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When the devastating floods hit Thailand’s numerous industrial estates last year, hundreds of companies were forced to suspend production and close their factories. That meant that tens of thousands of skilled workers were left without work at a time when the Thai economy was just beginning to pick up again after the global financial crisis of the previous two to three years. At the same time, in an ironic twist of ‘reverse globalization,’ a number of Japanese firms, in an attempt

to maintain some levels of production, decided to send their skilled Thai workers to facilities in Japan to supervise unskilled Japanese workers. Working on six month work visas and with more than 2,000 Thai workers participating in this program, these skilled IT and electronics supervisors are now helping their Japanese counterparts improve their efficiency and ramp up the pace of production.

tion out of Japan – and into Thailand – had begun. “On December 5, approximately 30 Thai employees went in for their first day at the factory of video equipment manufacturer JVC Kenwood Corp. in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. After exchanging greetings with their Japanese counterparts, they went to work on the production line for security cameras marketed to corporations.

According to the Mainichi newspaper, this reversal of roles has The Thai JVC Kenwood emcome about fifteen years after ployees who are now in Japan the process of moving producStory continues on Page 20.


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Support and engagement are the keys to retaining your employees We see a trend in organisations where once employees get the annual salary increment-cum-bonus they soon begin to submit their resignations. The Hay Group’s annual survey for 2011 reveals that the top five job functions with the most employee turnover are sales, engineering, marketing, production and finance. With the flood crisis in November and inflation pushed up to 3.53 per cent in December, our real wages, or pay adjusted for inflation and ultimately indicating disposable income, would be less. To be... Full story at http://goo.gl/gPcdx

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this fact, Nasdaq-listed IT company NetApp has identified the workplace culture as one of its three key success elements since it Thailand ranks fifth in the world was set up in 1992. for stress levels felt by business leaders over the past 12 months, The other two success elements according to a Grant Thornton include internal strategies and exThailand survey. ternal market presence. NetApp has been built very differently A net 55% reported an increase in from many other IT companies. stress, behind only Greece (67%), Its first chief executive Dan WarChina (60%), Taiwan (57%) and menhoven just retired three years Vietnam (56%). Ian Pascoe, a man- ago after being the longest-serving aging partner of Grant Thornton CEO in Silicon Valley. The firm’s Thailand, said many interviews first sales executive is still workwere done last November during ing with the company – as a vice the massive floods, so the increase president – while the second sales from a net 10% observed in 2010 executive is currently vice presiis perhaps understandable. dent in charge of sales operations worldwide. Globally, levels of stress felt... Full story at http://goo.gl/orITL “We don’t want to create a high... Full story at http://goo.gl/4ldTx

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How do you assess the impact of the new Bt300 daily minimum wage and the minimum Bt15,000 a month salary for new graduates? Binnion: I believe companies have concerns about this minimum wage and the minimum salary for new graduates in the case of whom it’s quite a sharp increase from the Bt10,000 salary that companies paid for students hired from less well-known colleges. It’s going to cause some problems. Companies will think more carefully before hiring. Many companies have come to realise that they have to take their head counts more seriously and are undertaking some restructuring. Thai companies tend to carry big head counts compared to western firms and they will... Full story at http://goo.gl/gPv9n

Plethora of opportunities for businesses

As the new regime embarks on reforms after years of authoritarian rule, billions of baht are ready to pour into the neighbouring country. Burma is now becoming one of the world’s most sought-after countries after its democracy started blossoming, signalling that it is ready to open up and woo foreign investors.

Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi recently said “political reforms are as important as economic reforms that are slowly taking place”. She also advised foreign What are the remaining success businesses to adopt a “wait-andfactors that keep P&G brands in see” attitude “for their own good as well as that of the country” beleadership positions? fore investing. Winning brand strategies and business models are invariably The upcoming by-election for built on three basic elements: Aung San Suu Kyi also signals that product design, relevant market- Burma is opening up and seeking support, and cost and pricing ing foreign investment, Somchet attributes. So the third key factor Thinaphong, managing director of Dawei Development Co, said is that winning brands need to... Full story at http://goo.gl/FgMvF recently.

Trends to watch out for in 2012

Indigo Consulting Group’s directors David T Binnion and Jiraporn Pruksarnukul examine some of the hottest issues concerning human resources trends in 2012.

U Soe Thein, Burma’s industry minister, told international journalists at an economic forum in Davos, Switzerland last month that the tax incentive law could be passed by the end of the parliamentary session convening next... Full story at http://goo.gl/NZkMk


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Asean integration, low foreign demand key – The Bank of Thailand is urging all parties to address the trend of Asia’s rising role on the world stage amid protracted economic problems in the US and Europe. Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul in a speech outlining this year’s policy said the world is experiencing megatrends that include the crisis of the Western economies and the advance of regional economic integration such as Asean. “Thailand appears to be at a transitional gateway of these major trends, where the future looks blurry,” he said. “Domestic issues still remain an important hurdle, while emerging external issues have created new challenges.”

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ly to meet the government’s 4% target this year since the global economic doldrums look set to undo the positive effects of the government’s massive spending, say local economists.

Both US and China are also facing major political developments in the coming year, with elections in the US and leadership change in China. These changes will dictate how markets perceive risk and policy uncertainty. Investors should remain conservative yet nimble in their asset allocation, said Haren Shah, senior investment strategist, Wealth Management, Citi Asia Pacific. “Looking back, 2011 was a very unpredictable year. Even though we knew there were a number of concerns out there, political... Full story at http://goo.gl/Qf0WL

Can anyone tame the debt dragon?

The year 2012 began with a negative outlook. Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit ratings of France, Italy and seven other European nations. The International Monetary Fund warned that if the In such circumstances, the public European debt crisis intensifies, sector must promote investment... then the world economy could fall Full story at http://goo.gl/nUxIX into recession.

4% growth now seen as tall order

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With external factors exacerbating, public investment this year might not be able to spur recovThailand expects 15% annual ery, according to Sethaput Suthigrowth in border trade until the end wartnarueput, a veteran econoof its 11th National Social and Eco- mist. nomic Development Plan in 2016. While Thailand remains strong, The country hopes border trade with a stable fiscal status and will be worth 1 trillion baht this balance payment and robust year after reaching 899.78 billion banking and corporate sectors, last year and 778 billion in 2010. the government’s target of... Full story at http://goo.gl/2jwfO Chanvit Amatamatucharti, deputy secretary-general of the National Asean, including Economic and Social Develop- Thailand, seems ment Board (NESDB), said the resilient to global 11th plan projected border trade uncertainties worth 1.8 trillion baht by 2016. The global economic outlook reContributing factors will be the mains uncertain and dependant full expansion of the Asean free- upon how issues in Europe are retrade area and development of in- solved and with continued positive frastructure to create a better... momentum from the US and ChiFull story at http://goo.gl/YEZvJ na, said Citi Asia Pacific strategist.

Prasarn: Global trends intersect in Thailand

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Thailand’s economic prospects are no better. Attempts to lift the External factors get worse, say economy back on track have led... economists – Growth is unlike- Full story at http://goo.gl/bYlfM


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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leads government and business representatives for a state visit to India from today to Thursday.

“The Thai government will urgently decide whether to join the pact soon. Otherwise, Thailand may be As feared, last year’s flood crisis left behind its competitors,” Comhas led to the hasty passing of laws merce Minister Boonsong Teriyato help support post-flood recon- pirom said yesterday. struction. Though this speediness might satisfy some people, it could The Trade Negotiations Departderail necessary preparation for ment is rushing to conduct a feasithe upcoming rainy season and bility study on the anticipated gains also ruin Thailand’s long-term and losses from joining the TPP. attraction for foreign investors, many of whom have been hit by The United States and eight other more than US$100 million (Bt3 countries are in negotiations on billion) in indirect losses. establishing the multilateral freetrade agreement, including four Some progress has been seen as from Asean – Brunei, Malaysia, the Cabinet gradually approves Singapore and Vietnam. Meanthis project or that. On Thursday, a while, Thailand is also planning to government committee approved tighten trade and investment... six short-term projects that will... Full story at http://goo.gl/qH7M0 Full story at http://goo.gl/boh1D

Thailand and India agreed to 82 early-harvested items to be included in a bilateral free trade agreement from September 2004, with tariffs cut to zero three years later. The two nations expect to... Full story at http://goo.gl/BaCr9

Thailand is seriously interested in the huge market covering many countries from the north to the Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala south to be formed by the US-ini- was finance minister for only five tiated Trans-Pacific Partnership. months, but he left behind a good

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Thai-India trade expected to double to $16bn by 2014

Bilateral trade between Thailand and India is expected to double within the next two years from US$8 billion last year as trading volume will be boosted by the implementation of a comprehensive free trade programme by mid-2012.

Govt studies pros and cons of joining

New finance minister has great power but also great challenges

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record, while his newly appointed replacement Kittiratt Na-Ranong will face many challenges. Kittiratt is the first finance minister since the 1997 financial crisis who is also leader of the government’s economic team, as he is also deputy prime minister supervising economic policies. This will give him great power to push forward the government agenda, since he no longer has to face... Full story at http://goo.gl/dEidW

PM Yingluck to head new flood agency

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will chair a new agency set up soon to oversee an integrated plan for national water management. The new body will command all related agencies to work together to prevent floods and resolve problems related to them. Increasing complaints about the huge budget allocated for this task and a lack of detail about overall... Full story at http://goo.gl/MolL2


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Europeans see Thailand as gateway for push into Myanmar European companies are keen to use Thailand as a gateway to Myanmar as the latter opens up to the international community and grows more attractive to foreign investors.

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Gold stable but could hit new high in first half

Individual investors have already purchased gold in recent weeks over rising concerns on global recession and instability. However, one trader expects the gold price to hit a new high in the first half of this year.

Jitti Tangsitpakdee, president of the Gold Traders Association, said the price had fluctuated quite a lot but movement was slow at the moment. Investors purchased gold over the past couple of weeks on rising concerns about the conflict between the United States and Iran and possible closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil-transport route. This trading activity caused the gold price to increase significantly, but it has stabilised for now.

A group of European investors visited Myanmar last month and observed positive developments taking place that favoured foreign investors, said Rolf-Dieter Daniel, president of the recently opened European-Asean Business Centre (EABC). Still, in the first six months, the international gold price should “It is very likely that the process of trend even higher than last year’s opening up Myanmar will be very peak of US$1,922 per ounce as the successful and continuing. Myan- precious metal is still... mar people are very keen to have Full story at http://goo.gl/VvQFP European investors there, not only big businesses but small ones,” Thai Kasikornbank said Mr Daniel, also president of forms alliance the German-Thai Chamber of with Australia’s Commerce.

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“The more Myanmar opens up, Kasikornbank, Thailand’s fourththe more Thailand will... largest lender, signed a strategic Full story at http://goo.gl/CNH3X alliance with Australia’s top bank Macquarie Group to cooperate on Thailand lags in investment banking and securities Asean investment businesses, the two firms said on Thailand urgently needs to up- Friday. grade its investment attractiveness, as the decline in foreign The announcement came a few direct investment here contrasts days after Macquarie warned insharply with a rise in neighbour- vestors its full-year profit would ing countries. According to a study fall 25 percent as grim financial by the Economist Intelligence Unit, markets hurt its trading and inThailand’s share of FDI in the re- vestment banking businesses. gion fell to 6% during the 2010-11 period, compared with 17% during The agreement included coop2004-09. eration in equity markets transactions and inbound and outbound Prasert Bunsumpun said the sta- mergers, institutional equity sales tistics underscore the problem for and brokerage services and coThailand as FDI shifts to Indone- branded research to... sia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The Full story at http://goo.gl/bkYmY former PTT president said the downward trend in FDI may be Foreigners eye local rooted in years of political con- securities firms flict and the impact of the recent Malaysian and Singaporean invesfloods. “The survey also showed tors are looking to increase their that some electronics industries market penetration by moving are likely to move to other... to acquire Thai securities houses Full story at http://goo.gl/8Vq3G ahead of Asean Linkage and the

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www.leboutilliergroup.com implementation of the Asean Eco- Prasarn and Kittiratt held a closednomic Community. door meeting on Jan 30 over the best solutions to handle the prinSmall- and medium-sized broker- cipal and interest repayment on ages reportedly want to postpone the FIDF debt. Then, Kittiratt was the start of trading through Ase- informed of the Monetary Policy an Linkage as they are not thor- Committee’s concern over the disoughly prepared yet. The Stock crepancy of... Exchange of Thailand (SET) and Full story at http://goo.gl/LDLGt the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organisations (FeTCO) Approvals for new insist on launching Asean Linkage foreign firms surge Approvals for foreign companies as scheduled. setting up business in Thailand An anonymous source from the jumped this month over Decembrokerage industry said last week ber’s figures, indicating high inthat securities companies seeking... vestor confidence in the aftermath of the flood crisis, the Commerce Full story at http://goo.gl/Ftsy8 Ministry’s Business Development FIDF debt to be Department reported yesterday.

cleared in 25 years

The department said 29 foreign firms had been approved by its Foreign Business Act board to set up businesses in Thailand in January. This was an increase of 61 per cent over December and will He noted that under options sub- bring at least Bt192 million initial mitted to Deputy Prime Minister investment capital to the country and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na- and create 279 jobs for Thais. Ranong’s consideration, all intend Ittipol Changlum, deputy directo clear the debt within 25 years. tor-general of the department, He also insisted that such clearing said more foreign firms would like would not involve the foreign re- to do business in Thailand after... Full story at http://goo.gl/anhzJ serves. Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul today reiterated the plan to clear the Financial Insitutions Development Fund (FIDF) debt within 25 years.


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recently with Liverpool FCis expected to drive 3K Battery’s domestic and export sales by 10% to Thailand’s major petroleum and between 6.2 and 6.3 billion baht construction firms are focusing this year, tallying over 1 million their strategic investments on car batteries. Burma to cash in on the country’s increasing opportunities, especial- 3K Battery’s domestic and export ly infrastructure projects. sales are equally split. The total domestic market is projected to PTT Exploration and Production grow 5% year-on-year to 8 billion (PTTEP), a national petroleum baht or 8 million units sold this exploration and production com- year, with 3K Battery holding a... pany, said it saw Burma as a focus Full story at http://goo.gl/5YzNG for its investments over the next Japanese investors five years.

Burma’s opening a golden opportunity

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), previously known as the Department of Export Promotion, officially launches ‘Thailand Trust Mark’ (TTM) – a new quality assurance for Thai products and services, to replace the successful ‘Thailand’s Brand’ icon introduced in 1990. President and chief executive officer Anon Sirisaengtaksin said The move is part of the govern- the company would allocate about ment’s proactive policy on trade Bt60 billion of its capital investdevelopment, in preparation for the ment to its petroleum exploration integration into the ASEAN Eco- and production projects in Burnomic Community (AEC) in 2015. ma. The money accounts for 10 per cent of PTTEP’s total... “Driven by several trade-related Full story at http://goo.gl/dwTFT factors and the need for change in the current global market where in- 3K banks on tense competition prevails, TTM... Liverpool logo A three-year partnership signed Full story at http://goo.gl/b3ty6

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– visited the minister to discuss the progress of flood-prevention systems. The investors were accompanied by a team from the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) led by president Setsuo Iuchi. Pongsvas said that after speaking to his visitors, he realised that Japanese investors at Saha Rattana Nakorn were not confident in... Full story at http://goo.gl/izGHQ

Top cement cos. spreading their wings

Japanese manufacturers operating out of the Saha Rattana Nakorn Industrial Estate are concerned about a flood crisis this year, especially since there is no sign of a flood-prevention system being set up to protect the complex, Industry Minister Pongsvas Svasti said.

Giant construction-material manufacturers Siam Cement Group (SCG) and Siam City Cement (SCCC) yesterday announced major expansion plans to become key players in the region under the Asean Economic Community in 2015. SCG will invest Bt4.3 billion or US$135 million to take over conThe bosses of two Japanese firms struction materials company operating out of the estate – TS Boral Indonesia (BI) from Boral... Tech (Thailand) and KVS Plating Full story at http://goo.gl/yFdSx

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train-assembly plant in Thailand was not something new but was raised during the premiership of Thaksin Shinawatra. Such companies as Germany’s... Full story at http://goo.gl/F8rOa

Don Mueang’s old role urged

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is lobbying the Transport Ministry for the change in a standing policy guideline governing the use of Don Mueang airport so that more airlines can operate through it.

Located on the Andaman Sea coast of Satun province, the port is intended to serve as a hub connecting China, India and Europe.

The state-controlled airport operator is eager to see the ministry alter the state directive that limits the use of Bangkok’s old airport to serve only carriers with point-toTawanrat Onsira, director-general point domestic services, AoT inof the department, said the budget siders said. proposal would be submitted to the Transport Ministry. The first The directive was enforced by phase will cost Bt9.58 billion in the coup-installed Gen Surayud total. The cost will be Bt1.9 billion Chulanont government in 2007 as in the first fiscal year of the proj- part of its decision to reopen Don ect, 2013, and Bt1.597 billion for Mueang which was closed when each subsequent year from 2014 to Suvarnabhumi, then the new in2017. For the final year, 2018 the ternational airport, started operacost will be Bt1.297 billion. tion in September 2006. In addition, the department will require Bt79 million over the next two years to conduct a feasibility study and environmental impact assessment. Tawanrat said Pak Bara Deep Sea Port would have facilities for... Full story at http://goo.gl/fzJdH

Idea floated again to invite foreign investment in train assembly plant

The vice minister of transport will suggest that the Transport and Industry ministries jointly invite foreign investors to bid on setting up an electric-train assembly plant in Thailand to serve the development of 10 mass-transit-route projects. Prapat Chongsanguan said the 10 projects would create demand for more than 1,000 trains, enough to attract investment for their assembly in Thailand. Assembly here would reduce the cost of train purchases and create jobs while and transferring technology.

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DKSH rethinking its logistics

DKSH (Thailand), a leading trading company, is revising its business strategy after its distribution centre and two factories in Ayutthaya were inundated during last year’s heavy floods. President Somboon Prasitjutrakul said the company is drafting a business plan to improve its logistics system in Thailand. Once finished, it will be submitted for approval by the parent firm in Switzerland.

“Our logistics system must be revised. In addition to our normally safe warehouse and factory location, we’ll need an emergency backup warehouse. Plus we’ll have to answer clients’ question about transportation efficiency,” said Mr Somboon. The massive flooding He said he would discuss the idea late last year provided valuable exwith Transport Minister Charu- perience to many trading firms... pong Ruangsuwan. He added that Full story at http://goo.gl/Ox2ox

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Thai AirAsia expands service with China, India routes Thai AirAsia (TAA) unveiled two new international routes to China and India on Thursday to increase its connectivity to growth markets. Scheduled to launch on March 23, Bangkok-Chennai and BangkokChongqing brings to five the number of new routes for the no-frills carrier this year. As part of its continued network expansion, TAA previously announced new routes linking Bangkok with the southern province of Trang, the northeastern city of Nakhon Phanom and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. At the end of last year, TAA’s network covered 24 destinations, both domestic and international.

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Last year, 125,000 Arab patients came to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand to seek medical treatment. Yet just a few years ago the sight of a woman wearing a burqa was such a rarity that it would scare the nurses at night.

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and budget carriers, chief executive Omar Jahameh said in a release that its offering now markedly differs from other carriers in the region. He was understood to be referring... Full story at http://goo.gl/gfRZQ

Citibank plans to expand the mass-market proportion of its credit-card business to 75 per cent within three years from 65 per cent currently after already securing premium cardholders nationwide.

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Eighty percent of S&P’s annual revenue of about 5 billion baht now comes from its restaurants. The rest is contributed by trading, exports and food and beverage S&P: from Partmanufacturing. It has around 400 Time passion to restaurants of various formats in Thailand with 20 abroad in... Full-Time success Founded in 1973 by four local Full story at http://goo.gl/9BKq5 entrepreneurs, S&P Syndicate Plc has grown from a part-time inter- Dreamliner to help est to become an icon for Thai res- fuel Thai Airways’ taurants around the globe. growth

According to data provided by the hospital, Bumrungrad treated fewer than 10,000 Arab patients a year before Sept. 11, 2001, when the United States tightened security and immigration laws, cracking down on travel from the Middle East in the wake of the terrorist at- In the food business, it doesn’t tacks. By 2003 the number had... take long for a company to disFull story at http://goo.gl/HvJaz cover whether it is pleasing its cusor not. Managers need to Citibank to focus on tomers be focused on changing tastes and mass card market prepared to act to tap them.

Voralak Tulaphorn, managing director for the cards business, said yesterday that the bank wanted to strengthen its presence in the Chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld mainstream cardholder segment, described India and China as very which is the largest in the country. important markets for the airline, as their population and rising eco- The perception of customers is that nomic prowess promises increas- Citibank is a premium card issuer, ing travel demand between these so the bank has to focus more on city pairs. TAA will be the first and those earning Bt15,000-Bt40,000 only airline to offer a daily direct... a month, she said. The monthly Full story at http://goo.gl/nGhvz spending of middle-market... Full story at http://goo.gl/ Bb6cz

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Thai Airways International will go ahead with its belt-tightening plan to keep its operation flying high, although the airline faced a recent strike by some aircraft-maintenance staff. THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said every department had agreed on the plan and was seeking ways to reduce costs. Yesterday, THAI welcomed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Suvarnabhumi... Full story at http://goo.gl/QRRMj

UAE’s RAK Air flies to Bangkok

RAK Airways is set to launch flights from its home base in the UAE to Bangkok in June, joining the fray already dominated by two larger carriers from the oil-rich emirates. The state-controlled airline _ its name is an abbreviation of Ras alKhaimah, one of the seven emirates of the UAE _ will offer four non-stop flights from the emirate to the Thai capital, marking its first entry into Southeast Asia.

The hospital, in central Bangkok, now makes a point of catering to the specific needs of patients from the Middle East. Its facilities include a kitchen preparing halal meals and the presence of 80 Ara- Bangkok will become RAK’s 12th bic translators and three resident route, part of an expansion that Arabic-speaking doctors on call. began in 2010 after the carrier was hit hard by the 2007 financial “Today, our hospital eating area crisis. With the airline positionlooks like you’re in Dubai,” Dr. ing itself between full-service

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McCann Worldgroup Thailand (MW) – through its research tool McCann Pulse, has scanned the globe for the key social media trends influencing consumers’ live. The digital 2012 will be shaped up by the significant moves in social media platforms driven by the concept of individualisation of experience and social discovery.

RIM lays out new BlackBerry strategy to grab market share

Thai Webmaster Association, and leadinglocal websites – such as Pantip and Blognone – to host a website development competition for interested website developers, as part of the ‘Travel Thailand, Bring Back the Land of Smiles’ campaign.

Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, is moving into touchscreen territory in a bid to tap young buyers and regain market share lost to Android and Apple’s The campaign aims to promote iPhone. tourist attractions in Thailand among travelers, both from ThaiThe move is aimed at boosting land and abroad, after the country RIM’s portion of the Thai mar- was hit by recent floods. Through ket, the second largest in South- this project, Microsoft Thailand east Asia. “2012 will be our larg- hopes to play a part in tourism est spending year in the past few recovery and promoting stanyears,” said Nick Yoong, senior dard technology of website demanager of RIM Thailand. velopment led by the adoption of HTML5. BlackBerry is scheduled to open its representative office in Thai- The winner’s work will be shown land by June. The company plans on TAT and MSN Thailand’s ofto expand its local retail outlets ficial websites. It will also be inupcountry. ternationally promoted through the websites of Microsoft offices Mr Yoong said the company is in in Asia and Eastern Europe. This talks with a few state agencies to enables the promotion of Thai promote the use of BlackBerry... tourism to a wider range of target Full story at http://goo.gl/FqcLE travellers.

The local launch was the result of cooperation between Pacific Licensing Studio and MCN Asia (Thailand). MCN Asia (Thailand) managing director Montri Verayangkura said that with the Facebook version of Angry Birds, the The Thai unit of the US technol- game’s makers hoped to have a bilogy giant will spend money on lion people playing it worldwide marketing for the first time since in the next couple of months. its inception six decades ago, a move aimed at strengthening its Currently more than 600 million brand for the mass market. people play Angry Birds on smart phones and other mobile devices Parnsiree Amatayakul, managing around the world. Thailand has Microsoft joins director of IBM Thailand, said the 13.7 million Facebook users, and tourism campaign company plans to set up four of- the company targets all of them as Microsoft Thailand Co Ltd is colfices upcountry this year, in Khon potential Angry Birds devotees... laborating with the Tourism AuKaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chon Full story at http://goo.gl/sv6pA thority of Thailand (TAT), the IBM Thailand is spearheading sales growth in both local and regional markets by using Thailand as a springboard to Laos and Myanmar.

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To capitalise on the trend, Rakuten of Japan, the world’s third-largest online marketplace, is adding a “human touch” to its site, which it claims will mark the beginning of a new chapter in e-commerce. Rakuten’s marketplace enables its on- “We will see the growing trends line merchants to directly contact in which consumers expand their and interact with their customers. social media usage to more and across devices where they embrace “I believe online shopping will be- the new social media experience come a mainstream channel over as their primary source of content the next five to 10 years,” said Hi- and in-depth community interroshi Mikitani, Rakuten’s group action,” said Varidda Voraakom, chairman. The internet firm has Chief Innovation Officer revealed. market capitalisation of US$14.8 billion in the US stock market. “The trends like Interested-based Social Site, Influencer Outreach, The proliferation of smartphones, Social TV and Social Crowdtablets and smart wireless devices, source, will be the new... along with high-speed broadband Full story at http://goo.gl/HW5UW availability in 3G and cloud computing technology, has encour- Angry Birds land aged the growth of e-commerce, on Facebook said Mr Mikitani. Online purchas- The Facebook app of Angry Birds, es via wireless devices last year one of the world’s most popular surged five-fold year-on-year. computer games, was launched globally yesterday in a bid by its He expects people will use their makers to win over game lovers face or a fingerprint as... among users of the social-netFull story at http://goo.gl/aZZTQ working service – including its many Thai users.

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Miracle Thailand to the rescue The Tourism and Sports Ministry will kick off its “Miracle Thailand Year” campaign in April after postponing it from last month due to the massive flooding. The campaign’s 6.3-billion-baht budget allocates 600 million baht to the ministry, 4.8 billion baht to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and the rest to other state agencies.

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Average occupancy rate only 59.21% in 2011

Thailand’s average hotel occupancy rate was at 59.21 per cent last year, according to the figures accumulated by the Thai Hotels Association (THA).

Surapong Techaruvichit, vice president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), admitted that the rate was not in line with the 19 per cent increase in the number of visitor arrivals. He attributed The TAT will handle most of the that to the emergence of non-hopromotion for a campaign aimed tel accommodations like serviced at celebrating the His Majesty the apartments. King’s 84th birthday last month. All tourism activities will use the Hotels in the North suffered the word “miracle” in the title. most with occupancy of only 45 per cent, while hotels in the South The ministry will extend the or- (western coast, covering Phuket,

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Krabi and Phang Nga) enjoyed Four-year govtthe highest occupancy at 66.47 per cent. Occupancy rates for hotels in private tourism Bangkok and Central region with plan eyed 250 rooms or more were... The government will work with Full story at http://goo.gl/Q5str the private sector on forging a tourism strategy to reAs tourism booms, four-year store confidence in Thailand and an old ‘crisis’ prepare the country for the Asean Economic Community in 2015. may resurface As Thailand’s tourism industry gets set to soar again, a regional meeting on the global AIDS pandemic organised here last week has refocused attention on a rarely discussed subject: the extent to which Thailand’s nightlife and entertainment industry contributes to the global spread of HIV/AIDS. Although the Thai tourism industry robustly touts its contribution to economic growth, jobs and foreign exchange earnings, through copious statistics, far less data is available about how more than 20 million visitors, especially those who will be here purely for the nightlife, could potentially worsen an already bleak situation. Reports presented at the Asia-Pacific High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Assessment of Progress against Commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/ AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals made clear the... Full story at http://goo.gl/0IFva

Singapore pushes for stronger Thai effort

Singapore is urging Thailand to introduce new tourism products and build brand awareness through key media outlets, as other rival countries, especially Taiwan, aggressively promote their destinations to Singaporean tourists. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) met 22 leading tour operators in Singapore last Tuesday. They revealed that Taiwan actively promoted its tourism sites via the popular Mandarin language TV channel 8 in Singapore. Goh Poon Soo, executive director of Alternative Travel, added that new products such as golf clinics should be introduced for teenagers. Surapol Svetasreni, the TAT governor, said Thailand is very popular among Singapore tourists... Full story at http://goo.gl/4ODKt

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday that although the number of visitors last year soared 20 per cent to 19.1 million, the tourism industry faced fierce competition, and this called for closer cooperation between the public and private sectors. The industry has suffered from a series of bad news over the past years, from the airport closure and political instability to the recent floods. The strategy should highlight two selling points of Thailand, as a cultural destination... Full story at http://goo.gl/Wzaxq

Major new destination planned in Phetchabun

An eco-tourism icon in AsiaPacific is being planned for the northeastern province of Phetchabun, with Bt3 billion earmarked for the first phase alone, to prove that the growing number of visitors will not always cause environmental damage. The master plan and financial feasibility study for the project, set to take shape near Si Thep National Park, was completed by Hong Kong-based Synergy Global Property Alliance Corporation, which worked with Thai and international tourism organisations. The company is confident that implementation will be smooth even though the project will cover a vast area of 1,443 rai. “The feasibility study is based on detailed discussions with local authorities. The concept of the project is to... Full story at http://goo.gl/1dyti

Govt urged to allay terrorism fears

Concerned tourism businesses yesterday called on the government to make it clear to the international community that the bomb blasts in Bangkok on Tuesday had nothing to do with terrorism. “Reports from foreign news... Full story at http://goo.gl/ibgYd


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Condominium launches dropped during the fourth quarter of 2011as buyers adopted a wait-andsee attitude because of the recent Approximately 2,491 condomini- flood crisis, causing developers to um units in Pattaya were sold dur- postpone new launches, according ing 2011, an increase by 120 per to Colliers International Thailand. cent from the year 2010, according to Knight Frank Thailand. Some 5,100 units were launched during the quarter in an ongoing Frank Khan, head of Residential downward trend in year-over-year Department, Knight Frank Thai- growth. But the flooding may have land, said that the demand of Pat- been an accelerating factor pushtaya condominium was mainly ing some buyers to purchase confrom local Thai buyers in some dominium units in urban Bangprojects, especially the projects kok and along mass transit routes which are located in the North to avoid the floods, as seen from Pattaya or Wongamat area due to the higher sales of those units, says a large number of retail outlets, managing director Patima Jeerahigh end restaurants and bars and paet. shopping mall in the area. City condominium located in South According to the company’s rePattaya is preferred by foreigners. port, 3,788 condominium units were completed and registered The ideal unit for Thai buyers as in the fourth quarter, bringing a second home is a one-to-two- the total number for Bangkok to bedroom condo sized at about 322,435 units. The completion of 55 square metres. Investors buy- many projects had been delayed... ing units to let are fond of smaller Full story at http://goo.gl/UIXCB one-bedroom units of about 39 square metres. Among foreign Luxury condominium prices buyers, Russians are another... Full story at http://goo.gl/PcL4o up 11% in 2011

Brisk demand for Pattaya condominiums

Tulip Group cultivates Pattaya office market

Luxury condominium prices in inner Bangkok rose by 11.5% last year to an average of 145,000 baht Tulip Group, the Pattaya-based a square metre, says real estate residential developer, has an- consultancy Agency for Real Esnounced plans to build a 2-bil- tate Affairs (AREA). lion-baht, 44-storey office building in central Pattaya to harness A survey of projects in Phloenchit, the potential of the office market. Chidlom, Pathumwan and Ratchathewi in December last year Kobi Elbaz, the group’s founder found 2,357 units, with 404 units and chief executive, said while sold, leaving 1,953 available. there is no office supply in Pattaya at the moment, demand is rising Sopon Pornchokchai, AREA’s from industries tied to electronics, president, expects these units will automotive, spare parts and fuel. be absorbed within 10 months. “Pattaya’s property booming,” he said.

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is He said prices rose by 3.6% for the six-month period from June 2011, but the return on investment for “It is attracting new investment the whole year was in the double... and business due to its better in- Full story at http://goo.gl/vCFBP frastructure, new large departBright outlook ment stores and hotels.”

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Mr Elbaz said demand will also come from big companies aiming The momentum of hotel investat expansion in Pattaya and Ray- ment in Thailand is likely to con-

tinue, supported by new buying opportunities, especially in tourist destinations, according to the property service consultant John Lang LaSalle.

44 new projects worth Bt46 billion over the next two years. Pruksa Real Estate, meanwhile, has budgeted Bt6 billion for land to serve the same time period, and Land & Houses’ budget is Bt5 billion (for Activity in Thailand is projected to others, see the graphic). increase as some counter-cyclical buying opportunities emerge, said Most of these firms are focusing Mike Batchelor, managing direc- on land in flood-free locations tor for Asia’s investment sales of such as the central business disJones Lang LaSalle Hotels. tricts of Bangkok and upcountry. Areas that have suffered flooding... The political environment is more Full story at http://goo.gl/mzDfI stable and trading is expected to rebound over the next 12 to 18 Iris Group months, notwithstanding the im- splashes out for pact of the recent flooding disaster precast factory in Bangkok. Property developer the Iris Group Similar to Hong Kong and Singa- will spend 200 million baht to pore, some offshore and long-term build a precast factory to avoid Thai owners are looking to exit... problems stemming from labour Full story at http://goo.gl/VwL9z shortages and rising costs. Analysts forecast Myanmar labourers Top firms budget may return home as their country Bt50 bn for land opens to foreign investment. RisThe top 10 listed property firms ing costs will stem from increased have continued to expand their wages, as the daily minimum wage investments, budgeting more than is expected to jump in April. Bt50 billion to buy undeveloped land over the next two years, and Chief executive Kittipong focusing on locations that have Sumanont said Iris will build a never faced flooding. precast factory that will apply construction technology from GerSansiri has budgeted Bt6 billion to many. It will operate as a... buy undeveloped land this year for Full story at http://goo.gl/pvXpN


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Feeling green on Phi Phi French firm Abalone shares the experience of building its green headquarters here – Barnabe Baudu, a 27-year-old project manager from France, has been to Koh Phi Phi a couple times since his boss, Francois-Xavier Moutel, chief executive of the Abalone Group, opened a hotel on the island two years ago.

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gen storage. The office provides President Subhak Siwaraksa yesmuch of its own energy without terday said that energy, including producing pollution. renewable energy, was a low-risk business for the bank as powerWith hydrogen storage, the build- plant investors sell their output to ing can package solar heat during the state-run electricity authorithe summer for use during winter. ties. In one year the office consumes this internal energy for seven months Moreover, demand for electricity without the need to buy from an is increasing in line with the growoutside source. ing economy, and the government is changing the power operating It was designed in 2003 and con- platform from traditional fuel struction began three years later, sources to gas and renewable encosting 4.5 million (182 million ergy by using adders to attract... baht), but Mr Baudu said it would Full story at http://goo.gl/LK9eg be cheaper in Thailand because of... Full story at http://goo.gl/q6ReT The rise of the

CIMB targets big energy-sector lending boost

Once Mr Baudu found out how expensive electricity is on the island, he seized on the opportunity to bring his company’s experience in green energy to Thailand. CIMB Thai Bank is in talks with two major power-plant operaAt Abalone’s French headquarters, tors for the facilitation of project the building features several en- financing, as it aims to boost its vironmental flourishes including proportion of lending to the enerwind turbine, thermal solar energy, gy sector to 5-6 per cent this year, photovoltaic solar cells and hydro- from 3 per cent currently.

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Piboon Piboontum, the vice president for financial management and director of the solar power plant operator, L Solar 1, said yesterday that each of the four plants could produce 6MW. The company already has acquired land in Prachin Buri and Sa Kaew, next to the plant of L Solar 1. However, the company is waiting for the government’s complete announcement of the feed-in tariff rate. The Energy Regulatory Commission is studying the introduction of a feed-in tariff for solar power to replace the Bt8-per-unit “adder”. If the feed-in rate is equivalent to Bt6.50 per unit of adder, Loxley... Full story at http://goo.gl/HyA2j

Putting the squeeze on drinking water

Thai Namthip Ltd, the producer of Namthip drinking water, has installed 700 million baht worth of new machinery to produce drinkA city aspiring to smart environ- ing water in eco-friendly packagment status needs to be evaluated ing at its Pathum Thani plant. based on several criteria including health promotion, pollution Charnvit Charindhorn, the senior control, recycling techniques, vice-president for new categories management of water resources and business development, said and planning based on environ- the move is part of Coca-Cola’s mental concerns. However, each modernisation of its production city will likely prioritise and ap- technology. proach these challenges differently depending on a combination of Yesterday saw the relaunch of the national focus and local circum- Namthip brand, now in a new stances and needs. squeezable bottle that will gradually replace the old bottles. The So given such a potentially wide newly designed and fully recyclarange of possibilities, I will focus ble PET bottle uses 35% less plason just one element of a smart tic than the old design and can be environment that most cities will crushed into a... probably see as a priority: envi- Full story at http://goo.gl/CX8aO ronmental pollution control. The control and curbing of pollution is a major challenge to every smart city, whether it is dealing with an already established industrialised economic base or... Full story at http://goo.gl/WSV6N

Loxley to push ahead with solar power

Loxley wants to build up its solar power business by joining hands with potential partners to build four plants requiring investment of Bt2.4 billion with combined capacity of 24 megawatts.

BMW pushes for CO2 excise rate

BMW reaffirmed its position on the implementation of a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission-based excise tax rate for vehicles to enable Thailand’s automobile industry to achieve sustainable development and set a precedent for global environmental concerns. Thailand’s current excise tax system for vehicles is calculated based on engine size and horsepower. BMW said engine displacement and horsepower are not indicators of an environmentally friendly... Full story at http://goo.gl/II6DL


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Rotary International has announced a plan to host the “Rotary International 2012” in Thailand during May 6-9, which could generate over Bt3 billion in revenue as over 38,000 participants are expected.

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Pichai Rattakul, advisory chairman of the organising committee, said that Thailand is selected the Officials seek meeting venue thanks to its status standard of as a regional aviation hub, govern- geographical ment’s supporting policies to the MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Con- indication vention and Exhibition) market, The government is pushing for as well as availability of required establishment of a common stanfacilities. dard of geographical indication (GI) registration in Asean to enThe convention will take place sure trust and prepare members at Impact, Muang Thong Thani, for the Asean Economic Commuunder “the Land of a Thousand nity (AEC). Smiles” theme. Joining the troupe of speakers is Nobel Laureate... Kajit Sukhum, assistant directorFull story at http://goo.gl/PQom9 general of the Intellectual Property Department, said a comparable Asean prepared common standard would benefit for FTA with consumers in Asean and add value to products, resulting in more Hong Kong income to GI producers in local Asean members are prepared to communities. study the pros and cons of the free trade agreement with Hong Kong, Thailand is the country with the which officially submitted the in- most advanced GI protection law, tention last November. which was implemented in April 2004 to protect both local and... Thailand’s Trade Negotiations De- Full story at http://goo.gl/g7jT6 partment announced that Hong Kong’s inclusion would be part of Regard Asean as domestic extension, the Asean-China FTA. Srirat Rastapana, director-general of the department as co-chairman of the Asean committee on AseanChian FTA, said that Asean economic ministers recently ordered the senior officials to study the inclusion pattern and obligations.

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U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Judy Cefkin and AMCHAM President Joe Mannix

The Embassy officers described their work and discussed topics important to AMCHAM memOn January 31, AMCHAM’s an- bers, such as Consular Services, nual “Meet the Embassy” night Commerce, Customs, Economics brought together over 100 AM- and Security. CHAM members with a large delegation of senior U.S. Embassy Following the event, the Anantara officials at the Anantara Bangkok treated Embassy staff and AMRiverside & Spa. The event helps CHAM members to tropical food AMCHAM members to become and drinks at Trader Vic’s restauacquainted with Embassy officials rant and bar. and the work of their departments. AMCHAM thanks the Embassy officials for their time and the Anantara Bangkok Riverside & Spa for their hospitality. AMCHAM discussions with Customs Department January 30, the AMCHAM Customs and Excise Committee met with Director-General, Customs Department, Mr. Somchai Poonsawat to welcome him to his new position and to discuss amendments to the Royal Thai Customs Law. AMCHAM, along with the British Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Chamber of Commerce, have been working with Royal Thai Customs to update their Customs laws which are more than 80 years old and do not reflect international standards and best practices.

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AMCHAM Members and Friends at 2012 Installation Ball

2012 Installation Ball: New York, New York On February 11, the 2012 Installation Ball brought New York City to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Over 350 AMCHAM members and guest came to AMCHAM’s annual black tie gala to greet AMCHAM’s 2012 Board of Governors and enjoy an evening of dinning, drinks, dancing and great live music—a night out in the city that never sleeps! The Installation Ball is also a major fund-raising event for the AMCHAM Thailand Charitable Foundation (ATCF). This year, the event’s silent and live auctions rose over Baht 1.6 million for the ATCF’s Student Scholarship Program. AMCHAM thanks all those that contributed to a fruitful auction.

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UN at the Sharp End: Office on Drugs and Crime -Wednesday 18 January at ServcorpThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the UN’s centre in the fight against “uncivil society”. UNODC leads global drug control and transnational organised crime prevention efforts and works with law enforcement, governments and NGOs on the front lines of human and drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, corruption and in the Golden Triangle. Providing a rare insight into the UN’s efforts at the sharp end of drugs and crime, Gary Lewis, UNODC Regional Representative East Asia and the Pacific, talked on transnational crime prevention in South-East Asia. Gary discussed the trafficking of children, drug treatment in Thailand, and the implications of the recent changes in Myanmar. Bangkok Sundowners -Wednesday 1 February at Natural Ville and LenotreSponsored by and hosted at the venue of AustCham Gold Sponsor, Nautural Ville and Lenotre the first Sundoweners for 2012 was a great success. Thanks go to our generous hosts for a spectacular evening and their generous ongoing support.

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Boardroom Brief: Australian-Thai & World Economy -Wednesday 25 January at Pacific City ClubAt a time when traditional markets continue to be buffeted by financial turbulence, both Thailand and Australia are poised to buck the trend with strong economic growth and accelerated investment opportunities. Or are they? On Wednesday 25, AustCham members and guests heard from two highly-respected economic commentators: Paul Gambles, Managing Partner of MBMG Group and Carey Ramm, Chairman of leading Australian consultancy AECgroup. Paul and Carey provided an update on the global economic outlook with a particularly focus on Thailand and Australia. With economic volatility becoming the norm, this briefing was a great opportunity for attendees to get a head start preparing for the forthcoming year.

Alumni Entrepreneurs: an evening with Khun Mechai -Wednesday 8 February at GlowfishA graduate of the University of Melbourne, Khun Mechai is perhaps not an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, he has developed his own brand of world-leading social entrepreneurship which blends commercial success with community mindedness, individual responsibility and continual personal development. This event was the first in a series of AustralianAlumni presentations focussing on the achievements of Australian alumni leaders for 2012. In his inspirational presentation, Khun Mechai Viravaidya discussed his innovative and enormously successful approaches to community and social development. The event included an opportunity for alumni to network with one another over a glass of Australian wine and finger-food courtesy of our fantastic venue sponsor Glowfish. The AustralianAlumni launch event is scheduled for Wednesday 21 March. Please visit www.australianalumni.com for further details.


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BCCT Board of Directors 2012. Simon Landy (seated third from left) of Colliers International was elected as Chairman. Missing from the photograph are: Colin Hastings of the Big Chilli, and Andrew McBean of Grant Thornton.

BCCT marks international wom- of the glass ceiling. The pressure en day by highlighting success of on women to combine childcare women entrepreneurs and family obligations with career aspirations remains a major chalThe past few decades have wit- lenge. This has led many women nessed a steady improvement to venture into entrepreneurial of the empowerment of women initiatives, where they are able to through political and economic take more control of their time. equity. Thailand is one of the coun- The number of women entrepretries where improvements have neurs is on the rise, possibly due been significant, to the point that to a number of factors such as the the country now ranks amongst ease of starting a business and easthe highest in terms of women in ier access to the internet. The latter senior position in businesses. in particular has helped in a number of ways, making it possible According to a global research for female entrepreneurs to reach conducted by Grant Thornton In- potential clients, do research on ternational in 2011, Thailand has competitors, learn new skills, rethe greatest percentage of women cruit staff and contract other proin senior management at 45%, fessional services while still being against the global average of 20%. able to maintain their obligations Interestingly, it is the G7 countries to their household and their chilthat lag behind the global average dren. with only 16% of women in senior roles. Thailand moved up from its To recognize the social and ecothird position in 2009, while the nomic contribution that women global average fell from 24% in the make and to mark International same year. Women’s Day, the British Chamber of Commerce through its While the numbers indeed look Professional Women’s Group, is impressive for Thailand, and are holding a Women’s Entrepreneurs an indication of a work culture Night on the evening of 8 March that provides equal opportunity 2012. At the event you will be have for men and women, a large num- the chance to speak to a number of ber of women still feel the presence women who have set up business-

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Office Hours Open weekdays from 8.30 am – 5.30 pm, the BCCT office also incorporates a small library providing access to UK and Thai trade directories/CD ROMs, Chambers of Commerce handbooks, business journals and magazines. There is also a small meeting room available for members use during office hours. For more information visit www.bccthai.com or ‘like’ us on Facebook (‘British Chamber of Commerce Thailand’).


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Japanese CC (JCC) 15th floor Amarin Tower, 500 Ploenchit Road, Kwang Lumpini, Khet Patumwan Bangkok 10330 Tel: +66 (0)2 256 9170-3 Fax: +66 (0)2 652 0931 Website: www.jcc.or.th Email: info@jcc.or.th http://goo.gl/Ak9yr

10/143 (1503A), 15th Fl The 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 http://goo.gl/szwoZ

Swiss Thai CC (STCC) 36/9-10 Chaengwattana Road Kwaeng Thungsonghong, Khet Laksi Bangkok 10210 Tel: +66 (0)2 982 4896 Fax: +66 (0)2 982 4897 Website: www.swissthai.com Email: info@swissthai.com

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New Zealand Thai CC (NZTCC)

5th Floor, Indosuez House, 152 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel: +66 (0)2 650 9613-4 Fax: +66 (0)2 650 9739 Website: www.francothaicc.com Email: contact@francothaicc.com http://goo.gl/QmEcX

No. 13, Sathorn Soi 1, Thungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 Tel: +66 (0)2 287 3001 Fax: +66 (0)2 679 7720 Website: www.itcc.or.th Email: info@itcc.or.th

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Thai-Finnish CC (TFCC) C/O FINPRO Office, 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 http://goo.gl/bZC1O

Thai-Hong Kong Trade Association (THTA) Empire Tower, 25th Floor, 195 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120 Tel: +66 (0)2 343 9000 Fax: +66 (0)2 343 9029 Website: www.thta.or.th http://goo.gl/qY8zE Email: thai-hongkong@thta.or.th

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 http://goo.gl/ua3Aw Email: ticc@thaisraelcc.com

Thai-Italian CC (TICC) 1126/2 Vanit II Building, 16th Floor, 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 http://goo.gl/AAoTx

Korean-Thai CC (KTCC) 6th Fl. Rajapark Bldg, 163 Asoke Sukhumvit 21 Rd, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 (0)2 204 2503 Fax: +66 (0)2 204 2504 Website: www.korchamthai.com Email: ktcc@korchamthai.com http://goo.gl/H33BK

Thai-Norwegian CC (TNCC) 888/142 Ploenchit Rd, 14th Fl., Mahatun Plaza, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel: +66 (0)2 650 8444 Fax: +66 (0)2 627 3042 Website: www.norcham.com Email: contact@norcham.com http://goo.gl/wom78

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Thai-Swedish CC (TSCC) 34 C.P Tower 3, 9th Floor Tower A, Phyathai Rd, Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400 Tel: +66 (0)2 354 5229-31 Fax: +66 (0)2 354 5232 Website: www.swecham.com http://goo.gl/rPFRL Email: contact@swecham.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 http://goo.gl/DdLeZ

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comprise quality auditors and production-line workers. The company began shifting production from its Yokosuka factory to Thailand about 15 years ago, and production of certain products had already been discontinued in Japan prior to the floods. Because of this, the company decided to ask their factory workers in Thailand to come to Japan to supervise the 1,600 Japanese temporary workers who were newly hired for backup production.” Although this move is only a temporary short-term fix to the production issues caused by the floods, could it become a trend in the coming months and years? Could Thailand’s skilled labor force become the trainers for companies throughout the region? Despite the receding floodwaters and massive cleanup underway at the industrial estates, many companies have developed alternative plans for production

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in case a natural disaster strikes Thailand again. Countries in the region, such as Cambodia and the Philippines, look to benefit from this ‘better safe than sorry’ approach, as companies look to spread production capacity away from only one, potentially vulnerable, area. But like in Japan, in order to get these new facilities up and running, these companies may have to rely on their experienced Thai workers to help them train new employees.

vancement, many analysts are predicting that this demand, both in Thailand and in the region, will completely outstrip supply. Analysts predict that production at the inundated facilities in Thailand will resume during the first quarter of this year, and most of the workers laid off during the floods are expected to rehired. However, demand for sales personnel, engineers, and technicians is expected to increase in 2012, leading to an overall shortfall in supply. This comes despite fears that the govAs reported recently in The Na- ernment’s plan to increase the tion, many multinationals are minimum wage in Thailand will looking to invest in Cambodia, eventually affect all wages. and Thailand-based recruitment companies, such as Manpower, Investment in Thailand and the are seeing enough potential for region remains strong, and there new business that they now plan are indications that more busito open an office in the country. ness may be heading to SouthIt’s plausible that this trend will east Asia’s ‘specialist manufacalso extend to other countries turing hub’ in the near future. in the region where Thailand’s Boeing recently announced that skilled and experienced middle the world’s airlines will require management workers will be 50,000 new planes over the next in demand. 18 years, and 35% of that growth will be in Asia. With engine But while Thailand’s workers, manufacturer Rolls Royce and especially in the automotive and other aviation sector companies IT/electronics sectors, will see already operating in Thailand, increased opportunities for ad- any increase in world production

will certainly affect the country. Even at the retail end of the aviation industry, demand for skilled technicians, ground crews, and aviation mechanics will increase in Thailand as well. Whether Thailand can cope with the predicted shortfall of the supply of skilled workers and create a viable specialist workforce in the long term remains to be seen. As the country approaches 2015 and the implementation of the first elements of the Asean Economic Community blueprint, it’s possible that workers in some of Thailand’s neighboring countries will reap the benefits of the shortfall in the supply of skilled workers. But it’s also possible that, even after the worst floods in Thailand in over 50 years, Thailand will emerge economically stronger than it was before the floods, thanks in no small part to the skill and experience of the country’s labor force.

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