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- Federal Council appoints Helene Budliger Artieda as SECO State Secretary
- The STCC is hiring!
- STCC Connect Networking in April
- First Physical JFCCT President's Meeting in 2 years
- Worldbank - Thailand Monthly Economic Monitor April 2022
- Worldbank - Plastic Waste Material Flow Analysis for Thailand
- Lucky Progress Co. Ltd. - Corporate
- Taisin Industrial - Corporate
- Ian Cotting - Individual
- Fondation Jan & Oscar - Associated
- PAPER & PAGE Becomes First B Corp Agency in Thailand
- Nestlé Implements Sustainable Straws
- Mister Loo Wins LUXlife 2022 Travel & Tourism Award
RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok
- Peak season for the final exams and announcement of summer programs 2022
Message and Interview
of the STCC President
Dear Members and Friends of the STCC,
It is with great pride that I address you here in the Newsletter as President of the Swiss-Thai Chamber of Commerce (STCC). Having been elected to this position on 24 March 2022, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the man who has shaped and advanced the STCC over the past 7 ½ years, Khun Bruno G. Odermatt-Maag, our outgoing President. Under his leadership, the services and professionalization of our Chamber have greatly moved ahead. For all his efforts and initiatives, I am very grateful and it fills me with joy to have Khun Bruno continue as Director on the Board and as Special Advisor by my side.
I would now like to move on and present to you some of the things I envision for the STCC to achieve and move towards in the next two years. In doing so, I would like to implement a form of communication that I would like to actively encourage - interactive and two-way communication. That is why I have asked our Executive Director to interview me and keep the interests of our members and the business community in mind when he asks the questions.
We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to H.E. Helene Budliger Artieda, Ambassador to Thailand and Honorary President of the STCC on her appointment as the new State Secretary for Economic Affairs. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work closely with her on behalf of and for the benefit of our members over the past years and during turbulent times. Her tireless efforts to promote Swiss businesses in Thailand have been a unique opportunity and have helped us greatly in the growth of our Chamber and will be missed.
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The STCC is looking for support! We are hiring an Administrative and Events Coordinator (100%) to support our organisation. Are you interested in an international work environment, located on the compound of the Swiss Embassy and to work in a small team with a focus on details then look at the full job description here:
Application deadline is 13 May 2022
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Great first STCC Connect networking evening of 2022 with 50 members and the exploreASEAN student delegation from Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW at the St. Regis Bangkok Regis Bangkok. We were delighted to have our member Mister Loo AG as a guest speaker at our event. Co-founders Dominik Schuler and Andreas Wanner shared their valuable experiences and insights into starting a business in Thailand. Today, Mister Loo is a successful start-up in the Thai market and we are already excited for the next milestones!
|First in person JFCCT Presidents Council in 2 years|
On 20 April, Khun Grace Nuchnyiom, Vice President of the STCC, attended the first face-to-face meeting of the JFCCT Council of Presidents since the outbreak of the covid pandemic, together with outgoing President Bruno G. Odermatt. The meeting was hosted by the Brazilian-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Topics of discussion were the reopening of Thailand to international tourists and the recovery of the economy.
The Omicron wave and the Ukraine war have further set back Thailand’s recovery and prompted a downward revision of the World Bank’s growth projection to 2.9% in 2022. Inflation surged to a 13-year high on the back of rising global energy prices while consumer confidence fell to a 6-month low amid the Omicron wave. The government has announced new fiscal measures to help mitigate the rising cost of living. Foreign tourist visits increased in February as borders reopened but remains well below pre-COVID levels. The current account remained in deficit due to the large fuel and services trade deficit. The Thai baht continued to depreciate in April as US treasury yields surged and investor confidence waned.
Thailand, like many countries around the world, is in the midst of a significant plastic waste crisis.
In 2019, the Government of Thailand released the Roadmap for Plastic Waste Management 2018-2030
and is developing the National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Debris
to alleviate the current impacts and avert future damage caused by marine plastic debris. While these efforts are critical steps toward reining in the country’s plastic pollution problem, further insight is needed into where the plastic waste comes from and how it moves in the environment.
This study presents the first large-scale assessment in Thailand to integrate national waste generation and waste management performance data with actual hydrological conditions to estimate how mismanaged plastic waste is carried and discharged into the marine environment. It aims to better understand how plastic waste travels from land-based sources to the marine environment by analyzing the material flow of plastic waste in five high-priority catchments (Phetchaburi, Mae Klong, Tha Chin, Chao Phraya and Bang Pakong) and three tourist hotspots (Krabi, Phuket and Ko Samui).
Lucky Progess Supply Co., Ltd is the official partner (dealer) in Thailand of CK Aqua AG. CK Aqua AG is a Swiss company and develops, produces and sell sludge treatment systems for restoration of waterways and for industrial sludge treatment.
Taisin group was founded on March 1, 1951. It was registered by the capital of 112.5 Million Baht. Taisin group has been running the business for more than 70 years. At first established in 1951 by Dr. Suwit Praisankul, located in Yaowarat area with registered capital 80,000 Baht for importing a variety of products from Japan. With the rapid growth, the office was expanded to Hua-Lamphong area in 1953. At present Taisin head office located on Sukhumvit road during Sukhumvit soi 67 and 69.
Taisin group has various business, manufacturer, importer, and distributor. We are one of the leading distributors of consumer goods in Thailand. Furthermore, we are specialized in doing quality marketing and distribution network for brands represented and our own brands.
One of the latest editions to their portfolio is the Swiss household brand of SIGG Water bottles.
Swiss & Australian national, I grew up in Fribourg, Switzerland where I did my obligatory school as well as my apprenticeship as a chef before joining EHL (École hôtelière de Lausanne) where I completed my bachelor’s degree.
This is where my life in Thailand started where I had the opportunities to work for prestigious Hotel groups such as Shangri-La where I oversaw the F&B department.
However, I decided to change my career and to start my entrepreneur life where it led me to open Berlin’s and currently owning 4 branches across Bangkok https://berlinsdonerkebab.com/
Jan & Oscar foundation was established in the memory of 2 brothers ( 8 years and 12 years old ) who passed away in 2004 during the tsunami that hit Thailand. For almost 13 years, the Foundation has been helping the Moken, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic fishermen in Ranong. In 2017, an environmental project involving Burmese, Moken and Thai communities was born to help them become financially independent. Ranong Recycle for Environment
was later launched to collect, sort and upcycle ocean plastic waste. Moreover, it aims to raise awareness on waste management among youngsters through its network of waste banks in schools. To find out more, see National Geographic documentary film
PAPER & PAGE (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
has become Thailand’s first-ever digital marketing agency to receive B Corporation certification. The certification marks a milestone for the company, as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.
The Bangkok-based agency’s certification is another example of Thai businesses effectively embracing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance metrics. The Stock Exchange of Thailand recently announced that the S&P Global Sustainability Awards has recognized 41 companies based in Thailand, the fourth-most in the world.
The agency joins other forward-thinking B Corporations in Thailand’s private sector, including Nespresso, sustainable rice producer Jasberry Co. Ltd., social research consultancy Rapid Asia Co. Ltd., and Danone Specialized Nutrition (Thailand) Co. Ltd., the national subsidiary of Danone S.A.
We are continuously developing packaging technologies, like those needed to replace plastic straws with paper in our products. To do so, means creating a whole new supply chain. The goal? Bendable paper straws that are durable enough for consumers, while meeting strict criteria for paper recycling.
Congratulations to Mister Loo for winning the LUXlife 2022 Travel & Tourism Award for the best digital public toilet in Asia!
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|Peak season for the final exams and announcement of summer programs 2022|
After the written Matura examinations have just been taken by our 12th graders, the oral examinations are now pending in May. The same goes for our 10th graders aiming for the secondary school certificate. We wish all graduates continued success and keep our fingers crossed for the final spurt!
To celebrate the graduation, all friends and families of the RIS Swiss Section are cordially invited to the Matura Ball on Saturday, 11 June 2022. It will take place at the Swissotel Rachada and is an ideal opportunity to meet again at the end of this low-contact school year for a joyful occasion and to celebrate together.
In view of the upcoming summer holidays, our teachers have put together a great and educational summer program for all students interested to have fun and practice the German language. The "German Summer" at the RIS Swiss Section offers a two-week summer camp for 4–12-year-olds titled "A Fairytale Adventure". Aimed at older students aged 14-18 are preparatory courses in German and mathematics.
New brand ÅF and Pöyry come together as AFRY. We are combining 125 years of global hydropower experience in one of the top 5 knowledge powerhouses for Hydropower.
AFRY has 17,000 employees in more than 100 countries to provide sustainable engineering solutions in the changing energy markets. AFRY is at the forefront of technological innovations in hydropower generation.
The increasing need for clean energy through the greater use of hydropower is a socio-political necessity today. We are here to make it happen.
Founded in 1999, the Asian Trails Group has grown to become Asia’s leading destination management company. Operating in 10 countries across East and South-East Asia, backed by global representation offices that offer support to our clients in their respective locations and time zone, we continue to blaze new paths in travel.
Asian Trails is known to be extremely dedicated to delivering personalised and unique experiences that are created through specialised local knowledge, technological innovation, extensive experience and a deep connection with our destinations and host communities.
Plastic welding machines and hot air heaters
We are the solutions for welding in civil engineering and tunnel construction, fabric and tarp, plastic pipes and tanks, roofing membranes , PVC floor coverings, or shrinking and packaging in industrial processes.
We concentrate on the core product areas Luxury Packaging, Luxury Boxes & Displays, Watch Dials, Watch Cases & Accessories. We are the world's packaging market leader at the forefront with experience working with the largest of global premium luxury brands within watch, jewelry, beauty, skincare, wine & spirits, and fashion sectors.
Product packaging (Boxes) design by experts in professional design concepts. All exclusive demands from design concept generation, high technology production, standard quality certified to delivery. To be a perfect partner to heighten your brand and stand out in the new sustainable luxury landscape.
EHL Hospitality Business School prepares students and professionals of all ages and backgrounds for the future of hospitality and customer experiences. EHL has been a pioneer in hospitality education since its founding as Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in 1893. It has been ranked world #1 by QS World University Ranking for Hospitality and Leisure Management and by CEO World ranking for three years in a row, 2019-2021.
EHL’s united community consists over 25,000 alumni in 150 countries. With campuses in Switzerland and Singapore, EHL brings the best balance of Europe and Asia to its education offering.
DER FARANG is the most important news publication for German-speaking people interested in Thailand and has been offering a mix of local reporting, news, travel highlights, seasonal festivals and events. The magazine and the PDF edition are published every fortnight for expats, residents and tourists in Thailand. The printed edition is read by more than 25,000 readers each month and reaches Thailand fans at home around the world. The online news portal is updated several times a day with local and international news and has around 360,000 readers monthly and the popular news email is sent daily to 8,500 subscribers."
As market leader in Thailand, Novatech offer pump solutions to all industries ranging from F&B, pharmaceutical, chemical, oil & gas, ceramics, paint, and mining. We are the exclusive distributor and service provider for many renowned brands of pumps, most notably Wilden and Tuthill.
Novatech provides full-scope solutions for aviation service vehicles including the design, manufacturing, and repair of refuellers, hydrant dispensers, runway sweepers, runway rubber removal vehicles, and pit cleaning vehicles represented across the region at various international airports. All vehicles are custom-built to internationally accepted standards.
Furthermore Novatech is also entrusted by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans as the exclusive representative for Thailand.
regroup architecture is a Bangkok-based architecture design firm, focusing on contemporary, innovative, and sustainable architecture and interior design. regroup architecture was founded in 2014 and covers the whole design and planning process, including construction management and contracting as turnkey solutions. We see us as a mediator between Europe and Asia, a combination of Swiss design, European knowledge, and local Thai experience.
All our schools rank top 10 in the world - QS Ranking
Swiss Education Group is committed to delivering world-class education that equips our students with the critical thinking and practical business skills that are most needed in the hospitality industry and beyond.
For more information on our schools and programmes visit: www.swisseducation.ac
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