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2016 ATS Spring Reception at The Oriental Club
Tuesday, 29th March 6:30 to 8:30 pm

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'Lost in the Mists of Time' a film and Q&A by Dr. Martin Seeger at The Royal Thai Embassy on Tuesday 12th April. For more details and how to book please click here
ATS Educational Awards for Excellence 2015
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Friday February 12 , 2016
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Associated Events

Please note the following four upcoming Thailand Webinars – Economic & Political Outlook, Retail, Education & Defence

Thailand in 2016 - An economic and political outlook & an update on AEC developments - 11 February, 0900 GMT / 1600 Thailand

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We have assembled a distinguished panel of experts to share their analysis and outlook for Thailand in 2016. This webinar will feature:

  • H.E. Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand -
  • Lyn Kok, President and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Thailand and CEO for the Greater Mekong Subregion
  • Andrew McBean, Grant Thornton's ASEAN and AEC specialist

Panellists will provide an update on Thailand's political developments and economic and business prospects for 2016. Speakers will also share their insights into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). December 2015 marked an important milestone for the AEC as it continues its journey towards becoming an integrated region and the world’s 4th largest “single market” by 2030. Thailand’s position at the heart of the Greater Mekong Subregion will also be discussed.

Thailand’s retail sector: an overview of developments and opportunities for UK companies - 18 February
09:30-10:45 AM GMT / 16:30-17.45 PM Thailand

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Worth £27bn, the Thai retail sector offers opportunities for UK retail and consumer goods companies. Thailand’s retail and e-commerce sector is dynamic and growing and British products are in demand. New luxury and out of town shopping malls continue to open across the country, adding to the impressive shopping options already on offer. Online retail is also developing quickly and is projected to grow by as much as eight times in the coming years, the same pace as China's growth. More Thai retailers have launched their own online websites and apps to respond to changing consumer behaviours. Join this webinar to learn about opportunities for UK companies. Experts from the retail industry will share their latest analysis. The webinar will include an opportunity for Q&A.

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Mr Ali fancy, CEO of Zalora (Thailand) Co Ltd. Zalora (Thailand) Co Ltd is an online fashion and beauty retailer based in Southeast Asia. The company has websites inSingapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Zalora is part of the Zalora Group, which also includes online fashion retailer Iconic. (
  • Mr Tom Srivorakul, CEO of aCommerce (Thailand) Co Ltd.  aCommerce  powers e-commerce in Southeast Asia as a one stop shop for e-retail services including channel management, cross-border management, marketing solutions, tech development, warehousing and fulfilment, last-mile delivery, localized customer service and more.  (

Thai Education Sector - Recent Developments and Opportunities for UK companies - 15 March, 0900-1000 GMT / 1600-1700 Thailand

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Join this webinar for an up-to-date briefing on the latest developments in Thailand’s Education Sector. Business representatives will share their analysis and insights in the following areas:

  • Priorities for Thailand’s education reform
  • Vocational training
  • Education equipment supplies
  • International Schools sector
  • English language
  • Education Technologies

The webinar will include a Q&A session offering UK companies a chance to put questions directly to the experts. Speaker line up is being finalised but is likely to include senior representatives from the Thai Ministry of Education, British Council and the private sector.

An Update on the Thai Defence Market and Thai Military Procurement Aspirations - 17 March, 1000 GMT / 1700 BKK

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This webinar has been designed to assist UK companies seeking to enter the Thai defence market and those already operating within it by:

  • Detailing regional (ASEAN) defence spending and where Thailand fits in
  • Providing details of the defence budgets within the various Thai Armed Forces
  • Identifying future procurement requirements and trends
  • Detailing the Thai Armed Force’s current capabilities, operational aspirations and how this links to the procurement of equipment
  • Providing expert advice on entering the Thai defence market and successfully doing business

Panellists are:

  • Rob Clark – UKTI Defence and Security Organisation (British Embassy Bangkok)
  • Colonel Chris Luckham – UK Defence Attaché to Thailand
  • A senior and experienced individual from a major UK company

Meeting of the Waters - Glass & Watercolour Exhibition by British Artist, Louise Truslow

Private View at The Royal Overseas League - Tuesday 7th July, 6 pm

An exhibition of glass and water colours by Louise Truslow, a British artist resident in Thailand, will be held at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) in London from 7 July to 30 September 2015. Many of the paintings will feature Thailand and the Thai temple in London. Louise has kindly extended an invitation to members of the Anglo-Thai Society and their guests to attend a Private Viewing of her work at the ROSL at 6.00pm on Thursday 7 July 2015. Members wishing to attend are asked to RSVP as soon as possible by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , giving their and their guests' names (which will be required for entry to the ROSL). Please RSVP directly to Louise and not to the ATS.


'Khon: The Epic Performance from Thailand' at the Royal Albert Hall

To mark the Auspicious Occasion of the 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary on 2nd April 2015 of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and moving forward into the 5th century of Thailand-UK relations, the Royal Thai Embassy in London would like to invite you to a performance of the traditional Thai Masked play 'Khon: the Epic Performance from Thailand', by artists from the Office of Performing Arts, the Fine Arts Department and Ministry of Culture of Thailand at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday 18 June 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets Can be Purchased at or call The Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 020 7589 8212
Ticket prices: £15 and £20 (Plus booking Fee).

Asia Business Champions: Learning the secrets of business success in Asia

Monday 5th June, 2014 08:30 - 10:30 at Asia House

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St London, W1G 7LP

ATS Executive committee member, Steve Buckley, will be one of the panelists at a presentation organised by Asia House.  The presentation will be delivered by Simon Baptist, Chief Economist and Asia Regional Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit who will give an overview of some of the macro- and micro-economic developments from Asia.  Attendees will hear from business leaders whose firms epitomise the Asian Business Champion model, as identified in the recent Connecting Countries report by Telstra Global, Asia House Corporate Partner and global leader in telecoms and information infrastructure services.

The comprehensive presentation will cover the following:

  • Growth forecasts for Asia – profiling the fastest growing countries, understanding economic trends
  • Insights on the business environment across Asia
  • Asia on the horizon – key changes in the political economy between now and 2030

The discussions will be followed by a networking reception.

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Recent meeting with APPG-ASEAN at The House of Commons

Mike Weatherley MP, ChaIrman of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for ASEAN, held two meetings recently at the House of Common. ATS Executive members were invited to attend together with representatives from ASEAN London Council (ALC) and a delegation from British Chambers of Commerce from ASEAN Countries:

APPG-ASEAN - Wed 26th March

Meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Head of ASEAN Department Tom Dodd : who gave a brief summary and informative policy for the business investment in ASEAN.








Photo: Mike Weatherley MP in centre, H.E Pasan Teaprak Thai Ambassador, Vietnam Ambassador, Representatives from Indonesia and Philippines , Orapin Dawson and Ekachai Thapthimthong from ATS

APPG-ASEAN - Tue 1st April

Meeting with a delegation of representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce BiSEA group (Britain in South East Asia) : Greg Watkins, Director was a key speaker. There were several BCC ASEAN members from Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, Thailand etc.

Photo: APPG-BiASEAN meeting & reception : BCC Thai Team from left : Barry Nicholson BCCT/UKTI, Ben Raby UKTI Thailand,  Orapin Dawson  Chair ATS, Mike Weatherley MP Chairman APPG, Andrew McBean, BCCT and Nutthapol Na Sonhgkhla First Secretary Royal Thai Embassy.

The discussion on how to promote BiASEAN more effectively went very well with several input from various BCC countries. It was agreed that APPG will host the Launch event at the House of Common during the week commencing 23rd June 2104 (more details to follow). We were then all invited to have a pint & light lunch at the House of Common Terrace. Representatives from ATS were, Orapin Dawson, Steve Buckley and Greg Watkins.


Calendar of Events

There are no scheduled events for February

Tuesday 29th March

ATS Spring Reception at the Oriental Club.  For more information and booking details please click here

Tuesday 12th April

Talk by Dr. Martin Seeger of the Thai Studies Centre, Leeds University.  For more information and booking details, please click here


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