I’m pleased to say that the ATBC has continued to rebuild over the course of the past year, with a number of contacts for assistance received, resulting in a continual flow of referrals from us to Thai Government agencies such as Thai Trade and Board of Investment. In line with our strategy, we have continued to build up our website as a go-to referral source. That said we may have to expand our resources during 2022 as business hopefully returns to a post – Covid normal.
As I briefly mentioned, the year 2020/2021 and to date has again been one of continuing activity for the ATBC. I am pleased to give some examples of our major activities which include but are not limited to:
- Fairly regular working contact with the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Bangkok) including virtual events which are available to ATBC members. See ATBC website for further details.
- An MOU with the Thailand ANZ Business Council in Bangkok. We recently gave an introductory address to TANZBC via Google Meet to their AGM.
- Virtual Contact with the Thai Ambassador and Consul General, where possible and with the Australian Ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon and Austrade Bangkok;
- Any ATBC physical events have been postponed since March 2020.
- We have continued to support BOI presentations and promotions involving the Thai Ambassador
- Re-development of our website as a basis for our focussed core activities, which has been relaunched. An Exchange rate feed AUD/THB with our partner member Dollarsmart is being perfected.
- Latest updates from the Thai Board of Investment are regularly published. Certainly, your input on how we can make our website even better will be appreciated and how we should communicate with members about events.
- Weekly updates on international affairs are regularly published in conjunction with Australian Institute of International Affairs.
- Our member Translationz offers written and verbal translations from Thai to English and vice versa as well as other ASEAN
- More recently we have been working with Macquarie University researching how Australians from migrant backgrounds relate to international media and feelings of belonging.
Most of all ATBC is about connecting businesses with Thailand as an alternative to an increasingly uncertain trade environment in North East Asia. Our website is developing as a reference for the public and for the use of members. Thailand based AustCham’s e-magazine Advance remains available to all members via our website at: https://www.aust-thai.org.au
Members are encouraged to connect with Austcham Bangkok and AIIA webinars as advertised for a constant flow of information on what is happening in Thailand, across ASEAN and world affairs – which all affects business.
The ATBC’s traditional role as a high-level organisation aimed at facilitating trade and investment between Australia and Thailand faced increased demand this year. As we look ahead to the next year we will be once again focusing on:
- providing bilateral business services to Thai and Australian companies/individuals;
- building a diverse and active membership base;
- continuing to promote the Council’s good name and reputation at all levels of engagement;
- hosting events aimed at providing relevant and meaningful networking, business development opportunities; and
- continuing to improve our website as the basic go-to starting point for businesses large and small wanting to engage in two-way trade and investment with Thailand.
In conclusion, I think 2020/21 has been a pleasing one for the Council despite a continuance of closed borders and meeting restrictions. We encourage anybody with an interest in doing business in Thailand to get in touch.
ATBC is all about making connections for business.
Douglas Blunt, ATBC President