The year 2018 was a successful year for the EABC. Besides transforming the EABC from a grant-aided- to a financially independent and –sustainable association we have put all our efforts into our core strength advocacy.
Throughout the year we arranged numerous meetings with the different ministers of the Royal Thai Government, Thailand’ s Board of Investment and other governmental bodies to deliver the EABC’ s positions, elaborated by our twelve working groups and to address problems our members are facing.
The EABC position paper launch event which took place in July was a great success and the positions and recommendations of our twelve working groups, representing the major industries were well received by the Royal Thai Government.
The year 2019 will be another exciting- and important year for the EABC and its members. Topics like the upcoming elections, Thailand’ s ASEAN chairmanship, the realization of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will dominate our actions and are underlining the great importance of a strong- and sustainable advocacy work.
This year we will focus on further strengthening of our partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand who strongly supports us and we will further develop a close collaboration with the bilateral chambers of commerce of the EEA (European Economic Area) member states and Switzerland.
For the first time the EABC will introduce a so-called “Advisory Council” which is hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand and -composed of representatives of bilateral chambers of commerce of the EEA member states or representatives of the trade sections of the respective embassies.
The Advisory Council will meet twice a year and should be a forum for dialogue and exchange with all stakeholders. The goal is to inform about our advocacy focus topics as well as to get valuable input from the European chambers and their members.
Throughout the year 2019 you can expect not only numerous advocacy activities but also networking events, providing a platform for exchange and networking.
EABC’ s newly launched website and the re-designed newsletter should grant a proper communication and will keep you up to date about all our activities.
On behalf of the entire board of directors I would like to kindly invite you to actively participate in our advocacy work and to further strengthen the unified voice of the European business in Thailand!