Corruption continues to negatively affect Thailand’s competitiveness due to a lack of political will to tackle the problem, according to David Lyman, Chairman & Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, in a statement published in today’s edition of The Nation. David also emphasized the importance of continuity and stability in Thailand’s investment policies, especially in the context of the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
David made these remarks as part of his participation in the seminar “2012 Thailand Investment Environment: Maximizing the AEC Opportunity,” organized by the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Banking (JSCCIB) – Thailand, with cooperation from the foreign chambers of commerce in Thailand. The event was held at Mahisorn Hall, SCB Park Plaza, Bangkok, on August 15, 2012.
David was a panelist in a discussion about how to improve Thailand’s progress in anti-corruption measures ahead of AEC integration in 2015. Moderated by Mr. Vichai Assarasakorn, Honorary Secretary General of the Board of Trade of Thailand, the panel also included:
- Dr. Sirilaksana Khoman, Senior Advisor, Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission
- H.E. Mr. Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office
- Dr. Bandid Nijathaworn, Secretary General, The Collective Action Coalition of the Thai Private Sector Against Corruption
According to The Nation’s coverage of the event, corruption issues were just one of several topics discussed at the seminar. Other distinguished speakers talked about the need to remove non-tariff barriers and other restrictions on trade, and the positive impact that opening up the market will have on Thai businesses.