European Association for Business and Commerce
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Foreign Investment & the Foreign Business Act
A deep dive into understanding Thailand’s foreign investment regime, history and priorities.
Tuesday 26 February 0830 – 1130
Radisson blu, Sukhumvit Bangkok, The Suite 3rd Floor

The Foreign Business Act was enacted in AD 1999, with the intent of protecting Thai industries not yet ready to compete. An annual review mechanism was intended to allow industries over time to be opened up to competition, but that system has barely been used.
It is a generally accepted view that many industries are ready to compete, but they remain officially closed. Most companies would benefit from completion, rather than be harmed by it. The real harm is more likely to be the continue protection, allowing inefficient and non-competitive practices.
This seminar is a deep dive into an understanding of the workings of the regulation of foreign investment and insights into what can be done to contribute more to the competitiveness of the Thai economy.  A Primer and Backgrounder will provide background understanding.
Agenda (in PDF here) *revised edition
0800 - 0830 Registration and Refreshments
0830 - 0840 Opening – Mr Giuseppe Busini.  Minister Counsellor and  Deputy Head of Mission, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand (confirmed)
0840 - 0900 Overview of Foreign Investment in Thailand via the FBA and other means – Mr. Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, Director-General, Department of Business Development, Ministry of Commerce (confirmed)
0900 - 0925 Foreign Investment economics and regulation Dr Deunden Nikomborirak, Research Director, Economic Governance TDRI (confirmed)
0925 - 0950 Process and Criteria for Foreign Business Licences and Foreign Business Certificates; Mr Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn,  Senior Associate, Corporate & Commercial Department, Tilleke & Gibbins (confirmed)
0950 - 1000 Foreign Dominance Notification – what is it, what does it mean?  Speaker confirmed
1000 - 1015 Break
1030 - 1125 Moderated Business Roundtable – major issues. Three business leaders, TDRI, DBD. Dialogue, then Q&A by Pigeonhole and directly
1125 - 1130 Closing

Ticket Price (including VAT 7%) includes refreshments and booklet 
General ticket price / Non Members THB 600
EABC members, other participating Chambers; Sponsors/Supporters if in addition to limited complimentary places  
THB 400
Government, Media FOC

Lufthansa Group is a leading aviation group

The Lufthansa Group is an aviation company with operations worldwide. In the financial year 2017, the Lufthansa Group generated revenue of EUR 35.6bn and employed an average of 128,856 staff. The structure of the business segments was adjusted in line with the three-pillar concept behind the corporate strategy at the beginning of the financial year. Since then, the Lufthansa Group has been organized into the business segments Network Airlines, Point-to-Point Airlines, Aviation Services (comprising the segments Logistics, MRO and Catering), and Additional Businesses and Group Functions. All segments occupy a leading position in their respective markets.

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Please note that registrations not cancelled in advance will be invoiced (as is the normal practice). Please advise by 5pm Monday 25 February to if you cannot attend.


We are now open for contribution and support from our members. With this regards, we would like to invite you to become our event sponsor. Minimum sponsorship contribution: 7,500 THB (Subject to 7%VAT).  SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES in full detail, please click here
Benefits for 7,500THB Contributor:
  • 2 free tickets 
  • Company logo on stage
  • Oral recognition.
  • Inclusive VIP Photo
Benefits for 15,000THB Contributor:
  • Company logo on stage
  •  Oral recognition
  • Inclusive VIP photo
  • Contributors can bring a roll up at the event
  • 4x free tickets
For more information about EABC Seminar on Foreign Business Act, please contact Ms. Charanya Nopnukulvised at or reach us by phone at +66 2 252 8751 Ext.109. We are very much looking forward to your kind consideration and reply.

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