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The Australia Thailand Business Council (ATBC) is the go-to body in Australia for access, insight and advocacy on Aust-Thai business.  The Council works to build strong links between the private sectors of Australian and Thai businesses, as well as developing mutually beneficial relations with our respective governments. 

From L to R: Mrs. Salila Tepkasetkul - Thai Trade Commissioner, Jamie Gibson - ATBC Vice President, Mr Chakkrid Krachaiwong - Consul-General of the Kingdom of Thailand, and Doug Blunt - ATBC National President (far left), celebrating the National Day of Thailand, at the Shangri La Hotel, Sydney.

The Council works in close collaboration with key stakeholders, in particular, the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra, the Thai Trade Commission, the Thai Board of Investment in Sydney, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AustCham).

Australia and Thailand celebrated 65 years of diplomatic relations in 2017/18. The two countries are major trading partners, and trade has grown rapidly since the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) came into force in January 2005.

Thailand is Australia’s 6th largest trading partner with two-way merchandise trade of $20.4 billion in 2017-18; Thai investment in Australia was $3.1 billion in 2017, with Australia investing some $4.5 billion in Thailand in the same period.

Approximately 800,000 Australians visit Thailand each year and over 20,000 Thai students were studying in Australia in 2018. The Thai community in Sydney is the second largest expat community outside of Thailand.   

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      Khun Krirk-Krai Jirapaet pictured.

Khun Krirk-Krai Jirapaet, Honorary Advisor to the ATBC - 2019/20


The ATBC is delighted to announce that Khun Krirk-Krai Jirapaet has accepted a role as an Honorary Adviser to the Council. Khun Krirk-Krai Jirapaet’s illustrious career both in the government and private sectors spans over almost four decades. He held numerous high-ranking positions in the Thai bureaucracy, culminated in Ministerial positions as Vice-Minister of Tourism and Sports and subsequently Minister of Commerce.

As an Eminent Person, he is currently a member of the Council of State (กรรมการกฤษฎีกา), the Executive arms of the Government responsible for the drafting of legislation. He holds top positions in several companies both listed and unlisted. He also makes his expertise and skills available to think-tank institutes and not-for-profit organisations.

Khun Krirk-Krai received a Bachelor of Political Science (Hons) from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and a Master of Economics from the University of Sydney, a Certificate of Economic Development from Japan and a Certificate of Project Appraisal from Oxford University.

He still keeps in touch with alumni from his post-graduate studies, especially those from International House, the University of Sydney during his Master of Economics years. He is a keen golfer, gym-goer and occasional short-story writer. He is married with two adult children.

The ATBC looks forward to working with Khun Krirk-Krai and utilising his exceptional experience and networks. 

You can read more about Khun Krirk-Krai's distinguished career by clicking below:

CV Krirk Krai.docx



How to do business in Thailand.....

On Thursday 25th July 2019, at the Amora Hotel in Sydney, the ATBC was honoured to give a presentation at the Thailand Board of Investment Seminar: "Thailand: Unbeatable Business Opportunity". 

Speakers included Doug Blunt - ATBC President, Jamie Gibson - ATBC Vice President, Mr Chakkrid Krachaiwong - Consul-General, Ms Panee Chengsuttha - Executive Investment Advisor for the BOI, and Mr Steven McArthur - Genea World Leading Fertility.

The event was attended by more than 80 people and provided an excellent platform to get an update on the latest investment incentives for busineses looking to start up or expand in to Thailand, including updates on key programs like Thailand 4.0 and the Eastern Economic Corridor. 

A copy of the ATBC Presentation on "How to do business in Thailand".... can be accessed by clicking the link below...

ATBC BOI PPP July 2019.pdf


Thailand’s National Directors Conference 2019 –

Board of the Future.....

On Wednesday 24th July, the Thailand Institute of Directors (IOD) hosted the annual National Director's Conference 2019, at the Athenee Hotel in Bangkok. The conference presents "Board of the Year" awards to 17 listed companies of various sizes in the capital market.

Please click on the link below to read an interesting and informative report on the event written by Mr Krirk-Krai Jarapaet, Honorary Institute of Directors Chair, and former Thai Minister of Commerce.

IOD Awards July 2019.docx


On 19 June 2018, the ATBC Executive had the pleasure of meeting Her Excellency, Mrs Nantana Sivakua, Ambassador of Thailand to Australia, at the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra. Topics discussed included items of mutual benefit to both Thailand and Australia, with a focus on improving bilateral trade and business promotion. 

You can read more about the Ambassador here:

From L to R above: Assistant Secretary/Board Member - Peter (Pichai) Siripol, National President - Doug Blunt, Her Excellency - Mrs Nantana Sivakua, and Vice President - Jamie Gibson.

On Wednesday 25 July 2018, the ATBC was proud to be a joint partner in the inaugural ASEAN Business Council's Networking Event held in partnership with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and the NSW and Australian Governments at the NSW Trade and Investment Offices in Sydney. 

Approximately 70 people attended the event from a wide range of backgrounds that included business, commercial, diplomatic, academic and trade attendees. Each of the 4 Business Councils gave short updates on their respective areas, as did the NSW and Australian Governments.

A particular highlight was a presentation given by Dr Sandra Seno-Alday from the University of Sydney Business School, on various growth trends across the ASEAN Business Sector. The respective Business Councils agreed to capitalise on the success of this event with another event in the near future.

From L to R above: the Consul-General of the Kingdom of Thailand - Mr Nathapol Kanthahiran, ATBC National President - Doug Blunt, Thai Trade Commissioner - Ms Salila Tepkasetkul, ATBC Assistant Secretary/Board Member - Peter (Pichai) Siripol, and ATBC Vice President - Jamie Gibson.

Above: Dr Sandra Seno-Alday from the University of Sydney Business School, giving a very informative presentation on ASEAN trade and growth trends at the inaugural ASEAN Business Council's Networking Event (July 2018).

Below: ATBC executives celebrating the National Day of Thailand with key Thai Government Officials - 5 December 2017, Sydney.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned the next ATBC event will be posted when the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
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