Tsinghua PBCSF Belt and Road EMBA Program for Southeast Asia held its 8th Module in Bangkok from July 4 to 8, 2018. During the 5 days, students visited the central bank, financial institutions and local conglomerates and talked to politicians, distinguished scholars and successful entrepreneurs (businesspersons). Students also engaged in courses including Big Data and Business Model Innovation and Theory and Practices of Equity Investment.
At the Bank of Thailand (BOT), Siritida Panomwon Na Ayudhya, Assistant Governor at thePayment Systems Policy and Financial Technology Group, welcomed the students and made a keynote speech. She believes that Tsinghua PBCSF and BOT share the common goal of building a world-class platform of financial education and financial research in order to promote sustainability and development in the financial markets.
Pornpen Sodsrichai, Director of Economic and Analysis Office, Monetary Policy Group introduced “Thailand’s Macro Economy”. She mentioned about BOT’s role in establishing macroeconomic policies, which is to maintain monetary stability, financial institutions system stability and payment system stability. She believes that a new cycle of economic growth has begun in Thailand and EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor) opportunities are along the way. Buncha Manoonkunchai, Senior Director from the Financial Technology Department, gave a presentation on “Regulating and Promoting Fintech in Thailand”.
Bangkok Bank’s Executive Director, Charamporn Jotikasthira, welcomed the students. He introduced the Bangkok Bank and Belt & Road’s strong influence on Thailand’s economy and also the bank’s strong connections with China. Piti Sithi-Amnuai, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chartsiri Sophonpanich, President of Bangkok Bank joined the participants for the entire visit.
Delegates from various departments gave speech on topics such as “EEC and One Belt One Road Opportunities in Thailand”, “Bangkok Bank and Thailand Financial Market” and “Fintech and Corporate Innovation”.
In Central Group, Yol Phokasub, President of Central Group, welcomed the students. He shared the development and future prospects of the company. Nantiya, Executive Vice President from the Corporate Strategy and Development, gave a speech on “Central Group and relevant business opportunities in Thailand”. She mentioned CG’s leading positions across a multitude of formats and their high values on customer experience and product quality.
Students also visited CP Group, another local conglomerate. Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO of CP Group, welcomed the students and made a keynote speech, providing an overview of CP Group and relevant business opportunities in Thailand. He introduced the company strategies, sustainability challenges and emphasized the establishment of EEC Project as a major investment opportunity in Thailand. Moreover, Basic Education and Human Capital Development, Leadership Program for Sustainable Education and Strategic Implementation topics are elaborated as well by executives at CP Group.
The Charoen Pokphand Group is a Thai conglomerate based in Bangkok. It is Thailand's largest private company and one of world's largest conglomerates. It consists of three core businesses that operate in agribusiness and food, retail and distribution, and the telecommunications industries with investments in over 30 countries, employing over 300,000 people.
Besides company visits and other activities, the 5-day module included Professor Hu Yu and Wu Dongjun (Georgia Institute of Technology) in lecturing on Big Data and Business Model Innovation, and Dr. Yang Qinghong in lecturing on Theory and Practices on Equity Investment.