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BCCT Evening Panel Discussion (Thailand and the AEC 2015)

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Date & Time: 05-Feb-2013 18:30  
Location: at Centara Grand at Central World, Lotus 5-6 room, 22nd Floor (Siam or Chidlom BTS station)
Member Cost: THB 900.00
Non-member Cost: THB 1,100.00
Details: Speaker: DR. KIRIDA BHAOPICHITR, Senior Economist of World Bank and DR. CYNTHIA PORNAVALAI, Partner of Tilleke & Gibbins

Topic: Thailand and the AEC 2015

Date: Tuesday 5th February 2013

Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Venue: Centara Grand at Central World, Lotus 5-6 room, 22nd Floor (Siam or Chidlom BTS station)

Cost: THB 900 per person for BCCTmembers and THB 1,100 for non-members including cocktail food, soft drinks, beer and wine.

The upcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integration in 2015 will have major economic implications for companies operating in all ASEAN member states. To give some context to the expected impact of this development, Cynthia Pornavalai, a partner in the corporate and commercial group at Tilleke & Gibbins, will make a presentation introducing participants to the legal framework underlying the AEC. Cynthia will discuss:
•Thailand’s progress in implementing the AEC blueprint
•The legal hurdles posed by the Foreign Business Act and Alien Employment Act
•Overall challenges with aligning laws and regulations across the region

Dr. Kirida Bhaopichitr from World Bank will cover:
Myths and Trust of the AEC integration and Its Progress to Date
• Description of the sub-pillars of the AEC, including their targets
• Progress in the 3 key sub-pillars to Date (i) Free Trade of Goods, (ii) Investment in Service Businesses, and (iii) Mobility of Professionals
• Constraints in achieving the targets set out in the AEC

About the speakers:

Dr. KIRIDA BHAOPICHITR joined the World Bank Bangkok Office in 1999 and is now a Senior Economist at the East Asia and Pacific Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit of the World Bank. She is the World Bank Country Economist for Thailand and is based in the World Bank Bangkok Office. Kirida spent 2010 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC in which she worked on regional issues in East Asia as well as authored a paper on estimating the remittance trends in South Asia.

Kirida’s work on Thailand includes monitoring and assessing Thailand’s economic developments, the investment climate, competitiveness, and the reforms in the public sector. Kirida has been the main author of the World Bank’s bi-annual Thailand Economic Monitor (2003-present) and is now authoring a report on Services for Development in Thailand: Professional Services of Engineers and Architects. Kirida was also the main author of the macroeconomic impact assessment of the 2011 floods which is in the Ministry of Finance-World Bank’s Rapid Needs Assessments of the 2011 Floods in Thailand. Kirida also contributes to the East Asia Update, which is the World Bank’s bi-annual regional report on East Asia. In addition to Thailand, she has worked on Lao, Cambodia, and South Asia.

Kirida has been invited to speak at various high-level forums organized by both public and private organizations in Thailand and abroad. She has also taught at the Economics Department at Thammasat University. Kirida appears regularly in the Thai and English media, speaking on current economic issues in Thailand and the East Asia region, and is a recognized voice in the economic and business circles in Thailand.

Kirida earns her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University with a scholarship from the Anandhamahidol Foundation which is under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand after finishing her bachelor degree in Economics with first class honors from Thammasat University.

CYNTHIA PORNAVALAI is a partner in the corporate and commercial group at Tilleke & Gibbins. From advising foreign investors on mergers, acquisitions, and investing in Thailand to counseling major players in the Thai property market to helping lenders or debtors through debt restructuring and business reorganization matters, Cynthia’s practice is as varied as the business goals of her successful clients.

Cynthia is fluent in English, Japanese, Filipino, and Thai. She received in-depth legal training at Kyoto University, completing a Doctor of Laws course in 1991. Drawing on her strong Japanese language and legal skills, she has developed a niche practice helping Japanese businesses invest and succeed in Thailand.

Also a prolific author and an in-demand speaker, Cynthia has penned numerous authoritative texts and has lectured on business law at Thammasat University and Schiller-Stamford International College in Bangkok. She is a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute and a member of the Japanese Securities Brokers Association.

The 2012 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific recognizes Cynthia as a leading lawyer in Thailand in the areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Projects, and Real Estate.

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Cancellation policy: BCCT is not able to refund for any cancellations after 5.00pm of Monday 4th February 2013