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September 29, 2020
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Chamber Business News: September 2020

2 SEP – AustCham Thailand Member Briefing:“Online Marketing: Strategy, Storytelling and Tech – 2021 Essentials”

AustCham Thailand held a Member Briefing on “Online Marketing: Strategy, Storytelling and Tech – 2021 Essentials” prior to September Sundowners on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Our Sundowners Corporate Sponsors, Lexicon, provided lessons learned from 2020 and the importance to businesses of having a strong online presence, especially when customers are not able to visit you. 

15 SEP – The inaugural Annual General Meeting for the Thai-Australia-New Zealand Business Council (TANZBC)

AustCham Thailand President, Benjamin Krieg, and Executive Director, Brendan Cunningham, attended the inaugural Annual General Meeting for the Thai-Australia-New Zealand Business Council (TANZBC) last night. The meeting was presided over by TANZBC Chairman, Dr. Sombat Thiratrakoolchai, with opening remarks provided H.E. Mr. Allan McKinnon, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, and H.E. Mr Taha Macpherson, New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand, with 50+ members of the Thai-Australia-New Zealand business community in attendance.

18 SEP – Joint Chambers Phuket Briefing: “TAT’s Tourism Plan and Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic for Expats living in Thailand”

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On Friday 18th September 2020, AustCham Thailand, in collaboration with Australian Alumni, British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce (NTCC), was joined by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in organising Joint Chambers Phuket Briefing: “TAT’s Tourism Plan and Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic for Expats living in Thailand”. We would like to thank Khun Kulpramote Wannalert, Deputy Executive Director ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region, for taking her time sharing with us on the initiatives.

24 SEP – Meeting with the Thai Customs Department

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AustCham’s Customs Committee, together with our Australian Embassy colleagues, met with the Thai Customs Department Deputy Director General, Khun Phantong Loykulnanta and the Customs Alliance team last Thursday to discuss potential collaboration opportunities between our organisations.

25 SEP – AustCham Members Site Visit to NS Bluescope Rayong

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On Friday 25th September, AustCham Thailand and members attended a site visit at NS BlueScope (Thailand) Limited (Rayong Factory). NS Bluescope recently launched its new metal coating line and this tour provided a great opportunity to see the results of their strong commitment to ongoing investments and innovative workforce training initiatives.

29 SEP – FCA Dinner at the British Ambassador’s residence

The Foreign Chamber Alliance (FCA) – AMCHAM, AustCham, BCCT, GTCC – held its third dinner this time hosted by BCCT and the British Ambassador at his residence. As with previous dinners, hosted by the U.S. and Australian Ambassadors respectively, FCA Presidents and Executive Directors, were joined by their Ambassadors and senior trade officials, and this time we welcomed the Japanese Ambassador and friends from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
 
There were detailed discussions on a wide range of topics including: entry into Thailand for non-Thai businesspeople, investors, technicians and engineers; likely positive progress on the Regulatory Guillotine in a few months’ time; positive engagement with the Immigration Bureau and a better understanding of specific responsibilities; flagging ‘tech’ especially disruptive technologies as a priority for chamber members; positive engagement with the Customs Department including addressing specific chamber member issues; commencement of a Clean Air initiative; how to best promote the Australian Embassy’s ‘Ten for Ten paper’ (link – here); and an exchange of views on Thailand’s economic and business prospects.
 
A hugely valuable event with much shared knowledge and best practice to be shared with AustCham members in the coming weeks.
AustCham Thailand
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