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. 
For a copy of the agenda, see below and to register, click here.  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



08:00 AM

Registration Opens


Call to order // MC opening



Welcome remarks

Isara Vongkusolkit, Hon. Chairman, Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand

Chairman, Thailand-U.S. Economic and Business Promotion Committee


Opening Speech
Kalin Sarasin, Chairman, Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand


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


Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Remarks will focus on bilateral trade and investment  relations, on the occasion of 185th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the US & Thailand


Address by the U.S. Ambassador
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 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Davies. 


Coffee Break and networking



Panel 1: Thailand 4.0 – US engagement in the new Thai economy           
Featured Speaker: Thai Minister of Industry
Panelists: TBD Airbnb and other Thai and U.S. corporate Leaders

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. 


Panel 2: Digital Drivers – Digital trade frameworks         
Featured speaker:  Mr. Supachai of True Corp & CP Group
Panelists: Alex Botting, Senior Managing, Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Other Thai and U.S. corporate leaders.

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. 

12:00-1:30 PM

Keynote Address:
H.E. Prayuth Chan-ocha (invited), Prime Minister of Thailand

H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak (invited), Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand



1:30-2:10 PM

Panel 3: Blockchain – Implications for Thailand and other Emerging Markets
Panelists: Emily Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Sweetbridge Financial, others TBD

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


2:10-3:20 PM

Panel 3: Innovation/IP  
Featured speaker: Thai Minister of Science & Technology

Panelists: Patrick Kilbride, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
TBD from Pfizer, and other Thai and U.S. corporate leaders TBD

Possible topics and themes: promoting innovation in cutting edge industries: health, medical technology, artificial intelligence, and the role that patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets can play in supporting and enabling innovation. 

3:20-4:15 PM

Panel 4: SME Empowerment in E-commerce
Featured speaker: H.E. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Commerce 

Panelists: Amazon, and other Thai and U.S. corporate leaders
Possible topics and themes: Reaching the global marketplace through technology; fintech and financial inclusion

4:15-4:30 PM

Coffee break 

4:30-5:15 PM

Panel 5: Logistics, Supply Chains, and Thailand’s Role as a Regional Hub

Panelists: UPS, FedEx, others.

Possible topics and themes: modernizing customs for the digital era by supporting supply chain with new approaches to customs and customs processes. 

5:15-5:20 PM

Closing remarks

Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries 

5:20-5:30 PM

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

5:30-6:30 PM

Networking Reception

6:30 PM

End of Program




For a limited number of participating companies

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