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July 31, 2017
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Networking Key to Great Thai-Australia Relations Says Board of New Association

Issued 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.

On Thursday evening July 13, over 50 guests and friends came together to celebrate the TAN milestone and meet the inaugural members of the TAN Board.

His Excellency Chirachai Punkrasin Ambassador of Thailand to Australia also attended the event as guest of honour and in his congratulatory speech, said Thailand and Australia have always enjoyed an excellent relationship that was further enhanced in 2005 when the Thailand- Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) came into effect.

“TAN is an excellent initiative and will do much to further enhance bilateral trade opportunities and commercial engagement – but most importantly facilitate greater understanding and appreciation of our Thai culture”, added HE Chirachai Punkrasin. “I congratulate and wish TAN much success for the future”.

Responding on behalf of the Board, Dr Simon Wallace said TAN was a very unique organisation that reflected Thailand’s warm welcoming culture of generosity and hospitality – and these would the values at the core of the Board’s mission and vision for the future.
It was also announced that the patron for TAN is His Excellency Chirachai Punkrasin Ambassador of Thailand to Australia and the board is headed by Dr Simon Wallace, Honorary Consul General – Royal Thai Consulate General. The other TAN Board members are –

  • Richard Lovell, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) –
  • Siwit (Jack) Techathawiekul, CPF –
  • Arnuphap Kittikul, Thai Airways –
  • Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates –
  • Vichakorn Morpitack, CPF –
  • Atthasit Limskul, SinghAus (Singha Beer) –
  • Greg Moore, Crown Promenade Melbourne –
  • Kumpee Ratanachodpanich, Bangkok Airways

Adding his voice to those of Dr Wallace, Richard Lovell said far too many business councils and chambers are to rigidly focus on strict formality and commercial outcomes and fail to provide an environment that just allows people to connect on an informal P2P level.

The TAN launch was applauded as an outstanding success by the invitees who are keen to continue their support of the organisation in the future.
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Pictured below the TAN Board – from left: Richard Lovell, Arnuphap Kittikul, Kumpee Ratanachodpanich, Atthasit Limskul, HE Chirachai Punkrasin Ambassador of Thailand to Australia, Joe Perri, Dr Simon Wallace, Honorary Consul General – Royal Thai Consulate General, Siwit (Jack) Techathawiekul and Greg Moore (Vichakorn Morpitack absent)
Thai Australia Network (TAN)