Picture this, you just arrived in Bangkok and are interested in starting a business, what would you do? Begin exploring on your own or approach the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and take advantage of decades of experience in doing business in the area?
Cohort 15’s Monday AM meeting was with C.F. Chicarelli from Pan Pacific Associates and Paul Robere from Robere and Associates. Both provided us with an overview of the chamber’s objectives:
- Promote trade between the U.S. and Thailand
- Help protect and promote the interests of its over 600 members and over $23 billion investment
- Elevate the civil and commercial reputation of the U.S. and Thailand
As well as the chamber’s guiding principles:
- Good corporate citizenship – maintain high standards of professional and business ethics
- Improve market access and promotion of intellectual property rights
- Environmentally responsible business practices
Q&A included discussion around unique relationships based on a culture of mutual respect. We also discussed government medical and drug programs, medical tourism, traditional medicine, robotics in South East Asia, resources available and Bangkok as the gateway to ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations).
In their closing statements, both agreed that it is an ongoing learning process between two cultures and their belief that sharing of knowledge through committees and their members will provide the foundation for sustained growth through times of change.
Shared by Elena Outlan