A British Chamber of Commerce to Thailand organised event was held at the Amari Hotel, Patong, Phuket on Thursday 12th March 2015 with guest speaker Christopher Bruton. Desmond Hughes and Robert Krupica attended the event to listen to Christopher Bruton’s overview of the current economic and political status of Thailand and to offer well informed predictions for the future. Christopher Bruton’s profile as a resident of Thailand for 46 years lends itself to a natural understanding of the issues that Thailand faces and what it could do to address certain challenges.
The event was promoted by the Main Sponsors and also put together with assistance from Grenville Fordham of Image Asia; Anthony Bridges of Flip Side Restaurant and Desmond Hughes of Hughes Krupica, such event summarised as per the extract from the BCCT information below. The BCCT welcomes all future attendees to a series of events aimed at providing information backed by credible profiles with interesting insights on Thailand; industry and business.
Thailand has experienced nearly two decades of experimentation with different forms of political and economic structures, Coups and chaos. As a result, we risk falling behind regional competitors in terms of economic growth, political maturity and social harmony. Can the new “command economy” put Thailand back on track and recover momentum? This presentation will include conclusions reached during corporate roundtable discussions in Bangkok and Singapore with a range of corporate and non-government organizations.
About the speaker:
Chris Bruton has achieved and survived 45 years of residence in Thailand, after leaving his native UK, with sojourns in France and Malaysia along the way. He has worked in publishing, corporate finance, real estate and mining, as well as extensive consulting assignments in each of the Mekong Region countries. He is familiar with life in Southern Thailand having managed mining operations in Ranong and Nakhon Srithammarat and rural development in Prachuab Khirikhan.
In earlier and wiser years, Chris graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with postgraduate personnel and language qualifications from the Universities of London, Paris and Malaya. His Thai family numbers four children, four grandchildren, four nationalities (UK, Thai, Singapore, Australia) and three religions (Christian, Buddhist, Islam).
He is therefore a liberal in experience and disposition, confronted by an increasingly illiberal world.”
Photographs courtesy of Image Asia and link to Window on Phuket article here: http://www.windowonphuket.com/social-phuket/event.php?id=390&pg=1
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