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November 2016 Issue 29


The last month has been relatively quiet as mourning period protocols have been respected.

Recent Events and Activities 

• Two well attended boardroom meetings were recently held with ESB members to discuss legal obligations of Directors and to provide Australian Government officials with first hand feedback on the current business climate on the eastern seaboard. We extend a special thanks to Trevor Dick, AustCham ESB Coordinator, who has worked hard to deliver a program of topical meetings for the ESB membership this year.

• On 13 November AustCham was represented by long serving member Bob Coombes who laid a wreath on behalf of the Chamber at the Remembrance Day Service hosted by the British Embassy. 

• Finally, Peter Emblin, AustCham Director and a number of members also attended last week’s JFCCT luncheon with H.E. Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha who addressed the topic "Open for Business: The Next Chapter in Thailand's Competitiveness”. We are working with the JFCCT to publish a full account of the Prime Minister’s speech in the next edition of eAdvance.

CSR Update 

Later this week we will be sending out the annual electronic survey seeking your feedback on financial donations to be made to charitable activities across Thailand. The AustCham Board has identified a number of causes and members will be asked to nominate their preferred cause. The five causes who will receive the most nominations will each receive an equal donation from annual fundraising monies.

Don’t Forget to Book 

Tickets for the End of Year Christmas Reception at the Ambassador’s Residence on Tuesday 13 December are going fast. 

This week we launched the ‘Save the Date’ promotion for the next Australia Ball which will be held on Saturday 28 January 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Tickets will go on sale later this week and we have included a video teaser in today’s eAdvance. Next year will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Chamber and we will start 2017 by turning the clocks back 40 years to 1977 at the Australia Ball. 

Farewell and thanks 

This will be my last issue of eAdvance. It’s been a busy time and I would like to thank the many members who have made the last couple of years so rewarding. I also provide special recognition and thanks to the team in the Chamber Office - the long serving Khun Moo who is the backbone of the organisation, Khun Yata who is the smiling face of our membership and communications services, Khun Lock our digital communications expert and producer of some amazing event graphics and videos (including today’s Australia Ball Promotion Video), Khun Nong who manages reception and accounts and Khun Boi who makes sure everything is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there. Special thanks also to Rochelle Le Pere who has worked so hard to deliver the new website this year and the annual Alumni Awards over the last two years. You are a great team! My replacement will be announced shortly and I know I leave you in great hands. "


Alex Cullum

Executive Director



End of Year Christmas Reception at Ambassador's Residence



The AustCham end of year Christmas Reception (Christmas Sundowners) will be held on Tuesday 13 December and once again the Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Paul Robillard, has kindly offered to host members at his residence.



Thailand Yacht Show 2016



AustCham members are invited to attend “Thailand Yacht Show 2016” which will take place between 15-18 December 2016 at Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket. For more information, please click below.

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Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Christmas Networking by BCCT



AustCham would like to invite members and guests to Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Christmas Networking Hosted by British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) at Amari Pattaya Hotel



Australia Ball 1977



AustCham presents Australia Ball 1977, Saturday 28 January 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.

More details, coming soon


Director Certification Program 29 January – 3 February 2017



Designed and consistently developed by renowned CG experts of Thai IOD, the certification program focuses on enhancing the performance of directors through precise understanding of their duties and responsibilities. The course has also been certified by Australia Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for over 10 years.




Transfer-pricing Services in Thailand


AustCham member, Mazars, provides an update on transfer pricing. Transfer pricing (TP) is becoming one of the most prominent international tax issues, receiving special attention from national governments, as well as having an increasingly significant impact on the operation of multinational enterprises. It concerns prices charged in related-party transactions, including the internal transfer of tangible goods, intangible property, services, loan financing, and leases. It affects every aspect of cross-border operations, as well as the worldwide tax burden of corporations.

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Trump wins the White House – what does this mean for investors?


AustCham member,MMTFS have provided this update to their recent articel. It is almost three weeks now since the Trump victory and markets continue, albeit slowing, the Trump Bull market; but why have we seen markets all around the world react so positively when pre-election markets were so nervous?

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Bangkok at beta stage of smart city


Bangkok has been classified as having moderate development potential for an innovation-driven smart city among top global cities, according to a study released by Nokia.

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Government Approves 10-Year Visas for Foreigners over 50


Affluent foreign residents over 50 will soon be able to apply for 10-year visas, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

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Tax break on goods needed to fuel economy, says BOT chief


The government hopes a proposed move to spark a shopping spree by offering tax breaks on goods at the end of the year will continue the momentum achieved by economic stimulus activities in the fourth quarter, said Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob.

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New Year to Begin with Four-Day Weekend, Cabinet Announce


Begin 2017 with a four-day weekend thanks to the interim cabinet, which Tuesday added two more days to the New Year holidays.

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Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program


The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) has been designed to create meaningful people to people links between entrepreneurs across Asia. The focus of the program this year will be in the social impact space. The program will bring together ten social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and five from Australia to take part in a series of innovative learning and development opportunities in 2017.

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ASEAN Today November 2016

Australia Ball 1977 Save the Date Video

Thailand vs Australia (Asian Qualifiers – Road To Russia)



Promotions for AustCham members

Discover a variety of promotions and good deals from AustCham members.

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New Member - Bangkok Ranch Public Company Limited

Bangkok Ranch raises ducks to produce fresh and frozen products for the domestic market and cooked duck meat products for export.

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New Member - Deep Thought Indochine Co., Ltd.

Small Engineerings Services company specialising in vehicledynamics, software simulation and mechanical design.

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New Member - Bangkok Beer and Beverages

Starting in 2002 as an importer of specialty beers Bangkok Beer & Beverages Co., Ltd. (BB&B) has developed into one of Thailand's foremost suppliers of beverages, confections and accessories to the food and beverage trades.

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New Member - MAM Enterprises Co., Ltd.

Move Ahead Media has successfully ranked businesses in search engines for years, but ranking on the first page of Google alone won’t reap the rewards by itself.

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New Member - SeaCat Ships

Seacat Ships produces high performance aluminium vessels constructed to international standards by highly trained and experienced construction team.

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JFCCT Luncheon for Prime Minister's Address by H.E. Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, 25 November 2016, Shangri - La Hotel Bangkok

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