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Vol. No. 1, Issue No. 11

Mid-October/Mid-November 2012

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‘Gen Y’ or ‘Gen Why?’ By Ruprecht Benson

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tion in May, a senior executive at a major Thai company mentioned the hiring challenges that his company is currently facing. He said that a significant change is happening in the business world as young people today seem to be looking to work for companies that match their own values. He described interviews with the new generation as “them interviewing us, rather than the other way around.” Welcome to the world of Generation Y! Commonly called ‘Gen Y’ (because they follow ‘Gen X,’ which followed the ‘Baby Boomers’), or alternatively, ‘Millennials,’ the

‘Internet Generation,’ or derisively, the ‘Me Generation,’ Gen Ys were born roughly between 1980 and 2000. They are the first generation to be born with personal computers, personal stereos (from Walkmans to iPods), and personal devices (from pagers and cell phones onwards). They are a tech-savvy, multi-tasking, job-hopping generation that represent, according to some, a recruiter’s nightmare. They tend to focus on their networks, and use words like ‘happiness,’ ‘creativity,’ and ‘fun’ when describing their interests. And they seem to be less concerned about job security, career advancement, and job titles,

which frustrates Gen Xs and Baby Boomers. From the U.S. to Europe to Asia, the ideas of ‘generational conflict’ and ‘generational warfare’ has fuelled many attentiongrabbing headlines: “Spoiled Generation lacks basic skills,” “Why bosses hate Gen-Y,” “Move Over Boomers!” Many Gen X and Baby Boomer commentators have even seen the 2008 Global Economic Crisis as an opportunity to give a dose of reality to a generation that has never had to endure hardship. On the other hand, Gen Ys claim that what others see as lack of ambition, selfishness and an inability

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‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ set Thailand has joined 123 other countries in launching “Global Entrepreneurship Week”, the local goal of which is to inspire young Thais to turn their ideas into businesses and showcase Thai entrepreneurship to the world. The campaign will take place from November 12-18 and coincides with the 80th-anniversary celebration of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Enterprises are encouraged to organise events during Global Entrepreneurship Week as a mark of the importance of entrepreneurship in global development. Global Entrepreneurship Week seeks to inspire people through local, national and... Full story at http://goo.gl/33j4I

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Female leaders running the show during a talent shortage

Leading executives and marketers shared some thoughts about how to win in the business-to-business market at the OmegaWorldClass As we approach 2015, we are expeResearch Institute’s “B2B Marketing riencing huge changes being caused CRM & Sales Summit 2012”. by what some people are calling the “AEC effect”. As businesses prepare Chutima Mokkhasmit, first vice for the Asean Economic Communipresident of Kasikornbank, said ty, there is a huge expertise shortage marketers had to understand their in Thailand and a war being fought clients’ needs and purchasing de- for the talent that exists. Against this cisions. And this should not be backdrop, we are finding more and confined to their direct needs. At more that female leaders are taking KBank, she said addressing clients’ up positions in management. indirect needs sometimes needed “heart bonding” rather than try- Naturally, many companies are ing to push sales hard. “Knowing having to change and adapt in this that 77 per cent of our customers age of globalisation. Therefore, my are family-owned businesses, we question is: “Has your organisation have realised that family succession become ‘change-ready’ by shifting is their current concern. Hence we mindsets about gender diversity have initiated a professional-family yet?” From my years of experience, I business-management programme have found that the companies that for them, bringing parents and their resist change and are narrow-mindchildren to attend the course to- ed about differentiation are now gether. Our customers have realised reaching a dead end. On the other that we understand them and go... hand, a company that provides... Full story at http://goo.gl/AFieL Full story at http://goo.gl/Qx6Fp

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Private sector believes corruption weakens The private sector has warned that as corruption tends to destroy competitiveness, all sections of society should see that the law is enforced strictly so as to scare people away from engaging in such damaging activity. Pramon Suthiwong, honorary president of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said during a seminar that corruption was a real problem for the nation’s competitiveness, as it is is rife in both the public and private sectors. The Board of Trade has established a network to fight corruption in 42 organisations. “The goal of reducing and preventing corruption has already been set, and early results are showing progress. The next hurdle to clear is to get corruptionprevention programmes operating internationally, with many more organisations participating,” he said. Income inequity is another... Full story at http://goo.gl/ipWGu


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Smartphone trading a part of online shift The stock market is gearing up the development of a smartphone trading application to keep up with booming trade via the channel, which now makes up 5.2% of total internet trading value. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) predicts the figure could grow to 6%. “Trading by smartphone and tablet is growing fast from only 0.02% of total online trading over the past four years when online trading has just begun, to 1.1% in 2010 and 3.3% last year,” said Dr Pakorn Peetathawatchai, the SET’s chief marketing officer. The SET together with Thai Samsung Electronics has developed a stock trading app on smartphones and tablets. “Online trading via smartphones and tablets may double this year from last year,” said Dr Pakorn. Investors not only trade stocks but also use apps to... Full story at http://goo.gl/P8LhD

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is ready to link up with the Asean Link, the region-wide stock trading platform, in mid-October. Thailand would be the third country, after Singapore and Malaysia would kick start the regional trading on Sept 18, said Virathai Santipropop, vice president of the exchange. On Sept 3, the Thai exchange started the SET Connect, the new IT system that would support the regional linkage. “Asean Link gives the Thai exchange an opportunity to demonstrate the Thai capital market’s investment potential, underpinned by strong economy and geographical location in Indochina. Thai companies have remained strong, staging quick recovery from economic crisis and natural disasters,” Virathai said. Ahead of the linkage, the SET... Full story at http://goo.gl/RjXGs

Myanmar needs to get land prices under control, investors say

Skyrocketing land prices in Yangon and other key cities of Myanmar are giving big headaches to local and foreign investors planning to expand in manufacturing and real esGovernment measures to conGold bugs bullish on tate. trol land prices are in great need, or liquidity pump Myanmar may not be able to attract Gold prices, up nearly 10% in the more foreign investment and create past month, still have room to rise, as many jobs as projected. with a potential increase of 13% to US$2,000 an ounce thanks to the “There’s no doubt that there are latest monetary stimulus move by plenty of opportunities in property the US Federal Reserve, according development, with supply remainto a fund manager at MFC Asset ing at very low levels. All the hotels Management. Kasemtas Darda- and office buildings in Yangon were rananda, a MFC global equity fund built in the 1990s and there has been manager, noted that during the first no new investment in the past deround of quantitative easing by the cade,” Aung Zaw Naing, managing... Fed in mid-2009, gold prices rallied Full story at http://goo.gl/Iw1lY 30% as $1.75 trillion was pumped into the markets, gaining 15% as a Cambodia result. “After QE3 was launched, opening its doors stocks worldwide rose and fell over to investment a short period of time, with ongoing With GDP growth averaging around concern over the European debt cri- 9% for the past decade, Cambodia sis. But gold has continued to gain is certainly attracting interest from as investors seek a safe haven,” Mr potential investors. It has possibly Kasemtas said. According to fund the most investor-friendly environresearch firm Morningstar (Thai- ment in Asean with no exchange land), returns for the top local gold controls, no restrictions on repatriafunds for the year to Sept 17 were tion of profit, and no discrimination generally in line with benchmarks... between foreign and local investors. Full story at http://goo.gl/IDjTf Moreover, corporate income tax is 20% and there are tax holidays of SET to join Asean up to nine years. Foreigners can also Link in mid-October take out leases on land for up to 99... The Stock Exchange of Thailand Full story at http://goo.gl/v0aoD

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Briefs Government / Economy

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Now the time to woo foreign investment: Amcham There is no better time for Thailand to develop its business environment and stringently implement plans to prevent flooding amid an influx of foreign investors to rising Asia and the strong integration of the Asean Economic Community, said the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. Thailand is already one of the top destinations for US investors. However, with the current political stability, it now is able to do more to attract investment and promote business expansion, Amcham president Joe Mannix said.

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34 foreign businesses granted FBA exemptions

In August, 34 foreign companies received an exemption under the Foreign Business Act to set up operations this month worth at least Bt1.4 million, as Thailand’s economy shines amid the global gloom. “More investment will flow into Asia, particularly Asean countries including Thailand, because of the euro crunch. Thailand will be eyed as one investment destination with a safe future,” Ittipol Changlum, depAccording to a survey by Amchams uty director-general of the Business in Asean nations this year, Thailand Development Department, said yesis the only member of the bloc where terday.

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The department’s report showed that approvals were up by 13 per cent and initial investment up by Bt708 million from August last year. The new operations are expected to create up to 941 jobs for Thais. The first eight months saw 218 approvals, up 25 per cent, with initial capital of Bt6.57 billion. Last month, the most popular businesses were service, financial and wholesaling... Full story at http://goo.gl/h1Nih

Global woes bolster need for Basel III

Greater risk in the global economy is the main factor supporting the necessity of the new Basel III financial standard, which will require the Thai banking industry to strengthen its capital base further to ensure its ability to handle unexpected crises. As the Thailand banking industry learned its lesson from the 1997 financial crisis in keeping its financial base healthy, some questioned whether the standard was necessary. The Bank of Thailand will require part of the new Basel III standard starting in 2015.

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However, Yokporn Tantisawetrat, the chief risk officer of Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), admitted a stronger capital base may be needed in the Thai banking industry given the severity of the global economic morass. “The global economic landscape is fraught with risk because of the situations of the US and EU economies,” said Mr Yokporn. A sluggish recovery of the US economy from its 2008 crisis and the... Full story at http://goo.gl/b8KxB

Airport Rail Link to be made state

The status of the Airport Rail Link will be raised to that of a state enterprise to settle the liquidity problem and business losses. Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan said the State Enterprise Policy Committee agreed to raise the Airport Rail Link to a status similar to that of the State Railway of Thailand by making the Finance Ministry its major stakeholder. The rail link serves only 4,500 passengers daily... Full story at http://goo.gl/sg69l

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Korea joins Thai solar power project Korea Midland Power Corp joined a Thai renewable energy project to build an eight-megawatt solar power plant in the Southeast Asian country, according to the unit of Korea’s monopoly power distributor. Korea Midland signed a contract on Monday with Toyo-Thai Corp PCL (TTCL), a Thai construction company, and Siam Steel Grating Group, a Thai utility equipment maker, to build the solar farm in Ang Thong, one of the central provinces of Thailand, the Seoul-based company said in a statement on Tuesday. The project will receive a 10-year subsidy of eight baht (26 cents) per kilowatt-hour, and include the sale of power to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand, the statement said. Investment estimates and time schedules were not provided. South Korea’s power utilities are committing to boosting the use of renewable energy after the... Full story at http://goo.gl/ddedo

B Grimm banks on energy projects

B Grimm plans to allocate a huge investment of Bt75 billion for the expansion of power-plant facilities and other energy projects in the Kingdom over the next seven years, chairman Harald Link said yesterday. The company, established locally in 1878 originally as a pharmaceutical business, will focus its attention on energy business, raising the current contribution from 50 per cent of turnover to about two-thirds in 2018, he said. “We plan a surge in our revenues from the Bt19 billion expected for this year to about Bt60 billion in 2018, when we celebrate our 140th anniversary in Thailand,” said Link. “We also expect our revenues to reach Bt150 billion when we celebrate our 150th anniversary.” B Grimm, one of the oldest corpo-

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rate entities in Thailand, is a multibusiness corporation active in the fields of energy, cooling, healthcare, lifestyle, transport and real estate. Throughout its history, the company has constantly been at the forefront of technological and infrastructure development with innovative ideas and products. Link said that the energy business now contributed about 50 per cent of B Grimm’s revenues, while... Full story at http://goo.gl/qubrI

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Thailand will become a global top10 carmaker in the next five years, Delivery with annual output reaching 3 milAnan Boonma lion units, says Surapong Paisitpatanapong, spokesman for the automobile industry club of the Federation In cooperation with Siam Gazette Co., Ltd. of Thai Industries (FTI). He said Alan Verstein • 081-761-9302 even though the industry was badly affected by last year’s earthquake Volume 1, Issue 11 • Mid-October to November 2012 and tsunami in Japan and flooding Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. in Thailand, the tax rebate under the government’s first-time car buyer scheme will help the industry to recover and experience rapid growth. affirmed the company’s commit- The export of live and dried earthment to establish a long-term pro- worms is worth about 2 billion baht Next year’s domestic market looks duction base in Thailand and ser- a year. Japan and China are the mahealthy, while the automobile and vices to Thai patients. jor buyers. Mr Teetat is among 2,000 auto parts sectors are among the people who have been trained in few to weather the debt crisis in Eu- The factory will be on a 30-rai vermiculture farming by Kasetsart rope that has adversely affected al- (4.8-hectare) plot in Amata Nakorn University’s animal science departmost all other Thai exports, said Mr Industrial Estate in Rayong. Aim- ment, which started the course in Surapong. ing to create 400 jobs, the plant is 2004 in order to promote the use... scheduled to begin production in Full story at http://goo.gl/Fevn1 Last year, Thailand was the 15th- mid-2013. The location was cholargest producer of all types of motor sen because of its proximity to Parts group fears vehicles, according to the worldwide Bangkok and logistics network, brain drain rankings by the International Orga- said Tippawan Jitpimolmard, coun- The brain drain of skilled labour nization of Motor Vehicle Manufac- try manager at Baxter Healthcare to neighbouring countries when turers. The country came in sixth in (Thailand). “This investment will the Asean Economic Community terms of commercial vehicle pro- increase our solution supplies to begins in 2015 will likely hinder duction and 22nd in... satisfy long-term demand among... growth in the Thai auto parts industry, says the leading trade group. Full story at http://goo.gl/fQjJR Full story at http://goo.gl/cbKto Achana Limpaitoon, president of Baxter invests in A lucrative the Thai Autoparts Manufacturers kidney solution can of worms Association, says regional integration under the AEC will exacerbate Thousands of earthworms wrigplant here gling in a small box are a disgusting existing shortages of skilled labour. US-based Baxter International is sight for most people. Worms may pouring US$70 million (Bt2.24 bil- not be cute, but for vermiculture “When the free flow of skilled lalion) into producing peritoneal di- farmers such as Teetat Bamrungsab, bour takes place under the AEC alysis solution in Thailand, encour- the squirming little creatures are po- framework, everyone will snatch aged by the policy of the National tentially good business. His Teetat our skilled workers, because we Health Security Office (NHSO) to Farm is among 50 ventures in the have the longest experience in the extend coverage to patients with country that raise and sell a variety auto parts field,” she said. “Even lochronic kidney failure. of earthworm species as well as their cal firms have been competing with by-products such as vermicompost each other to get hold of them.” UnGerald Lema, corporate vice presi- fertiliser and worm tea, all earth- skilled labour is falling short too. dent and president of Baxter’s Asia- friendly substances good for the For example, unskilled migrant... Full story at http://goo.gl/ySwLy Pacific region, said the investment soil.


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The grey iPhone 5 is here!

The much-awaited iPhone 5 hits the grey market in Thailand today, priced at 35,000 for 16 gigabytes and 43,000 baht for 64 gigabytes. The grey iPhone 5 in Thailand will be imported from Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 5 on Sept 12, saying the product will be made officially available in nine markets today – the US, Singapore, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. The device will be launched in 22 more markets next Friday and another 100 in December including officially in Thailand. Apple recently said pre-orders of the iPhone 5 topped 2 million within 24 hours, more than double the

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Budget carrier clash in Don Mueang will benefit riders Competition among budget carriers will likely heat up once the market leader AirAsia starts using Don Mueang airport, which will replace Suvarnabhumi airport as the airline’s new main hub in Thailand from next Monday. The duel will be between Thai AirAsia (TAA), AirAsia’s flagship in the country, and the Thai-owned Nok Air, both of which will compete on the same battlefield of Bangkok’s old airport, which is set to become a fully functional aerodrome. Industry executives predict intense fare competition and mindboggling marketing gimmicks will likely be deployed by the two airline groups as they battle on the same ground rather than at different airports. Both carriers will lose one of their unique appeals for their clients _ easy airport accessibility for passengers.


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Thailand hopes to join the world’s top 10 auto producing nations within the next three to four years, and Toyota – the largest auto company in the country – will play a major role in achieving that target. Kyoichi Tanada, president of Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT), says that auto production of all brands in Thailand is expected to reach a total 2.3 million units in 2012, which would rank it in 12th or 13th place in the world. “In order to become part of the world’s top 10, we need to produce at least 2.5 million vehicles per year and I think that it is possible,” he said. Tanada said Toyota, as leader of the Thai auto industry, considers the top 10 target as its responsibility, as much as Thailand’s. “Thus Toyota’s plan is to produce at least 1 million vehicles, or even 1.2 million vehicles, by that time,” he added. However, in order to achieve the goal, the government sector needed to step in and support the industry, either in terms of market or... Full story at http://goo.gl/GsuF3

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Following the recent opening of the first Rolls-Royce Motor Cars showroom on Rama 3 in Bangkok earlier this year, the company has announced plans to open a unique new boutique in Central Bangkok, the first of its kind in Asia.This exclusive facility will be situated at Siam Paragon, an upmarket luxury shopping mall. The boutique will provide easy access to Rolls-Royce products for customers and will

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Samui resort set out as “adults-only” romance destination

Building on its success as a trailblazer in stylish hotels for guests passionate about travel, the stylish Akyra Chura Samui is relaunching as a chic romantic retreat – and the first “adults only” resort on Chaweng Beach. From November 1, children under 12 will not be allowed at the 1-year-old property, as the hotel seeks to broaden its appeal further to the ever-increasing number of travellers looking for a peaceful, romantic couples’ experience. This positioning ideally suits its unique location on the quieter northern stretch of the beach at Chaweng Noi.

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“Thailand should be realistic and understand what tourists want, not what you want to offer them. In fact, the Russian tourist market can grow more for Thailand but Thai people should understand their nature,” said Mr Atac.

the most popular destination in the region, according to the annual survey by Travel + Leisure magazine. “Ninety-five percent of respondents indicated they traveled within Southeast Asia for leisure purposes in the last 12 months, similar to last year’s results,” said publisher Robert Fernhout. “Business travel within the region is stable as well; close to 60 per cent of respondents say they travelled for business within the region in the last year. That being said, the number of respondents that take 4 trips or more per year has grown considerably in 2012.” When it comes to Air Travel, the most popular among the magazine’s readers is Singapore Airlines. “Although the majority of our readers usually opt for the traditional carriers, they do see low cost carriers as a good alternative for shorter direct flights and AirAsia is the leading choice here. Although nearly one in three readers has flown AirAsia in the last 12 months, only a very small percentage of our readers claim to fly low-cost carriers on an exclusive basis” said Fernhout.

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Reluctance to join single-visa scheme could prove to be costly

Thailand has to revise its strategy concerning a regional single visa scheme, or it could lose millions of tourists to neighbouring countries, which are kicking off the “CLMV Single Visa” next year without the Kingdom’s participation. Five countries – Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar – agreed in 2005 to relax immigration procedures to attract more non-Asean visitors to the region. They created the “Five Countries One Destination” campaign and ACMEC Single Visa to attract tourists from outside the region, especially from Europe, North America and Australia. Tourists applying for a visa at any of the countries would automatically be... Full story at http://goo.gl/lrS1G


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Loxley gets Google Apps contract

Loxley Plc has been appointed the sole partner for Google to customise the search engine giant’s applications and services to suit the needs of companies in Southeast Asia. The trading and technology firm targets at least 20 corporate customers using Google’s three main products: Google Geo (map and data service), Google Search and Google Apps, said Vasant Chatikavanij, senior executive vice-president of Loxley.

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late last month. The mobile-phone service provider must pay the fine within 15 days, NBTC secretarygeneral Takorn Tantasit said yesterday. DTAC chief executive officer Jon Eddy Abdullah said his company, the second-largest cellular operator, was willing to pay the fine. He admitted that the incident had caused a negative perception of the company but added that it would launch several campaigns and activities to boost customer satisfaction and encourage them to stick with its network.

The fine of Bt10 million is based on a joint calculation of the damages caused by the breakdown. DTAC said the network was down for 65 minutes and the damage to affected customers was Bt6 million, but the NBTC found that the downtime was 105 minutes and the damage Bt14 million. The NBTC added the two amounts together and divided them by two, resulting in the fine amount, Takorn said. From now on, fines for cellular-network failures will... Full story at http://goo.gl/Y2HRB

True, CAT executives could face year in jail

Executives of True Corporation and CAT Telecom could face one year in jail and/or a fine of up to 10 million baht for providing third-generation (3G) service without a licence. An investigation panel of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has resolved to file a criminal complaint against BFKT and CAT Telecom for illegally offering 3G wireless broadUnder the partnership, Loxley will band service. provide advice, design and install the products, and train and offer The resolution will be submitted to maintenance service. Mr Vasant the NBTC’s telecom committee for said the corporate versions have a final decision before being passed more features than the free apps and to the board for approval, a senior services Google offers to the public. panel member told the Bangkok Post. The 74-page investigation reProspective customers will be large port said BFKT, a unit of True’s suborganisations with at least 1,000 us- sidiary Real Future, is in violation of ers such as banks, insurance firms, Section 67 of the Telecommunicastate enterprises, web portals, online tions Business Act of 2001 by offerbusinesses and the armed forces. Mr ing service without a proper licence. Vasant said it was too early to... Meanwhile, CAT Telecom will be... Full story at http://goo.gl/BfmxD Full story at http://goo.gl/l7Ykx

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ping mall market in Jakarta will increase, creating downward pressure on occupancy this year. However, it is expected to grow to almost 90% by 2014. In the first half of this year, occupancy reached 87.9%,” she said. Jakarta shopping malls now occupy 2.33 million square metres, with a future supply of 500,000 sq m by 2015. Average gross rent was $53.90 per sq m per month, while service fees were $8.10 per sq m per month.

The retail property sector and demand for condominiums are growing strongly in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, driven by a rising middle class, according to international property consultants. Suphin Mechuchep, the managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Co Ltd, said the middle class in Indonesia in particular is growing, with 20 million households now earning over US$5,000 (154,000 baht) per month.

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Bt6.5-billion mixedused project to rise in Pattaya Middle class Kingdom Property will commence drives retail, development of a mixed-use project condo markets worth Bt6.5 billion in Pattaya next year. The project forms part of the company’s business expansion after launching its first condominium, the Bt2-billion Southpoint Pattaya, in the final quarter of this year, said chief executive officer Nigel Cornick, the former CEO of listed property firm Raimon Land.

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Cornick and a friend took over Kingdom Property in 2000, but the company was inactive until he resigned from Raimon Land two years ago. Kingdom Property has This number will continue rising by Bt240 million of registered capital. 10% a year for the next few years, Southpoint Pattaya is currently un- said Ms Suphin. “Supply in the shop-

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is to promote self-sufficiency and to improve the lives of the needy. The Committee never allocates cash but rather oversees projects personally and monitors progress on a monthly basis. Projects include agricultural schemes, sanitation and irrigation, educational materials and equipment, medical equipment and training, fish and silk worms raising, assistance with HIV and Aids awareness programmes, rice banks and village weaving. To help or to donate prizes for the Fair, please contact: Carolyn Tarrant, MBE All-time favourites return to Ploenchit Fair this year including the President, BCTFN HSBC Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Transpo’s giant Wave Slide, Shooting Email: bctfn@loxinfo.co.th Gallery, Bungy Jump and the Water Roller Ball. The British Chamber Telephone: 02 204 1587 will be manning our stall, the Grand Raffle, which this year will have 80 Fax: 02 204 1589 top prizes to be won including tickets to London!! The ‘Petticoat Lane’ bazaar features some 60 shopping and services outlets as well as some Or Pauline Spiers at 085 946 6625 or Gale Bailey at 081 828 5213. of our charity stalls. Tesco is selling items from its ‘finest’ range and Boots is selling toiletries and cosmetics. There is always plenty to eat Please support the BCCT Raffle and drink at Ploenchit Fair and this year is no exception. Staff from the BCCT office, with support from our members and friends in our extended community, manage the raffle stall at Ploenchit Fair. Ploenchit Fair would not be possible without the assistance of some We are grateful for the prizes donated each year for the grand raffle 2,000 volunteers who work not only on the day but, in many cases, for to the value of hundreds of thousands Baht - and there is still time to some months in advance to ensure that it remains a successful fund- donate for this year’s Ploenchit Fair. Please contact the BCCT Deputy raising event. Vital, too, is the generous support and assistance pro- Director at sarinthorn@bccthai.com vided by more than 200 sponsors, from multi-national corporations to individual donors. You may purchase tickets prior to and during the fair. Last year’s raffle raised more than 800,000 Baht. BCCT has been involved in Ploenchit Outstanding work over many years Fair for many years and it continues to feature as a highlight in the BCTFN has raised over 60 million Baht at the Ploenchit Fair since 2000. Chamber’s calendar. This has enabled the Committee to support a vast range of diverse charity projects in all regions of Thailand. The fundamental aim of BCTFN More details: www.ploenchitfair.org


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Thai-Finnish CC (TFCC) C/O Netpoint SEA Ltd. 2nd Floor Wandee Siam Bldg, 58/84 Muangthong Thani, Chaengwattana, Klongklua, Nonthaburi 11120 Tel: +66 (0)2 574 2879-80 Fax: +66 (0)2 574 2877 Website: www.thaifin.or.th Email: tfcc@thaifin.or.th

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German-Thai CC (GTCC) 25th Fl., Empire Tower 3, 195 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 Tel: +66 (0)2 670 0600 Fax: +66 (0)2 670 0601 Website: www.gtcc.org Email: services@gtcc.org

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Singapore-Thai CC (STCC) 193/8 Lake Rajada Office Complex, 1st Floor Rachadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 (0)2 264 0680-4 Fax: +66 (0)2 264 0688 Website: http://goo.gl/WrTpX Contact: http://goo.gl/L727M

Thai-Israel CC (TICC) 14th Fl., Manorom Building, 3354/45 Rama 4 Rd., Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 (0)2 672 7020 Fax: +66 (0)2 672 7021 Website: www.thaisraelcc.com Email: ticc@thaisraelcc.com

Thai-Taiwan Business Association (TTBA) No. 30/207 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Sukhumvit Rd., Kiongtannua, Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 (0)2 662 7335-6, 662 7385 Fax: +66 (0)2 662 7382 Website: www.ttba.or.th Email: ttba@ttba.or.th

Irish Thai CC (ITCC) Maneeya Center Bldg, 7th Fl, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel: +66 (0)2 652 0848 Fax: +66 (0)2 652 0671 Website: www.irishthaicc.com Email: info@irishthaicc.com

South African-Thai CC (SATCC) 10/143 (1503A), 15th Fl, Trendy Bldg, Soi Sukhumvit 13, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 (0)2 168 7416-7 Fax: +66 (0)2 168 7418 Website: www.satcc.net Email: satcc@satcc.net

Thai-Italian CC (TICC) 1126/2 Vanit II Bldg, 16th Fl, 1601B New Petchburi Rd., Makkasan, Rajdhevee, Bangkok 10400 Tel: +66 (0)2 255 8695 Fax: +66 (0)2 253 9896 Website: www.thaitch.org Email: info@thaitch.org

Joint Foreign CC of Thailand (JFCCT) 38th Floor, State Tower 1055/914 Silom Rd, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +66 (0)2 630 6307 Fax: +66 (0)2 630 6303 Website: www.jfcct.org Email: secretary@jfcct.org

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to fit in, is just a different worldview from previous generations. According to Brent Freeman, a writer and ‘serial entrepreneur,’ Gen Ys believe that “anything is possible and anyone can make a difference,” and that after watching the collapse of major corporations in the past 4-5 years, they believe that there is a “better, more ethical way to do business.” This idea leads some to the conclusion that Gen Y is more entrepreneurial than previous generations, as they try to take charge of their lives while doing good at the same time. In the workplace, Gen Ys are described as creative and energetic workers who value collaboration and, as veterans of instant messaging and chat, they look for immediate feedback on their work. While these can be positive traits in the right environment, they can also lead to conflict with older workers who are not used to this kind of thinking, and to frustration from Gen Ys who aren’t used

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to the slower pace of change in a office, and they’re making people corporate environment. go to it all the time, yet people don’t do work in the office.” Much of this generational conflict, then, stems from different While Jason Fried is technically expectations and different ways of a Gen X, his ideas echo the senworking. Jason Fried and David timents of Gen Ys, who ask why Heinemeier Hansson, founders of they have to sit in an office all day web-based software provider 37 when they can be reached through Signals, described the new realities their devices anytime, anywhere. of doing business in their book, They see the traditional office and Rework. In their business world, corporate structure as outdated in “ASAP is poison,” “meetings are a world of always-connected techtoxic,” “decisions are temporary,” nologies, so they ask “Why?”, and and “resumes are ridiculous.” In most Gen Xs and Baby Boomers a recent NY Times opinion piece, don’t seem to have the answers. Jason Fried also advocates more time off for employees because Why does all of this matter? Be“when there’s less time to work, tween 2015 and 2020, according you waste less time. When you to demographic studies, Generahave a compressed workweek, tion Y will start to represent oneyou tend to focus on what’s im- third of the workforce in many portant. Constraining time en- countries in the world, including courages quality time.” And in a Thailand. Companies need to hire TedxMidwest.com video, he de- Gen Ys as Baby Boomers move scribes why work doesn’t happen into retirement, but they seem to at work: “When I ask people... be having trouble recruiting and where do you go when you re- retaining this new generation of ally need to get something done? workers. And as Gen Ys mature I’ll hear things like, the porch, the economically, there is also evideck, the kitchen.... You almost dence that they are foregoing the never hear someone say the office. usual adulthood purchases of But businesses are spending all their parents and grandparents, this money on this place called the like cars, so many companies are

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