The launch of CanCham South

CanCham Thailand, in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada, launched its CanCham South Chapter on December 14th, 2019, at the Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, in Phuket.

Rajiv Parrab, CanCham Thailand board member and CEO of A&II (Thailand) Co., Ltd. chaired the event. Special guest speakers included Mr. Sanjeev Chowdhury, Chargé d’affaires of the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok, and Mr. John Stevens, President of CanCham Thailand, both of whom flew in especially for the event.

The launch featured a presentation on Canada-Thailand Trade and Investment opportunities, including Southern Thailand, from Mr. Chowdhury, the Embassy’s Senior Trade Commissioner as well as an overview of CanCham Thailand by Mr. Stevens.  

Rajiv Parrab, who is based in Surat Thani, gave an overview of Digital Transformation to E-Businesses and how southern Thailand businesses and provincial government can implement and operate such frameworks.

Mr. Kasien Laiyakosit, the Vice Chairman of the Surat Thani Chamber of Commerce spoke about Surat Thani as a smart city.

And artist and YEC circular Tourism member Khun Wishulda from the Surat Thani Chamber of Commerce spoke about sustainability, specifically turning waste to value & turning trash to treasured art.

In closing, Rajiv Parrab noted the business, trade and investment ties between southern Thailand and the Canadian Business Environment in Thailand and how these links could be strengthened with assistance from the Southern Chapter of CanCham.

He said there is a wealth of opportunity in the seven major cities in the south (Hat Yai, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Samui, Surat Thani, & Trang) to enhance business opportunities for CanCham’s stakeholders and its alliances/business partners.

The primary objective of the southern chapter will be to strengthen Canadian and member businesses’ ties with southern Thailand-based local and national businesses and with southern Thailand based governmental agencies.