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February 2018 Issue 44

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Dear Members,...From Brendan Cunningham, AustCham Executive Director

Industry Focus for February is Manufacturing & Marine. Check out interesting articles written by our members who would like to share their views.

>> Special issue of our Chamber News and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current issues focused on Human Resources in Thailand

Check out the interview video with our venue sponsor for AustCham First Sundowners, Mode Sathorn Bangkok Hotel. Also for those who missed the Australian Alumni Career Expo, here, we have a recap video showing what happened on the day. Not to mention, an Exclusive Interview video with Khun Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General, Board of Investment (BOI), our special guest speaker for 23 FEB Joint Business Luncheon 

Starting March with AGM & March Sundowners. Not to mention, Eastern Seaboard Sundowners in Pattaya, as well as variety of multi-chambers' events.

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News and events from our members
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 8 new members!

Snapshots at AustCham's organized events in February!



Message from your Chamber


Greetings from your Chamber! As we move into March, we turn our attention to AustCham’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and I’m pleased to announce that we have nine nominations for the available six positions at this election. The willingness of members to become more involved with the Chamber is very encouraging and we wish all candidates the best of luck on Wednesday 7th March.

In this edition of e-Advance our Industry Focus is on two sectors – Marine and Manufacturing – as we highlight our members around various parts of Thailand. We encourage you to take a moment to update on what is happening in these areas and feel free to contact the writers if you would like to know more about their companies and industries.

In Chamber news, we had members from Minor International and Grant Thornton attend a meeting with the Revenue Department to discuss updates on policy development for OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project and Inclusive Framework. A worthy read, if these policies are going to impact your business.  

We also welcome eight new members, and highlight the Member Benefit sections. If you haven’t already, please have a look at our Promotional Offers, Members Calendar, and Members News; if you would like to contribute to these sections and promote your business, please feel free to contact the AustCham office.

Finally, we held our first Sundowners and Member Briefing, inaugural Alumni Career Expo, and a multi-chamber lunch with BOI Secretary General, Khun Duangjai Asawachintachit; you can find all the photos and an exclusive interview with Khun Duangjai in this edition of e-Advance.

Wishing you a successful March ahead!


Brendan Cunningham

AustCham Executive Director

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March Industry Focus: Manufacturing & Marine

  Thailand's Evolving Marine Industry  

By  Zara Tremlett, Marina Manager at Phuket Yacht Haven



The advent of ASEAN has bought Government attention and support to the relatively young but strong, Marine Industry of Thailand. With this in mind Phuket, being the forerunner in Thai Marine Infrastructure is seen as the “hub” for the future of Asia.To achieve and maintain this goal a complete overview of the environment, infrastructure and development of regulations must be constantly addressed....

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Chamber Business News: February


Update on the Revenue Department’s policy development on OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project Inclusive Framework

On 6 February 2018, the Revenue Department’s (“RD”) policy development team invited private sector representatives, including AustCham, to attend a forum discussing Thailand’s involvement in the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) project Inclusive Framework (“IF”)...

Nominations for Board of Directors; AustCham AGM 2018

Getting to know the nine (9) nominations for the 2018/19 AustCham Thailand Board of Directors...

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Australian Embassy News: February


AAC Grants Round 2018-19 Now Open

The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) Grants Round for 2018-19 is now open. Australia is looking to support innovative projects aimed at fostering understanding and people to people links between Australia and Southeast Asia..

Young Thai Leader Wins Australian Government Award

We are pleased to announce that Mr Aukrit Unahalekhaka from Thailand has been selected to participate in the 2018 Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP)...

Australia and Thailand’s Partnership in Building Region’s Cyber Capacity

Australia and Thailand will co-host a series of workshops aimed at building ASEAN’s capacity to mitigate cybersecurity threats and take advantage of the digital transition to Industry 4.0 from 12 – 13 February in Bangkok...

Why Australia: Benchmark Report

The 2018 Australia Benchmark Report provides rich data demonstrating why there is no better place than Australia to do business. The report examines five key reasons for investing in Australia – it's Robust Economy, Dynamic Industries, Innovation and Skills, Global Ties and Strong Foundations – and compares Australia’s credentials with other countries...

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  Anca upgrades CNC production
Anca Manufacturing Thailand, a subsidiary of Melbourne-based Anca Group, has expanded and upgraded its production facility to serve high numbers of purchase orders in the country. The world’s leading maker of computerised numeric controls (CNC) plans to almost double its production capacity to 85 CNC units per month from 45 units now...

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  Skilled Thais a scarcity
Local and multinational companies in Thailand are moving to replace expatriate workers with Thais in leadership roles, but there is still a shortage of Thais with appropriate communication and leadership...

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  Universities 'must listen to industry'
Local universities should collaborate with industries to meet rapid changes in the job market, Sompop Manarangsan, president of the Panyapiwat Institute of Management (PIM), a corporate university under...

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AustCham First Sundowners - interview video with Mode Sathorn Bangkok Hotel

RECAP: Australian Alumni Job & Education Career Expo

Exclusive Interview with Khun Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General, Board of Investment (BOI)

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AustCham Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018


March Sundowners


BCCT Multi-Chambers Lunch with Minister of Commerce


Baker McKenzie Breakfast Seminar on the New Thai Customs Law


St. Patrick's Day Celebration


Joint Chambers ESB Sundowners hosted by AustCham


Multi Chambers Hospitality, Tourism & Travel Forum: How will Artificial Intelligence impact hospitality, tourism and travel services and, as a result, the demand for human resources?


BCCT Multi-Chambers Lunch: Minister of Tourism and Sports


ANZAC Day 2018

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month of celebration, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal for the festive season.

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Members News

Check out the latest news from AustCham members.

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AustCham Members Calendar

Find out what upcoming events our members have at AustCham Members Event Calendar.

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New Member - Mr. John Maguire, KIRZ Co. Ltd 

Experienced, well-traveled telecom industry executive specialising in sales and product marketing 

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New Member - Mr. Tim Fletcher

**A profile of the member is disclosed due to privacy**



New Member - ANZ Education Centre Co.,Ltd

Overseas education consultancy, we represent education providers such as UNSW Global, University of Wollongong, Griffith Universty, Charles Sturt University, ICTE - University of Queensland, TAFE NSW, TAFE Western Australia, NSW Government School, Western Australian Government SchoolMigration services...

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New Member - Aurecon Consulting (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 

Aurecon brings ideas to life to design a better future. Imagining what is possible, we turn problems into solutions.We provide advisory, design, delivery and asset management services on projects across a range of markets, in locations worldwide...

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New Member - Malaysia Airlines Berhad 

Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, offering the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines carries 40,000 guests daily on memorable journeys inspired by Malaysia's diverse richness. ...

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New Member - MMT Accountants + Advisers

MMT Accountants + Advisers was established in 1980. As a result of firm growth and the successful integration of other accounting practices, MMT is now one of the leading accounting firms in the St George/Sutherland area. In 2008 the firm established its CBD office...

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PEAK CORPORATION was established and registered in 2007. Our team has extensive experience and consists of planners, engineers, designers, sales coordinators and installation teams...

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New Member - Riverfall Co., Ltd. 

Riverfall International is a wine importer and distributor. We specialize in Australian wines that offer a combination of quality and value for money. We buy direct from the wineries...

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7 FEB - Member Briefing on Changes Affecting Australians based in Thailand with Investments Back Home

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7 FEB - AustCham 2018 First Sundowners

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10 FEB - Australian Alumni Job & Education Career Expo 2018

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23 FEB - Joint Business Luncheon with Khun Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General, Board of Investment (BOI)

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