Invest Japan Symposium 2017 in Bangkok

November 2017

On November 24,2017 in commemoration of the 130th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan, JETRO held a symposium for investment into Japan in Bangkok which was joined by 121 people from Thai companies and organizations.

In his opening remarks, then-Assistant Secretary (current Vice Minister) Kobsak Pootrakool of the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand touched on the fact that Thailand has recently become an investor country, where the amount of investment going outward exceeds that coming in, and made a call for continued investment overseas, particularly in Japan, with which the country has a deep relationship. Board Member Sanan Angubolkul of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) stated that both countries have to make efforts to vitalize investment in a two-way manner, illustrating successful cases of Thai companies operating in Japan.

Opening remarks by Assistant Secretary Kobsak

Thailand and Japan emphasizing importance of investment into Japan

JETRO Chairman and CEO Ishige highlighted the importance of partnerships between Thailand and Japan, mentioning activities promoting "Thailand 4.0" and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) conducted by the Thai government, and then emphasized that investment into Japan from Thailand is an extension of those activities. Following him, President Pipit Aneaknithi of Kasikorn Bank explained the current state of affairs of the economic relationship between the two countries and future prospects from the macroeconomic perspective, and used economic data to underline the importance of overseas business expansion by Thai companies.

Keynote speech by JETRO Chairman and CEO Ishige

Japan's investment environment and business potential of renewable energy presented by Thai companies

Presentations were made by representatives from two Thai companies active in Japan; Zanroo (Internet-Based Business Group Co.,Ltd.,)and BCPG Japan Corporation. CEO Chitpol Mungprom of Zanroo and Managing Director Taishiro Miyayauchi of Zanroo Japan presented on the stability of Japan's business environment and growth potential driven by the Japanese economic strategy Abenomics, from the standpoint of a start-up which is developing bigdata-based services. Country Manager and Director Pavan Siamchai of BCPG Japan Corporation spoke on the potential of Japan's renewable energy business, including solar power, from the viewpoint of a leading energy company in Thailand, and made a passionate call for Thai companies to invest into Japan.

Presentation by Country Manager and Director Siamchai of BCPG Japan Corporation

Public Relation activity by four local governments

At networking receptions held before and after the symposium, a PR corner was set up by four local government organizations; Hokkaido, Kanagawa and Aichi Prefectures and the Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC); in order to disseminate information on the attractiveness of their respective regions, incentives and support systems they are able to provide. JETRO also held a consultation corner where it responded to inquiries from Thai companies.

PR corner

Outline of symposium

Date and time Friday, November 24, 14:00-16:25
Networking receptions and consultation corners were held 12:30-13:30 and 16:30-17:00.
Venue Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Organizer Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Department of International Trade Promotion of Thailand (DITP),  
Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB)
Co-organizer Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI)
Sponsor  Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Bangkok
Visitor 121 people including 15 media outlets
  • Guest speech: Kobsak Pootrakool, Assistant Secretary (current Vice Minister) for Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand
  • Guest speech: Sanan Angubolkul, Board Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB)
First session: Keynote speech
Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, JETRO
Pipit Aneaknithi, President, Kasikorn Bank PCL
Second session: Examination of Japanese business practices and future prospects in promising fields
JETRO’s Support for Invest Japan
Tomohiro Takashima, Director-General, Invest Japan Department, JETRO
A Perspective on Japan’s Business Environment and Promising Fields from an Investment Fund
Takashi Shinmei, Board member of “J-Will Partners”
Company presentation 1: Services Utilizing Big Data in Japan
Chitpol Mungprom, CEO, Zanroo (Internet-Based Business Group Co,.Ltd)
Taishiro Miyayauchi, Representative Director, Zanroo Japan
Company presentation 2: The Energy Business in Japan
Pavan Siamchai, Representative Director, BCPG Japan Corporation
Networking session and consultation corner
* PR and consultation corners were set up by Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Aichi O-BIC and JETRO.