Message from the President
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok (JCC) is one of the largest Japanese chambers of commerce abroad with 1,552 member companies (as of April 30, 2014). The JCC celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Since its establishment in 1954, the JCC has contributed to not only trade, investments and economic development of the two countries but also cultural exchange, education development and other social activities for over half a century.
In the meantime, the political turmoil since late last year has brought uncertainty to the country’s economy and social developments. While the JCC has never made and will never make any political statement, possible risks to the economy if the situation is prolonged cannot be denied. Apart from this, part of the eastern region was unexpectedly affected by flooding, which blocked traffic on the main roads. In addition, Thailand is facing several pending issues, like investment promotion policy reform, labour shortages and increasing competition. Despite the upward trends in the Thai economy from a long-term perspective, the business environments surrounding Japanese companies in Thailand has remained severe.
Given the current uncertain situation, the JCC will closely communicate with the Embassy of Japan in Thailand and other relevant organizations to collect and share information. At the same time, the JCC will also continue to request the Thai government to take extensive measures for prevention of natural disasters, as well as keep discussions with the relevant authorities on pending issues like labour issues, customs / tax issues, a regional operating headquarter (ROH) scheme, and logistics issues.
We are expecting the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. The JCC will work on common issues in the ASEAN region with the ASEAN Secretariat through the Federation of Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN (FJCCIA) of which the office of the JCC plays a role. At the same time, the JCC will also actively take part in social activities like cultural exchange and scholarships to express to the Thai people our sincere appreciation for doing business in the country.
Voices of the member companies are always driving our activities. While keeping this in mind, the JCC will keep active in various activities to celebrate its 60th anniversary and achieve further developments. We would appreciate your continuous support and cooperation.