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 September 2015 Issue 15



Brenton Mauriello, President Elect; "It is an honour to be the incoming President of the Chamber and I take on the role with a great amount of commitment and determination. Fortunately I have had the benefit of working closely with Leigh Scott-Kemmis who, as the current President, has made remarkable progress over these past few years to build the Chamber into what it is today. I am very much looking forward to extending on Leigh’s achievements and continue to provide members with the support they need and to build stronger relationships between Thai and Australian businesses.

It is my belief that the strength of AustCham comes from its members and we really have a wonderful group that includes many entrepreneurs and industry leaders in a variety of fields. It is through AustCham that all of us can come together as a dedicated business group to effect change here in Thailand and jointly overcome the challenges that our businesses face. The Chamber increasingly has an effective voice in shaping the policies implemented by government departments and agencies and I am dedicated to encouraging greater engagement from AustCham members and other agencies such as Austrade and the BoT to bring about change that benefits all members.

The other major strength of AustCham is our extensive opportunity to network. It is through this that we discover new opportunities and support each other in developing our businesses. It will be one of my priorities to bring to you more high-quality events where we can come together and build our networks.

Ultimately, the Chamber exists for the benefit of the members and through my position as President of AustCham I will be dedicated to helping to facilitate success for all. "


Leigh Scott-Kemmis, Retiring President; "Serving as AustCham Thailand President over the last two and bit years has been a great honour and privilege and a big thank you for the support from the Chamber’s members and of course the other AustCham Directors.

It has been a period of considerable change on all fronts presenting both challenges and opportunities for the Chamber. Not only with the political landscape in Thailand but with the global flow of investment and trade.

We have attempted to manage these challenges with adjustments to the Chamber's office capability, increasing the range of sector representation and skills among the Chamber’s Directors and increasing the Chamber's presence with the major influencing stakeholders.

The future for Australian business in Thailand is very bright. We have an Australian Bank now operating in Thailand which can only further assist trade and investment, we have major Thai corporations investing in a range of industry segments in Australia and we have the very successful TAFTA celebrating its tenth anniversary and hopefully being enlarged to support even greater trade and investment between our two countries. There are a lot of positives for AustCham members to work with in the coming years.

As I mentioned at the last AGM a two year term for a President is a preferred objective however with two of the Chamber's potential Presidential nominees having major changes in their jobs and leaving the Board and the need to settle in a new Executive Director it was necessary to continue past the two years until such time as those transitions were in place which is now the case.

The Chamber is in now in very good hands indeed.

Thank you all for entrusting me with this great privilege and honour and I look forward to continuing to support AustCham. "




Member Briefing prior to Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



The Chamber’s strength is its membership base. This year AustCham Thailand has grown by 40 new corporate members and 7 new individual members – we aim to continue the strong growth through the rest of the year.



Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



AustCham would like to invite members and guests to AustCham's Eastern Seaboard Sundowners. Hosted by AustCham and held in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC), South African Chamber (SATCC), Belgian-Luxembourg/Thai Chamber of Commerce (BeluThai), Netherlands - Thai Chamber of Commerce (NTCC), Thai - Canadian Chamber of Commerce (TCCC), Mexican - Thai Chamber of Commerce (MexCham) and Singapore - Thai Chamber of Commerce (STCC) at Courtyard by Marriott South Pattaya.



The Coffee Club 2015 AFL Grand Final Family Day



AustCham's annual AFL Grand Final Family Day, the largest event of its kind outside of Australia will be held on Saturday, 3rd October 2015 at Grand Ballroom, Amari Watergate Bangkok.



“Crisis Preparation and Response in Asia” Presentation prior to Sundowners by Intelligent Risks Asia



AustCham Thailand is delighted to invite you to join a Presentation by Mr Jason Morris, Manager Asia at Intelligent Risks Asia who will address the topic of "Crisis Preparation and Response in Asia”- How to keep your employees and assets safe whilst growing your business in Asia.






Sundowners – AustCham Thailand's monthly business networking function – is the most successful networking event in Bangkok. It is a great opportunity for members and guests of the Chamber to meet, network and exchange views in a social environment.



Joint Eastern Seaboard Sundowners Hosted by GTCC



AustCham invites members and friends to join us for Eastern Seaboard Networking hosted by the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and held in conjunction with AustCham Thailand, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), the South African Thai Chamber of Commerce (SATCC) and The Belgian-Luxembourg/Thai Chamber of Commerce (BeluThai), Netherlands - Thai Chamber of Commerce (NTCC), Thai - Canadian Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) and Mexican - Thai Chamber of Commerce (MexCham)

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AustCham Golf



AustCham Thailand would like to invite members and friends to the Inaugural Duchess Golf Tournament.




Ministry of Commerce in support of international trade


The Ministry of Commerce has implemented the policies to support and strengthen international trade and export of agricultural products.

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Australia’s International Business Survey 2015


Australia’s International Business Survey 2015 (AIBS 2015) is the second in a series of studies of Australia's international business activity. Commissioned by the Export Council of Australia (ECA) with the support of Austrade and Efic (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation), AIBS 2015 was conducted by the University of Sydney between October and December last year.

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Recent share market falls, opportunity to invest or wait? by Stephen Caswell


Last month I posed the question “are we in a bear market or is this just a correction?” Our view then and now is the latter!

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China Australia Free Trade Agreement benefits the long standing and growing engagement that Australia has with Asia


On 17 June 2015 the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb AO MP and the Chinese Commerce Minister, Mr Gao Hucheng signed the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), the negotiations for which were concluded in November 2014.

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Clean Up Bangkok River


During September the Bangkok River Partners group joined the global behaviour change program ‘Clean Up the World’.

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Australia's new Prime Minister


On Monday 14 October 2015, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP became Australia’s 29th Prime Minister. What might this mean for business in the Australia-Asia context? To provide an insight, the September issue of eAdvance includes the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop lecture provided by Mr Turnbull in 2011.

The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Lecture encourages eminent Australians and Asians to present their vision for Australia-Asia relations into the 21st century and to commemorate the life and vision of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. Read Mr Turnbull’s speech here.

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Maersk Line Launches direct Laem Chabang – Australia Service


Maersk Line’s Thailand to Australia service, Boomerang will be introducing a port call at Laem Chabang, Thailand, in October 2015. This unique setup will be the only direct service between Thailand and Australia.

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Compulsory e-filing for Audited Financial Statements


The Thai Department of Business Development (DBD) rolled out its DBD e-filing system on 4th September.

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Board of Investment, September 2015 Newsletter


Trade & Investment in Thailand an update on business development in Thailand

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Australian Chamber chief buoyed by Thai fundamentals


The incoming president of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Brenton Mauriello, says Thailand remains an attractive place to invest in and visit for Australians despite the terrorist attack in Ratchaprasong, the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing political uncertainty.

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AustCham Business Survey 2015 – initial results


Last month AustCham conducted a business survey of the membership. The survey was issued to 299 member companies, with 98 responses or a 33% response rate achieved.

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University of Wollongong Alumni Reception – Bangkok


The UOW is going global and reaching out to alumni worldwide. One of the many alumni events to take place across the globe in 2015 will be in Bangkok in October. Join the UOW at the reception to connect with other UOW alumni living and working in Bangkok!

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Workshop by Merak Clinic


The Merak Clinic is a health initiative which has received support from AustCham member representatives. As the clinic has been running for 5 years, it is organising a H_PP_N_SS campaign on Saturday 10th October 2015 at the BACC, which coincides with World Mental Health Day, in order to raise awareness and acceptance about mental health by running free workshops about learning, playing with your child, how to deal with bullying, language development, attachment and importance of families and schools to a child’s development.

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Jones the Grocer - An Australian launch @ Emquartier

Rugby World Cup 2015 - Team Talk

Rugby World Cup 1987 to 2015 promo!



Promotions for AustCham members

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

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New Member - Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista

Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista is an international, upscale serviced apartment designed for executive expats staying 30+ nights when traveling to key international gateway cities on a temporary assignment or relocation.

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New Member - Simon Bevis, WorleyParsons (Individual member)

I was born in the South East of England in 1964. My parents emigrated to Australia when I was 9 years old and that is where I grew up My father was a structural engineer and I followed in his footsteps and became one myself working in the offshore oil and gas industry. I was married fairly late at 41 years of age and my wife had ambitions to travel and convinced me to take a job as the head of the structural department for a company here in Bangkok. That is where you will find me today.

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Presentations prior to Sundowners by MBMG Group, 2 September 2015,

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park

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September Sundowners, 2 September 2015,

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park

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