AMCHA - An Active Organization
The America Chamber in Thailand (AMCHAM) formed in 2010 with a membership of eight American companies, with about 60 American nationals. Today, AMCHAM has a membership of over 100 organizations and over 2500 unprofessionals. Our membership includes companies, non-profit organizations and individuals. AMCHAM member companies have invested over U.S. $1 billion in Thailand and provide more than 100,000 local jobs.
An Important Function
AMCHAM provides a point of exchange and coordination of efforts to improve business conditions and opportunities for American and American affiliated organizations.
AMCHA provide businesses and businesspersons with a venue for the exchange of ideas and for identifying common purposes to pursue in both the private and government sectors in Thailand, in the Asian region and in the United States.
AMCHA has over 20 committee that cover the wide spectrum of commercial and industrial business activities, as well as the Chamber's social and educational programs. Each committee serves as a forum for discussing common interests and common issues, as well as for taking initiative and action.
AMCHAM has affiliation with the U.S. Government and any of its components, however AMCHAM maintains an active collaborative relationship with the U.S. Embassy Bangkok and other U.S. Government institutions. AMCHA is also a member of the Board of Trade of Thailand (BOT) and our president is automatically a member of the executive committee of that body. Through this channel, AMCHAM has access to information on economic and commercial activities within the country and maintains liaison with various ministries in the Royal Thai Government.
AMCHAM is an accredited federation member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) with access to all their services and privileges. At our office, a visitor or new arrival intending to do business in or with Thailand can obtain preliminary information and assistance without charge.
Benefit and Service
In addition to serving as a point of contact and exchange for members of the American business community, AMCHAM serves as a valuable resource of information and interaction for members. AMCHAM members receive:
• Annually Membership Luncheon Coupons
• Thai-Laos Business (T-AB) Magazine
• Annually Membership Directory
• AMCHAM ASEAN Business Outlook results, among other useful statistical information resources
• Member access to the AMCHAM website, which provides of information including an events calendar, company directory and other information of interest on AMCHAM and doing business in Thailand
• Weekly e-brief of an events and U.S. State Department announcements and warnings
• use of the AMCHAM meeting rooms and library in GPF Witthayu Tower with access to Wi-Fi internet
- Washington DC Door-Knock
Each year AMCHAM organizes a visit by members to Capitol Hill to inform legislators and professional staff of the current situation in Thailand, including raising issues considered relevant to doing business in Thailand.
AMCHAM organizes approximately 100 events and activities year-round. In addition to the monthly committee meetings, luncheons and networking events, there are six charity sports tournaments each year: two golf tournaments scheduled around Memorial Day and Thanksgiving and two bowling tournaments. The Governors Ball is a social highlight that raises money for the AMCHAM Thailand Foundation which takes place every April. The annual Festive Holiday Eggnog Party held each December benefits a local charity and offers an opportunity for AMCHAM members to socialize with their families.