The New Digital Economy: Creating Thailand-U.S. Commercial Opportunities

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September 24, 2018
9:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Dusit Thani Hotel
Bangkok, Thailand 
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and AmCham Thailand for this major conference on technology and innovation policy in Thailand’s fast- growing IT market.  With a growing middle class and rapidly expanding Internet access, the market presents huge growth opportunities for U.S. tech and ecommerce companies across a range of sectors.
  • Thailand is forecasted to have 59 million Internet users by 2020, a jump of nearly 55% from 2015, according to a recent Google-Temasek report. 
  • By 2025, Thailand’s ecommerce market will be worth more than $11 billion, up from less than $1 billion three years ago.  
  • Already, Thailand has 173 mobile phone subscriptions per 100 people.    
  • Thailand lies in the heart Southeast Asia, the most rapidly-growing part of the world, and a region which will have 480 million Internet users by 2020.
Thailand is intensely focused on the next stage of its economic development, and offers substantial tax and other incentives to innovative, high-tech and high value-added investment.  This conference will explore opportunities for U.S. companies in areas such as AI, robotics, e-commerce, fintech, blockchain and other cutting edge industries.  The event will also discuss the frameworks and policies needed to promote the growth of those industries. 
H.E. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Commerce, as well as Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, will make remarks and the conference will include the participation of other Thai government and private sector leaders. 
For more information please contact Javiera Gallardo at


DRAFT Agenda


The New Digital Economy:

Creating Thailand-U.S. Commercial Opportunities


Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Thai Chamber of Commerce

In cooperation with AmCham Thailand

September 24, 2018

Dusit Thani Hotel

Bangkok, Thailand


08:00 AM

Registration Opens

Venue: Napalai Ballroom


Call to order // MC opening


09:00-09:05 AM

Welcome Remarks and Opening Speech by Thai Chamber of Commerce

Kalin Sarasin, Chairman, Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand & Chairman, Thailand-U.S. Economic and Business Promotion Committee


Remarks by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John Goyer, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Remarks by AMCHAM Thailand
Jeffrey Nygaard, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand &

Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Seagate Technology


Keynote Address by Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office

Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office


Address by the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand
The Hon. Glyn T. Davies, United States Ambassador to Thailand


Official signing of MOU and Photo Session
Formation of a Thailand-U.S. Economic and Business Promotion Committee.

Signing ceremony witnessed by Thai Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and Ambassador Davies. 


10:10-11:20 AM

Panel 1: Thailand 4.0 – US engagement in the new Thai economy           
Possible topics and themes: Encouraging research and development (“R&D”) expenditure; human resource development; cooperation and accountability among governments; and prioritizing internet access, consumer choice, and good governance. 


  • Cash McCracken, Director of APAC Government Affairs, Seagate Technology
  • Ben King, Thailand Country Manager, Google
  • Alex Orange, Director, Government Affairs, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Pacific, Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Dr. Elizabeth Xu, Chief Technology Officer-CP Group and CEO of CP R&D


  • Mr. Kasemsit Pathomsak, CEO, Merchant Partners Asset Management Limited


Panel 2: Digital Drivers – Digital trade frameworks         

Possible topics and themes: Enabling cross-border data flows, a key aspect of the 21st century economy; getting data protection right by allowing legitimate business use of personal data, and empowering consumers to make informed choices; cybersecurity frameworks, and enhancing collaboration between government and private sector on cybersecurity. 


  • Derek Manky, Global Security Strategist, Fortinet
  • SH Goh, Executive Director Asia Pacific, Global Policy & Government Affairs, Cisco 
  • Ann Meceda, Coordinator for International Cyber Policy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Dr. Teerapon Tanomsakyut, Chief Innovation & Sustainability Officer, True Corporation PCL


  • Alex Botting, Director, Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce



Venue: Dusit Thani Hall
Keynote Address:
H.E. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Commerce


1:30-2:45 PM

Panel 3: SME Empowerment in E-commerce
Possible topics and themes
: Reaching the global marketplace through technology; fintech and financial inclusion


  • Mich Goh, Head of Public Policy, Southeast Asia, Airbnb
  • Rachel Wolbers, Policy Director, Engine 
  • Gina Galvin, Managing Director for Operations, FedEx
  • Dr. Kirati Laisathit, Executive Vice President and Manager of Portfolio Management Credit Management, Bangkok Bank Public Co., Ltd.
  • Thai  Panelist ( (invited)


  • Ariya Banomyong, Managing Director, Line Thailand  (to be invited)


Coffee break

3:00-4:00 PM

Panel 4: Innovation and Digital Technologies in Healthcare (including Wellness & Medical Tourism)
Possible topics and themes
: New models are needed to integrate more innovative technologies to help drive efficiencies and improve patient care. Utilizing digital health technologies can improve health system efficiencies while reducing inequalities. To achieve this, important fine-tuning is needed to make sure that financing is stable, regulatory reforms are planned and executed, and supervision systems are put in place. 

  • Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Nares Damrongchai, CEO, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences
  • Simon Vilaisarn, Managing Director and Head of Contractual Solutions & Services - Thailand, Hewlett Packard
  • Mr. Sranyoo Chanate, Vice President, Kluay Namthai Hospital

Moderator: Selim Sezgin, Country Manager, Pfizer

4:00-4:15 PM


Special Presentation: Workforce Development in the Digital Economy

Discussion on how US firms are collaborating with the Thai government to prepare and train Thai workers to gain new skills needed to participate in the digital economy.


Dhanawat Suthumpun, CEO, Microsoft Thailand

4:00-5:00 PM

Panel 5: Blockchain – Implications for Thailand and other Emerging Markets

Possible topics and themes: financial inclusion, enabling SME growth, and              fostering appropriate regulatory environments. 

  • Jared Ragland, Senior Director, APAC Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Kullarat Phongsathaporn, Partner, Financial Services Practice Group, Baker & McKenzie Ltd
  • Dr. Bhume Bhumiratana, Consultant, Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand


  • To be advised by Thai Bankers’ Association  (invited)


5:00-5:10 PM

Closing remarks

Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries 


Issuance of Statement and Press conference (speakers and conference leaders)


Networking Reception


End of Program