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Go mobile or go home! By Dean Outerson

related, and always involved a deskFor many years, the word ‘digital’ top or laptop computer of some kind meant anything online or Internet- for access to the ‘digital universe’. But that has all changed. For most of the world, 2012 was a tipping point for mobile technology, and the next few General Interest 2 years will see a transformation of Government/Economy 3 the way that we conduct our digital Finance/Investment 4 lives. The ‘mobile universe’ is now Production 5 about to explode.

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people have leapfrogged computers straight to mobile devices. Not only are they mobile-first, but in many cases, they are also ‘mobile-only’, accessing the Internet exclusively through a mobile device. Even in the U.S., this has become an emerging trend. According to Pew Internet, 55% have accessed the Internet on a mobile device in 2012, with 31% of those users saying that mobile is We are now starting to see a ‘mo- their primary way to get online. bile-first’ generation of users – in other words, people who have only On the other hand, for people in ever accessed the Internet through many countries and in urban cena mobile device. This is particularly ters like Bangkok, use of multiple true in emerging economies where devices is common. Benedict Evans,

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a technology writer and strategist, recently wrote that smartphones “are the merging of tech and mobile with the Internet and media being dragged along, and tablets accelerating the change.” Indeed, with 3.2 billion mobile users in the world, mobile has doubled over the number of PCs in use. In 2013, as PC sales continue to fall, and smartphone sales increase, tablets will continue to accelerate the change as sales are expected to reach 200 million units. OpenX CEO Tim Cadogan describes the effects on the Story continues on Page 13


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An inspirational leader’s message While waiting in the new DKSH Healthcare office, I came across the Hecazine Newsletter, the company’s monthly internal communication journal, and read the message written by Bernd Lepper, vice-president for health care. I absorbed a lot of wisdom that demonstrates how a leader can guide his troops to meet and overcome business challenges. 1. He starts by greeting the employees and mentioning Songkran: “I wish you all will enjoy the festival and have a safe journey if you plan to pay a visit to your families in your home towns.” A good way to connect with Thais _ by the heart first.

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Clearing the water

A joint project between Chook Don villagers and SCG Paper has revitalised the Mae Klong River. About 80 households of the Chook Don community in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district suffered from polluted water as rubbish was dumped in the nearby Mae Klong River. Situated just one kilometre from the main city, Chook Don used to be listed as a “red zone” community due to drug trafficking. But people visiting Chook Don nowadays can hardly imagine such an image. In addition to the crystal-clear water, a 470-metre sand beach stretches along the river, a rarity in these areas. There are even canvas chairs available for tourists to chill out on the manmade beach and enjoy the sunset.

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Thai companies need to put employees first

Employers in neighbouring countries Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, recently took steps to increase remuneration packages for their staff in an attempt to attract new talent to their companies, while retaining their existing base of skilled workers. Meanwhile, strong economic growth in Myanmar – another of our neighbours – could boost the country’s chances of becoming a middle income nation by 2030, if the country is able to rise above the many reform challenges that it faces, the Asian Development Bank says.

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changes expected with the launch of the AEC’s free market, will have a huge impact on Thailand’s labour market and economy. Thailand will suddenly be faced with an influx of... Full story at http://goo.gl/PrNWX

Last rites for boneyard

Old aircraft left to die at Don Mueang must be removed to make way for the airport’s renovation. With a century-old history, Don Mueang is not only among Asia’s oldest airports but has also evolved over the past decade into the region’s only known aircraft boneyard, somewhat unintentionally. But the resting place for 33 retired aircraft, ranging from the B747 “Queen of the Sky” to the small Jetstream turboprop designed by British Aerospace, has received an ultimatum to clear them out by the end of this year. These decommissioned aircraft, which are parked in front of the southern wing of Don Mueang airport, are perceived as an eyesore taking up huge space that would... Full story at http://goo.gl/Tx5iH


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gradual pay increases for workers in the region. According to the International Labour Organisation, average monthly wages adjusted http://goo.gl/EIbH6 for inflation nearly doubled in Asia during the previous decade. The B2-trillion spending ILO calculated that a Filipino factory worker takes home $1.40 an hour, to start next year compared to the $23.30 earned by... The Finance Ministry’s Public Debt Full story at http://goo.gl/w2MZT Management Office estimates that the government will start borrow- Thailand urged to ing the first lot under the seven- wrap up EU FTA or year, 2 trillion baht scheme to fund risk falling behind infrastructure development projects next fiscal year, which starts Oct 1 Thailand has been warned that dithis year. After being endorsed in rect investment from the EU might principle in March, the bill authoris- continue to fall as other Asean naing the borrowing is being deliber- tions benefit from free-trade agreeated by a parliamentary panel and ments with the bloc. Foreign direct government agencies related to the investment in Thailand has been infrastructure projects are mapping shrinking while inflows into Asean, out plans, said director-general Ch- particularly Singapore, Malaysia ularat Suteethorn. and Indonesia, have surged, says the European-Asean Business Centre. The borrowing plan to fund infrastructure projects and the 350-bil- The EU is by far the largest inveslion-baht water management would tor in Asean and ranks second in not affect the liquidity of the coun- Thailand after Japan. The EU and try’s financial system, she said, add- Thailand are both each other’s thirding that the low interest rate also largest trading partner in Asean, supports the massive investment. said the centre. Singapore ranks top The hefty borrowing to finance the for EU investment in Asean, folinfrastructure development, the lowed by Malaysia and Thailand. bulk of which is in rail projects, has Vietnam ranks fourth but is very raised concerns that the public debt close to Thailand, says EABC presiwill exceed the threshold 60% of dent Rolf-Dieter Daniel. GDP and could reduce excessive... Full story at http://goo.gl/eVtp7 The EU just finalised a bilateral FTA with Singapore and is negotiating End nigh for Asia’s with Malaysia, Thailand and Viet‘ridiculously cheap’ nam. The first round of ThailandEU FTA negotiations is scheduled labour for late this month in Brussels, BelChina’s affluent cities of Guangzhou gium, with the second round in... and Shenzhen raised their mini- Full story at http://goo.gl/VYVge mum wages by 19 per cent in the manufacturing heartland of Guang- Distribution plan dong province to coincide with for Japanese SMEs’ International Labour Day. Similar goods in Thailand hikes in the minimum wage have been seen this year in Southeast Japanese business operators plan to Asia, one of China’s main rivals in set up a centre in Thailand to dislabour-intensive industries such as tribute products made by Japanese garments, shoes, toys and processed SMEs, the Thai Industry Ministry foods. Thailand in January intro- said. Japanese operators are conduced a nationwide minimum wage fident in the purchasing power of of about US$10 a day, an increase Thai consumers, which is higher of 65 per cent. Malaysia announced than in Vietnam and Myanmar, as its first-ever mandatory minimum well as Thai consumers’ emphasis on wage of $300 a month, up 50 per quality and safety of the goods they cent from previous guidelines. In buy rather than just low prices as in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, those other two countries. Japanese the minimum wage rose 40 per cent businesspeople plan to invite Prime to $226. Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to the Ginza goods-distribution... The wage spikes top a decade of Full story at http://goo.gl/efkW0


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tion, believes Laos will be able to attract foreign investors to its government bonds to be issued in the Thai capital market. Bonds issued by foreigners to raise funds in the Thai capital market are typically required to have a credit rating, but Thailand’s Finance Ministry is making an exception in this case.

And in this environment relentless movement in the capital account – investments and loans – are driving big shifts every day in currencies. With these shifts some will gain and Certainly, we are living in interest- some will lose – inflows are... “The first lot of Laotian government ing times. The baht suddenly be- Full story at http://goo.gl/3Lt8g bonds is small, but it’s good to test... came a market darling early this Full story at http://goo.gl/4XzYR year – attracting massive flows from Laos will issue bonds Swiss-born returnee foreign investors, easily outpacing in Thai market helping Myanmar’s other regional currencies, becom- for first time ing one of the best performing cur- The Laotian government will raise expansion rencies in the world, and strength- funds through the Thai capital marening against the US dollar to levels ket for the first time by issuing 1.5 Born in Switzerland, Aung Thura not seen since 1997. It was in 1997 billion baht worth of bonds to in- has returned to Myanmar with the that the baht was forced off its fixed stitutional investors. The three-year aim of participating in the ecoexchange rate to float along with bonds will carry a coupon rate of nomic development of his parents’ market forces. But surely since then 4.5%. Thailand is the most advanced homeland. After many years workthe central bank has also been there capital market in the Mekong re- ing with major banks in Switzerland helping to keep watch, preventing gion and uses this strength to foster and gaining expertise in business the baht from becoming too volatile development of neighbouring capi- development, financial markets, deand making sure that movements tal markets. rivatives and structured-products are mostly in line with our neightrading, Aung Thura decided to setbouring countries. But times have Niwat Kanjanaphoomin, president tle down in Myanmar last year. Aged changed. We are living in a world of the Thai Bond Market Associa- 35, he established the Yangon-based

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research firm Thura Swiss, specialising in market research, consulting and capital markets. The company now offers market research and consultancy services in every sector in Myanmar. With master’s degrees in engineering and quantitative economics and finance, and a doctoral degree in banking, Aung Thura plans to use... Full story at http://goo.gl/2McEQ

MBMG’s Macdonald receives MBE

Graham Macdonald, a member of financial-consulting firm MBMG Group, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for “services to British business interests in Thailand”. The award was presented at Buckingham Palace last Friday. Apart from driving MBMG’s successful operations in Asia, he worked for years on behalf of the British and South African chambers of commerce, the Royal Thai Board of Trade and a number of charitable causes. “I like to think that my... Full story at http://goo.gl/LNYcx

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Bright outlook for organic products Thai organic products are expected to flourish in both domestic and export markets despite looming threats from the strong baht and the sluggish global economy. Vitoon Panyakul, president of the Thailand Organic Trade Association, said exports are expected to grow by 1015% this year to about 2 billion baht. Europe remains the key market, accounting for up to 80% of shipments, followed by the US (10%) and Australia/New Zealand. Major products are organic rice, which accounts for half the products, with fruit, vegetables, processed food and coconut milk making up the remainder.

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Bonny changes focus ahead of AEC

Bandhit Nilchiansakul, head of the second generation of the family that has run Bonny International for more than 40 years, has revealed the company’s strategy to promote itself as a distribution company re-exporting international brands of leather luggage and accessories within Asean. However, Bandhit, who is marketing director of the company, said Thailand was lagging behind many neighbouring countries, particularly Malaysia and Singapore, which are more aware and are preparing for the AEC, set to come into effect in 2015.

“Thailand still has a very high import duty of about 30 per cent for leather products such as luggage, as well as value-added tax at 7 per cent. This barrier has limited local distributors in terms of re-exporting products to neighbouring countries within Asean... Mr Vitoon said the domestic mar- Full story at http://goo.gl/9tAlg ket for organic products is also strong, as more consumers become Construction health-conscious. The Thai market material exports will reach an estimated value of 2 booming billion baht this year, a rise of 10% from last year. However, Mr Vitoon Thailand’s construction material said the domestic market’s growth is exports are flourishing, particularly relatively slow, as many people have to Asean countries, as they accelershifted to consume... ate their infrastructure upgrades to Full story at http://goo.gl/Okkjg accommodate regional economic Srirat Rastapana, diRolls-Royce on a roll integration. rector-general of the International A year after Rolls-Royce Motor Trade Promotion Department, said Cars Bangkok was appointed as the the first quarter of this year Thailand authorised importer of the British shipped US$2.96 billion worth of luxury marque, business has been construction materials, up 60% over speeding along. Although there the same period last year. “Demand could be fewer than 50 Rolls-Royce is very strong, particularly for steel, vehicles in Thailand, and spectacu- which is the main product used in lar sales figures aren’t something that construction,” she said. “We believe this brand usually targets, things are growing demand will boost shipabout to change. The consumer re- ments to $10.73 billion this year, a sponse to Rolls-Royce in Thailand 10% gain from 2012.” has in fact been above expectations. At the Bangkok International Motor The key export markets are Hong Show last month, RRMCB – which Kong, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, is part of Master Group Corpora- and India. Mrs Srirat said Asean tion (Asia) – received four orders and in particular Cambodia, Laos, that included the Rolls-Royce Ghost Myanmar and Vietnam are becomArt Deco, a limited edition with ing key market destinations for only 35 being made. Thai exporters, as those countries are beefing up imports of construc“The most expensive car at the show tion materials to prepare for Asean is Rolls-Royce and they received Economic Community. The defour orders this year,” said Jaturont partment said Thailand is strong in Komolmis, vice chairman. This is module and construction skills and expected to dramatically... services, as well as skilled labour... Full story at http://goo.gl/9oBD5 Full story at http://goo.gl/zz62z


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Several American food chains invading Thailand A dozen US food franchises along with several other foreign companies will flock to Thailand, which is recognised as a growth engine in Asean. The franchises comprise Denny’s, a family restaurant chain; Rita’s Italian Ice; Fuddruckers (burgers and steak); The Melting Pot (fondue); Round Table Pizza; Grease Monkey Garage, an auto maintenance centre; Moe’s Southwest Grill; Precision Tune Auto Care; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Chuck E. Cheese’s (children’s amusement and pizza); Schlotzsky’s (deli); Steak ‘n Shake; and Honolulu Coffee Co. Business matching between Thai businessmen and representatives of US franchises will be held at the Aetas Hotel.

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Ichitan serves taste of Japan

Green tea mogul Tan Passakornnatee has announced a restructuring of his Ichitan Group to pave the way for future expansion and a public share offering. The rejig begins with the founding of KinKabTan Co at a cost of 50 million baht. The new company will oversee all Japanese food brands of the group, including Melt Me Hokkaido Chocolate & Healthy Gelato, Ramen Champions, Tan Tan Izakaya Buffet, Tokiya and Sushi Otaru. Ichitan will oversee all drink brands under the group, including Ichitan, Double Drink and Yen Yen. Mr Tan, president and chief executive of Ichitan Group, said his wife, Eng Passakornnatee, will oversee day-to-day operations and mar-

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keting at KinKabTan while he will act as an adviser. The move is to separate management of food and drinks before listing Ichitan Group on the Stock Exchange of Thailand by the end of the year. After listing... Full story at http://goo.gl/ZKL2X

Stringing Cupid’s bow, for the right price

Even a master’s degree in psychology was no guarantee of success in running an online dating service for Kulchulee Subsinudom, founder of Bangkok Matching Co. Instead, she relied on her years of personal experience. Before setting up the company, Mrs Kulchulee claimed to have dated 300-400 potential partners and read many books on dating. She also took notes on all the people she dated, and is not shy to admit it. “I was into all this stuff since I was young. I wrote why things would end up a certain way after some dates. Eventually I separated the records into different folders of yes,

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Mall Group targets Chinese tourists

The Mall Group is negotiating with Chinese financial institutions to help draw tourists from China to shop at its complexes. The company will use its Mglobemall.com shopping deal website to link with a network of Chinese banks and the Tourism Authority of Thailand via its worldwide network of offices to draw potential customers, particularly Chinese tourists. Natsamon Vongkittipat, the group’s general manager for marketing, said the website will serve as a digital marketing platform to attract foreign and local shoppers to The Mall, The Emporium and Siam Paragon this year. After only one year, Mglobemall.com has more than 50,000 registered members, of whom 60% are active users who... Full story at http://goo.gl/7uFg9


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Hilton to double Asean portfolio The Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide sees potential to more than double the number of hotels under its management in Southeast Asia by 2016 thanks to the improving regional economy. Martin Rinck, the president for Asia-Pacific, said regional tourism enjoys very bright prospects, given the rising arrivals in recent years. Last year, tourist arrivals grew by 6.8% for Asia-Pacific and 8.7% for Southeast Asia alone, with Thailand seeing a 13.8% surge. With this positive trend, Hilton, which operates 104 hotels in AsiaPacific, expects to manage more than 170 in the next five years. The aggressive plan stems from contracts Hilton signed last year for 55 new properties in key Asia-Pacific markets including China, India, Vietnam and Malaysia, spanning the chain’s six-brand portfolio. “Hotel expansion in this region is thus increasingly attractive. Hilton is confident of operating at least 30 properties by 2016 for Southeast Asia, up from 13 now,” said Mr Rinck. Earlier this year, the hotel chain announced its signing for the first internationally branded hotel in Yangon and... Full story at http://goo.gl/bKl7D

Thailand tops hotel investment poll

Thailand was voted the most attractive nation in Southeast Asia for investment in the hospitality industry at the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference, thanks to the country’s strong infrastructure and ongoing tourism boom. Myanmar was ranked second, followed by Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The vote session via mobile phone was part of the twoday forum in Bangkok. About 200 hotel executives and property owners across the Asia-Pacific region joined in the vote. Kevin Beauvais, co-founder and CEO of Zinc/InVision Hospitality, based in Bangkok, was not surprised by the result. He said Thailand had remained more... Full story at http://goo.gl/5oRQA

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The Sports Authority of Thailand’s plan to hold a Formula 1 auto race in Bangkok will harm the environment and people’s safety, the Stop Global Warming Association Thailand claimed. Srisuwan Janya, president of the THAISGWA NGO, said accidents were common at this type of race. “F1 cars might overshoot a curve and crash into some structures along the route,” Mr Srisuwan said. Besides the loud noise, severe vibrations caused by the speeding race cars can do some damage to structures of the Grand Palace and other historical buildings, he said. Holding the Bangkok Grand Prix will break many laws, including those concerned environment and historic sites, he claimed. He cited... Full story at http://goo.gl/kJBTl

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first quarter this year, down from revises the recognition of high-denBt310.08 million over... sity locations, based on existing and Full story at http://goo.gl/dkQdO planned routes of the two main urban-rail systems, BTS Skytrain and Cabinet okays new MRT. “We revised some locations Bangkok City Plan that had been considered low-... The Cabinet approved a new Bang- Full story at http://goo.gl/AxpLp kok City Plan to replace the one in use since 2006. Property-industry New city plan observers say the new plan will to boost green open up new locations for develop- construction ment near the mass-transit routes. The construction of “green” buildThe new “green” city plan will be ings will be boosted by the new vetted by municipal authorities be- Bangkok city plan, with its design fore officially taking effect. theme of “Bangkok, the Green City”. Under the plan, the final draft Panyapas Nopphan, deputy direc- of which was approved by the Cabitor-general of the Bangkok Metro- net, the goal is to promote environpolitan Administration’s Depart- ment-friendly buildings in line with ment of City Planning, said the new the guidelines of the Thai Green plan covered four categories, up Building Institute by permitting infrom three in the old one. The three creased floor-area ratios beyond the existing categories are land use, level allowed for standard buildings. open spaces such as green areas, and mass transit, but the new plan adds While this will present a challenge the city’s infrastructure system such for property developers, who will as wastewater management, drain- need to increase their budgets if they age, and solid-waste disposal. are going to put up green buildings, the aim is to save energy costs in The new Bangkok City Plan also the long term, said Panyapas Nopphan, deputy director-general of the BMA’s City Planning Department. The new Bangkok city plan will be vetted by municipal authorities before officially taking effect to replace the current plan.

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velopers have responded by launching and promoting projects during the first half of the year. Luxury developers began aggressively marketing their top-end residential projects early this year after seeing demand return for the purchase of luxury homes. Pace Development conducted a Dubai roadshow of its luxury condominium project, RitzCarlton Residences, which boosted presales beyond 50 per cent of the project value of Bt12 billion. Asian Property Development introduced a Bt3.3-billion luxury condo... Full story at http://goo.gl/r1LA4

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The Bank of Thailand and developers are divided over whether a property bubble is looming. Songtham Pinto, director of the central bank’s macroeconomy division, said the bank is wary of a property crisis that could result in huge losses with a slow recovery.

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Metro Systems, a provider of IT solutions, will offer cloud service as it targets revenue growth of about 8 per cent this year. Kitti Techataveekijkul, deputy managing director, said the company planned to provide cloud services to support its enterprise customers and new business areas. It is negotiating with a business partner to provide the new service. It has also set up a digital media centre for business clients as a demonstration and training base.

“Each year, we will invest about Bt30 million in IT and infrastructure to support our new business in the next three or four years,” Kitti said. He said the company planned this year to distribute its products and services in three main areas: enterprise systems, solutions integration and office supplies. Through its enterprise systems group, it will offer hardware systems, storage, servers, desktop and notebook computers, and point-of-sales coverage for small and medium businesses and the enterprise market. The solutions Ad sector hopeful integration group will cover securiof 3G burst ty, networking and data centres as... The advertising sector hopes the of- Full story at http://goo.gl/xdk0c ficial launch of 3G mobile service will cause online media spending to Govt hiring more reach 4.5 billion baht this year and IT watchmen lead to the smoother creation of The rising trend of global cyberonline campaigns. “3G service has crime has prompted the Thai govfinally arrived, and we hope ad cam- ernment to add more IT security paigns on mobile will be better and professionals to man government smoother,” said Siwat Chawaree- agencies coping with cyberattacks wong, president of the Digital Ad- here. The Electronic Transactions Development Agency signed an vertising Association of Thailand. agreement with the world’s largest Video content created by brands certified IT security training cenand shared on online media is the tre to receive help in teaching Thai new ad trend. The digital format IT security professionals at govwill generate more content through ernment agencies. ETDA director mobile devices such as pre- and Soranun Jiwasurat said under the mid-roll ads. Video content is devel- agreement, the ETDA will receive oping into longer clips such as “web- scholarships worth a combined isodes” or “mobisodes”, which are US$12,000 from the EC-Council to brief episodes of video programmes train 40 government officers in ethidesigned for mobile devices. Some cal hacking and computer forensic 82% of internet users in Thailand skills. The first 40 trained officers watch and download video content will become instructors to help train professionals at other state agencies. through mobile phones. For the first year, ETDA plans to The DAAT predicts total ad spend- train up to 500 IT security officers.... ing on online media will grow by Full story at http://goo.gl/dQgs7


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Let me introduce you to Minor International Public Company Limited, or MINT as it is affectionately known. This is the brand behind the brands. And it has built on its domestic success in Below are excerpts from the June edition of Advance Magazine, the Thailand to launch onto the global stage in a big way. Chamber’s monthly publication. AustCham Executive Director, Mark Carroll, introduces readers to Minor International… the On the face of it, MINT is a pretty straight-forward business: ‘brand behind the brands’ and their journey to the Major League. restaurants, hotels and retail. The statistics, however, reveal a remarkable story of growth. From a single hotel in 1978 it is now: You can read the full article at www.austchamthailand.com/AdvanceMagazine • 1,400 restaurant outlets in 17 countries; • 45 hotels and 40 serviced apartments (under eights brands) in 12 There’s been a lot of chatter about the market potential of the new countries; and Asian ‘middle class’. There’s also a lot of talk about Asian companies • a portfolio of ten lifestyle brands (ranging from Gap and Esprit, expanding out from their domestic markets to become regional and to Red Earth and Zwilling J.A. Henckels) focussed on fashion, global power-houses. But where’s the proof? cosmetics and contract manufacturing.

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Education is the key As the World Economic Forum kicks into gear (5-7 June 2013) and all • Linkage into the UK educational network and promotion of UK attention are redirected to Myanmar, it is also time for Thailand to reflect educational services and best practice. Encouraging UK higher and plan ahead of the AEC in 2015. Last year’s World Economic Forum educational institutions to engage with the Thai counterparts. discussed how education and skill development can help boost ASEAN’s, and Thailand’s, competitiveness. • Education at school level - promoting the teaching of English as a language, encouraging the use of new technology in new and innovative Thailand boasts one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, yet ways, training teachers to be more accepting of modern ways of teaching is facing a pronounced shortage of skilled labor. (encouraging questioning and creativity, challenging students to think for themselves etc.) BCCT places high importance on how we as a chamber along with our member companies can contribute to the education and skill development • Encourage and support the development of leadership skills within the for the workforce in Thailand. We have a number of member companies Thai workforce in the education sector – from school levels, skills and language training and others – each contributing to this fundamental factor in Thailand’s BCCT’s charity efforts are all focused on support for children in Thailand, economic development. usually through donations to education-related charities. It was great to see one of these donations help in bringing about the creation of The Beaumont In addition, the Chamber hope to bring together businesses and education Foundation’s new school for under-privileged children in Chaiyaphum, providers to develop curricula that are relevant and focused on practical which officially opened in May. The school opens with a level of facilities business requirements – ie. making the future Thai workforce more “fit for generously donated by corporate sponsors and has gratifyingly already purpose”. attracted over 100 pupils from the neighbourhood. One such example is the work of our member Tesco-Lotus who signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a three-year vocational qualification in retail for high-school students, which includes practical work experience. Graduates of the programme are guaranteed a job with Tesco-Lotus upon successful completion. KPMG Thailand is in the process of partnering with an education institution in Thailand to prepare students with skills to take up positions in the auditing field.

The education issue was also one of the topics touched on in the first UKThailand Strategic Dialogue that took place during the visit of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hugo Swire and his Thai counterpart.

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BCCT members wishing to get involved in any of the above initiatives are encouraged to write to any of the following people:

For more information about BCCT members work in the education sector, please see our latest issue of The Brief magazine, available in print and online (at www.bccthai.com).

• Simon Landy, BCCT Chairman Email: simon.landy@colliers.com • Chris Thatcher, BCCT Vice Chairman and Chair of Education Group Email: christhatcher1@gmail.com • Rituraj Mohan, BCCT Board Director and Chair of CSR Group Email: ritu.mohan@bootsri.com • Greg Watkins, BCCT Executive Director The recently revived BCCT Education Group has identified the following Email: greg@bccthai.com as some of the aspects of education that we hope BCCT and our members • Jyoti Sachavirawong, BCCT Deputy Director (for UK Alumni and can contribute towards: internship opportunities) Email: Sarinthorn@bccthai.com • Education as it relates to business ie. making the future Thai workforce more ‘fit for purpose’ - preparing students for a modern business environment, Non-member companies wishing to get involved are able to write identify and fill skills shortages to ensure that schools, colleges and to Greg Watkins or Jyoti Sachavirawong to enquire about BCCT universities are focusing on areas where there is perceived need. membership services.


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digital universe: “This new reality and its incredible pace is forcing every sector of the digital economy – e-commerce, publishing, entertainment, gaming and advertising – to rethink how it provides the right environment and screen-specific experiences to its customers while retaining continuity of overall user and brand experiences across those screens.” This is a particular concern for brands in Thailand and around the world. Dr. Ian Fenwick, Digital Marketing Professor at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, says that “smart branders need to get multiple screens working together.” He cites the pre-release marketing of the Ridley Scott film Prometheus, which screened a trailer during one TV commercial break, encouraged viewers to tweet about the trailer, then screened the tweets in the next commercial break. Thailand continues to be in line with these global trends toward mobile, despite the delays in the rollout of 3G mobile services. But with this rollout now finally underway, many analysts are expecting significant growth in mobile data spending in the coming years. IDC Asia recently reported that they expect spending to reach 14% or US$1.7 billion dollars in 2013, with the smartphone and tablet markets in Thailand expected to grow by 40% each. Online shopping in Thailand is also poised to grow substantially in the coming year. With 34 million Internet users, Thailand is one of the economies in Southeast Asia that could see tremendous growth in this sector. An indication of this potential is the emergence of Lazada as an e-commerce player in the Kingdom. In less than a year, the German online retailer has become the largest e-commerce website in Thailand with more than 800,000 ‘Likes’ on their Facebook page, and plans to double their product line to over 50,000 in the near future. In a recent Bangkok Post article, a study by Mastercard and the Kasikorn Research Centre was cited that claims that Thailand leads the Asia-Pacific region in online shopping with 80% of Internet users having purchased products online. Overall, that accounted for 5% of Thailand’s total retail sales in 2012, but these numbers are expected to increase dramatically ahead of the implementation of the AEC in 2015. With so much focus on e-commerce and online shopping, what can traditional brick and mortar retailers and brands do to keep up with their customers? At a joint British Chamber of Commerce Thailand / Australian Chamber of Commerce event in early May, Rob de Jonge, General Manager of Venda Software Development, gave a presentation titled New Retailing, in which he noted that the goal of all retailers, in 2013 and beyond, should be “serving the right content at the right time based on customer behavior.” Mr. de Jonge quoted Philip Clarke, Tesco Group CEO who, in 2011, said, “We now live in the age of new retailing, in a multichannel world. So when we talk about the future of the high street, we have to see it in this context, not put it in some silo or reserve. That’s not how consumers view the world anymore. Their high street, their computer, their smartphone – all these offer different ways of shopping and all are converging.” He cited a number of examples of retailers, such as Apple and Laura Ashley, that have made use of this multichannel approach. He recommended that retailers create mobile optimized sites that have a simple, clear, minimal design, offer the same functionality and focused experience as a desktop site, maximize usability by minimizing typing, and make their sites ‘responsive design’ websites so that the page size adapts to the device that is being used, and the same URL can be used for all devices. Mr. de Jonge also pointed out that with the new realities of mobile and multi-screen internet access, “just minding the store no longer is enough, the winners of new retail will be mining the data too.” For retailers, and for businesses in every sector, it’s important to remember the words of writers and analysts such as Fran Berman, who wrote on Mashable.com in early January that, “...if 2012 proved one thing, it’s that there’s no denying mobile is the present and future of technology.”

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Bangkok Trader Networking Party http://goo.gl/6ngBg

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BCCT: Annual Lecture & Dinner – Yingluck Shinawatra http://goo.gl/o1tCA WebMob Thailand http://goo.gl/dEu8F Bangkok Entrepreneurs http://goo.gl/JihG3

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AustCham/BCCT: Boardroom Brief Lunch (Digital Advertising) http://goo.gl/ewZCB AMCHAM: Joint Tax & Business Economics Cmte – FATCA http://goo.gl/RDrbT

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BCCT: Health, Safety & Enviro. Group Mtg http://goo.gl/myeGH AMCHAM: Energy Cmte http://goo.gl/tCFxL AMCHAM: Interns Only Networking http://goo.gl/ye7jq AMCHAM: Independence Day Picnic Cmte http://goo.gl/mCduh AMCHAM: Monthly Luncheon http://goo.gl/hU1k0

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AMCHAM: SME/Food http://goo.gl/qspsN AustCham: Briefing by Australian Ambassador http://goo.gl/OD7ci Joint: ES Networking http://goo.gl/1w1nt Movers & Shakers Pattaya http://goo.gl/fYXvN

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ISIS Int’l Seminar http://goo.gl/hpXi8 AMCHAM: Customs & Excise Cmte http://goo.gl/N5q7D BCCT: Wkshp– Grooming http://goo.gl/6lkuM BCCT: Third Thursday http://goo.gl/Mj7R4

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AMCHAM: Commun. Engagement Cmte http://goo.gl/4JrMz AMCHAM: University of Houston briefing http://goo.gl/Gjv5x AMCHAM: CSR Cmte http://goo.gl/5s9T3

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AMCHAM: Transport. & Logistic Cmte http://goo.gl/Q3CEE AMCHAM: Food/Agri Cmte http://goo.gl/Za1aL AustCham / AMCHAM: Stars & Stripes Sundowners http://goo.gl/QVu7A http://goo.gl/VPgQb

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AustCham: Voluntary English Teaching http://goo.gl/LxgMn

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AMCHAM: YPC Networking – Hemingway’s Drinking & Dining http://goo.gl/X8MPy

6 AMCHAM: Independence Day Picnic 2013 http://goo.gl/mCozs

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AMCHAM: Tax Cmte – Business Tax Implication of Foreigners http://goo.gl/fAKMW BCCT: Board Meeting http://goo.gl/imQrG BCCT: Third Thursday http://goo.gl/hBbxw

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Bangkok Business Brief - Volume 2, Issue 7 - Mid-June/July 2013  

Business news briefs for Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia, and ASEAN for Mid-June to July 2013

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