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June 2017 Issue 36

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Dear Members,...From Carly Cummings, AustCham Director

Next month, AustCham's calendar is packed full with various interesting events including Joint Chambers, Briefings, Sundowners and not to mention, a site visit

>> An overview of AustCham business in June and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current hot issues including BOI's plan as investment promotion in EEC and, accordingly, the use of U-tapao airport as the centre of a new community built in EEC areas.
>> A very interesting article on 'Brands Taking Back Control of Digital Commerce' written by Rob Hall, Managing Director of Dot 360
>>All the news from the Australian Alumni Awards 2017

Check out interview videos with our Sundowners sponsors MBMG group and Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, plus the video presentation of the 2017 Australian Alumni Awards finalists

Industry Focus for June is Digital Marketing. Check out interesting articles written by our members who work in this area and visit our Digital marketing members.

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News from our members
>> Warm welcoming and introduction to our 4 new members!

Here are beautiful snapshots at AustCham's organized events in May!
 

 

Message from your Chamber

 



Dear Members,

Welcome to the June edition of Advance. The year is flying by and I’m sure many of you are busy now finalizing your Australian end of financial year reports. Good luck! June has been an exciting month for the AustCham team with a key focus on Australian Tax, Technology, and Alumni across many of our events.

The Australian Alumni Awards were hosted on June 22nd and competition was tough with our biggest field of applicants yet! Congratulations to all our winners, but particularly to our Australian Alumni of the Year award recipient, H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister for Digital Economy & Society. And news just hot off the press… we are hoping to have Dr. Pichet appear as the key note speaker at an upcoming AustCham August luncheon, so stay tuned for more details coming soon on that exciting event.

The latest group of New Colombo Plan (NCP) interns arrived from Australia this month and were welcomed by His Excellency Mr Paul Robilliard at an afternoon tea at his residence on June 20th. The new interns have been placed at a range of businesses around Bangkok including with the Embassy, in the AustCham offices, and with Linfox, for a period of 6 to 12 weeks each. The NCP program gives students and businesses the opportunity to share skills and experiences between Australia & Thailand and learn more about each other’s cultures and ways of working. I highly recommend visiting the DFAT website for more information on how to get involved. Our Linfox intern Aki is only two weeks in and she has already produced some incredible results for us. http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/mobility-program/pages/mobility-program.aspx

As my fellow Director Stuart Kelly spoke about last month, sub-committees are a fantastic way for everyone to get involved and help drive the direction of the Chamber, and to create events that are relevant and interesting to you. As CIO Asia for Linfox International Group, I have a passionate interest in being involved in and helping to shape the technology industry in Thailand and Asia. As a member of the Information & Digital Technology Sub-Committee with Stuart and Dwight Willis from DollarSmart, this month I’ve had the opportunity to help drive and support three Technology related events (though to be fair only one was directly organized by the sub-committee!).

Our first Technology event on June 6th saw us fortunate enough to be joined by H.E. Dr Tobias Feakin, the Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, who gave a fascinating address on The New Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges. Dr Feakin discussed how more and more countries are implementing Cyber Affairs Ambassadors, who meet to discuss global strategies on cyber-terrorism and the increasing difficulties in managing the borderless internet from a security and economic policy perspective.

On June 15th Dwight Willis and I took part in a panel discussion on “Recruiting for IT: What can we do?”, where we were joined by Khun Thanakorn Charee, COO at MFEC PCL, and Sam Mattey, IT Recruitment Manager at PRTR, to discuss the current challenges around sourcing and securing upcoming IT talent in the Thailand market. One interesting insight that I gained from the session was that it’s now as much about companies promoting their value proposition to potential IT employees as employees selling themselves. Thailand’s low unemployment rates are driving some fascinating new behaviors in the marketplace that we rarely see in Australia. 

June has been an action-packed month for the AustCham team with 11 major events occurring, so I’m sure the team are looking forward to a slightly less busy month ahead in July. One event that I recommend everyone should join is the Member Briefing on July 5th where Mr Peter Baines OAM, Chair, Founder, and Managing Director of The Hands Group, will speak about "CSR Activities for companies of all shapes & sizes". Corporate Social Responsibility and charitable activities are an important (and fun!) way to build a positive team culture within your business, and The Hands Group are running some exciting events in Thailand over the next 12 months where all proceeds will be going to support schools and housing for underprivileged children around Thailand. Linfox are a big supporter of the amazing work Peter and his team do, and we’re looking forward to working with them more over the next 12 months.

Good luck with your EOFY activities, and the Board and I look forward to seeing you at an AustCham event or on a sub-committee soon!

Yours sincerely,


 
   

Carly Cummings

AustCham Director


   
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Stars and Stripes Sundowners

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Member Briefing by The Hands Group: "CSR Activities for companies of all shapes & sizes"

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Multi Chambers Lunch: Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

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The Site-visit to U-tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport and AirAsia Lounge

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Eastern Seaboard Sundowners

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Chamber Business news

 
         
 
 

AustCham has had a busy schedule in June with Business Meetings and Member Briefings. To see what’s been happening in the Chamber, click here for an update.

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Australian Embassy's News

 
         
   

Australia – ASEAN Council supports Digital Tool 2Go workshop at MUIC
On May 26, 2017, Mahidol University International College (MUIC) hosted “It’s Time to Catch: A Digital Tool 2GO” workshop. This workshop is a part of the ASEAN academic partnership for small business and ICT knowledge transfer, which is supported by the Australian government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...

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BOI's Investment Promotion in the EEC

 
         
   

The Thai Government has made its “Area-Based Development Policy” a high priority in order to spread prosperity throughout the entire country and to maximize the advantage of Thailand’s excellent strategic location that links the Asian regions together.

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B200bn plan for U-tapao

 
         
   

Thailand's new economic model of an "aerotropolis" -- a community where the layout, infrastructure and economy is centred around an airport -- is expected to help attract up to 200 billion baht in new investment to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), says the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand...

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Brands Taking Back Control of Digital Commerce

by Rob Hall, Managing Director of Dot 360

 
         
   

If you’re an online shopper in Thailand it’s been an incredible couple of years, with Thailand becoming the second largest e-commerce market in the region with around 3 billion Baht sales in 2016. The big story in the news has been the increased competition in the mainstream digital B2C commerce market places...

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Celebrating Success at the Australian Alumni Awards

 
         
 
 

A celebration of two countries who share a close bond is the best way to describe the recent Australian Alumni Awards in Thailand, where we saw an impressive list of finalists compete for the five Alumni Awards.
In its fifth year, the Australian Alumni Awards recognise the significant achievements of Alumni members who have graduated from any Australian University or other Australian institute of higher learning, and whose endeavours reflect the best of Australian education...

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Commonwealth Sundowners Interview video with MBMG group

Commonwealth Sundowners Interview video with Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit

Australian Alumni Awards 2017 - Getting to know the finalists
     
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June Industry Focus: Digital Marketing

 
 
 

5 Steps to Social Media Mastery

 
 

By MAM Enterprises Co., LTD

 
 


 
   

As a digital marketer, I am often asked for the secrets of success on social media. Below I’ll share a brief summary of what I believe to be best practice for 2017...

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if you require the services of Digital Marketing, please contact anyone of our members below for further details:


 Adelphi Digital Consulting Group
 null  Mad Appe Development  
 Mam Enterprises Co., Ltd    Primal  
 Visa Advice Centre Co. Ltd    Digital Monopoly  
 Talisman Media Group Co., Ltd.
   Weber Shandwick  


 
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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal, i.e. Qantas, Banyan Tree, ...

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Members News

Check out the latest news from Rugby School Thailand regarding The ‘Global Pass’ campaign in celebration of the 450th year anniversary of Rugby School in England and many more from our members

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New Member - Mr. Sam Gerovich, Red Planet Japan

Mr. Sam Gerovich has been serving as Director in Red Planet Japan, Inc. since March 2016. He is also serving as Director in a subsidiary.

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New Member - World of Food Co., Ltd.


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New Member - Senior Aerospace (Thailand) Ltd.

Senior Aerospace Thailand is a strategic supplier to leading aerospace OEMs in both the aero-structures and aero-engine sectors. Supporting each sector from independent facilities, the company specialises in the manufacture of both structures leading Edge Wing components and assemblies, Seat Cushion Frames and compressor aerofoils for high volume aero-engine programmes

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  New Member - Lexicon Limited

Lexicon is a Bangkok-based digital marketing company specializing in connecting firms in Thailand with the right audience. We fit in wherever there’s a gap in your company. From outsourcing your whole digital marketing operation to assisting with your branding, audience research, content writing, graphic design, multimedia creation, and social media marketing.

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2 JUN - Joint Business Luncheon Meeting with Khun Kalin Sarasin: "The Effect of Thailand 4.0 Regulations and Infrastructure on Public and Private Sector in Thailand"








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6 JUN - AustCham forum with Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs on "The New Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges"








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7 JUN - Member Briefing by MBMG group "Home & Away – tax & super headaches can still follow Aussie expats wherever they go!"








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7 JUN - Commonwealth Sundowners








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15 JUN - Joint Breakfast Briefing on “Recruiting for IT people: what we can do?”








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22 - Australian Alumni Awards 2017








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