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.
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.
Engage with the new Government, gain insight into their policy priorities, and establish the private sector as a dedicated partner in achieving these priorities.
Position the private sector as a key partner to the new Government in implementing their economic policy agenda, and advocate for policies that support continued economic growth, investment and innovation and advance Thailand out of the middle-income trap.
Identify opportunities for collaboration and support of the Government’s Digital Economy agenda
Supporting the implementation of the recently passed “digital bills,” continue to engage on “Thailand 4.0” and related comprehensive Digital Economy strategies, to advocate for innovation-minded laws and regulations.
Continue to support Thailand in the final half of their 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship Year and identify opportunities for collaboration and support
Such as the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, to ensure they are able to fulfill their agenda for the Chairmanship.
Support capacity building efforts, including human resource development, CSR, and SME training.
Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economy
Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Minister of Commerce
Minister of Digital Economy and Society
Minister of Energy
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Finance
Minister of Industry
Minister of Public Health
Minister of Tourism and Sports
Governor of the Bank of Thailand
Charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy Bangkok
Meetings with other Ministries can be added according to member interest and the officials' availability.
All application materials (including registration form, delegate bios, company profile, logo and company issues) should be submitted using the link below.
If your company has a CSR program in Thailand you wish to highlight for our annual CSR Thailand report, please contact Ella Duangkaew (email@example.com) for the template. All materials must be submitted using the template and uploaded to the Business Mission Manager or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome submissions from members not joining the Business Mission.
US$5,000 for early bird registrations received BEFORE July 31 US$5,500 for registrations received AFTER July 31 These costs cover up to two representatives. There is an additional $750 fee for the registration of each additional representative beyond the first two. Payment can be made by check, wire transfer or credit card. An invoice will be issued upon registration. Mission fees cover expenses for program preparation and execution, overhead costs, hired service vendors, group working lunches and mission transportation. Delegates are responsible for their own air travel, meals, lodging, local transportation, visas, and all other related travel costs. Note: Once your registration is initiated, you have the option to cancel your registration and receive a full refund up to COB July 31. After July 31, your registration cannot be canceled and you will be responsible for all registration fees.