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 
H.E., Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, as well as H.E., Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, have been invited to speak, and the conference will include the participation of other Thai government and private sector leaders. 
Speaking opportunities, private meetings with Thai government leaders, as well as business matchmaking opportunities, will be arranged for a limited number of participating companies.
Confirmed companies include Amazon, Airbnb, Fortinet, Cisco, Fortinet, Sweetbridge Financial and more.
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. 
There is no fee to attend, but participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.  A limited number of rooms have been set aside at a preferential rate at the Dusit Thani Hotel. 
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 the Deputy Prime Minister

Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister (invited)


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


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

Signing ceremony witnessed by Thai DPM 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. 

Featured Speaker:

  • Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office (invited)


  • Cash McCracken, Director of APAC Government Affairs, Seagate Technology
  • TBA, Thailand Country Manager, Google
  • Michael Bäk, Head of Public Policy, Thailand, Facebook (invited)
  • Representative from the Thai Private Sector (name to be advised)


  • Dr. Somkiat Tangkitvanich, President, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) (invited)


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
  • Alex Botting, Director, Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Supachai, True Corp & CP Group


  • Dr. Duenden Nikomborirak, Research Director, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)



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


  • Andrew Harris, Head of Public Policy, Southeast Asia, Amazon
  • Mich Goh, Head of Public Policy, Southeast Asia, Airbnb
  • Rachel Wolbers, Policy Director, Engine 
  • Gina Galvin, Managing Director for Operations, FedEx
  • 2 Thai Panelists ( and Thai Bankers’ Association)


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


Coffee break

3:00-4:00 PM

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, Vice President for International IP, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Patrick van der Loo, Vice President, Emerging Asia Cluster, Pfizer
  • Dr. Nares Damrongchai, CEO, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences
  • 1 Thai panelist to be advised.

Moderator: TBD



4:00-5:00 PM

Blockchain – Implications for Thailand and other Emerging Markets

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

  • Emily Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Sweetbridge Financial
  • Jared Ragland, Senior Director, APAC Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Representative from the Thai Private Sector  (to be advised)


  • To be advised by Thai Bankers’ Association


Future of Food Innovation

Possible topics and themes: to be advised.


  • US Panelists to be advised by the US Chamber of Commerce
  • Thai Panelists to be advised by the Thai Chamber of Commerce


  • Dr. Poj Aramwattananont, Vice Chairman, Board of Trade of Thailand



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




September 25-26, 2018:


For a limited number of participating companies


  • Call on Thai Prime Minister and private meetings with cabinet officials
  • Business matchmaking events
  • Briefing with US Embassy commercial team
  • Other private meetings can be arranged upon request