Message from the Executive Director - November 2022

Dear Members and Friends,

It's great to see that business is back in full swing in Thailand! Now that we are entering the last two months of the year, I think we will all soon be longing for the winter break after a very busy second half of 2022. We can clearly see that busy schedules are having an impact on attendance at networking and other Chamber-organised events. Events organised by other chambers have already had to be postponed due to low registration numbers. In light of this, the office, in collaboration with the Board, has decided to postpone our annual STCC networking event at the Swiss Residence at the end of November until early next year. With our 25th anniversary also coming up next year, we will use this opportunity to host the first STCC Innovation Exhibition and Networking Night in January at the residence. We hope that by then you will have recovered well from the hectic weeks still awaiting us and are eager once again to network with the Swiss-Thai Business Community.

However, I would like to point out that we will not stop our activities, but will continue to inform you about opportunities to meet and network at various events, which you can always find on our website. Before the holidays we are also organizing a fun activity at one of our new members, Top Golf Thailand. The date is set for 08 December and more information on this will follow shortly.

From an administrative point of view, I would also like to inform you in advance that from January 2023 the STCC will be subject to VAT, which we will have to add to all our invoices, including the membership fee. This is standard for almost all chambers here in Thailand, but until now the STCC has been able to avoid this. However, as the organisation grows and we expand our activities, we will need to register for VAT. We will inform your administrative contacts soon so that we can ensure a smooth transition into this new chapter.

With that, I would like to wish you a good November and hope to see you soon at one of the events we have in store for you in the coming weeks!

David Stauffacher

Executive Director