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Bangkok: Tue 2-Sep-2014 11:09 (UTC+7)

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Despite the problems with flooding in 2011, the ICT Group managed to mount three events in the year. I would like to make the point that the enormous support we have received from both Greg Watkins and Khun Rungjit in organizing these events has been of inestimable value.

The first event was on 22 February at the British Club entitled "What you need to know about 3-G and Broadband Access inThailand". ICT Group members Bob Marchant and Khun Kowitgave presentations which imparted very full information onthe current legal and commercial developments in Thailand’stelecoms industry. This had about 50 attendees to whom valuable information and guidance was provided both duringthe presentations and in the Q&A session.

The second was a presentation on 13 July where the guestspeaker was Professor Steve Russ of Warwick University and held at the Courtyard by Marriott. Attendance was in the region of 60 people and the subject entitled "The Technology Emperor's Nearly New Clothes" led to a spirited Q&A session (conducted by Chris Thatcher) with intriguing answers coming from Professor Russ. A successful evening.

The third event took place on 6 December and through a very useful introduction by Greg Watkins we managed to obtain Khun Ariya Banomyong, the country manager of Google in Thailand as the sought-after speaker for an event entitled "Google - beyond the search engine". This event was held at the Four Points by Sheraton and attracted over 120 people - a resounding success.

It is worth mentioning, for the board's consideration, that with the valuable help of Khun Rungjit, the ICT Group has established a quite successful formula of offering events at a very reasonable price to members for a stand-up buffet and presentation of around 350 THB. Drinks are at the discretion of the attendees and providing the drinks prices are reasonable this seems to be a very workable and popular formula.

In August the ICT Group issued an email warning entitled "Don't let your company's computers become a crime scene" which gave useful do's and don'ts as guidance to BCCT members on detail of this very important legislation which carries serious penalties for infringement. This warning was also carried in an article in The Brief. Khun Kowit also kindly provided the text in Thai language.

During the year both Khun Kowit and Bob Marchant attended the ICT-JFCCT meetings representing the BCCT until the chamber resigned from the JFCCT in August. Both Bob and Khun Kowit have continued to attend most of the ICT-JFCCT meetings in their private capacity to keep us usefully updated as to developments.

On 3 March 2011 Bob Marchant attended the Thailand Regional Forum meeting entitled "Digital Marketing: opportunities and pitfalls".

In the October/November 2011 edition of The Brief, our BCCT-ICT member David Quine, provided an article entitled "Online marketing: what works and what doesn't" describing techniques for creating a successful email campaign.

Group Members

Member's Name   Organization
Mr. Andrew McBean ChairmanGrant Thornton
Mr. Christopher Thatcher Anglo-Thai Legal Co., Ltd.
Mr. Robert Marchant -
Mr. John Wagner Venda Software Development Ltd
Mr. David C. Quine YES Technologies (Thailand) Co Ltd
Mr. James Helm Venda Software Development Ltd
Ms. Nipapat Hamilton British Embassy