Seminar: Vietnam and Thailand - A pace to ASEAN in 2015

On 30th Jan 2013, Faculty of International Business and Economics, VNU- UEB has collaborated with the University of Huachiew Chalermprakiet (Thailand) to organize the seminar "Vietnam and Thailand: A pace to ASEAN in 2015" which is chaired by Dr. Nguyen Anh Thu - Vice Dean of FIBE.

Attending to the seminar were Dr. Puangchompoo Jones - Head of the Faculty of Business Administration accompanied by the graduated students of the University of Huachiew Chalermprakiet.At the seminar, Dr. Puangchompoo Jones has made a presentation on "Business opportunities for the services sector under the AEC"., In his presentation, Dr. Jones emphasized the two most important services to Thailand’s economy are Medical Tourism and Transportation / Logistics.
Currently, Thailand is leading the ASEAN countries regarding the medical tourism industry (in terms of the number of international patients) because of the advantages in terms of the cost of medical services as well as their strength in the cosmetic surgery and dentistry. However, transportation / logistics of Thailand is still limited compared to Singapore and Malaysia. Moreover, the density of this sector in Thailand’s economy has been on the decline in the recent years. Dr. Jones also analyzed the educational services to act as a bridge in the ASEAN region and the opportunities offered by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
On behalf of the Faculty of International Business and Economics (VNU-UEB), MA. Nguyen Thi Vu Ha mentioned and analyzed the problem of monetary integration in the ASEAN region through the presentation "ASEAN would become an optimum currency area (OCA) or not?". The presentation highlighted the benefits, costs and the criteria for the establishment of a common currency. Based on these criteria, the presentation did answer the question: Does the ASEAN region achieve the goal of a common currency?
The presentations of the seminar was to provide students of FIBE with useful knowledge of the activities and prospects of the ASEAN Economic Community - one of the Faculty’s main research directions. This is also a good opportunity for the students of the faculty to meet and exchange with international students.
At the end of the seminar, Dr. Nguyen Anh Thu highly appreciated the appearance of the lecturers and students from the University of Huachiew Chalermprakiet and expressed the belief in the good relations of cooperation in the future between the two institutions in the fields of training, research and extracurricular activities.

Photos of students of University Huachiew Chalermprakiet with students and lecturers from FIBE (UEB)

Thanh Mai - Bich Ha

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