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Thailand: Mapping the Future – Pillars of Diversity
Thailand: Blueprint & Gateway for ASEAN

30 June 2015

What are the risks and rewards for Thailand as Southeast Asia's second largest economy envisions itself as a member of the ASEAN Economic Community?

In an era dominated by fits and starts over divergent global monetary policies, "the Land of Smiles" has shown its resilient nature in the face of recent political turbulence, weak overseas growth and natural disasters. Its position in Indochina has made it a natural hub for the region. As a member of ASEAN 6, Thailand's economy is ahead and more mature than the rest of Indochina, which forms the CLMV states (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam). The dynamics of global, regional and local politics and economics have created a special push-pull factor for Thailand to leverage itself as a hub and a window to Indochina-ASEAN.

Channel NewsAsia's Thailand Business Insights 2015 examines the success in enterprise and innovation that have put the Thai brand name on the global stage through agility, know-how and competitive edge.

 

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Channel NewsAsia Thailand Business Insights 2015 provides an excellent atmosphere to gain insightful understanding of the country's economic growth & business successes.

Time & Details
9:30 am
Delegate Registration & Light Refreshments
10:30 pm

Welcome & Opening Address

11:00 am

Panel One: Mapping the Future – Pillars of Diversity

What are the risks and rewards for Thailand as Southeast Asia's 2nd largest economy envisions itself as a member of the ASEAN Economic Community? In an era dominated by fits and starts over divergent global monetary policies, "the Land of Smiles" has shown its resilient nature in the face of recent political turbulence, weak overseas growth and even natural disasters.

 

But how much does the country stand to gain from the creation of a regional trade bloc that aims to boost ASEAN competitiveness? Are the ambitions of Thai private businesses to further integrate themselves within ASEAN being matched by the public sector? How are Thai businesses mapping the future as the momentum builds to let goods, services, investments, capital flows and even skilled labor move freely across the borders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations?

 

Channel NewsAsia's Business Insights examines "Thailand's Pillars of Diversity", the success stories in enterprise and innovation that have put the Thai brand name on the global stage through agility, know-how and competitive edge.

Panel one discussion will be moderated by Ms Chloe Cho - Presenter/Executive Producer, Channel NewsAsia

12:15 pm

Networking lunch

12:45 pm

Panel Two: Thailand – Blueprint & Gateway for ASEAN

Thailand's position in Indochina has made it a natural hub for the region. As a member of ASEAN 6, Thailand's economy is ahead and more matured than the rest of Indochina, which forms the CLMV states (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam). The dynamics of global, regional and local politics and economics have created a special push-pull factor for Thailand to leverage itself as a hub and a window to Indochina-ASEAN.

 

First off, rising wages, an ageing population, and a rapidly growing middle-class have made it necessary for Thailand to move up the economic value chain fast. From technology, marketing to creativity, Thailand stands out in the region. Secondly, the peace, stability and reforms in CLMV have turned the countries into attractive, promising and fast growing economies. As it stands, Vietnam is already one of the brightest spots of not only the region, but also the world. These changes create unique challenges and opportunities for Thailand. How well has Thailand reacted to this? From many indicators, Thailand has done well, and stayed ahead of the competition. The next step then, is how should Thailand ride the integration of the ASEAN Community, and create win-win solutions."

 

Panel two discussion will be facilitated by Mr Panu Wongcha-um – Correspondent, IndoChina Bureau, Channel NewsAsia

2:00 pm

Wrap-up & closing

2:30 pm

End of event

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Channel NewsAsia Thailand Business Insights 2015 provides an excellent atmosphere to gain insightful understanding of the country's economic growth & business successes.

PROFILE
  • Moderators
    Ms. Chloe Cho
    Presenter and Executive Producer
    Channel NewsAsia

    Chloe Cho is Presenter/ Executive Producer in Channel NewsAsia's Current Affairs Department. She presents, develops programmes, and oversees editorial content for the channel's business shows, including the new weekly Investor Insights, and an interview series entitled, Millionaire Minds. She's also the co-host for the business reality show, Start-UP.

    Chloe's involvement in a diverse range of projects comes as she rejoins the channel in July 2014 after being away for nearly six years. Previously, she presented prime time evening programmes as well as breaking news coverage alongside hosting and co-producing current affairs shows.

    A prolific international journalist, Chloe has presented and reported on key news developments from the global financial crisis and Thai political tensions to the North Korean nuclear showdown and G20 meetings. Her work assignments have taken her across the Asia-Pacific, Eastern & Western Europe and the Americas.

    Chloe is an experienced moderator, having chaired panels at the World Economic Forum and the World Knowledge Forum. In 2009, Chloe was selected among Newsweek Korea's 50 Most Influential Koreans recognized for their work in international media, culture and arts.

  • Mr. Panu Wongcha-um
    Correspondent, IndoChina Bureau
    Channel NewsAsia

    A broadcast journalist since 2010, Panu has covered extensively many political, economic and cultural events in Thailand and Southeast Asia.  Among the key events he has covered are the political upheavals in 2010 and 2013 in Thailand, the devastating Thai floods in 2011 and the military coup in 2014.  In the region, he reported on the historic opening up of Myanmar, the Malaysian political scene ahead of the 2013 elections, and the various regional political summits, such as the ASEAN Summit.  He has also conducted exclusive interviews with political leaders in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

    Panu has also worked on television news and documentaries.  Prior to joining Channel NewsAsia, he was a reporter and presenter for Thai News Agency of MCOT Public Company Limited.  He graduated with a bachelor degree in History and International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and obtained a Master of Arts in History from the National University of Singapore on an ASEAN scholarship.

  • Speakers for Panel One
    Mr. Chansak Fuangfu
    Senior Executive Vice President & Director
    Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, Thailand

    Chansak Fuangfu's banking career spans over 39 years with Bangkok Bank. Bangkok Bank is Thailand's market leader in corporate banking. Mr Chansak oversees the bank's corporate client portfolio and its specialist industry divisions.

    Mr Chansak is a member of Bangkok Bank's Board of Directors, and Management Committee, Assets & Liabilities Management Committee and is experienced in international banking, having previously managed Bangkok Bank's New York and Singapore branches. He is also a director on the boards of Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Ltd., Thai Industrial Estate Corporation Limited, Hi –Tech Nitsu Co.,Ltd., BEC Tero Entertainment Public Company Limited and BEC World Public Company Limited.

    Mr Chansak holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Economics from Thammasat University and an MBM from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. He graduated from the National Defense College of Thailand in 1996 and holds an AMP from Harvard Business School.

  • Mr. Newin Sinsiri
    President
    Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency

    Newin Sinsiri has more than 20 years of experience in economic development and regional cooperation in Asia. Prior to joining NEDA, he was the Head of Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank, responsible for economic cooperation programmes in Southeast Asia including the Greater Mekong Sub-region Economic Cooperation Program, and cooperation with ASEAN, Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle, and Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area.

    His vast experience lies in the areas of financial sector development, infrastructure development, public sector reform and regional cooperation. He received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Electronics) from King Mongkul's Institute of Technology, Lardkrabang and a Master's degree in Business Administration from SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He undertook post-graduate studies in international finance at the Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University, Japan.

  • Mr. Paul Gambles
    Co-Founder, MBMG Group Thailand and Director
    MBMG Investment Advisory

    Paul Gambles is a graduate of Warwick University. He spent nine years in corporate and asset finance at Bank of Scotland and moved to Thailand in 1994 to set up MBMG Group. Paul has completed CFA Level 1 and he is licensed by the SEC as both a Securities Fundamental Investment Analyst and an Investment Planner. He is a member of Advisory Board of IDEA Economics and is well-known as an expert commentator, appearing as a guest host on international news channels as well as making frequent appearances on National Public Radio, Bloomberg TV, Nation TV, CCTV and others.

    Paul has been a regular contributor of exclusive opinion editorials to The Nation since 2009 and also a regular contributor to professional magazines (Voyageur, The Link and Advance).

  • Professor Simon SC Tay
    Chairman
    Singapore Institute of International Affairs

    Prof Tay is a public intellectual as well as private advisor to major corporations and policy-makers.He is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the country's oldest think tank and founding member of the ASEAN network of think-tanks. He is concurrently Associate Professor, teaching international law at the National University of Singapore.

    Prof Tay is also Senior Consultant at WongPartnership, a leading Asian law firm. He has spoken at leading business conferences including the World Economic Forum, APEC CEO Summits and SIBOS.

    He has served in public positions for Singapore, including as Chairman of the National Environment Agency and an independent Member of Parliament. In addition, Mr Tay is a prize winning author; in 2010, his novel City of Small Blessings was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize.

  • Speakers for Panel Two
    Mr. Chanin Vongkusolkit
    Director and Senior Executive Officer
    Banpu Public Co., Ltd.

    Mr Chanin Vongkusolkit is on the Board of Directors at Banpu Public Co. Ltd; Erawan Group Public Co Ltd; BLCP Power Ltd; and Mitr Phol Sugar Corp Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Thammasat Economics Association; Chief Advisor of Chairman of the Thai Listed Companies Association; Advisor, Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations; and Honorary Chairman, Thailand-Indonesia Business Council. He was CEO of Banpu Public Co. Ltd. during 1993-2015.

    In 2010, Mr Chanin Vongkusolkit was awarded The Best CEO by Finance Asia Magazine, received an award for Best Businessman of the Year and was awarded the International Business Leader Award from John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University. Prior to this, he received the Top 100 HR Award, Human Resources Institute, Thammasat University, in 2009.

    He received his post-graduate degree with an MBA in Finance, St. Louis University, USA; Honorary PhD of Economics, Chiangmai University; and Honorary PhD of Business, Engineering and Technology, St. Louis University, USA.

  • Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash
    Vice-Chairman, Board of Trade of Thailand
    GMS and AEC

    Dr Jingjai Hanchanlash holds a Doctorate in Public Law from d'Universite de Caen, France. His Post–Doctorate training in Project Analysis was attained from the University of Connecticut, USA and Mid-Career Management from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He started his career with the Thai Government coordinating technical and economic cooperation between Thailand and Europe. After which, he served at the International Development Research Center, for over two decades.

    Dr Jingjai Hanchanlash is the Chairman, Executive Board, of Rutnin Eye Hospital; Member of Council, of the King Prajadhipok Institute; Honorary Chairman of the Greater Mekong Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation Business Forum; Council Member of the University of Thai Chamber of commerce; Council Member of Nakhon Phanom University; and other distinguished posts with private and public organisations in Thailand.

  • Mr. Pushpanathan Sundram (Nathan)
    Chairman
    China-ASEAN Business Association

    Mr Nathan is the former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Economic Community. He was instrumental in the development of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint and Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. He was also involved in the negotiation and implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement.

    Mr Nathan is Senior ASEAN Economic Advisor to Nantong Municipal Government, Jiangsu Province, China, and Economic Advisor to Zhanjiang People's Government, Guangdong, China. He is also board member of the Asia Logistics Council and executive member of the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics.

    In 2013, Nathan received the Prospect Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence from Public Affairs Asia magazine. In 2012, he received the Sahakmétrey Medal, Commander Class 3, a distinguished decoration given to foreign dignitaries by the Kingdom of Cambodia.

  • Mr. Subhasakdi Krishnamra
    Country Managing Partner
    Deloitte Thailand and Talent Leader, Deloitte SEA

    Mr Krishnamra is the Country Managing Partner of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Jaiyos in Thailand and is responsible for the growth and development of businesses, industries and service lines to serve Thai companies and MNCs. He is also the Deloitte SEA Talent leader, responsible for leadership development, growth and talent delivery programs.

    His specialist expertise lies in reengineering, reorganizing, restructuring, productivity improvement and risk management across a range of sectors, including banking, finance, manufacturing, retail, insurance, as well as the public sector.

    Mr Krishnamra is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors in Thailand, a certified instructor for the Thai Institute of Company Directors and the Young Presidents' Organization.

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Thailand: Gateway To The Asean Economic Community

The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is approaching – but are we ready? Do we understand what it represents and how it will impact us?

The Channel NewsAsia Thailand Business Insights 2015 was conducted in Bangkok this June. More than 200 delegates gathered to share their thoughts and perspectives with business and industry leaders.

Thailand plays a key role in the AEC. Its "Pillars of Diversity" has put Thailand on the global stage with its success in enterprise and innovation. Its position in Indochina has also made it a natural hub for the region and the country continues to seize the advantages of this connectivity. Can Thailand hold on to its position as a "Blueprint and Gateway for ASEAN"?

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