USA FAIR 2013
May 31 - June 2 at CentralWorld
The USA Fair returns to CentralWorld May 31 - June 2. The Fair will again feature the best American brands at special prices and over 100 prizes will be given away each day, including tickets to the U.S. aboard the Star Alliance members ANA/United - download the entry form here.
The Fair begins with an Opening Ceremony on Friday May 31, where Ambassador Kenney and the Fair Partners - Amway, Caltex, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, and Ford - will present a film festival honoring 180 years of Thai-American friendship. All are invited to the ceremony and we hope everyone can join us at Thailand's largest U.S. commercial fair.
On March 20, 1833, Thailand (then Siam) and the U.S. signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, beginning a Friendship that has now reached its 180-year anniversary. In 2013, AMCHAM will celebrate this anniversary at many of the Chamber’s signature events, including the USA Fair and the Government Appreciation Dinner. The AMCHAM Charitable Foundation will award 180 Student Scholarships for 2013—a record number—and Adopt-A-School donations will receive an AMCHAM matching donation of up to Baht 180,000 for schools in the Greater Thailand region.
You can read a history of the Thailand-U.S. Commercial Relationship in the March issue of T-AB Magazine or by clicking here.
March 11 - AMCHAM President Matt Bradley spoke with the Bangkok Post about Thailand’s strengths as a business location and the changes that would further improve the country’s business environment. Read the complete story at http://bit.ly/14KpQrb.
November 21 - AMCHAM honored 34 member companies that carried-out exemplary corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in 2012. The honorees were presented with ACE recognitions, an appreciation presented by U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney and AMCHAM President Joe Mannix on behalf of the AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition Program (ACE).
To qualify for an ACE recognition, a firm’s CSR program must receive high-marks in four categories: (1) Attention to business objectives and societal needs; (2) Creation of long-term economic and social gains; (3) Communication and sharing of best practices; (4) Program sustainability.
On August 31, AMCHAM welcomed PM Yingluck Shinawatra to our 2012 Government Appreciation Dinner. The annual Dinner provides AMCHAM and the Royal Thai Government an opportunity to share business related opinions and information. AMCHAM used the occasion to deliver to PM Yingluck the 2012 ASEAN American Chambers of Commerce business survey. At the dinner, AMCHAM President Joe Mannix cited Thailand’s “economic resilience” as a major reason why U.S. companies continue to regard Thailand as one of the world’s top investment locations. Click the links below to for a transcript of Mr. Mannix’s entire speech and to the ASEAN survey results.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) Auto Council met recently with H.E. Mr. Chairwuti Bannawat, Minister of Industry, members of The Board of Investments, the Thailand Automotive Institute and the Office of Industrial Economics to discuss ways to enhance the auto industry in Thailand. Full detail...
The Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership was created to build on more than 175 years of successful political alliance between the United States and Thailand, by leveraging American strengths in support of Thailand’s creative industries. To learn more about the variety of activities that define this initiative, visit the Creative Partnership at www.creativepartnership.org
AMCHAM is making a targeted effort to extend its membership base and activities outside of Bangkok. If your company is located outside of Bangkok in one of the designated areas, you may be eligible for AMCHAM membership at reduced rates. Click Greater Thailand AMCHAM Membership Brochure or Join AMCHAM for more information, including eligibility requirements.
Intellectual property rights (IPR) encourage the innovation and creativity that is fundamental to sustained economic growth. Unfortunately, the growing global trade in pirated and counterfeit goods threatens innovation, workers' livelihoods, health, and safety. Fake products - such as CDs, DVDs, software, electronic equipment, clothing, pharmaceutical products, and auto parts - account for an estimated 5 to 7 percent of global trade. This trade costs legitimate rights holders around the world billions of dollars annually.
The Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!) is a comprehensive program to stop trade in pirated and counterfeit goods. www.StopFakes.gov provides information about obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights.