AMCHAM Com­mit­tee Roundup

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AERO­SPACE COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Jim Grunewald, Redbird; John Brasch, Tri­umph Avi­a­tion Board Li­ai­son: David Car­den, Fedex

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: This newly- formed com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished in Oc­to­ber 2015 and its ini­tial kick­off meet­ing was held on Novem­ber 10. As this was the only meet­ing to date, the com­mit­tee fo­cused on the 2016 plans and ar­eas of con­cen­tra­tion. Aero­space is one of the fastest grow­ing in­dus­tries, and Thai­land is well po­si­tioned to ex­pand its mar­ket share in busi­ness avi­a­tion, re­gional train­ing and as­set man­age­ment in com­ing years. Thai­land is rec­og­nized as one of the ex­pand­ing com­mer­cial and com­muter air hubs in Asia and will con­tinue to en­cour­age in­vest­ment as a key as­set both for in­no­va­tion and growth in nu­mer­ous in­dus­tries, par­tic­u­larly aero­space and sup­ply- chain man­age­ment. Thai­land nascent Aero­space ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clude air­frame main­te­nance, en­gine over­haul, com­po­nent and struc­tural re­pair. The Aero­space Com­mit­tee looks for­ward to work­ing through the many is­sues pro­posed for the com­mit­tee’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­ing year.

AUTO COUN­CIL

Chair: Mark Kauf­man, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany Other Coun­cil Lead­ers: David Nar­done, He­maraj Land & De­vel­op­ment; Thomas Cham­bers, Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive; Philip Cook, Thai Sum­mit Au­to­mo­tive Board Li­ai­son: Mar­cos Purty, Gen­eral Mo­tors

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: I. Sus­tain­ing ad­vo­cacy on the three pri­or­ity is­sues of the Coun­cil The Coun­cil, led by its Lead­ers and the three Work­ing Groups ( Pol­icy, La­bor and In­fra­struc­ture), con­tin­ued its fo­cus on three pri­or­ity top­ics that are strate­gic to the com­pet­i­tive­ness of U. S. in­vest­ments in the Thai­land auto in­dus­try: a. Au­to­mo­tive Poli­cies − Mon­i­tored closely the for­mu­la­tion of guide­lines to im­ple­ment the CO2 emis­sion based tax struc­ture that be­comes ef­fec­tive in Jan­uary 2016; − Shared the sta­tus and im­pli­ca­tions of pro­posed ex­cise tax law re­form and var­i­ous con­sumer pro­tec­tion re­lated bills; − Reg­u­lar up­dates on the per­for­mance of the Thai au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

b. Build­ing the sup­ply of skilled work­ers − Mon­i­tored sta­tus of amend­ments to the La­bor Re­la­tions Act and La­bor Pro­tec­tion Act, en­sur­ing that Auto Coun­cil views are re­layed to the ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels for con­sid­er­a­tion; Shared com­pli­ance prac­tices in con­nec­tion with Sec­tion 11/ 1 of the La­bor Pro­tec­tion Law; Pro­vided info on col­lab­o­ra­tive stu­dent / worker train­ing pro­grams. c. Ex­pand­ing crit­i­cal road net­works in the East­ern Se­aboard − Ad­vo­cacy con­tin­ues. De­spite changes in govern­ment, de­cent progress has been made in some road in­fra­struc­ture projects. II. Mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments in ASEAN Shared sta­tus of the ASEAN Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion Ar­range­ment, which if ap­proved by ASEAN, will have bear­ing on both the car­mak­ers and parts mak­ers cov­ered by manda­tory tech­ni­cal stan­dards. III. Or­ga­niz­ing an­nual briefing in East­ern Se­aboard Con­tin­ued the prac­tice of hold­ing an an­nual Auto Coun­cil meet­ing/ briefing in the East­ern Se­aboard area. Col­lab­o­rated with the East­ern Se­aboard Com­mit­tee in or­ga­niz­ing a sem­i­nar on May 15. The two part pro­gram fea­tured a panel dis­cus­sion on the ASEAN Au­to­mo­tive Out­look that was led by briefing by LMC fol­lowed by a lively Q& A panel dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing re­source per­sons from the lead­ing car and parts man­u­fac­tur­ers.

BUSI­NESS ECO­NOM­ICS COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Peggy Crev­el­ing, Crev­el­ing & Crev­el­ing; Teera Phutrakul, JTFP; Ken White, Pa­cific Siam Strate­gic Con­sult­ing Board Li­ai­son: Som­boon Krob­teer­a­non, Visa

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: Over­all, 2015 was an­other sat­is­fac­tory year with a slight in­crease in the num­ber of at­ten­dees at the com­mit­tee meet­ings. Al­to­gether, the com­mit­tee held 10 meet­ings in 2015. Just like in pre­vi­ous years, the com­mit­tee’s monthly speak­ers fo­cused on is­sues re­lat­ing to govern­ment eco­nomic and in­vest­ment poli­cies, anal­y­sis of macro- eco­nomic trends, and re­view of de­vel­op­ments in key in­dus­trial and ser­vices sec­tors.

Much of dis­cus­sions this year were fo­cused on the eco­nomic poli­cies of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­vest­ment out­looks both do­mes­tic and off­shore. Some of the no­table speak­ers in­cluded: Dr. Kob­sak Phutrakul, Bangkok Bank’s Chief Econ­o­mist; Rahul Bhalla, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Van­guard In­vest­ments Sin­ga­pore; Adithep Vanabrik­sha, CIO of Aberdeen As­set Man­age­ment Thai­land.

In ad­di­tion, the Busi­ness Eco­nom­ics Com­mit­tee also heard from James Pitchon of CBRE on the an­nual prop­erty out­look and re­view; Mongkol­nimit Auacherd­kul, Pub­lic and Govern­ment Affairs Man­ager of Esso ( Thai­land) also briefed the com­mit­tee on the en­ergy out­look to the year 2040. Re­turn­ing speak­ers in­cluded Bob Fitts, political con­sul­tant and re­tired For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer and Jonathan Blaine from Baker & Mcken­zie who gave an up­date on the newly en­acted in­her­i­tance and gift tax laws.

COM­MU­NITY EN­GAGE­MENT COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Jonathan Fryer, Mazars; Jan Van Ek­eren, Bank of Ayud­hya Board Li­ai­son: Dar­ren Buck­ley, Citibank

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: In 2015, the Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Com­mit­tee, along with AMCHAM staff and other AMCHAM com­mit­tees, raised Baht 8.1 mil­lion for the AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion ( ATCF), which used the funds to achieve the fol­low­ing:

• Award 200 univer­sity schol­ar­ships to un­der­priv­i­leged and qual­i­fied Thai stu­dents at 31 in­sti­tu­tions of higher education through­out the coun­try; • Matched Baht 999,972 in Adopt- a- School do­na­tions; • Com­pleted 3 Adopt- a- School projects; • Ad­min­is­tered 10 on­go­ing Adopt- a- School projects; • Pro­vided 12 teach­ers to un­der­staffed pri­mary schools; • Held the Fedex Ca­reer Camp - 60 fi­nal year schol­ar­ship stu­dents came to­gether in Bangkok for a three day pro­gram to pre­pare them for their fu­ture ca­reers; • Held the Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship Ori­en­ta­tion Camp - with a strong fo­cus on com­mu­nity ser­vice and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, the camp gave 71 new schol­ar­ship stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to meet with and learn more about AMCHAM and its mem­bers. The high­light of the camp was the visit to a Sa­mut Sakhorn School where stu­dents spent the day do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice by build­ing a brain- based learn­ing ( known as BBL) play­ground.

The ATCF also sup­ported 22 Amer­i­can Ful­bright English Teach­ing As­sis­tants ( ETAS). The ETA pro­gram places Ful­brighters in class­rooms to pro­vide as­sis­tance to lo­cal English teach­ers. ETAS help teach English lan­guage while serv­ing as cul­tural am­bas­sadors for the U. S. There are now 22 ETAS in Thai­land and it is the am­bi­tion of the Com­mit­tee to ex­pand this pro­gram in the fu­ture.

COR­PO­RATE SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY ( CSR) COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Richard Bern­hard, Ke­nan In­sti­tute Asia; Alex Mavro, Sasin Board Li­ai­son: Waewka­nee As­so­rat­goon, Yum Restau­rants

In­ter­na­tional 2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: The Com­mit­tee’s sig­na­ture event was the ninth an­nual AMCHAM CSR Ex­cel­lence ( ACE) Recog­ni­tion. ACE recog­ni­tion helps to iden­tify AMCHAM mem­bers’ best prac­tices by un­der­stand­ing the link­ages be­tween busi­ness op­er­a­tions and so­ci­ety so as to con­duct busi­ness in a way that creates both long- term eco­nomic and so­cial value. In 2015, a record of 62 AMCHAM mem­bers re­ceived ACE recog­ni­tion, in­clud­ing 10 SMES. This year, ACE in­cluded the se­cond set of 8 firms re­ceiv­ing Gold level recog­ni­tion, join­ing the 13 firms from last year ex­hibit­ing ex­cel­lence in CSR for five con­sec­u­tive years. There were 13 firms ex­hibit­ing ex­cel­lence in CSR for three con­sec­u­tive years to re­ceive the Sil­ver level recog­ni­tion. They join the group of 38 com­pa­nies qual­i­fy­ing for Sil­ver recog­ni­tion over the past few years. In ad­di­tion, a cre­ative part­ner­ship

des­ig­na­tion was pro­vided in part­ner­ship with the U. S. Em­bassy to rec­og­nize 26 firms with in­no­va­tive and cre­ative busi­ness prac­tices in the spirit of the Thai – U. S. Cre­ative Part­ner­ship.

Through­out the year the CSR com­mit­tee shares the best prac­tices of ACE awardees. Speak­ers this year in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional, AIA, Raja’s Fash­ions, Fedex, Mead John­son Nutri­tion, IBM and Con­rad Bangkok. In ad­di­tion, the CSR com­mit­tee pre­sented an overview of the re­quire­ments for mem­ber com­pa­nies to ap­ply for AMCHAM’S CSR Ex­cel­lence ( ACE) Recog­ni­tion to in­ter­ested mem­bers.

CUS­TOMS AND EX­CISE COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Kittipong Jangkamolkulchai, Phillip Mor­ris; Flo­rina Vistal, Ford; Paul Sum­ner, Price­wa­ter­house­coop­ers Board Li­ai­son: David Car­den, Fedex

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

The Com­mit­tee com­pleted a re­vised AMCHAM po­si­tion pa­per on cus­toms is­sues, lever­ag­ing a re­newed ef­fort of the Cus­toms Depart­ment to re­vise the penalty and re­ward regimes and ad­vo­cat­ing for a long- term goal of to­tal elim­i­na­tion of the prob­lem­atic sys­tem.

Pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to AMCHAM mem­bers on cus­toms and ex­cise de­vel­op­ments; con­tin­ued ad­vo­cat­ing with the U. S. Govern­ment and the Royal Thai Govern­ment; and met with var­i­ous Cham­bers and busi­ness groups in­clud­ing the U. S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice ( USTR) to dis­cuss cus­toms re­forms. • Re­ceived Board ap­proval and sup­port of the JFCCT, Bri­tish, South African, Aus­tralian, Cana­dian, and Thai Cham­ber of Com­merce on our Cus­toms po­si­tion pa­per. • The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued its ad­vo­cacy with the U. S. Govern­ment and the Royal Thai Govern­ment lever­ag­ing our po­si­tion pa­per to con­tinue to keep pres­sure on the Thai Govern­ment’s pend­ing cus­toms re­forms that are now work­ing their way through the gov­ern­men­tal political process. • Held eight monthly meet­ings.

EAST­ERN SE­ABOARD COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Michael Di­a­mente, Amer­i­can Axle Man­u­fac­tur­ing; Vin­cent Pourre, Wall Street English Board Li­ai­son: David Nar­done, He­maraj Land & De­vel­op­ment

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: AMCHAM’S East­ern Se­aboard Com­mit­tee held monthly net­work­ing func­tions in part­ner­ship with other for­eign cham­bers.

In Fe­bru­ary, the Com­mit­tee held a joint net­work­ing event in Pat­taya, spon­sored by He­maraj. The event was hosted by AMCHAM and held in con­junc­tion with Austcham Thai­land, the Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce Thai­land ( BCCT), Ger­man- Thai Cham­ber of Com­merce ( GTCC), the South- African Cham­ber and the Bel­gian- Lux­em­burg Cham­ber ( Be­luthai).

In May, the East­ern Se­aboard Com­mit­tee hosted a joint meet­ing with the Auto Coun­cil com­mit­tee, with a guest speaker from LMC Au­to­mo­tive who gave an up­date on the in­dus­try in Thai­land and ASEAN. The Com­mit­tee also had guest speak­ers from Ford, Gen­eral Mo­tors, Thai Sum­mit, and He­maraj who pre­sented up­dates on pol­icy and la­bor reg­u­la­tions in Thai­land, as well as road in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment projects in the East­ern Se­aboard. The Auto coun­cil meet­ing was fol­lowed by a net­work­ing func­tion cospon­sored by PCS and Wall Street English.

Look­ing for­ward to 2016, AMCHAM and the East­ern Se­aboard Com­mit­tee will be or­ga­niz­ing net­work­ing func­tions in Fe­bru­ary, June and Novem­ber. The Com­mit­tee has also planned a site visit to Cater­pil­lar’s fac­tory in Fe­bru­ary and a joint event with the Auto Coun­cil and Trans­porta­tion & Lo­gis­tics com­mit­tee in June.

EN­ERGY AND EN­VI­RON­MENT COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Mongkol­nimit Auacherd­kul, Esso; Pairoj Kaweeya­nun, Chevron Board Li­ai­son: Neil Hansen, Esso

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued work­ing with other com­mit­tees to or­ga­nize ac­tiv­i­ties to meet key ob­jec­tives. The com­mit­tee kicked off with a plan­ning ses­sion and hosted an up­date on En­ergy Out­look - A View to 2040 by Exxon Mo­bil Cor­po­ra­tion. Var­i­ous speak­ers from govern­ment agen­cies were in­vited to present a se­ries of coun­try en­ergy roadmaps start­ing with the Thai­land In­te­grated En­ergy Blue­print ( 2015- 2036), the 2015 Power De­vel­op­ment Plan, the 2015 Al­ter­na­tive En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Plan, and the 2015 Gas Plan. Good feed­back was re­ceived from mem­ber com­pa­nies on the se­ries of re­views on the coun­try en­ergy roadmaps which helped to in­crease un­der­stand­ing on the coun­try en­ergy roadmaps as well as guide fu­ture ad­vo­cacy ef­forts to sup­port mem­ber com­pa­nies’ busi­nesses.

FOOD & AGRI- BUSI­NESS COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­ers: Dee Rich­mond, Agrisource; Alan Ad­cock, Tilleke & Gib­bins; Ji­rawat Poom­srikaew, Dupont; Mark Ku­jawa, Di­a­mond V Mills Board Li­ai­son: Dhanakorn Kasetr­suwan, La- Z- Boy

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: The Com­mit­tee held the fol­low­ing events to ac­com­plish its mis­sion:

• Reg­u­la­tory Im­pinge­ments of IP Rights: Briefing and dis­cus­sion by Kittipong Jangkamolkulchai, Philip Mor­ris; Ji­rawat Poom­srikaew, Dupont; Rachana­torn Lao­haphan, Di­a­geo Moet Hen­nessy; • Af­ter­noon at the Races - Thor­ough­bred Horse Rac­ing in Thai­land: Lunch and briefing by Theresa Ku­jawa, Royal Bri­tish Sports Club Rac­ing Com­mit­tee and Equine Con­sul­tant; • Fu­ture of Rice in Thai­land: Briefing by Dr. Amar Si­amwala, Thai­land De­vel­op­ment and Re­search In­sti­tute; • Thai FDA and Depart­ment of Live­stock De­vel­op­ment - Le­gal and Reg­u­la­tory Up­date: Briefing by Narue­mol Chat­sanga, Food

Con­trol Divi­sion, Thai­land Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion; At­thachai Homhuan, Tilleke & Gib­bins; Si­rada­pat Ratanakorn, Tilleke & Gib­bins; • Visit to An­i­mal Sci­ence Learn­ing Cen­ter, Kaset­sart Univer­sity: Briefing and tour of Learn­ing Cen­ter and dis­cus­sions with Fac­ulty of Agri­cul­ture; • Meet­ing with Pe­di­atric Nutri­tion Man­u­fac­turer As­so­ci­a­tion ( PNMA) about Min­istry of Pub­lic Health draft reg­u­la­tions on ex­pand­ing ad­ver­tis­ing re­stric­tions on pe­di­atric nu­tri­tional re­place­ments; • Meet the Vets: Briefing by Dr. Jakaphan Wan­na­wong and Dr. Thi­ti­porn Pliansamai; • Joint Health­care and Food & Agri- Busi­ness Com­mit­tees – Are Gluten- free Eat­ing and Foods a Fad? – Briefing by Ki­tiya Su­van­nasankha, Bum­run­grad In­ter­na­tional, and Teer­anat Limpi­chotikul, SGS Thai­land; • Key U. S. Agri­cul­tural Trade Is­sues: Briefing by Bobby Richey, the

new U. S. Agri­cul­tural Coun­selor for the U. S. Em­bassy; • Round ta­ble dis­cus­sion with Chris­tine Brown, USTR Di­rec­tor for

South­east Asia and Pa­cific Affairs; • Meet­ing with Thai­land Crop Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion ( TCPA); • Ebola and other An­i­mal- Re­lated Dis­eases: Briefing by Dr. Pawin Padung­tod, Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, Global Dis­ease De­tec­tion Re­gional Cen­ter Thai MOPH.

GREATER PHUKET CHAP­TER

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Bill Bar­nett, C9 Hotel­works; John Magee, The Phuket Gazette

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

On Jan­uary 26 the com­mit­tee, in con­junc­tion with C9 Hotel­works, held the fourth An­nual Thai­land Tourism Fo­rum 2015 ( TTF) at In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Bangkok. This year’s at­ten­dance ex­ceeded 500 travel and tourism par­tic­i­pants. TTF 2015 pro­vided a fo­rum where hos­pi­tal­ity lead­ers and ex­perts can­didly dis­cussed the eco­nomic im­pact of political changes and the shift in tourism trends glob­ally and in the re­gion.

In Septem­ber an event on China’s high- end tourism was held at the JW Mar­riott Phuket. Over 150 par­tic­i­pants gath­ered as David John­son and Vanessa Zhu of De­liv­er­ing Asia Com­mu­ni­ca­tions spoke about tap­ping into Main­land China’s vast so­cial me­dia net­work to pro­mote in­bound tourism to Thai­land. Vanessa, DAC’S Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Spe­cial­ist and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor for China, un­veiled how to at­tract high- end Chi­nese out­bound trav­el­ers to ho­tels and re­sorts in Thai­land through a range of com­mu­ni­ca­tions strate­gies.

Oc­to­ber saw a tourism event at the Out­rig­ger La­guna Phuket fo­cus­ing on Phuket tourism by the num­bers. STR Global’s Area Di­rec­tor for Asia Pa­cific, Jes­per Palmqvist, and Mark Sim­mons, Vice Pres­i­dent Sales and Mar­ket­ing for Out­rig­ger Re­sorts, spoke to 100 at­ten­dees on desti­na­tion tourism per­for­mance and pro­vided in­sight into strat­egy in a volatile mar­ket­place.

In Novem­ber and De­cem­ber the Angsana La­guna Phuket hosted twin events with a spe­cial Thanks­giv­ing busi­ness net­work­ing lunch on Novem­ber 26 and a Fam­ily Christ­mas party on De­cem­ber 9. The Phuket Chap­ter con­tin­ues to fo­cus on high- pro­file events that are well at­tended and help pro­mote the Cham­ber.

HEALTH­CARE COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Siri­wan Chuen­chom­sakun, Pfizer; Sudi Narasimhan, Bum­run­grad Hos­pi­tal; Thavi­rap Tan­ti­wongse, GSK. Board Li­ai­son: Chris­tian Malherbe, Pfizer

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

The Health­care Com­mit­tee held a plan­ning ses­sion to come up with a yearly plan of ac­tiv­i­ties along with a pol­icy po­si­tion de­vel­op­ing ses­sion. The com­mit­tee high­lighted key pol­icy is­sues to en­sure Thai­land’s com­pet­i­tive­ness and im­prove pa­tient care and qual­ity of life.

The pri­or­i­ties were: ( 1) rec­om­mend­ing against cost con­tain­ment poli­cies that cov­ered fix­ing of pric­ing in pri­vate hospi­tals which lim­ited treat­ment op­tions and in­vest­ment in new tech­nol­ogy; and ( 2) ad­vo­cat­ing against the use of an in­con­sis­tent method­ol­ogy to set max­i­mum pro­cure­ment price of the medicines which could po­ten­tially limit ac­cess to in­no­va­tive medicines. Ad­di­tion­ally, evo­lu­tion and trans­parency of govern­ment pro­cure­ment were also en­cour­aged by rec­om­mend­ing the re­moval of Thai­land’s Govern­ment Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( GPO) priv­i­lege and open­ing the mar­ket for fair com­pe­ti­tion.

Lastly, the com­mit­tee strongly ad­vised the Thai govern­ment to re­view draft drug bill pro­vi­sions which re­quired con­fi­den­tial data of pa­tent and price struc­ture dis­clo­sure as part of the ap­proval cri­te­ria and which leads to dis­crim­i­na­tion against in­no­va­tion and for­eign com­pa­nies.

The com­mit­tee also set up two key lun­cheon events in Au­gust and Novem­ber that cov­ered the fol­low­ing top­ics: ‘ Can Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Help Doc­tors Plan More Ef­fec­tive Treat­ments’ by an ex­pert from Bum­run­grad In­ter­na­tional Hos­pi­tal, Dr. James Miser, and ‘ What fu­ture lies ahead for Thai­land’s Life Sci­ences In­dus­try’ by Dr. Nares Dam­rongchai, CEO of Thai­land Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence for Life Sci­ences ( TCELS).

HU­MAN RE­SOURCES COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Christo­pher Schultz, APM; Amy Chris­ten­son, YUM; Richard Jack­son, RLC Re­cruit­ment Board Li­ai­son: Mar­cos Purty, Gen­eral Mo­tors

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: Fe­bru­ary: Joint HR and Le­gal Com­mit­tee briefing on the la­bor en­vi­ron­ment. The big­gest draw of the year with 73 at­ten­dees, this event fea­tured guest speak­ers from Chandler & Thong- ek, Price­sanond, Raja and Tann, and As­sess­ment As­so­ciates In­ter­na­tional and cov­ered the lat­est up­dates to Thai la­bor law; March: The pre­sen­ta­tion by Birches Group drew 45 at­ten­dees who learned about la­bor mar­ket up­dates for Thai­land and ASEAN; April: Chang­ing for­mats, the April meet­ing was an in­ti­mate

roundtable in which the 15 at­ten­dees brain­stormed on the sub­ject of em­ployee en­gage­ment, iden­ti­fy­ing their or­ga­ni­za­tions’ big­gest chal­lenges and dis­cussing pos­si­ble so­lu­tions; • June: Fea­tur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the Cul­tural In­tel­li­gence Cen­ter, this ses­sion had 26 at­ten­dees and fea­tured a panel dis­cus­sion with mem­ber com­pa­nies Philip Mor­ris and Yum Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional; • July: The topic about Gen­er­a­tion Y, and whether they re­ally are dif­fer­ent, was the fo­cus this month, with pan­elists from Mahi­dol Univer­sity In­ter­na­tional Col­lege, Chevron, and APM Group. Thirty peo­ple at­tended; • Au­gust: The fo­cus turned to re­cruit­ment in this ses­sion. Fifty­seven at­ten­dees came to hear pre­sen­ta­tions from Linkedin and RLC Re­cruit­ment. The ses­sion in­cluded guest pan­elists from Pronto Mar­ket­ing, Adecco, and PPG Coat­ings; • Septem­ber: Lead­er­ship Coach­ing was the topic of this meet­ing, which drew 33 at­ten­dees and fea­tured three guest speak­ers: Coach Kriengsak Niratpattanasai, Dr. Si­raya Kong­som­pong, and Srikanth Se­shadri. Ad­di­tion­ally, Chi­rathep Senivongs Na Ayudha from the Bank of Thai­land joined as a guest pan­elist; • Oc­to­ber: The Pro­fes­sional Women’s Com­mit­tee and HR Com­mit­tee co- pre­sented a ses­sion on women in the Thai work­place. Thirty peo­ple at­tended this pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr. Jes­per Dop­ping from Mahi­dol Univer­sity In­ter­na­tional Col­lege with guest pan­elists from Yum Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional, Philip Mor­ris, and Gen­eral Ca­ble; • Novem­ber: To con­clude the year’s pro­gram­ming, the HR Com­mit­tee held our an­nual com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits ses­sion, with guest speak­ers from Tow­ers Wat­son and Mercer. We had 40 at­ten­dees and guest pan­elists from Nes­tle and Stan­dard Char­tered Bank.

In 2016, the HR Com­mit­tee aims to con­tinue to pro­vide fre­quent top­ics of high value to the AMCHAM mem­ber­ship, while in­creas­ing the in­volve­ment of mem­ber com­pa­nies. Ad­di­tion­ally, we will move to in­crease at­ten­dance through a com­bi­na­tion of bet­ter ad­ver­tis­ing around events and by op­ti­miz­ing tim­ing and lo­ca­tion of the events.

IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY PIC­NIC COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Tom Whitcraft, RMA Asia Board Li­ai­son: Dou­glas de Weese, Pet Pro­tect Co., Ltd.

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

This year’s In­de­pen­dence Day pic­nic was held on July 4, 2015 at KIS In­ter­na­tional School. Over 2,000 peo­ple at­tended the event and more than Baht 700,000 was raised for the AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

This year’s event in­cluded many high­lights in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing items:

• 6 bands cov­er­ing a wide range of Amer­i­can mu­sic; • 7 food brands of­fer­ing Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine and

bev­er­ages; • A chili cook- off; • AMCHAM com­pany mem­bers of­fer­ing en­ter­tain­ment and edu

cational ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren; • 6 months of plan­ning from 20+ vol­un­teer com­mit­tee mem­bers

and 70+ vol­un­teers on the day of the event.

IN­FOR­MA­TION AND COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS TECH­NOL­OGY ( ICT) COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: De­sarack Teso, Mi­crosoft; John Fo­tiadis, Ather­ton; John Formichella, Blu­men­thal Richter & Sumet; An­drew Mcbean, Grant Thorn­ton; Madan Misra, Sea­gate Board Li­ai­son: Jeff Ny­gaard, Sea­gate

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: Among the high­lights of the ac­tiv­i­ties and events for the ICT Com­mit­tee in 2015 were:

• As part of a multi- cham­ber ICT Work­ing Group, in Novem­ber the com­mit­tee par­tic­i­pated in a cour­tesy di­a­logue with H. E. Dr. Ut­tama Sa­vanayana, Min­is­ter of ICT, his Vice Min­is­ter and ad­vis­ers to dis­cuss struc­tural re­form of the tele­coms sec­tor, the evo­lu­tion and role of state- owned en­ter­prises, a trusted in­ter­net, skills in the sec­tor and the free move­ment of skilled la­bor, in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion poli­cies, com­pe­ti­tion regulation, and the draft Dig­i­tal Econ­omy laws, in­clud­ing cy­ber se­cu­rity and data pri­vacy is­sues such as cross- bor­der data flow. Dr. Ut­tama in­vited the busi­ness del­e­ga­tion to a fur­ther di­a­logue, par­tic­u­larly on the draft Dig­i­tal Econ­omy laws; • Con­tin­u­ing the bian­nual tra­di­tion, the 2015 edi­tion of Gad­get Night was held in Novem­ber where the lat­est and coolest gad­gets were on dis­play at a multi- cham­ber so­cial net­work­ing night or­ga­nized by AMCHAM with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Bri­tish, Aus­tralian, New Zealand and Cana­dian cham­bers. Some of th­ese devices and gad­gets were shown in Thai­land for the first time. There were a to­tal of 12 ex­hibitors, show­ing ev­ery­thing from cool PCS, in­ter­ac­tive smart phones and TVS, to high- tech camp­ing equip­ment, devices for home se­cu­rity, fit­ness wear­ables, and even pet gad­gets. The event at­tracted close to 150 par­tic­i­pants; • The ICT Com­mit­tee de­vel­oped an ICT po­si­tion pa­per for AMCHAM’S sub­mis­sion to the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter and Elec­tronic Trans­ac­tion De­vel­op­ment Agency ( ETDA) in July. The pa­per ad­vo­cates that the Govern­ment con­sider a num­ber of is­sues in shap­ing a ro­bust dig­i­tal econ­omy from the le­gal, reg­u­la­tory and busi­ness per­spec­tives. The pa­per high­lights

AMCHAM’S rec­om­men­da­tions on is­sues such as data pro­tec­tion, cy­ber- crime, IP pro­tec­tion, elec­tronic trans­ac­tions, BOI in­cen­tives, govern­ment pro­cure­ment, mo­bile in­fra­struc­ture and hu­man re­sources. For­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Pridiyathorn made pos­i­tive re­marks dur­ing an AMCHAM din­ner in that he went through each is­sue and rec­om­men­da­tion out­lined in the pa­per and said some­thing along the line of “we will get this done;” • In line with the top- of- mind topic in the IT in­dus­try to­day, two events were or­ga­nized to share per­spec­tives on cy­ber- se­cu­rity threats, pro­tec­tion, de­tec­tion and re­sponse with Mi­crosoft’s Dig­i­tal Crime Unit and with the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Stan­dards and Tech­nol­ogy ( NIST). NIST, an agency un­der the U. S. Depart­ment of Com­merce, shared its Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Frame­work – di­rected by Pres­i­dent Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der “Im­prov­ing Crit­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture Cy­ber Se­cu­rity” – con­sist­ing of stan­dards, guide­lines and prac­tices to help own­ers and oper­a­tors of crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture man­age cy­ber se­cu­rity- re­lated risk.

LAO CHAP­TER

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Mark Grif­fin, Lao Coca- Cola Bot­tling Com­pany Lim­ited; Dilip Je­suthasan, Lao Ford City; Richard Reece, Vil­lage Fo­cus In­ter­na­tional; Bri­ana Olson, DFDL; Tammy Medard, ANZ Bank Laos; Anna Lin­den, Scia­roni & As­so­ciates; Mike Car­roll, Asian Nat­u­ral Prod­ucts of Florida; Robert Allen Jr. Board Li­ai­son: Mar­cos Purty, Gen­eral Mo­tors

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: In 2015, found­ing Chair Chris Man­ley stepped down as Chair as he re­lo­cated to an­other coun­try, and Mark Grif­fin, Gen­eral Man­ager of Lao Coca- Cola Bot­tling Com­pany Lim­ited, was se­lected as the new Chair. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Lead­er­ship Team ex­panded from four to eight mem­bers with three po­si­tions be­ing filled by women, thus adding to a gen­der bal­ance of the Lead­er­ship Team. There were also three new sub- com­mit­tees formed which are fo­cused on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ( CSR), pol­icy, and events and mem­ber­ship. Also seen in 2015 was an in­crease in mem­ber­ship of 10 new cor­po­rate mem­bers and five new in­di­vid­ual mem­bers. This brings to­tal mem­ber­ship to 31 cor­po­rate and 14 in­di­vid­ual mem­bers.

The sup­port of AMCHAM Thai­land is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Judy Benn, vis­ited Vi­en­tiane in Novem­ber for con­sul­ta­tions with the AMCHAM Lao Chap­ter’s Lead­er­ship Team. A Lead­er­ship Team mem­ber also met with U. S. Com­mer­cial Coun­selor Greg Wong in Bangkok which was fol­lowed up with a con­fer­ence call be­tween Mr. Wong and three Lead­er­ship Team mem­bers about po­ten­tial U. S. ex­ports to Laos and a sum­mary of the Chap­ter’s or­ga­ni­za­tional and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Lao Chap­ter had monthly net­work­ing events through­out the year with mem­bers and new con­tacts. There has been con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of net­work­ing events since Au­gust as all net­work­ing events since then have been spon­sored thanks to an in­creased pool of gen­er­ous mem­ber com­pa­nies. On av­er­age, each net­work­ing event since Au­gust has had about 50 at­ten­dees whereas the av­er­age turnout be­fore was 25. There have been two joint net­work­ing re­cep­tions with the Euro­pean Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try in Laos ( ECCIL) and the Aus­tralian Cham­ber of Com­merce ( AUSTCHAM). The Lao Chap­ter also par­tic­i­pated in two joint cham­ber CSR sem­i­nars. Other net­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­volved live view­ings of the Su­per Bowl and Col­lege Bowl games through­out Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

In Fe­bru­ary, Lao Ford City, Lao Coca- Cola Bot­tling Com­pany Lim­ited and Lao- Asia Pa­cific Brew­eries/ Heineken spon­sored AMCHAM Lao Char­ity Golf Day. A to­tal of 89 peo­ple played in­clud­ing the Am­bas­sadors of Aus­tralia and Malaysia and staff of the U. S. Em­bassy. The U. S. Em­bassy’s Deputy Chief of Mis­sion, Paul Mayer, was present and gave re­marks. Over $ 5,000 was raised and do­nated to the AMCHAM Lao Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. In Oc­to­ber, the AMCHAM Fundraiser Pic­nic took place with spon­sor­ship from five ma­jor com­pa­nies ( Lao Ford City, Lao Coca- Cola Bot­tling Com­pany Lim­ited, ANZ Bank Laos, Datacom and Lao- Asia Pa­cific Brew­eries). The event fea­tured raf­fle prizes and fun ac­tiv­i­ties and food from some of the best restau­rants in Vi­en­tiane. The U. S. Am­bas­sador at­tended and gave re­marks. Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple and fam­i­lies at­tended and more than $ 3,000 was raised for the 2016 schol­ar­ship fund.

Quar­terly break­fast meet­ings with U. S. Am­bas­sador Daniel Clune and Lao Chap­ter mem­bers were held through­out the year. Most took place at the Am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence and one was held at the new U. S. Em­bassy in Vi­en­tiane and in­cluded a tour.

Ad­di­tional events with the U. S. State Depart­ment in­cluded a lunch meet­ing with the U. S. State Depart­ment’s Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of Eco­nomic and Busi­ness Affairs, Kurt Tong, and Lao Chap­ter mem­bers in Fe­bru­ary plus an event with the de­part­ing U. S. Em­bassy Deputy Chief of Mis­sion, Paul Mayer, and Lao Chap­ter mem­bers in June. The Chap­ter also co­or­di­nated a joint pol­icy state­ment on the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in the Lao econ­omy to be part of the UNDP- Govern­ment of Laos Round Ta­ble Meet­ings on Laos’ five- year Na­tional So­cio- Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Plan. In ad­di­tion, the Lao Chap­ter met with the Lao Min­istry of In­dus­try and Com­merce ( MOIC) to sug­gest key ar­eas of de­vel­op­ment when Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.

Other events of pro­fes­sional value in­cluded a pre­sen­ta­tion from the USA Over­seas Pri­vate In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion ( OPIC) for Amer­i­can in­vestors in­ter­ested in Laos, a pre­sen­ta­tion from Birches Group on ASEAN La­bor Mar­ket Trends, and an up­date from KPMG on U. S. tax and fi­nan­cial re­port­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Through the CSR sub- com­mit­tee, the Chap­ter’s first ini­tia­tives to give back to the Lao com­mu­nity be­gan this year. At the start of the year, some mem­bers uti­lized funds from the 2014 AMCHAM Pic­nic to make a do­na­tion of blan­kets to stu­dents at Vi­en­tiane School for the Deaf and Blind. Then, in the spring­time, the CSR sub- com­mit­tee pi­loted the Lao Chap­ter’s new schol­ar­ship pro­gram. The pro­gram is cur­rently sup­port­ing 12 Lao higher education stu­dents who are study­ing in Vi­en­tiane and have demon­strated po­ten­tial to be fu­ture eco­nomic and busi­ness lead­ers in Laos. Ten of the 12 stu­dents come from provinces out­side of Vi­en­tiane. Funds for the schol­ar­ships were raised from the afore­men­tioned AMCHAM Lao Char­ity Golf Day and the 2014 AMCHAM Pic­nic.

LE­GAL COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Dou­glas Man­cill, Price­sanond; Christo­pher Knight, Everett Knight; David Lawrence, Tilleke & Gib­bins; Su­tathip Kal­layaw­inai, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany Board Li­ai­son: Dhanakorn Kasetr­suwan, La- Z- Boy

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: 2015 was an­other pro­duc­tive year for the Le­gal Com­mit­tee. The Com­mit­tee or­ga­nized 11 pro­grams which were in to­tal at­tended by over 380 AMCHAM mem­bers. The Com­mit­tee’s high­est at­tended event of the year was dis­cus­sion of the Li­cens­ing Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Act by the drafters of the law and the Of­fice of the Pub­lic Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion. The se­cond high­est at­tended event was a pre­sen­ta­tion by the Board of In­vest­ment where it de­scribed its new in­cen­tives.

In ad­di­tion to host­ing speak­ers from the Royal Thai Govern­ment, the Com­mit­tee con­tin­ued its col­lab­o­ra­tion with other AMCHAM com­mit­tees and for­eign cham­bers on is­sues that im­pact do­ing busi­ness in Thai­land. The Le­gal Com­mit­tee held two “Ask a Lawyer” events with the SME Com­mit­tee and also co- or­ga­nized the an­nual La­bor and Em­ploy­ment pro­gram with the HR Com­mit­tee. The Le­gal Com­mit­tee teamed with the Bri­tish Cham­ber’s Le­gal Com­mit­tee on Class Ac­tions, Anti- cor­rup­tion top­ics and the amend­ments to guar­an­tee and mort­gage. For ad­vo­cacy the Le­gal Com­mit­tee at­tended vis­it­ing U. S. govern­ment of­fi­cial brief­ings and the Depart­ment of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty roundtable.

The Com­mit­tee has al­ready started its plan­ning for 2016 and wel­comes in­put from all AMCHAM mem­bers on pro­grams and other ar­eas of in­ter­est the Com­mit­tee can ad­dress.

MAR­KET­ING COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Su­mur Svasti­salee, YUM Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional, Wan­visa Ko­mindr, Citibank; Pasquale Ru­berto, Mind­share; Board Li­ai­son: Waewka­nee As­so­rat­goon, YUM Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: The theme for 2015 was “A year of growth and in­no­va­tion.” The Mar­ket­ing Com­mit­tee held five ses­sions for a to­tal of 402 at­ten­dees as com­pared to 425 last year. The Cannes Lions ses­sion was one of the high­lights this year, and it was the most well re­ceived and at­tracted the best turn out to date with 140 at­ten­dees. In ad­di­tion, the Mar­ket­ing Com­mit­tee pre­sented high cal­iber speak­ers, such as the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Mind­share, Gen­eral Man­ager of Uber, and Ex­ec­u­tive Cre­ative Di­rec­tor of Leo Bur­nett. Over­all at­ten­dance this year was down due to the scal­ing back on the num­ber of ses­sions, but the level of par­tic­i­pa­tion was strong.

PRO­FES­SIONAL WOMEN COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Karen Hochhauser, APM Board Li­ai­son: Waewka­nee As­so­rat­goon, Yum Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional 2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: 2015 started with a de­ci­sion to con­duct a sur­vey of all mem­bers to re­view the di­rec­tion of the com­mit­tee, what it should of­fer its mem­bers and when, and how to max­i­mize ex­po­sure and in­clu­sion. The sur­vey feed­back re­sulted in the con­fir­ma­tion that the com­mit­tee was con­duct­ing the right pro­grams to ad­dress the needs and wants of our mem­bers.

This year the com­mit­tee had a num­ber of pro­grams that ranged in con­tent and ob­jec­tives, start­ing with a pam­per­ing at the Elemis Spa. Mem­bers were treated to some spe­cial spa treat­ments as well as a talk from a leader in the in­dus­try. In Fe­bru­ary, the com­mit­tee joined the joint cham­bers Pro­fes­sional Women’s Group to meet other pro­fes­sional women and sup­port the greater women’s net­work in Bangkok. Con­tin­u­ing from the strong start, the com­mit­tee changed things up and brought back its Women in Lead­er­ship Speaker Se­ries. Tammy Chan, MD of Philip Mor­ris spoke about ob­sta­cles and op­por­tu­ni­ties women face in the cor­po­rate world. This event was fol­lowed with a talk on mind­ful­ness lead by Khun Gift, who is re­spon­si­ble for the Mind­ful Education Ini­tia­tive at the Amer­i­can School of Bangkok.

Later in the year, the com­mit­tee con­ducted a joint event with the Hu­man Re­source Com­mit­tee on “Women in the Thai Work Place” with Dr. Jes­per Döp­ping from Mahi­dol Univer­sity In­ter­na­tional Col­lege who shared re­search on “The Faces of Fe­male Lead­er­ship – Dolls and ‘ the hin­der legs’ of pri­vate busi­ness in Thai­land.” This event also in­cluded a panel dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing suc­cess­ful fe­male lead­ers in Thai­land who shared their in­sights, chal­lenges, and sug­ges­tions for paths to suc­cess. AMCHAM PWC then got back into the spirit of pos­i­tive healthy body, mind, and spirit and hit the barre at Physique 57 fol­lowed by net­work­ing. The com­mit­tee ended the year by join­ing the U. S. Em­bassy, Con­nect­ing Founders, and Moxie for the Women in Busi­ness in South­east Asia se­ries. The event fo­cused on how to build a strong brand – in Thai­land and be­yond – and the im­por­tance of mar­ket­ing for the suc­cess of a busi­ness.

SE­CU­RITY COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Henny Bee­ber, AES Group; Matthew Quin, Chevron Board Li­ai­son: Joe Man­nix, United Air­lines

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued its close co­op­er­a­tion with both the Over­seas Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee ( OSAC) and the U. S. Em­bassy’s Re­gional Se­cu­rity Of­fice. At the last meet­ing the com­mit­tee reached out for co­op­er­a­tion to the newly- es­tab­lished ASIS ( Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity) Thai­land Chap­ter to ex­pand the at­tendee base. The quar­terly meet­ings were hosted by key speak­ers from both the pub­lic and pri­vate se­cu­rity sec­tor. The meet­ings were all well at­tended by busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als from the se­cu­rity sec­tor and other busi­ness sec­tors. High­lights in­cluded:

• The first quar­terly meet­ing of the year was a joint meet­ing with OSAC/ Se­cu­rity/ Trans­porta­tion & Lo­gis­tics cov­er­ing

trans­porta­tion se­cu­rity. Key speak­ers were from the U. S. Em­bassy and the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion. • A joint con­fer­ence with ICT and Travel & Tourism com­mit­tees which pro­vided brief­ings by se­cu­rity ex­perts from the U. S. Se­cret Ser­vice, Amer­i­can Ex­press and Orion cov­er­ing credit card and doc­u­ment fraud preven­tion, dig­i­tal foren­sics and cy­ber­crime. It was a very in­ter­est­ing topic for many busi­ness sec­tors. • The last meet­ing of the year cov­ered “Busi­ness Con­ti­nu­ity in Tur­bu­lent Times,” a very rel­e­vant topic af­ter the vi­o­lent bomb­ing in Bangkok and ear­lier protests.

SME COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Paul Robere, Robere & As­so­ciates; Kevin Wind­field, Man­hat­tan As­set Man­age­ment; Martin Jan­cik, Trac­tus

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

The Com­mit­tee hosted or co- hosted eight pro­grams, with an av­er­age of 22 at­ten­dees cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing web­site de­sign, le­gal ad­vice, us­ing the Cloud to ex­pand your busi­ness, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions boot camp, two fac­tory vis­its, coffee train­ing cen­ter, and a pre­sen­ta­tion on the value of per­for­mance re­views. All of the top­ics were well pre­sented by highly qual­i­fied speak­ers and well re­ceived.

The com­mit­tee’s year started off with the re­turn of Carl Heaton who led the group dis­cus­sion on how to de­velop a mar­ketable web­site. In March, the com­mit­tee had a com­bined SME and Le­gal com­mit­tee pro­gram ti­tled “Ev­ery­thing you wanted to ask a lawyer and didn’t want to pay for!” This in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from four dif­fer­ent law firms who shared their ex­per­tise on un­der­stand­ing the le­gal im­pact to an SME busi­ness.

In May, the Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Global Head Op­er­a­tions at Sea­gate, Jef­frey Ny­gaard, joined us with his team to ex­plain the use of the Cloud. Ad­di­tion­ally, they pro­vided a door prize of two 8TB mem­ory sys­tems. In June, the com­mit­tee vis­ited Aziam Bur­son­Marsteller, and was given a pre­sen­ta­tion by Tom Pol­dre, Di­rec­tor of Train­ing and De­vel­op­ment. He gave the group a com­mu­ni­ca­tions boot camp. No year is com­plete with­out a visit to the Jelly Belly fac­tory and a com­bined trip to Emerson man­u­fac­tur­ing. The se­nior man­age­ment of both firms took time out of their busy sched­ules to per­son­ally show the at­ten­dees around the fac­tory.

In Au­gust, the com­mit­tee was treated to a visit to the new CoffeeWorks Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­ter where Dale Lee and An­drew Stotz shared not only the tech­niques for mak­ing good coffee but the fi­nan­cial im­pact of an or­ga­ni­za­tion like COFFEEWORKS. In Oc­to­ber the lawyers came back once again to share their valu­able ex­per­tise and pro­vided some valu­able tips to the SME com­mit­tee on how to best un­der­stand the le­gal im­pact of run­ning a busi­ness in Thai­land. In Novem­ber, the com­mit­tee fin­ished out the sched­ule with Fred Mouawad, who shared with the group his con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence on de­vel­op­ing a per­sonal per­for­mance sys­tem that pro­vides re­sults.

It was the in­tent of the lead­er­ship to pro­vide a wide range of sub­jects that would ap­peal to the ma­jor­ity of the par­tic­i­pants. In some cases it was felt that the sub­ject mat­ter cov­ered more than one com­mit­tee and as such, it was pro­moted as a joint com­mit­tee pro­gram.

SPORTS COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Kevin Wind­field, Man­hat­tan As­set Man­age­ment; Pavin Rod­loy­tuk, Citibank Board Li­ai­son: Dar­ren Buck­ley, Citibank

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: At the 2015 Me­mo­rial Day and Thanks­giv­ing Chari­tee Golf Tour­na­ments, the com­mit­tee raised a to­tal amount of Baht 834,000.

The Sports Com­mit­tee also raised over Baht 350,000 from the char­ity bowl­ing tour­na­ments for a com­bined con­tri­bu­tion in 2015 of over Baht 1,180,000 to the AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion ( ATCF). The Sports Com­mit­tee will con­tinue in 2016 with the spring and fall bowl­ing tour­na­ments and the Me­mo­rial Day and Thanks­giv­ing golf. The com­mit­tee is al­ways ex­plor­ing new ways to raise money for the ATCF and to bring fur­ther joy and value to AMCHAM mem­bers. The com­mit­tee’s cur­rent to­tal con­tri­bu­tion to the ATCF is over USD 485,000.

TAX COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: John An­des, KPMG; Greg La­mont, Price­wa­ter­house­coop­ers; Peet­inuch “Tong” Utai­wan, Gen­eral Elec­tric

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

Through­out the year, there were sev­eral Tax Com­mit­tee meet­ings up­dat­ing mem­bers of the de­vel­op­ments of the U. S. and Thai tax law, in­clud­ing trans­fer pric­ing leg­is­la­tion and in­her­i­tance tax. The speak­ers were from var­i­ous pro­fes­sional firms lo­cated in Thai­land and over­seas.

The Tax Com­mit­tee is mon­i­tor­ing Thai tax leg­is­la­tion and tax re­form ef­forts which, if im­ple­mented, would have an im­pact on many mem­bers. The Tax Com­mit­tee also pre­pared a 15 point pa­per on sug­ges­tions to make Thai­land more com­pet­i­tive from a tax per­spec­tive.

TRANS­PORTA­TION & LO­GIS­TICS COM­MIT­TEE ( TLC)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Den­nis Berkom­pas, PB Agen­cies; Anu­tra Sin­chaipanich, Cater­pil­lar; Ian Hamil­ton, Col­liers In­ter­na­tional Board Li­ai­son: Jeff rey Ny­gaard, Sea­gate

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments:

The Com­mit­tee hosted speak­ers from govern­ment ( Thai and U. S. Em­bassy), aca­demic, and pri­vate sec­tors with up­dates on trans­port se­cu­rity, Thai­land ur­ban and in­ter- city in­fra­struc­ture projects, ASEAN lo­gis­tics de­vel­op­ments, and sup­ply chain lo­gis­tic in­te­gra­tion and prac­tices.

The list of dis­tin­guished guest speak­ers in­cluded: Thomas R. Van Den Brink, Re­gional Se­cu­rity Offi cer, Quang Nguyen, Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion At­taché, and other mem­bers of Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion and Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity; Dr. Phichet Ku­nad­ham­raks, Se­nior Civil En­gi­neer of the Offi ce of Trans­port and Pol­icy & Plan­ning ( OTP) at Min­istry of Trans­port; Dr. Ruth Banomy­ong, Head of the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness from Tham­masat Univer­sity; Matthew Brown, Vice Pres­i­dent of Sea­gate Sup­ply Chain Op­er­a­tions & Ser­vices; and Eric J. Wil­son, Delta’s Di­rec­tor for Asia Pacifi c Cargo Sales. The full pre­sen­ta­tions of the TLC guest speak­ers are avail­able on AMCHAM’S web­site.

The Com­mit­tee held joint meet­ings and par­tic­i­pated in meet­ings with other AMCHAM com­mit­tees and for­eign cham­bers’ com­mit­tee, such as the Bri­tish Cham­ber’s Prop­erty and In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee and the Joint Cham­bers Cus­toms Com­mit­tee, pro­vid­ing in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion to mem­bers. Fur­ther­more, the TLC pro­vided monthly up­dates of Thai Port and In­land Con­tainer De­pot ( ICD) and Roll- on/ Roll- off statis­tic re­ports and daily news up­dates to mem­bers with in­for­ma­tion that can be in­cor­po­rated into their busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and de­ci­sion- mak­ing.

TRAVEL & TOURISM COM­MIT­TEE ( TTC)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Charles Blocker, Zinc Invision Hos­pi­tal­ity; Fran­cis Zimmerman, Mi­nor Ho­tel Group Thai­land

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: 1. Thai­land Tourism Fo­rum in Jan­uary with 455 at­ten­dees; 2. Lunch pre­sen­ta­tion “Vo­ca­tional Train­ing in the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try” by Si­mon Martin, Di­rec­tor of the Hos­pi­tal­ity & Cater­ing Train­ing Cen­ter in Mae Sot in March ( post­poned); 3. Credit Card and Travel Doc­u­ment Fraud in the Hos­pi­tal­ity Sec

tor to­gether with the Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee and OSAC in May; 4. Ho­tels 20/ 20 – Wel­com­ing To­mor­row’s Guests by Tantra Tantra­porn, Part­ner of Man­age­ment Con­sult­ing Ser­vices at Grant Thorn­ton in June; 5. Plan­ning ses­sion for “Travel USA” ini­tia­tive sched­uled for May 2016 to pro­mote travel to the USA in con­junc­tion with the U. S. Com­mer­cial Ser­vice; 6. Host­ing the new TAT Gov­er­nor Yuthasak Su­pa­sorn - “TAT Mov­ing For­ward and What it can do for Thai­land,” joint event with the Bri­tish, Aus­tralian, and Dutch cham­bers; 7. East is Green: How to Reach China’s Up­scale Trav­el­ers in the Age of Wechat by David John­son, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, De­liv­er­ing Asia Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Novem­ber 2015.

2015 Ad­vo­cacy with Royal Thai Govern­ment:

1. TTF 2015: In­vited key lead­er­ship from the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land ( TAT), Min­istry of Tourism and Sports and Thai­land Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Bureau to hear re­ports from Thai­land’s tourism/ hos­pi­tal­ity/ in­vest­ment lead­ers ( for­eign­ers and Thais); 2. Met TAT’S con­sul­tants on a man­date for TAT’S “Thai­land’ Capa

bil­i­ties in Draw­ing the North Amer­i­can High Value Trav­el­ers”.

YOUNG PRO­FES­SION­ALS COM­MIT­TEE ( YPC)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Lau­rie C. Charu­sorn, Bum­run­grad Hos­pi­tal; Melissa Ed­wards, Tilleke & Gib­bins; Peter Moore, Dow Corn­ing; Tanya Phathanathong, YUM Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional Board Li­ai­son: Dou­glas de Weese, Pet Pro­tect

2015 Ac­com­plish­ments: 2015 has been an amaz­ing year for YPC. The 2015 goal was to raise Baht 250,000 for ATCF’S Adopt- a- School pro­gram. Thanks to var­i­ous venues, spon­sors, and ac­tiv­i­ties, the goal has al­most been met as of Oc­to­ber with over Baht 212,530 in char­i­ta­ble funds raised. Eff orts were con­tin­ued to pro­mote YPC monthly events on so­cial me­dia chan­nels such as Face­book, Google+, and Linkedin.

How­ever, this year the YPC also ex­panded their mar­ket­ing eff orts with other infl uencers such as Find Your Way in Bkk and One Place Bangkok to al­low them to reach a more di­verse group of peo­ple and bet­ter spread the word. The YPC also spent a lot of eff ort in get­ting to know their at­ten­dees through per­sonal sur­veys and post- event email sur­veys to try to make the events more fun and pro­duc­tive. YPC has also fo­cused on con­nect­ing with Thai alumni and the U. S. Em­bassy com­mu­nity as part of their strat­egy to reach out to young lead­ers in Thai­land.

At the core of the com­mit­tee’s ob­jec­tives is rais­ing funds for the ATCF’S Adopt- a- School pro­gram. In 2015, YPC has been work­ing very hard to­wards that goal which re­sulted in two school ded­i­ca­tions in Ko­rat Prov­ince in March. The com­mit­tee was able to see their hard work re­al­ized with Brain Based Learn­ing play­grounds, newly ren­o­vated li­braries and books, wa­ter fi ltra­tion sys­tems in­stalled, etc. for a to­tal of four dis­ad­van­taged schools in the area.

Fur­ther, in Novem­ber, the YPC at­tended their se­cond school ded­i­ca­tion in Kan­chanaburi Prov­ince where the com­mit­tee saw how their events have helped an­other school fur­ther their goal to be self- sus­tain­ing. This pro­ject al­lowed the school to lay out farm land for grow­ing their own veg­eta­bles, live­stock for meat, poul­try, and eggs, a Brain Based Learn­ing play­ground, and other nec­es­sary ren­o­va­tions to the school grounds.

Fur­ther­more, YPC plays a key role as a re­cruit­ing tool for the Cham­ber, ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the Cham­ber’s ac­tiv­i­ties and en­cour­ag­ing new mem­bers to join.

AMCHAM’S Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship on De­cem­ber 1 at the Anan­tara Siam Ho­tel Bangkok

HR Com­mit­tee lead­ers with event speak­ers on Septem­ber 11 at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit

Golfers at the Me­mo­rial Day Chari­tee Golf Tour­na­ment

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