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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:58

Nordic New Year's Kick-Off 2018



   Mark your calendar for January 11, 2018! 

Background: The Nordic Chambers in Thailand have always stayed close in touch with each other, and naturally, very often express themselves as likeminded in culture and business. The common Nordic heritage is a fundamental cornerstone for Nordic cooperation all over the world - not the least for the Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Thailand.

During 2017 the Nordic Chambers in Thailand initiated a closer cooperation to identify and establish tangible areas where the Nordic Chamber offices and their members could leverage closer cooperation and gain even more benefit. The Nordic Chamber cooperation in Thailand currently comprises Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway.

In order to celebrate this newly established Nordic Chamber cooperation in Thailand, the Nordic Chambers will host a New Year's Reception to welcome 2018 with drinks and food in the beautiful garden of The Embassy of Denmark. The Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian Ambassadors to Thailand will join the reception and the Nordic Chambers will provide more information regarding the plans and objective of the cooperation. Please stay tuned for the finalized program. 

Please join us in kicking off the new Nordic cooperation, as well as the new year, together with new and familiar faces from the Nordic-Thai business community. 

Registration: 17.30
Venue: Garden of The Embassy of Denmark 
Dress Code: Business Casual (NB: the event will take place on a grass lawn)
Price*: 
700 THB for members > Early Bird - book and pay by 31 Dec: 500 THB
1000 THB for non-members > Early Bird - book and pay by 31 Dec: 800 THB
*Nordic Canapés, Sparkling Wine, Red/White Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks included.

 

Please note that walk-ins will NOT be accepted for this event. Pre-registration is mandatory and photo ID will be required for event entry.  
 

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Nordic New Year's Kick-Off 2018



   Mark your calendar for January 11, 2018! 

Background: The Nordic Chambers in Thailand have always stayed close in touch with each other, and naturally, very often express themselves as likeminded in culture and business. The common Nordic heritage is a fundamental cornerstone for Nordic cooperation all over the world - not the least for the Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Thailand.

During 2017 the Nordic Chambers in Thailand initiated a closer cooperation to identify and establish tangible areas where the Nordic Chamber offices and their members could leverage closer cooperation and gain even more benefit. The Nordic Chamber cooperation in Thailand currently comprises Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway.

In order to celebrate this newly established Nordic Chamber cooperation in Thailand, the Nordic Chambers will host a New Year's Reception to welcome 2018 with drinks and food in the beautiful garden of The Embassy of Denmark. The Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian Ambassadors to Thailand will join the reception and the Nordic Chambers will provide more information regarding the plans and objective of the cooperation. Please stay tuned for the finalized program. 

Please join us in kicking off the new Nordic cooperation, as well as the new year, together with new and familiar faces from the Nordic-Thai business community. 

Registration: 17.30
Venue: Garden of The Embassy of Denmark 
Dress Code: Business Casual (NB: the event will take place on a grass lawn)
Price*:
700 THB for members > Early Bird - book and pay by 31 Dec: 500 THB
1000 THB for non-members > Early Bird - book and pay by 31 Dec: 800 THB
*Nordic Canapés, Sparkling Wine, Red/White Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks included.

 

Please note that walk-ins will NOT be accepted for this event. Pre-registration is mandatory and photo ID will be required for event entry.  
 

Make sure not to miss this extraordinary evening - sign up today with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


*Sponsorship Opportunity*
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Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:00

TSCC Business Talks & Networking Evening

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
 

Please join us for another exciting Business Talks & Networking Evening - take the opportunity to make new connections and catch up with familiar faces in the European-Thai business community. As always, we welcome all businesses and professionals, from all countries.

Topic of the evening: "Tools for Success in The Digital Economy - Winning by Being Digital". 

Venue: The Gallery, 3rd floor, Radisson Blu Plaza, Bangkok 
Price*: 300 THB for members
            600 
THB for non-members
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*Soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktail food included.

Schedule:

18.00 - 18.30 Registration 
18.30 - 19.30 Presentations on the above topic
19.30 - 21.30 Networking

The Speakers:

Bob Fox - Chair of Digital Economy/ICT group, JFCCT/
EABC. A lawyer (Baker & McKenzie) he added a career after a masters degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has worked in new tech, IT, regional trade and investment, policy and regulation and telecoms for over 25 years. He has held large listed company group CEO roles, regional director Asia-Pacific roles for BT, a NASDAQ broadband services company, an Israeli big data company, and a Swiss digital media technology company, plus smaller start-ups. He has been in the senior executive team and on the boards of large scale digital media/telco new market entrants.

Presentation topic: ‘Being Digital', Including How the Digital Economy Works, The Role of Telecoms, Thailand 4.0, Skills, Transformation at Personal, Company, Industry and Economy-Wide Levels.

Worachai Bhicharnchitr - Managing Director at the well-established law firm Vickery & Worachai (http://www.v-w.co.th/). He served as an Independent Director of Wiik & Hoeglund Public Company Limited from 1989-2015. Mr. Bhicharnchitr went to the National Defense College of Thailand, holds a Bachelor of Laws from Thammasat University in Bangkok and a Master in Law from New York University, NY. He has also been the director at the Board of Trade of Thailand and the President of the Thai Swedish Chamber of Commerce. 

Presentation topic: 'The legal implications of digital disruption’

Suebsiri Taweepon - Intellectual Property Rights expert from the EU-funded initiative IPR SME Helpdesk (http://www.southeastasia-iprhelpdesk.eu/). He has experience in a wide range of intellectual property matters, both contentious and noncontentious, including litigation, licensing, and registration of intellectual property rights, with particular emphasis 
in computer software and technology-related industries.

Presentation topic: ‘Intellectual Property strategy for businesses in Thailand - focus on ICT sector’

Dr. Kasititorn Pooparadai - Senior Executive Vice-President of Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. S
he has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Manchester and has held senior positions in the National Science and Technology Development Agency and in the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NESTEC). Her expertise is in Digital economy/ICT Statistics and Data Analytics, policy formulation and implementation, economics and social development in the digital era. 

Presentation topic: ‘Thriving Digital Economy in Thailand: Roles & Activities @DEPA’

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, after which the floor will be open for networking and refreshments will be served. 

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Sweden will be organising a ceremony to honour His Majesty King Rama IX on October 26, 2017 in Stockholm

 

This ceremony is called 'Serafimerringningen', a Swedish tradition which is held when a Knight of the Order, the receiver of the Royal Order of the Seraphim dies. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had been offered the Royal Order of the Seraphim, which is the highest insignia of Sweden in 1950.

 

The ceremony will be held on 26 October at 11.55 am local time, which is on the same day as the royal burial ceremony. Swedish Royal Order Guard Troops will take His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's coat of arms from the Stockholm Palace in a procession to the Riddarholm church, the burial ground of the Swedish dynasty. There will be a bell at the church for 1 hour from 12.00 - 13.00.

 

The Royal Thai Family and Swedish Royal Family have always had a close relationship with each other. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had an official visit in Sweden during 23-25 September 1950. Similarly, King Carl XVI Gustav, and Queen Silvia of Sweden had visited Thailand several times. Both of them also took part in the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Coronation.

Source (in Thai):
https://www.khaosod.co.th/royal-funeral-pyre-news/news_559082

 

 
Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:00

Nordic Corporate Social Responsibility Workshop






















NORDIC Corporate Responsibility half day workshop: Responsible Business Conduct for Companies in Thailand - What, Why and How?

Many of today’s Nordic companies are at the forefront in integrating a responsible and sustainable approach to business in their strategies and daily management. Learn from prominent Nordic multinationals operating in Thailand within various fields; Eirik Mork Knudsen, HSSE Manager of Aibel Thailand, Lars Svensson, 
Sustainability and Communications Director of IKEA Southeast Asia (Ikano Thailand), and Gaurav Ghosh, Business Intelligence Manager of Valmet Asia Pacific, will share exclusive insights and experience from working with responsible business practices in Thailand. Date: Thursday, 9 November 2017

Time: 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Venue: Rembrandt Hotel
Price: Baht 1,200 for members / Baht 1,500 for non-members

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday 7 November 2017

Program
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 11:00 Introductions and workshop/case
11:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion with representatives from the Nordic business community

There will be one short break during the programme. A light meal and drinks will be served.
 

Outcome for participants

The participants will learn about the requirements and expectations of the International Framework UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Companies, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The participants will gain increased knowledge and expertise regarding risk, opportunities and good practice within Responsible Business Conduct. 
 
The speakers

Gunelie Winum is a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian company Responsible Business Advisors. She has 15 years of experience within corporate social responsibility, including guidance and strategic advice to companies at risk, as well as training of companies and their suppliers. Gunelie has concrete experience in solving serious breaches of human and labour rights, as well as good practices.
 
Kittsopon Thaninsiriphitthaya is a Senior Management System Consultant with experience from working with a broad range of CSR issues in Thailand, Germany and Dubai.

The Panel

Norway: Eirik Mork Knudsen, HSSE Manager of Aibel Thailand Ltd. Aibel is a Norwegian
world leading service company in the oil and gas industry. (www.aibel.com)

Sweden: Lars Svensson,
Sustainability and Communications Director of IKEA/Ikano (Thailand) Ltd. Swedish multinational group, IKEA, is the world's largest furniture retailer and has been in Thailand since 2011 (owned by Ikano Group). (www.ikea.com)

Finland: Gaurav Ghosh, Business Intelligence Manager of Valmet Asia Pacific. Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of technologies,
automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. (www.valmet.com)

Cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be invoiced.

 
...part 2

Not enough value for our members is the strongest weakness, Jiraya points out.
 
Part of the challenge lies in identifying what needs individuals and entrepreneurs have today.
 
As for new start-ups their focus may for instance be to run a local operation or with a goal to also grow in the region market. Companies and entrepreneurs arriving and setting up a business here today are doing so on completely terms than was the case earlier.
Thursday, 03 December 2015 12:20

TSCC gets in shape for a sustainable operation

The Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (TSCC) has set out to rejuvenate itself ahead of 2016, to build an operation that is tune with the times and with readiness to adapt and address the needs of new companies starting up or entering markets in a Thailand-Sweden perspective. This focuses on assisting Thai companies looking at entering Scandinavian markets and Swedish companies interested in the Thailand market itself or the country as a Southeast Asian hub. 
 
It is a comprehensive effort where TSCC modernises its operation and purpose, under leadership of its Board of Governors and the new Executive Director Jiraya Chanchon. The aim is to come up with a strategy, and resources allocation, that can strengthen this organisation for the long term.
























Our President met on stage with the representative of Central Pattana as the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce presented the price for ‘Best Retail Architectural Design’ to the winner Central Plaza WESTGATE. (also the winner for Best Retail Development).
 
Jan Eriksson handed over the price in the capacity of the Chamber being a Supporting Partner to Thailand Property Awards, at the black-tie awards gala held at Plaza Athenee Bangkok (a Royal Meridien hotel) on Wednesday evening, 16 September 2015.
 
In attendance during the dinner was also TSCC Executive Director Jiraya Chanchon, as the awards celebrated 10 years.
 
TSCC, itself involved in the property sector with its Thai Property Guide initiative, displayed its activities at a dedicated booth in the reception hall. As the next Thai Property Guide for 2015/2016, is in the works it was timely for the Chamber to continue its engagement with Thailand’s real estate sector by supporting these Awards.
 
During the very long, but pleasant night a large number of awards saw their winners, where the perhaps most prestigious prize, ‘Best Developer’, went o SC Asset Corporation PLC.
 
Established and up-and-coming developers in Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai, Samui and Eastern Seaboard vied for a total of 29 categories over three sections: Developer, Development and Design.
 
Three-time nominee Absolute World Group emerged victorious, this time in the Best Boutique Developer category. Considered one of the current leaders of the vacation club ownership industry in Thailand, the company is also known and respected for building an impressive boutique collection of forward-thinking resorts with an environmentally conscious approach. The firm also bagged two Highly Commended honours for current developments on Phuket and Samui.
 
“The high quality of developments in Thailand has allowed the industry to transform itself from being an emerging market in 2006, to becoming one of the stars of Southeast Asian real estate today, despite certain economic or socio-political challenges,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO of organising Ensign Media.
 
“It is so fitting that our last event before the much-awaited Asia Property Awards grand finals in Singapore is our 10-year celebration in Thailand, where it all began,” said Blackburn. “We believe in what Thailand real estate has to offer and the Thailand Property Awards is the best possible venue for it to be showcased to the rest of the world via our independently audited, free-to-enter awards system.


 
Acknowledging the efforts of Thai developers in the past ten years, central judges panel chairman Sunchai Nuengsit (managing director of BuilderSmart Public Company Limited) commented: “The developers have more experience and continually improve their projects. They understand the need of the customers and adapt themselves very well despite many obstacles such as instability caused by the political situation in Thailand.
 
“Winning at the Thailand Property Awards is an immense achievement in itself and should definitely benefit the developers and design firms who entered because the Awards is a widely respected and known platform for rewarding high benchmark of quality that is at par with international standards.”
 
The biggest property event of the year is upon us in Thailand, as the Thailand Property Awards (TPA) celebrates 10 years in 2015. Being an Associate Partner with the awards the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce will attend and present our activities and Chamber at our dedicated booth at the awards!

As TSCC is continuing its engagement within Thai property, with the next Thai Property Guide book in the works for 2016, the glittering gala night dinner and awards ceremony comes timely to celebrate what is hot and being achieved within real estate in country.

The awards have at three previous occasions awarded Swedish people among the winners, which TSCC has highlighted on our website and also in our magazine Thai Sweden Review.

In 2014 our corporate member, Sansiri, was also among the winners.

Thai Property Guide, courtesy of TSCC, helps foreign investors navigate every aspect of property investment in Thailand and come to well-informed decisions. It includes presentations of developments from sponsors as well as residential destination updates and other relevant updates and 'Living in Thailand' advice.

This effort by TSCC ties in well with TPA, which helps to demonstrate the importance of this sector also for foreign investment into Thailand. Having qualitative and attractive residential developments for people to choose from in terms of both rental choices and investment, and at legally safe terms, are factors of utmost matter in foreigners’ choices where to, invest, work – and retire. Also, the involvement of foreigners both as developers and buyers contribute to raising the bar in terms of quality and the country’s competitiveness and attraction – as they bring design skills and valuable know-how into Thailand, and are often demanding in terms of what they buy.



TPA gives recognition to developments, developers and other real estate stakeholders and thus supports and drive quality and design-driven projects and real estate services to continue improving and be innovative.

The awards also support the importance of the sector for Thailand in terms of the options for foreign investors to improve and making the country more competitive among the choices in in the region.

The 2015 awards will showcase the finest new developments from all corners of the Kingdom, held on Wednesday, 16 September at the Plaza Athenee hotel.

Recognised as" the most comprehensive and detailed of any real estate awards in the world", the judging process include thorough site inspections and will be overseen by one of the world’s largest and most respected accountancy and audit firms.

“We have clearly demonstrated over the years that it is worthwhile putting an extra effort into our entry and judging processes, as that leads to highly credible winners and public recognition that the shortlisted properties truly do represent the best of the best,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media. “The awards are free to enter and decided by a truly independent panel, which ensures only the best of the best are recognised and rewarded.”

Sunchai Nuensit, Managing Director of BuilderSmart Public Co. Ltd. and chairman of the judging panel for the TPA is hopeful about the ever-ascending quality of Thailand’s property developments. Nuensit has expressed his wonder at the many new developments and concepts emerging in Thailand.

“Over the last couple of years, the luxury bar keeps being set higher and higher.”



Twenty-four categories make up the awards with Best Developer and Best Luxury Condo Development arguably the top accolades of the evening. Special recognition will also be given to the developer that has shown excellence in corporate social responsibility in the past year.

The only award not to be chosen by the judging panel will be the Property Report Real Estate Personality of the Year. Chosen by the editors of the region’s leading luxury real estate, architecture and design publication, the award will be given to the most influential figure in Thailand’s property sector over the last year.

All tickets are inclusive of cocktail reception, four-course dinner, wine, beer and all soft drinks throughout the evening. The annual event also serves a unique networking venue for professional realtors from across Thailand to meet industry leaders and stay in touch with their peers.

Thailand Property Awards are part of the regional Asia Property Awards programme organised by Ensign Media. It is the biggest and most credible industry awards in the Kingdom, with the top and emerging names in real estate celebrating the best developers, projects and designs in Thailand’s top-tier markets of Bangkok, Phuket, as well as emerging destinations of Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai, Samui and Eastern Seaboard.

See also:
Join Us at the Thailand Property Awards 2014!

Thai Property Guide sponsor on winning the Thailand Property Awards

More info about Thai Property Guide is presented on our dedicated Property channel
In mid July the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (TSCC) announced to all members that our Executive Director, Mr Peter Bjork, has resigned with immediate effect, having been offered instead a new position as Executive Director of the European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC), which he had applied for. Peter Björk served TSCC for over four years.

“After four great years with Swecham it is now time for me to move on to new challenges. We have a very competent and experienced President, Board and staff so the transition will be smooth. It will also be good for the Chamber with a new Executive Director (ED) that can carry on the renewal work. I urge everyone to fully support the Interim organisation and later the new ED,” Peter Björk told the news website ScandAsia.

“This is a great promotion for Peter as well as a great challenge,” President Jan Eriksson of TSCC wrote to the Chamber members.

“Peter has done an outstanding job for TSCC putting in a very large amount of hours above his employment contract. He has handled his job with the highest integrity always promoting TSCC and Thai – Swedish business relations and being an exceptionally good representative for all that TSCC stands for”.

Following the director’s resignation Project Manager Jiraya Chanchon took over as acting Executive Director, until a new Executive Director has been officially appointed.

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Fax: +66 (0) 2354 5232
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