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  • Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:43 AM | ATBC Administrator (Administrator)
    Dear Members

    We have recently concluded the 2013 Annual General Meeting of Australia Thailand Business Council held at the offices of our valued member Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd in Sydney.

    This year we passed another milestone with the retirement of Tamerlaine Beasley as our very energetic president and she will be missed in this position. She has borne a heavy load and her efforts and those of several retiring board members have greatly enhanced ATBC over the past two years.

    So far, the ATBC has not filled the position of President for 2013 -14 and we will continue under the leadership of Past Presidents, Robert Taylor and John Connor and National Treasurer Doug Blunt, together with the larger board of ATBC. These three long standing members were elected as acting joint presidents and will share the role internally and each act as President from time to time externally.

    The Australia -Thailand relationship is entering an interesting phase with two way trade and investment continuing to grow especially with more Thai owned companies beginning operations in Australia as well as Australian companies large and small finding the confidence to commence operations in Thailand. These companies will continue to need a collective voice in commerce and with relations with government and we are confident that there is a continued role for ATBC as economic relationships with regional countries continue to expand. Thailand has become a shining example in this respect.

    As we have done for more than 30 years, we will continue to cooperate with member companies and other like-minded bodies including our sister organisation, Austcham Bangkok to pursue our founding goals. It will of course be event and member interest driven. 

    With Thailand currently navigating its way through political storms, business continues to focus on the risks and the rewards of engaging in the country;s growth. We will continue to update the web site and social media and undertake events as and when the opportunity arises.

    With seasons greetings and wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2014

    Robert Taylor John Connor Douglas Blunt

    Joint Presidents
  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:33 AM | ATBC Administrator (Administrator)

    Australia's Ambassador to Thailand James Wise and Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner Greg Wallis will explain why Australian companies have found the Thai market rewarding. They will also explain why so few Australian exporters and investors have explored this relatively untapped destination – and why they should.  
  • Monday, February 11, 2013 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Thailand in the World


    12th International Conference on Thai Studies

    University of Sydney

    Sydney, Australia


    Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 April 2014


    The University of Sydney will host the Twelfth International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS12) in April next year.   This is a reminder that proposals for panels are due by the end of this month.  Full details of the conference, and the online forms for panel and paper proposals and for registration are available at:



    Since 1981, ICTS has been held every three years at different universities in and outside Thailand.  This will be the first ICTS to be held in a city outside Thailand that has a significant Thai population, and this will help define the over-arching theme of the conference. Thailand in the World also anticipates the ASEAN Community in 2015, recognizes the globalization of the Thai economy, and follows a longstanding interest of ICTS in the broader world of Tai cultures beyond Thailand’s borders.  As previously, the conference will be also open to a wide range of themes in the field of Thai Studies.



    We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in 2014!


    Philip Hirsch

    ICTS12 Organising Committee Chair

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2012 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    SYDNEY, May 28, 2012

    Thai Prime Minister HE Yingluck Shinawatra made it clear that Thailand is open for business in an address at a special dinner hosted by the Australia-Thailand Business Council and the Asia Society Australia Centre in Sydney. The Thai Prime Minister was touring Australia to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand and was accompanied by senior Thai ministers and a 70 person business delegation. 

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  • Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday 2 May, The Australia Thailand Business Council convened the
    inaugural Thai-Australia Business Dialogue, involving senior stakeholders in the
    business relationship. Attendees included the Thai Ambassador His Excellency
    Maris Sangiampongsa, representatives from the Thai Embassy and Consulate,
    Thai Trade and Board of Investment, Austrade, the Australia Thailand Chamber of
    Commerce in Thailand, the Australia Thailand Institute, the Department of Foreign
    Affairs and Trade, the Board of the Australia Thailand Business Council and CEO’s
    and members of the ATBC which are some of the largest businesses involved in two-
    way trade. The event was kindly hosted by King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney.

    Great optimism was shared among participants regarding the business relationship
    and strength and resilience of the Thai economy. Two-way investment totalling
    almost $5bn in the past year does emphasise the greater Thai focus on Australia
    as an investment destination with nearly $3bn invested here and Australians only
    investing $1.9bn in the Thai economy.

    Participants in the forum focused on developing and supporting a focused business
    agenda for the Thai Prime Ministerial visit from Her Excellency Prime Minister
    Yingluck Shinawatra in May and looking for opportunities for further and deeper
    business relationships between the two countries. As a result of the success of
    the dialogue, we are committed to ensure this event is a regular feature of the Thai
    Australia Business Council calendar in future.

  • Friday, March 09, 2012 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Members of the ATBC represented the organization at a networking function hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Australia Thailand Institute. 

    Pictured: John Hancock, Ambassador HE Kriangsak Kittisaree, Former Ambassador to Thailand HE Bill Patterson, Tamerlaine Beasley, John Connor.

  • Wednesday, March 07, 2012 1:30 PM | Anonymous
    The ATBC recently met with Dr Ken Henry and members of the team undertaking the review of ‘Australia’s future in the Asian Region’.
    We have collaborated with our colleagues at AustCham to provide a submission to the review focusing on the importance of business networking and dialogue regarding emerging opportunities in Asia.
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