs on 92 per cent of trade in goods to promote economic integration of the grouping soon.

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Australian Alumni Awards 2016


On Thursday 23 June, the annual Australian Alumni Awards were held in the Astor Ballroom at the St Regis Hotel in Bangkok. The awards provided an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Alumni members who have applied their Australian education in their professional endeavours in Thailand. AustCham would like to congratulate all finalists and award recipients. Click below to read more about the awards and 2016 award recipients

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Million$Mission - Cure Brain Cancer Foundation


AustCham member Christine Holgate, CEO of Blackmores, will join ‘Million$Mission’ an initiative of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, which will see 10 successful Australian and international business people climb Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2016 to raise one million dollars for brain cancer research. Click 'Read more' to support the cause and learn more about Million$Mission

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Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the peak organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness in Australia. To learn more about the Foundation, click at read more.

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Steps with Theera


Steps with Theera is a for profit coffee shop and vocational training centre for young adults with special educational needs and for those who require an alternative pathway. Located in Ekamai, Steps with Theera provides an accredited life skills programme alongside work based learning. Their aim is to create sustainable employment opportunities both at the venue in Ekamai and more broadly in the community whilst also helping to remove the barriers surrounding special needs and evoking change and attitudes towards young people with special needs.

More information

ASEAN Today June 2016

'Brexit' Aftershock May Hit Asean Too

Bangkok is a city of water and rain



Promotions for AustCham members

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New Member - BMAsia (Thailand) Co., Ltd

BMAsia is Asia’s most recognized music solutions provider for the Hospitality and Retail sectors. Founded by two British media professionals in Bangkok in 2002 the company serves over 300 properties across the region

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New Member - Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20

The new Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 offers all the superb facilities, exemplary service and luxuries of one of the finest hotels in Bangkok.

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New Member - Language Express

Language Express is Bangkok’s premier English language and exam preparation school. It is also one of the leading Thai language schools in the city.

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New Member - Metal Tiger PLC (Southeast Asia Exploration & Mining Co., Ltd.)

Metal Tiger's mission is to deliver a high return for shareholders by investing in significantly undervalued and/or highly prospective opportunities in the mineral exploration and development sector timed to coincide where possible, with a cyclical recovery in the exploration and mining markets.

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New Member - CNC Design Co., Ltd.

Since 1984, CNC Design has grown to become the leader in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia in Motion Control Solutions. Offering complete automation solutions to manufacturers and users of Machine Tools and Production Machines, our strength is our advanced engineering and technology.

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New Member - East Asia Composites Ltd.

EAC specialises in the global supply of Composite products in Transport, Marine - Yacht and Boat Building, Architectural, Energy, Mining and Telecommunication sectors.

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Commonwealth Sundowners, 1 June 2016, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20

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Convoy for Kids Golf 2016, 10 June 2016, Laem Chabang International Country Club

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Australian Alumni Awards, 23 June 2016, The St.Regis Bangkok

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