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Successful Rescue of the Wild Boars Soccer Team - July 2018


The Board and members of the Australia-Thailand Business Council would like to join with well wishers around the world in congratulating the rescuers, Thai organisers, officials and the international team of supporters, including Australians, on their successful and daring rescue of the 12 boys and their football coach stranded in the flooded Tham Luang cave in the Chiang Rai province for 17 days.


We offer our sincere condolences to the family of Thai ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died a hero in the earlier stages of the rescue.

 

We wish the boys and their coach a speedy recovery, and hope that they may play football again soon. 


We salute this great coordinated effort with an excellent outcome.










From L to R: ATBC Vice President - Jamie Gibson, Kathie Blunt, Mrs. Salila Tepkasetkul - Thai Trade Commissioner, Ms. Vorawan Norasucha - Director, Thai Board of Investment, and ATBC National President - Doug Blunt, celebrating Thai National Day in Sydney on 4 December 2017.

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.
 
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 60 years of diplomatic relations in 2012/13. 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 5th largest trading partner with two-way merchandise trade of $18 billion in 2016; Thai investment in Australia was $3 billion in 2016, with Australia investing some $4.4 billion in Thailand.




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: http://canberra.thaiembassy.org/Home/meettheambassador


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).



Above: The ATBC Banner proudly on display at the ASEAN Networking Event (July 2018).


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