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First BCCT Phuket Business Dinner set for July 3 with political update

First BCCT Phuket Business Dinner set for July 3 with political update

PHUKET: Following the recent closure of Phuket’s British Business Association (BBAP), the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (BCCT) is moving to establish a presence in Phuket.


By The Phuket News

Monday 30 June 2014, 02:43PM


Former prime ministers Anand Panyarachun (left) and Chuan Leekpai (right) with Graham Catterwell.

Former prime ministers Anand Panyarachun (left) and Chuan Leekpai (right) with Graham Catterwell.

The Phuket Business Dinner on 3 July is BCCT’s first ‘solo’ event on Phuket, on previous occasions it joined with both the BBAP and other chambers.

Speaking on the current Thai political situation, consultant and pundit Graham Catterwell promises to inform and entertain, while the dinner/speaker format offers a welcome change from the more usual Phuket business events.

Graham Catterwell has been a keen observer of Thai politics since even before he became an international affairs adviser to Prime Minister Gen Kriangsak Chomanan.

‘International affairs advisor’ sounds like a grand title, but his main task was to produce a daily ‘idiot’s guide to what happened in the world yesterday and overnight’, as the then massive, turgid tomes from the Foreign Ministry proved too much of a challenge.

For more than half of HM the King’s reign to date, Graham has never been too far from the centre of political power. Having had personal dealings with most Thai prime ministers in the period, he has colourful anecdotes on most ... though unfortunately not all of these can be related in an open forum.

He has of course been closely following recent developments, and appreciates a close working relationship with military intelligence. According to his LinkedIn page, “There is nobody in any power structure in Thailand that he doesn’t know, or can’t access.”

Founded in 1946, BCCT is the oldest foreign chamber in Thailand. It has 600 member companies throughout the kingdom with around 2,700 named representatives and enjoys a strong, active, presence in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the Eastern Seaboard.

Fully self-funded with no financial support from the British government or any other British or Thai external sources, BCCT is a member of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand and has a seat on the Board of Trade of Thailand.

BCCT events are far from exclusively ‘British’ affairs, attracting strong international participation – a fact reflected in its membership.

The Phuket Business Dinner will be held at the Amari Phuket in Patong, from 6.30pm. Cost is B850 including soft drinks. Beers, wine and spirits are on guests’ own account at B100 net each.

Numbers are limited and the event is filling up fast. To book go here or call Khun Gann on 02 651 5350-3 or email: gann@bccthai.com

Class Act Media is a media sponsor for the event.

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