The US-ASEAN Business Council is now registering executives for its 2019 Thailand Business Mission. The Mission will begin the afternoon of Tuesday, August 13 with a 5:00 PM Pre-Mission Briefing and 6:00 PM reception at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence, and finish the afternoon of Friday, August 16 with an optional site visit to the EEC. Participants should plan to arrive in Bangkok by early Tuesday afternoon, August 13 at the latest to arrive in time for the briefing and reception.
The deadline for registration and submission of materials is Wednesday, July 31.
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The Council’s 2019 mission to Thailand comes at a critical time. Following the country’s first general election in eight years, the Mission will be companies’ first chance to engage with the brand-new Government only one month after the new Cabinet will have officially assumed duties. While under the leadership of recently re-elected Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the new Government is made up of Ministers from his Palang Pracharath Party and key coalition parties, such as the Democrats and Bhumjaithai Parties. The coalition Government will be eager to follow up on their various campaign promises and implement their ambitious policy agenda, including sweeping economic reforms across all sectors. The new Cabinet will be seeking input from U.S. industry on how this planned policy agenda will impact the business environment, as increasing investment, growth and innovation in Thailand’s economy were key platforms across all parties in the general elections.
In addition, Thailand is now in the second half of its 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship Year. The Government, under the leadership of the new Minister for Foreign Affairs, will also be eager to work towards its many goals for the Chairmanship (see more information here), after the first half of 2019 was taken up by domestic political developments. The Government recently wrapped up the first ASEAN Summit (from June 22-23) and will be looking to build upon the agenda of this first key engagement to ensure the second summit (planned for November) will positively tie up the Chairmanship.
The Council suggests that the following overarching themes can be used to frame industry and company-specific messages and/or policy advocacy reform priorities leading up to the mission and in formulating post-mission follow-up efforts.