The Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce (Bangkok) was established in 1992 by a group of Dutch businessmen. At the time, Dutch investments in Thailand were increasing rapidly and it was felt that a more formal representation of the Dutch private sector was necessary.
The main objective of the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce (NTCC) was, and still is today, to provide information and services concerning trade, commerce, industry, finance and investment in Thailand as well as in the Netherlands. To expand and facilitate trade between the two countries the NTCC represents Dutch business interests in relation to the government of Thailand, Thai opinion leaders and decision makers, to other Chambers of Commerce, and to the media in Thailand.
The NTCC is a membership organization. It is fully self-funded with no financial support from government or any other Dutch or Thai external sources. At the moment almost all Dutch companies operating in Thailand are member.
Over the years the NTCC has developed a host of activities for its members, such as:
The NTCC has relevant documentation available about importers, exporters and manufacturers in Thailand. It has extensive contacts with the Thai private sector and government so that Dutch companies can be directed to the proper sources/agencies.
In addition, the NTCC advises Dutch exporters on how to do business in Thailand. For this they can rely on the experience of other NTCC members, but also on the advice of a number of professional organizations such as banks, lawyers and accounting firms.
On a yearly base hundreds of Dutch and Thai businesses contact the chamber for referrals, commercial information, business assistance, seminars, social events and publications.
Networking is an important activity for NTCC members. Recognizing this the Chamber organizes monthly luncheons with guest speakers who address current issues. Attendance of these luncheon hovers around 50-60 people.
Once a year a gala evening is organized during which several Business Excellence Awards are presented to Dutch or Thai companies that have excelled in promoting Thai-Dutch business relations. The increasing interest in this event is proof of the interest companies attach to ever improving Thai-Dutch business relations.
The annual NTCC golf tournament is another successful event that most years is oversubscribed. Golf is a popular game in Thailand and it gives our members the opportunity to invite their Dutch and Thai business friends.
The Chamber publishes a quarterly magazine "Commerce". The magazine is distributed in Thailand and in the Netherlands and contains articles that are of interest to members and to anyone who is involved in trade between the two countries.
There are more than 25 Chambers of Commerce in Thailand. The Presidents of the Foreign Chambers meet monthly to discuss issues that are of interest to the foreign investor. These issues are then raised with the Thai government so that solutions can be found.
The NTCC plays an active role in the European Community Business Association (ECBA). The ECBA promotes the European Union in Thailand. All member states which are represented by a Chamber of Commerce in Thailand are represented in the ECBA.
The President of the NTCC is member of the Board of Trade, which is a private sector organization that advises the Thai Government on trade issues.
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