Government Affairs Updates

Summary of the GA Council Meeting on Nov. 26

By Tomwit Jarnson, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy at AMCHAM Thailand.
The following is a summary of the Government Affairs Council Meeting on November 26.


  • The attendees were Heidi, Tomwit, Kittie/AMCHAM; Nirut/3M; Wanalee/Bayer; Sasithorn/Boston Scientific; John/BowerGroup; Khemika/Diageo; Roongpetch and Rungrat/Eli Lilly; Noppadol/Grifols; Peter/ISM Technology.

Advocacy Report

  • The meeting was updated on AMCHAM advocacy activities in October, with the following highlights.
  • Heidi’s meeting with BOI Secretary General. The discussion covered BOI’s mandate as investment promotion agency, the revised Smart Visa Program, the expansion of the One Stop Shop, and AMCHAM-BOI future collaboration.
  • Heidi’s meeting with Deputy Minister of Commerce.  The discussion covered the liberalization of the FBA, the reduction of business registration period from 4.5 days to 2 days, the progress in RCEP negotiations, Thailand’s interest in joining CPTPP, and AMCHAM collaboration with the newly formed New Economy Academy (NEA).
  • Cabinet’s approval of the ASEAN Agreement on E-Commerce, Thailand’s membership of the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyrights Treaty, and the Copyrights Act of Thailand.

Recap of the stakeholders meeting on the draft Cybersecurity law on November 19

  • The meeting was informed of the stakeholders meeting on the draft Cybersecurity law hosted by MDES.  The hearing focused on the authority of the National Cybersecurity Committee, the 8 sectors to determine the CII designation, the 3 levels of cyber threats, the penalties, and the modes of accessing the information.
  • AMCHAM sent its comments and suggestions to MDES on key points, namely the need for clear objectives of the law, private sector’s role in the governance of the law, multi-stakeholder engagement, clear criteria regarding CII designation, CII’s compliance with the law, and the issue of liability.

Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategy

  • The meeting was provided with the English version of Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategy (attached).
  • The meeting agreed to monitor the development of its implementation and possible impact on AMCHAM members.

Thai Innovation List

  • The meeting agreed to seek a meeting with NSTDA (National Science and Technology Development Agency).

AMCHAM Road Safety Campaign 2018-19

  • The meeting agreed to extend the deadline for interested members to send in their input.
  • In addition, AMCHAM will reach out to members who participated in the AMCHAM road safety campaign last year.

Download the English language version of Thailand's 20-Year National Strategy (English version Summary)

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