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The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1996 with the aim of facilitating increased trade and investment between Thailand and Norway. It provides members with a forum to improve business conditions and opportunities as well as creating venues and channels for exchange and sharing of information. Current membership stands at around 80 premium and corporate members in addition to some 20 individuals.
The Chamber office is co-located with Innovation Norway's representative office in Bangkok's central business district and also works closely with the Royal Norwegian Embassy as part of Team Norway. Through its membership of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, the Chamber identifies challenges and opportunities in doing business in Thailand, seeking support in Thai Government policies
to address such issues. The Thai-Norwegian Business Review Magazine is issued four times per year. Business Review features interesting articles about business, trade and life style in both Norway, Thailand and the neighbouring countries. It is distributed free to the members and other contacts. The Chamber website www.norcham.com contains news and information about the latest Chamber activities and useful intelligence within business and trade in Thailand.
The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1996 with the aim of facilitating increased trade and investment between Thailand and Norway. It provides members with a forum to improve business conditions and opportunities as well as creating venues and channels for exchange and sharing of information. Current membership stands at around 80 premium and corporate members in addition to some 20 individuals.
The Chamber office is co-located with Innovation Norway's representative office in Bangkok's central business district and also works closely with the Royal Norwegian Embassy as part of Team Norway. Through its membership of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, the Chamber identifies challenges and opportunities in doing business in Thailand, seeking support in Thai Government policies
to address such issues. The Thai-Norwegian Business Review Magazine is issued four times per year. Business Review features interesting articles about business, trade and life style in both Norway, Thailand and the neighbouring countries. It is distributed free to the members and other contacts. The Chamber website www.norcham.com contains news and information about the latest Chamber activities and useful intelligence within business and trade in Thailand.

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21
MAR
2017

Annual General Meeting 2017

Mark your calendars! Annual General Meeting 2017 Date:...
26
JAN
2017

The Best Ever Seafood under the Stars coming up

The best ever Seafood under the Stars at the Norwegian...
23
JAN
2017

Economic Affairs Officer: Job opening at Royal Norwegian Embassy

Economic issues lie at the heart of Norway’s...

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21
MAR
2017

Annual General Meeting 2017

Mark your calendars!
Annual General Meeting 2017

Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time: 18.00 – 21.00 hrs.
Venue: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Price: Free for members and spouse/companion

RSVP: secretary@norcham.com by 17 March 2017

 

Generously sponsored by Jotun

03
FEB
2017

Amendment of BOI Act and New BOI laws

The Investment Promotion Act B.E. 2520 (BOI Act) was amended and this amendment has been effective since 25 January 2017. The official English translation has not yet been published on the BOI website (2 Feb 2017), but DFDL has summarised the changes.

Please click on the below link for the full text:
 

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01
FEB
2017

Thailand: New Law on Interest Overcharging

The first enactment of Thailand’s Interest Overcharging Law, which came into effect in 1932, prohibited any person from loaning money to another person and subsequently charging them interest at a rate that exceeded the rate prescribed by the law.

Eighty-five years later, Thailand finally promulgated a new law focused on this topic called “The Act Prohibiting the Collection of Interest at an Excessive Rate B.E. 2560 (2017)” on January 15, 2017. The new law was made effective the following day, repealing the 1932 version.

A key element of this new law is the enhanced stringent penalties imposed on any person who loans money to an individual and then levies interest on repayments at a rate exceeding that permitted by law. This action will result in the offender facing criminal sanctions amounting to imprisonment for no more than two years, a fine of not more than THB 200,000, or both. These penalties are significantly stricter than those meted out under the previous Act, which only imposed up to a one-year imprisonment term, a fine of not more than THB 1,000, or both.

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26
JAN
2017

The Best Ever Seafood under the Stars coming up

The best ever Seafood under the Stars at the Norwegian Ambassador's Residence featuring renowned Norwegian Chef Markus Dybwad is just around the corner. Mark your calendars!

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017
Time: 18.30 – 22.00 hrs.
Venue: Residence of H.E. the Norwegian Ambassador, 74 Sukhumvit Soi 38
Price: Members: Baht 5,000 plus 7% VAT. Table for 10: Baht 48,000 plus 7% VAT

RSVP: secretary@norcham.com by 20 January 2017.

Markus Dybwad celebrates Seafood under the Stars Chef Markus Dybwad

With a record of accomplishment from Michelin starred restaurants such as Restaurant Bagatelle in Norway, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in UK, Iggys and Equinox in Singapore, Norwegian born Chef Markus Dybwad is taking his experience to Asia to give you the best of what can be offered of cold water seafood. Chef Markus has through his curious nature been introduced to the traditional Norwegian cooking, the fine dining cuisine of the Fat Duck, the French style in Paris, and through nearly three years around Asia, the Eastern palette. This has developed into a food philosophy where styles, flavours and traditions are pieces of the puzzle leading to the ultimate moment of the guest satisfaction.

23
JAN
2017

Economic Affairs Officer: Job opening at Royal Norwegian Embassy

Economic issues lie at the heart of Norway’s relationship with Thailand. The jobholder will therefore have a high profile and stimulating role. The jobholder will have the opportunity to build an extensive network of contacts across government, academia, and the private sector. The jobholder will also assist in regional development programme management.

Main Duties

  • Responsibility for providing regular, policy focused, reports on macroeconomic, trade and sectorspecific economic policy developments in Thailand.
  • Produce longer analytical reports.
  • Provide strategic advice on Norway’s engagement with Thailand on economic policy issues.
  • Responsibility for developing and maintaining the Embassy’s network of contacts at government departments, think tanks, academic institutions, and in the private sector. In this connection, ensure that the Embassy’s list of important government officials and other stakeholders always is up to date.
  • Coordinate closely with Team Norway in Thailand.
  • Prepare meetings between the Ambassador and Thai officials.
  • Assisting on programme management of the Embassy’s regional development programme.

Requirements on competencies and skills

  • A good degree with a strong economics component is essential.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken Thai and English is essential. A TOEIC score 750 and above is highly desired.
  • Experience from development programme management is an advantage.

Other requirements

  • Familiarity with the range of Thai government departments and regulators responsible for macroeconomic, trade and sectorspecific economic policy in Thailand is important – given the need to provide strategic advice on Norway’s engagement in these policy areas.
  • The ability to draft short reports in English well and quickly, as well as to conduct more in-depth research is critical.
  • The ability and confidence to proactively develop a network of economic and developmental contacts, is essential.
  • Experience in facilitating visits and organising events, e.g. seminars is highly desirable.
  • Representation of the Embassy at varying events also in evenings/night must be expected as part of the job.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel packages is vital.
  • Given the varied nature of the role, strong organisational and time management skills are also important.
  • The successful candidate will also be a good team worker, and engage in and contribute to the wider activities of the Embassy.

General conditions

We offer a competitive package, which includes salary, good holiday entitlement and insurance plan, multi-cultural environment, training and development opportunities etc. The successful candidate will be employed under locally employed staff conditions within the Norway Embassy. Salary range is THB 715,000 – THB 949,000 yearly depending on qualifications. The position is a 60% position, but can be considered as a 100% position at a later stage.

How to apply

Deadline for applying is 15 February 2017.

The Norwegian Embassy is an equal opportunity employer and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Both female and male candidates are also equally encouraged to apply. Each application will be considered carefully. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

If you are interested and meet the above-stated criteria, please send your CV together with a Cover Letter explaining why you think you are suitable for this position (please clearly mark the Position Title under the "subject" title of your email or fax), to:

The Royal Norwegian Embassy
561 UBC II Building, 18th Floor
Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 33
Bangkok 10110

E-mail: mailto:emb.bangkok@mfa.no(preferred)

16
DEC
2016

Norway-Asia Business Summit 2017 Postponed

Due to conflicting calendars of several of the key attendees, it has been decided to postpone the planned Norway-Asia Business Summit 2017 in Cebu, the Philippines to 21-23 November 2017

Norway-Asia Business Summit aims to strengthen the competitiveness of Norwegian business in the region, through increased geopolitical knowledge, economic understanding, and market comprehension. The delegates are offered, through the presentations and networking possibilities, ideas for business opportunities in the region. The annual Summit provides a rich mix of discussions on business in Asia, with additional focus on a few countries currently enjoying rapid growth. Norway-Asia Business Summit is seen as an important event to meet and develop new and existing relations. A high-level participation from Norwegian and international politicians, business leaders, academicians, and journalists, all of whom will share their knowledge, insight, analysis and recommendations for the future, is expected to take part in the Summit.

In 2017, Norway-Asia Business Summit will take a closer look at:

  • Global Recalibration: A Geopolitical Shift in Alliances
  • Economics of Influence: China and India
  • Growing a Greener World
  • Oceans of Opportunity
  • Business Futures

 
Coincidentally, the Philippines holds the ASEAN chairmanship in 2017, which will highlight the association as a model of regionalism and a global player with the interest of the people at its core. As a country, the Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with an annual growth of almost 7%, attracting much interest from global investors.

15
DEC
2016

Norwegian Christmas Dinner

Norwegian Christmas Dinner at Rembrandt Hotel

Bring your spouse, friends and colleagues for an informal Christmas in a cosy evening and relaxing atmosphere. Find the Christmas spirit in Bangkok with traditional Norwegian Christmas food and drinks. This is a unique opportunity for the Chamber members and friends to meet informally and build a network for future professional and social use.

Date: Thursday, 15 December 2016
Time: 18.00 - 21.00 hrs.
Venue: Da Vinci restaurant at Rembrandt Hotel, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18
Price: Members: Baht 1,500/Non-members: Baht 2,000.

RSVP: secretary@norcham.com by 9 December 2016.

14
DEC
2016

Fourth issue of Norway-Asia Business Review published

The fourth issue of the joint Norway-Asia Business Review was released on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. This issue focuses on the State Visit from Singapore to Norway and the many events taking place in connection with the visit. The magazine also contains an Eulogy to honour H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej by renowned Thailand-based legal expert David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins International. In addition, several energy related articles and how Norway can be a game-changer in the energy intensive heavy industry. We also take a look at the development of e-government and e-payment solutions in Asia.

Several Norwegian Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations in South and Southeast Asia jointly issue the expanded and upgraded Norway-Asia Business Review.

The magazine reaches Norwegian-related business executives and decision makers throughout the region including the diplomatic missions as well as government ministries in Norway and Norwegian sector-based organisations, e.g. Innovation Norway and NHO. Business Review is a business magazine and the contents reflects this. The magazine focuses on Norwegian-related stories from the region and issues that have impact or interest for Norwegian related businesses. Business Review is available in print as well as digital form through  Issuu and Pressreader.

01
DEC
2016

BOI-JFCCT Consultative Session

A consultative session was held on 1 December at BOI offices with JFCCT

Present were BOI Secretary-General Mrs. Hirunya Suchinai, Deputy Secretary General Duangjai Asawachintachit, Deputy Secretary General Ajarin Pattanapanchai and other key staff. Mr Phongsakdi Chakshuvej Vice Chair of JFCCT and President German-Thai chamber, Ms Vibeke Lyssand Leirvag President Thai-Norwegian Chamber, Mr Bob Fox, Chair JFCCT/EABC ICT Group, with and members of JFCCT/EABC ICT Group.

Participants learned of updates from BOI, discussed Digital Economy and other BOI policies. Also covered were updates to the moves to change the definition of “work” (for which BOI indicated strong support) service sector liberalisation (referring back to the JFCCT Forum ‘SERVICES!’ of June 2016), obstacles to doing business in Thailand which BOI had requested be provided, along with related inputs. BOI has invited further engagement on these topics and a commitment to support ‘doing business’ improvements.

27
NOV
2016

Norwegian Christmas Lunch

Norwegian Christmas Lunch at the Norwegian Ambassador's Residence

Date: Sunday, 27 November 2016
Time: 12.00 – 15.00 hrs.
Venue: Residence of H.E. the Norwegian Ambassador, 74 Sukhumvit Soi 38

Price: Adult members Baht 1,800
Adult non-members Baht 2,300
Children (2-12 years) Baht 500
Lunch includes free flow of beer and soft drinks

RSVP: secretary@norcham.com by 23 November 2016.

In detail

The Norwegian Christmas Lunch is a great social family celebration held in the beautiful garden at the Norwegian Ambassador’s residence. The traditional Norwegian Christmas buffet includes a wide selection of well-prepared and tasty dishes, among them:

  • Pinnekjøtt
  • Ribbe; roast pork with crackling
  • Roast Christmas ham
  • Meatballs
  • Homemade sausages; medisterpølse
  • Marinated herring
  • Marinated salmon
  • Roast beef
  • Shrimps
  • Homemade liver pâté
  • Ris a la'mande; riskrem with cherry sauce
  • Fruits

There will be a Christmas workshop for children, dance around the Christmas tree and lots of fun for everyone. This is a special occasion for the Norwegians and their friends in Thailand to get together and wish each other a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. At the end of this cosy Christmas event, you might get lucky and win some of the fantastic raffle prizes we have received, so don’t forget to bring cash for raffle tickets.

Event generously sponsored by
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