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October 2016 Issue 28

" In this time of sad reflection following the recent passing of His Majesty The King we would like to start this month’s eAdvance by paying tribute to His Majesty’s significant achievements. Recognised internationally for his significant contribution to the development of his country, King Bhumibol implemented over 4000 royal projects during his 70 year reign. A major figure in modern history King Bhumibol was widely revered and will be forever remembered for his dedication to the welfare and happiness of the people of Thailand.

As a show of respect for the passing of His Majesty The King, the AustCham Board has taken the decision not to host social events during the 30 day mourning period and in this month’s eAdvance we have included information on observance of the mourning period "

Chamber Updates

Office Move

After reviewing anticipated costs, the Board has decided not to move the Chamber Office this year. The lease on the existing Thai CC Building Office has been extended by a year and the Board will reassess the potential for an office move in 2017.



At the October Board meeting, the Board agreed on a list of charitable causes which will be circulated to the membership in the coming weeks with your feedback sought to determine the allocation of 2016 fundraising.

Updates from the AustCham Board of Directors

Last week, AustCham Board Member Alan Polivnick met with manufacturing members on the Eastern Seaboard to provide a presentation on Legal Obligations of Directors in Thailand. A well-attended meeting with frank discussion, this session is expected to feature as an annual briefing for members in both Bangkok and the Eastern Seaboard.

Recently, AustCham Board Member Peter Emblin also attended a lunch hosted by the Australian Ambassador for Khun Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Tourism Authority and member of the Board of Trade, along with Khun Jirapahant Asvanakul - Treasurer Board of Trade, Khun Piyabutr Cholvijarn - Vice Chairman Thai Chamber of Commerce and officials from the Australian Embassy. Conversation focused on moves made by the Government to open up the services sector and the continued development of the Thai Australian relationship.


Chamber Office Staff update

Khun Yata Srisung, our Membership and Communications Manager, has recently announced her engagement and will be moving to Germany with her new husband at the end of the year. I would like to recognise the tremendous contribution she has made to the Chamber Office since joining the team almost two years ago, bringing fresh ideas and a new approach to the role. She will be missed, but we wish her the best of luck.

Alex Cullum

Executive Director

Accessing Opportunities for Australian business in Asia

Trading Up: Accessing Opportunities for Australian business in Asia (10th-11th November, Kuala Lumpur). The largest single gathering of Australian business Chambers and Australian business in Asia in recent years.


Brisbane Thai Festival

The Brisbane Thai Festival is a celebration of all things Thai. An annual event that sees over 30,000 attendees gather in Brisbane, this year's festival will be on Sunday 13 November. If you have planned travel back to Australia, do not forget to join.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Thailand VS Australia

Watch the Socceroos take on Thailand in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at Rajamangala National Stadium.

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International Franchise Discovery Day - Bangkok

Learn more about Australian business opportunities at the International Franchise Discovery Day. Five Australia franchise opportunities will be presented.


Mourning Period in Thailand

This is a time of deep sorrow for Thai people. In this edition of eAdvance we have compiled the latest guidance for members on protocols and events during the mourning period.

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Add-ons for 3 rail routes to begin 2017

The construction of three rail route extensions in Bangkok is expected to start next year, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) governor Peerayudh Singpatanakul said Monday

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Thai mobile e-commerce serves as Asean role model

Thailand can serve as a role model for mobile business development in Asean because of its solid economic fundamentals and the presence of top global technology firms, says a technology event management company

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BoT monitors economy during bereavement

The central bank is keeping a close eye on the economy in the expectation that some business activities may slow down during the mourning period for His Majesty the King.

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Foreign traders have ‘faith in government economic policies’

International traders doing business with Thailand are confident they will continue to do |so because they have faith in the country’s economy despite this period of great national mourning over the King’s death, according to reports from Thai trade officials overseas.

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Asean to gobble up 10% of globe’s tourism investment dollars: study

One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars is forecast to go into Asean countries over the next decade, according to new research by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

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ASEAN Today October 2016

Dress code to mourn King Bhumibol's passing

Thousands People of Thailand singing "Royal anthem" offer mournfulness for King Bhumibol

Promotions for AustCham members

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

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New Member - Asiania International Consulting Co., Ltd.

Asiania International Consulting was established in 2013 based on the philosophy of to leverage the opportunity for students in Asia and Oceania (Asia+Oceania = Asiania) to have experience overseas which we focus on offering the high quality academic, professional and career experience.

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New Member - Thailand Elite

Thailand Elite originates from a singular goal to present the finest that the country has to offer into one unique package for our honored guests.

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Photos from our recent events are published on AustCham's Facebook Page

To view photos from October's events, please click here

Editorial contributions to Advance Magazine are welcome.
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