Dear Fellow Members,

For your information …

  • Our office manager, Ms. Kewalin (Kel) Kiatchusak, ended her employment at our office yesterday in order to move to Finland and start studying intercultural studies at Helsinki University later this year. On behalf of TFCC I want to thank her for her services to all of us and I wish her good luck in Finland!
  • Our intern Miss Henna Kirjavainen ended her internship in March and she will complete her thesis concerning TFCC Inbound Marketing Strategy in Finland. We will share the results of her study at our annual ordinary general meeting on 21st September 2020 at Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok.

A few strategic decisions were made in March 2020 …

  • Instead of recruiting a new office manager the board of directors of TFCC decided to outsource secretarial and administrative services from 1 April 2020 to KlarACC Co., Ltd., who is already delivering accounting services to TFCC. Services requiring legal advisory will be outsourced to Wissen & Co. Lawyers just as before. Wissen & Co. Lawyers is our Partner and both companies are our corporate members.
  • Board of directors of TFCC decided to terminate our contract concerning private office space for two persons with IW Serviced Office Co., Ltd.; however, we decided to sign a new contract with IW Serviced Office from 1 April 2020 concerning office space for one person only on the 23rd floor of Two Pacific Place building. Our executive director, Mr. Teuvo Tuomi, will continue working for us and he will use the office space alone from now on.

Outsourcing secretarial and administrative services and downgrading office space for one person only will reduce our fixed cost to minimum.

Unfortunately almost all of our events like so many other events in Thailand have been cancelled due to present global situation as you all know; however, we plan to organize Vappu Party on 1st of May and continue our monthly TFCC Get Together Meetings (GTM) on the last Friday of the month for those, who are healthy.

The outcome of the present situation is that several corporate and individual members of TFCC have had to downscale or shut down their operations or even withdraw their business from Thailand completely. The impact of this is reduced income from annual partnership and membership fees as well as lack of sponsorship income from planned, but cancelled events. The board of directors will monitor the situation and control costs in order to survive until the situation is over and we will get back our old members or attract new ones. I hope all our members, who can continue their memberships will renew their membership in due time.

For your information I started working today for a privately owned company called ANEO Software Oy from Finland. I set up and registered Thailand Representative Office of ANEO Software in Q1/20 and now I am acting as the Representative Office Manager in Thailand and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in South-East Asia. ANEO Software Oy develops software for asset and maintenance management and its maintenance management system, ARTTURI, is the leading solution for maintenance management in Finland. ARTTURI is now available in Thailand and will be delivered to customers as a service rather than licensed software.

I am now working from my home office in Chonburi (Pattaya) as so many other people do nowadays conducting virtual meetings and focusing more work time on inbound digital marketing rather than outbound marketing.

Yours sincerely

Jorma Manninen
President

The enclosed file is the summary of the measures (that are relevant to businesses) from cabinet resolutions on 10th March and 24th March 2020.

Message from Chairman TCC&BOT (Board Member)

Dear Fellow Members,

For your information that I relocated from Bangkok to Chonburi (Pattaya) yesterday.

Yesterday my landlord registered me as her new tenant, i.e., she submitted TM.30 report to Chonburi Immigration in Pattaya.

Today, I went to Chonburi Immigration in Pattaya and wanted to register my new home address, i.e., to submit the TM.28 report.

The immigration officer did not accept my TM.28 report and she told me that I don’t have to register my new home address because my landlord had already submitted the TM.30 report.

I showed her a copy of the TM.30 receipt with me; however, she told me that I must keep the original TM.30 receipt with my passport.

She told me that I don’t have to report my address after traveling; however, my landlord must report my return home every time.

Local landlords can apply for access codes for the online address registration system on the second floor at Chonburi Immigration in Pattaya.

Yours sincerely

Jorma Manninen
President

 

Dear Fellow Members, Partners and Friends,

For your information we have made a few new decisions, organised events and been active in many ways.

Decisions

  • We decided to start procurement of secretarial and administrative services from external parties, who we think are capable of delivering services required by TFCC.

Events

  • TFCC Shrove Sunday and House Warming Party had to be cancelled due to coronavirus fears.
  • TFCC GT Friday on 28 February 2020 at Bully’s Pub – GT Friday is a get together after work party for members and guests every last Friday of the month.

Activities

  • TFCC Presidents are negotiating with a few potential new members and partners, who are interested in collaborating wth us.
  • TFCC executive director Mr. Teuvo Tuomi started working for TFCC in February 2020.
  • TFCC new business address has been registered at DBD and other government authorities , banks, etc. will be informed in March 2020.
  • TFCC Intern Miss Henna Kirjavainen is conducting her bachelor thesis about Inbound Marketing Strategy and she will report the results in March 2020.

New Members

  • TFCC has received and approved a few membership applications and new members will be introduced later and their contact information will be uploaded on our website.

Other Issues

  • I will relocate my family from Bangkok to Chonburi (Pattaya) in March and start working in Thailand for a Finnish company in April 2020.

Have a nice weekend!

Jorma Manninen, President

 

Dear Fellow Members, Partners and Friends,

For your information we have made a few new decisions, organised events and been active in many ways.

Decisions

  • We decided to relocate our office and signed a lease agreement with IW Serviced Office on the 23rd floor of Two Pacific Place building next to BTS Nana station.
  • We decided to outsource secretarial and administrative services from 1 April 2020, because our office manager Ms. Kewalin (Kel) Kiatchusak has decided to move to Finland in April.

Events

  • TFCC organised JFCCT Presidents’ Council meeting on 22 January 2020 at Rembrandt Hotel. TFCC Partner Wissen & Co. was our main sponsor and 40 guests enjoyed the business set lunch menu that was designed by Finnish Chef Mikko Kataja, who owns and operates Jenna’s Bistro & Wine restaurant and Cafe 8.98 in Krabi, Thailand.
  • TFCC GT Friday on 31 January 2020 taGT Friday is a get together after work party for members and guests every last Friday of the month.

Activities

  • TFCC Presidents are negotiating with a few potential new members and partners, who are interested in collaborating wth us.
  • TFCC director Ozzi Järvinen from IGLU has been updating our website .
  • TFCC executive director Mr. Teuvo Tuomi has a new business visa and work permit and he will start working for TFCC in February 2020.
  • TFCC Office Manager has been updating our business address at DBD and other government authorities and she will complete the task in February.

New Members

  • TFCC has received and approved a few membership applications and new members will be introduced later and their contact information will be uploaded on our website.

Have a nice weekend!

Jorma Manninen, President

The Thai-Finnish Chamber of Commerce hosted this year’s first The Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce in Thailand’s (JFCCT) Presidents’ Council Meeting. The event was held on 22 January at Rembrandt Hotel’s colorful Mexicano restaurant.

A full house of top leaders was welcomed by H.E. Satu Suikkari-Kleven, Ambassador of Finland, and Mr. Jorma Manninen, President of TFCC.

The JFCCT represents 33 chambers and business associations as well as over 9,000 companies.

Events

  • The regional meeting of Team Finland in South-East Asia will take place on 13 – 18 January 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Representatives of Finnish Embassies, Business Finland and Chambers of Commerce including TFCC will most likely be invited to the event to discuss collaboration opportunities.
  • TFCC will host the JFCCT Presidents’ Council Meeting on 22 January 2020. HE Mrs. Satu Suikkari-Kleven the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Thailand will join and open the meeting for the presidents of 33 foreign chambers of commerce.
  • TFCC is planning sports activities on Saturday 22 and on Shrove Sunday 23 February 2020.
  • Scandinavian Society Siam will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on 5 March 2020. Our members are invited and welcome to the party.
  • TFCC new office will be inaugurated officially on Friday 6 March 2020 in Bangkok. Our members and selected guests will be invited to the event.
  • TFCC Golf Tournament, The Ambassador’s Cup, will be organised on 14 March 2020 at Than City Country Club. HE Mrs. Satu Suikkari-Kleven the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Thailand will join the rice ceremony and hand out the main prize.

Activities

  • Our new office will be set up in January and we will register our new address and telephone number and update our contact information on our website.
  • Our trainee Miss Henna Kirjavainen will continue her internship in Q1/20 and she will do her thesis about Inbound Marketing. The scope of the study will be developed together with the members of the board and approved by her supervisor.
  • Our new executive director Mr Teuvo Tuomi will start working for us in Q1/20 after his work permit application has been approved.
  • We will develop a new marketing content strategy and start using new tools for communications like LinkedIn and other useful and cost effective social media platforms.
  • We will organise traditional events and develop new events for members and guests.
  • Negotiations with potential new members and partners will continue and we wish to get many new members to replace the expired memberships.