2015 USA Fair is coming to Bangkok May 29-31

PosterThe American Chamber of Commerce Thailand is bringing back its signature event at CentralWorld, Bangkok. The USA Fair is the premier event promoting U.S. products, services, and companies to local consumers. This year, over 20 U.S. companies and organizations will participate in the event including the U.S. Embassy. Be sure to visit the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership at the U.S. Embassy Pavilion near the BTS entrance. For more details, please contact kittie@amchamthailand.com.

World Intellectual Property Day 2015: Get Up, Stand up. For Music

World Intellectual Property (IP) Day is celebrated every year on April 26th to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. In honor of World IP Day, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) in Thailand, in coordination with the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership, is hosting two events in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai. This year’s theme is “Get Up, Stand Up. For Music”.

Chiang Mai PosterThe World IP day event in Chiang Mai will take place on April 26 at the Lanna Folklife Museum (in the middle of Sunday Walking Street). The program will includes a live concert featuring school and local bands who create original music and a music market to encourage young people to support artists by downloading affordable copyrighted songs and purchasing legitimate tangible music products.

In Bangkok, USPTO will host a seminar on copyright protection in the music industry on April 27 at the Conrad. The seminar will cover topics such as developments in copyright protection, new trends in the music industry, and innovation in the music world. For more information about the events, please contact Teerin.Charoenpot@trade.gov.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Speaker to Visit Thailand

nell-thumb-150x150Nell Merlino, a leading advocate and expert on women’s business leadership and empowerment, will be in Thailand the week of April 27th with plans to speak in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Ms. Merlino, who appears regularly on national TV, in leading print outlets and social media, is the creative force behind Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which moved more than 71 million Americans to participate in a day dedicated to giving girls the opportunity to dream bigger about their future.

As the Founder and President of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses
into million $ enterprises, Ms. Merlino inspires entrepreneurs to think bigger and grow dramatically. She is author of “Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want it Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work,” from Broadway Books, which is available from Amazon.com.

Through Count Me In, Ms. Merlino is inspiring women entrepreneurs to dream big and achieve even more. She is leading a global movement to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their
businesses to a million dollars and beyond by providing tools, resources, and a supportive community of their peers. Count Me In’s Make Mine a Million $ Business program reaches women entrepreneurs in communities around the country through events and on-line community. This movement will not only add millions of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, but take
women to new levels of independence, empowering them to act as economic leaders.

Ms. Merlino is also the founder and President of Strategy Communication Action, Ltd. (SCA) in New York City, a firm specializing in the creation of public education campaigns that motivate people to act. She is a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), and appointed a Pathways Envoy by the U.S. State Department to promote women’s business growth throughout South and North America. Nell also sits on the board of the American Enterprise Organization. Prior to founding Count Me In, Ms. Merlino created campaigns like the YWCA’s The Week Without Violence, the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, worked in two state governments, was an advance woman in presidential politics, a union organizer and a Fulbright Scholar.

Ms. Merlino will speak at the Ibis Hotel in Chiang Mai on April 28th and at Sri Pathum University, Building 11 in Bangkok on April 29th. Both events start at 9am and Ms. Merlino will present the topic: “From Micro Business to Million $ Enterprise” Case Studies and Q&A. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Merlino to Thailand.

Intellectual Property Fun Facts for Songkran

It is Songkran season in Thailand! For Thai people, Songkran is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. As the longest holiday (three days), Songkran is celebrated as the traditional New Year’s Day and commonly known for its fun and friendly water fights which involve soaking each other with buckets of water, hoses, and water guns. The real meaning behind the water splashing is to symbolically wash away sin and bad luck from the previous year. Since April is also the hottest month of the year, the soakings are a great way to cool off.

Since World Intellectual Property (IP) Day is fast approaching (April 26), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Thailand wanted to celebrate Songkran this year by collecting some interesting IP-related facts about the holiday:
1. The Festival – In 2014, there was a dispute raised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) against the event organizers in Singapore who tried to plan a Songkran-style water festival event. TAT felt that Thailand held exclusive rights to celebrate Songkran and wanted to know if the festival is copyright protected and owned by Thailand.

The simple answer is “no”. A traditional festival activity is not a work that can be protected by copyright. Not to mention that Songkran is a traditional festival shared by many countries and cultures throughout Southeast Asia. So it is actually very hard to ascertain which country actually started, let alone owns, the festival.

2. Songkran music – One of the most famous Thai Songkran songs, “Ramwong Rueng Songkran”, was composed by Mr. Eua Sunthornsanan, who has been honored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO) as a world personality on the list of the Anniversary of World Personalities and Historic Events. Under Thai law, the term of copyright protection is good for 50 years after the death of the composer, so while Khun Eua died in 2007, the song is still copyright protected.

3. Water guns – there are many varieties of water guns used in Songkran activities. However, the one that has become quite popular here is actually based on the Super Soaker® water gun which received a patent in the U.S. filed on September 6, 1990. The Super Soaker® was invented by an American named Lonnie George Johnson. His inspiration for the water gun came when he accidentally shot a stream of water across his bathroom while doing an experiment for the eco-friendly heat pump. Water gun

The gun has held its ranking among the world’s top 20 best-selling toys every year since it came on the market. Since patent protection lasts only 20 years from the date of the filing of an application, it is no longer protected under patent law. However, its registered trademark of Super Soaker®, obtained in 1991, is still valid and protectable.


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4. Nam Aob – “Nam Aob” is a kind of Thai traditional fragrant water made from dozens of fresh aromatic flowers and spices. It is one of the most common items during Songkran, as you will be able to see (or smell) it everywhere because Thai people will mix it with water and use it in several ways. Nam Aob

There are many brands of Nam Aob in the market, all of which are actively protecting their trade secrets as to the exact ingredients or manufacturing process, but the most well-known is “Nangloy (Flying Angel)®” which provides a unique scent from the combination of its secret ingredients. While the brand was launched almost a hundred years ago, it has been registered as a trademark in Thailand since 2001.

5. Floral Design shirts – Songkran is simply not Songkran without people wearing floral shirts! Intellectual property protection in fashion can be a bit tricky. However, if the floral pattern is original, it is possible to receive copyright protection for it. To enforce that right, you would have to prove that the competitor’s floral pattern design is a substantially similar copy of your protected design.

We hope you enjoyed these fun Songkran IP facts. Check out the USPTO website at USPTO.gov or export.gov/thailand/intellectualpropertyrights/index.asp for Thailand-specific IP information. Also, please join USPTO and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership to celebrate World IP Day on April 26 and 27. For more information about activities for World IP Day, contact Mr. Peter Fowler at peter.fowler@trade.gov

Opportunity for YSEALI entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs

YSEALIApplications are now open for YSEALI Generation: Power of Entrepreneurship, a 5-day entrepreneurship regional exchange workshop for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (an entrepreneurial individual within an existing organization) from ASEAN between the ages of 18-30.

Submit your application at https://youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov/yseali-entrepreneurship-application/ before midnight EST on April 8, 2015.

Date: May 27-31
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

During the YSEALI Regional Exchange, participants can expect to:

1) Go through the process of evaluating a venture/idea, making appropriate adjustments, and building a plan of action
2) Improve entrepreneurial skillsets such as marketing, fundraising, pitching, and more!
3) Meet with expert mentors to get feedback on next steps
4) Network and collaborate with top young entrepreneurial leaders from ASEAN

We invite you to submit an application to be considered for this Regional Exchange if you meet the following criteria:

1) Citizen and resident of one of the 10 ASEAN members states (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Burma, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, or Vietnam)
2) Between the ages of 18 and 30
3) Member of YSEALI (If you are not yet a member, please register now at www.yseali.state.gov – there is no cost to become a member)
4) Have a well thought-out idea that you are committed to pursuing and growing into a venture (as an entrepreneur) or inside an existing organization (as an intrapreneur)
5) Available to participate in the full length of the Exchange in Ho Chi Minh City (May 27-31, 2015)

If you are selected to participate in this Workshop, you will receive
• Hands-on skill-building workshop alongside 50-60 young ASEAN leaders
• Roundtrip economy-class airfare from your home country to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (if not from HCMC)
• 4 nights of accommodation in HCMC, Vietnam
• Ground transportation to/from airport
• All meals
• Compensation for visa costs (if applicable)

Applications are due April 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified of their involvement by midnight EST on April 10, 2015.

Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Visits Srinakharinwirot University

Group pictureCoordinator Aine Shiozaki and Political Specialist Jennifer Green paid a vist to the beautiful campus of Srinakharinwirot University.  They were greeted by Dr. Cholvit Jearajit, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and his colleagues.  Ms. Shiozaki and Ms. Green discussed topics related to Social Enterprise/Entrepreneurship and proposed collaborative programs.

Thai Startups: Pitch your way to Tech-in-Asia Singapore 2015

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The U.S. State Department’s Mekong Technology Innovation Generation and Entrepreneurship Resources (TIGERS@Mekong) project in collaboration with Tech in Asia will host a pitch event in Bangkok as part of Tech in Asia’s “Bootstrap Alley Tour,” a 10-city startup competition. Participants in each city will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of investors. Five startup finalists will be awarded free flights and accommodation to the Startup Asia Singapore 2015 conference, where they will have a booth to showcase their startup to more than 3,000 international attendees. Applications to participate in the Bangkok event close March 7th, and the event will occur on March 12th. The event is free and open to the public.  You can learn more about the event and apply here.

In recognition of the Mekong region’s potential as a source of innovation and in an effort Techin Asia logoto boost competiveness and growth in the region, the U.S. Department of State launched TIGERS@Mekong project under the Connect Mekong framework at the East Asia Summit in 2012. TIGERS@Mekong is a public-private alliance platform aimed at enhancing and deepening the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted Mekong economies by supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs. TIGERS@Mekong is a signature program under “Connect Mekong”, an effort of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), which aims to increase investment opportunities in the region, particularly in infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and trade.  TIGERS@Mekong will leverage U.S. expertise in fostering entrepreneurship and deploy strategic partnerships between U.S. and Mekong private sectors to strengthen the Mekong region’s startup and innovation ecosystem; promote and facilitate connectivity in the region; and foster innovative business models in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Register for the SelectUSA Investment Summit – March 23-24

241474-1Do you run a business and are considering opening or expanding operations in the United States?  At the SelectUSA Summit, you’ll discover more about how, where and why to invest in the United States.  It will help you find the answers you need more efficiently, saving you time and money.

We’re thrilled to announce that registration is open for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit which will take place in the Washington, D.C. area on March 23-24, 2015!

Get in touch with our team in Bangkok if you’re interested in joining our delegation to the SelectUSA Summit. Please contact Ms. Thanyathorn Voravongsatit, Commercial Specialist for more information.

Here’s what you’ll find at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit:

  • The agenda is packed with practical information; you’ll learn about resources, tools, and regulations to help you seize investment opportunities with confidence. High-profile business and government leaders will share their insight on the latest trends.
  • Online matchmaking will enable you schedule face-to-face meetings with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives.
  • The trade show will showcase investment opportunities from every corner of the United States – all in one building!
  • The SelectUSA Academy will be held just before the Summit on the afternoon of March 22 and will cover the basics of investing in the United States for first-time investors.

Who should attend?

  • Investors of all sizes: Whether you represent an established multinational, small or medium-sized enterprise, or a high-growth start-up, this event is for you if you’re thinking about establishing or expanding operations in the United States.
  • Infrastructure investors:  We’ll feature sessions highlighting opportunities to invest in infrastructure.  Officials will be on site to share information on the Administration’s Build America Investment Initiative.
  • Advisors, specialists, companies, chambers of commerce, and associations: Organizations and service providers that facilitate direct investment into the United States are welcome.
  • Journalists:  We look forward to working with you! Please register through the Summit website and contact Ms. Thanyathorn Voravongsatit for more information.

Learn more and register now at www.SelectUSAsummit.com.  Last year’s Summit filled up fast, so don’t wait to sign up!

For more information about the U.S. Commercial Service in Thailand, please check out their website here.

Opportunities for Scientists and Entrepreneurs

Apply for the ASEAN Science & Technology Fellowship Program

Are you a scientist in an ASEAN country? Are you interested in applying your skills beyond the lab or the classroom?  Apply now for the second year of the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program for an opportunity to join a team of science leaders exploring opportunities to address key areas of concern to Asia’s citizens through science and policy. This program, supported by the U.S. government, helps early career scientists from ASEAN Member States be more engaged in policies that drive national priorities and affect the lives of citizens in ASEAN.  Up to 16 Fellows will be chosen from across the region to be embedded in a government ministry in their home country to advance science-based decision-making related to biodiversity, clean energy, or fisheries and coastal management. The deadline for submission of applications is January 30, 2015. The program will begin on May 1, 2015.  For more information and to download the application page, click here.

Could you use up to $90,000 to launch your innovative idea and change the world?

If you or someone you know is working on an innovative project seeking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, Echoing Green wants to hear from you.  Echoing Green Fellowship Programs identify promising social leaders and entrepreneurs with bold ideas and provides them with up to $90,000 in seed funding, strategic support, and a powerful network. The Application period is open from December 2, 2014 – January 5, 2015 – see here for details.   Be Bold. Think Big. Drive Change.

Microsoft Thailand Launches Imagine Cup 2015!

Photo Courtesy of USAID

Photo Courtesy of USAID

On January 10, over 70 students gathered at the Microsoft office in Bangkok to help kick off Imagine Cup 2015 student software design competition.   There was excitement in the air mixed with nervous energy.  Thailand is the only country that has won the Imagine Cup Championship three times and there are high expectations from this group of talented students.  This is USAID’s second year partnering with Microsoft Thailand, an active Corporate Social Responsibility leader, to engage young innovators to address development priorities through science and technology.  The Microsoft Imagine Cup Thailand event serves as a key activity under the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership since 2011.

U.S. Science Envoy Geraldine Richmond delivered an inspiring keynote speech, talking about her experience as a scientist and encouraging students to be creative and never give up even in the face of failure.

The 2015 Imagine Cup will be framed around three competitions:  World Citizenship, Games, and Innovation.  To align with USAID’s mission, Imagine Cup Thailand will focus on the World Citizenship path.  During the kick-off event, partners provided presentations in their respective development subject areas:

  • Biodiversity
  • Environmentally Responsible Development
  • Aquaculture & Fisheries
  • Clean Energy
  • Forestry
  • Supporting Small & medium enterprises
  • Food security & Climate Change Adaptation
  • Supporting Survivors of Trafficking in Persons

Each student team took on a social or environmental issue above and will spend the next few months developing software to potentially help solve the problem.  The teams will receive mentoring from USAID partners at various strategic points in project development.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is one of the largest and best known student software design contests, with more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries participating in the past 11 years. This global, year-long competition provides an opportunity for student technologists, developers, and aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology application, create a business plan, and gain a keen understanding of how to bring their concept to market.

Imagine Cup Thailand will be held in April and the winners will compete with winners from other countries for a chance to reach the global competition at Microsoft Seattle headquarters in July.  Microsoft will award $50,000, $10,000, and $5,000 prizes to the overall first, second, and third place teams in each of the three categories, and the overall Grand Prize winner will have a private meeting with Bill Gates.



Sign Up for Startup Weekend Education – 16th to 18th January, 2015

start-up weekend educationOn January 16th to 18th entrepreneurs and educators will gather at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University to develop ideas for Education businesses at Thailand’s first Startup Weekend Education event.

Tokyo and Singapore previously held education themed events in late 2014 and the Bangkok event will be the first international education event for the Startup Weekend organization in 2015. Startup Weekend events have been held in over 600 cities and over 100 countries since the non-profit organization started in the United States in 2007. The 54 hour weekend event will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to find like minded people and work with them on ideas to improve education. The organizers of Startup Weekend Education are looking to improve on the current state of education by helping entrepreneurs to bring ideas to fruition and potentially create businesses that can promote positive educational outcomes in Thailand as well as internationally.

Startup EducationStartup Weekend Education will allow attendees to develop their ideas and bring them into action with the guidance of coaches and mentors. The attendees will be enabled to find the right people with complimentary skills as well as passion and dedication to build a startup quickly and efficiently. Entrepreneurs will build ideas with and receive advice from experienced tech and education entrepreneurs and professionals and win prizes that will help them take the startup idea to the next level of execution to build sustainable, game-changing businesses.

Startup Weekend Education begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. On Sunday, teams demonstrate their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges and investors.

The event is being organized by a team of volunteers and students with professional backgrounds in mobile and Internet technology, education, and entrepreneurship. According to lead organizer Mike Michalec, “Startup Weekend events can provide an empowering experience for those interested in entrepreneurship and startups in general, especially for those who have little or no entrepreneurship experience or access to the local startup ecosystem.”

Among the judges are local and international experts with extensive experience in creating and funding startups, managing social enterprise and technology companies, and education management. The six judges will include Google Thailand Country Head, Ariya Banomyong, Managing Director of Singapore based Expara IDM Ventures, Mr. Douglas Abrams, social impact expert and Managing Director of Thailand’s first sustainable business accelerator Sal Forest Co. Ltd., Ms. Pattraporn Dao Yamla-or, and The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Deputy Director Ms. Tinsiri Siribodhi. Thailand. Regional startup seed investors Koichi Saito of IMJ Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. and MSEED partnership director Saiyai Sakwaee will complete the judging panel.

Startup Weekend Education is sponsored locally by Education USA, with additional assistance from Pearson Education, EdTech Asia Ltd., The Sasin Institute of Business Administration and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership. International sponsorship for the event includes contribution from Google for Entrepreneurs, Amazon Web Services, Coca Cola and .co domain registry.

Startup Weekend Education will begin for registered participants at 6:00 pm on the 16th of January and conclude with team pitches on the 18th of January. The final startup team pitches and concluding presentation given by Tom Stader, Managing Director of The Library Project are free and open to the public beginning at 5:30 pm on January 18th with prior registration.


Lead Organizer – Mike Michalec, mmichalec@gmail.com

Assistant Organizer – Chawit Roch, Chawit.roch@gmail.com

Organizing Team, bangkokedu@startupweekend.org

Sign up for the event here.


Science Envoy Visit – Advancing Women in Science

Science EnvoyDr. Geraldine Richmond, U.S. Science Envoy, visited Bangkok and Chiang Mai from January 4-10.  Her trip focused on advancing women in science in Thailand and the other LMI countries.  Dr. Richmond is the founder of the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh), which seeks to increase the number and enhance the career success of female scientists through training and networking.  She is also the president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

During her time in Thailand, she engaged with scientists and students to promote scientific cooperation and the advancement of women in science.  Dr. Richmond met with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) members along with alumni of the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) and Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI).  In Chiang Mai, Dr. Richmond gave a talk on “Women in Science and Technology” to postgraduate students and academics from Chiang Mai University (CMU) and later met with over 200 students from Satit Demonstration School’s Science Model Class Room Program.  She also addressed the CMU Faculty of Science on “Life as a Scientist,” with Consul General Michael Heath and the CMU Dean of Faculty of Science providing opening remarks. 

Chiang Mai EnvoyOn her last day in Thailand, Dr. Richmond attended the launch of the Microsoft-sponsored Imagine Cup Competition.  She addressed over 70 students encouraging them to be creative, learn from their problems and have fun.

The State Department Science Envoy program was established in 2009 to provide a platform for leading U.S. scientists to build international science partnerships.  They travel in their capacity as private citizens and, upon their return, advise policymakers and the scientific community about opportunities for cooperation.  Nine other scientists have previously served as Science Envoys.

Follow her trip progress on Dr. Richmond’s Facebook page.

The U.S. Embassy Congratulates 2014 AMCHAM CSR Award Recipients

IMGM5117On November 26, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) held its 8th annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards ceremony to recognize 52 U.S. and Thai companies that engage in socially responsible activities and contribute to the overall growth and sustainable development of Thailand. 

AMCHAM also presented 18 Creative Partnership Designation Awards to companies that work toward promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration in the spirit of the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Initiative.  In 2012, AMCHAM’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee in collaboration with the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership initiated the Creative Partnership recognition as part of the organization’s Award for Corporate Excellence.IMGM5036

Additional information about the event and award recipients are posted on the AMCHAM website:  www.amchamthailand.com

 In the next few days, we will feature a series describing some of the Creative Partnership-related innovative CSR activities carried out by U.S. and Thai companies.  Please check our site to learn moreIMGM5011 about these CSR success stories and how companies are helping to promote sustainable development and support local community needs. IMGM5115

Join the Movement – Global Entrepreneurship Week Thailand 2014


Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a global campaign that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by highlighting the important role innovators and creators of startups play in affecting economic growth.  The event takes place each November in 150 countries around the world.  Events could range from workshops, competitions, and networking opportunities to help entrepreneurs locate potential partners, mentors and investors.  This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place November 17-23. 

Global Entrepreneurship Thailand (GET), with support from the Thai -U.S. Creative Partnership, is hosting an Entrepreneurship Forum on November 17th in Bangkok.  The forum will focus on the current state of entrepreneurship in Thailand, the economic impact of entrepreneurship, and the opportunities and challenges for Thai entrepreneurs in the ASEAN Economic Community era.  Speakers come from academia, government and local start-up businesses. 

One of the featured speakers, Dr. Dennis Cheek, is the Executive Director of the National Creativity Network, a U.S.-based international nonprofit that promotes the skillful application of imagination, creativity and innovation to positively transform culture, commerce, education, and government throughout North America. He will also speak at a Global Entrepreneurship Week event at the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai later in the week.

Admission is free but seats are limited.  This is a great opportunity to network and show support for the entrepreneurship movement.  Details about the event can be found at http://www.gethai.org/#!gew2014-forum/c1c6e.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014

logo_webThe Kingdom of Morocco is hosting the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit from November 19-21st, 2014 under the theme ”harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.”  The Summit, which will take place in Marrakech will bring together over 3000 entrepreneurs, in addition to high-level government officials, global entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate leaders and young entrepreneurs from around the world. 

The program will focus on five areas: Regional Integration, Sustainable Economic Growth, Social Innovation for Youth, Human Development, and Migration.  The Summit will also showcase an “Innovation Village” where young entrepreneurs from Africa and around the globe will be able to promote their projects, exchange ideas and share innovative solutions on various topics.  In conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the summit is dedicating November 19th as Women’s Entrepreneurship Day to celebrate, engage and empower female entrepreneurs.

Since President Obama announced the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in his Cairo speech in 2009, the United States has expanded programs and built a broad coalition of governments, businesses, civil society, investors, and academics to educate and support entrepreneurs around the world.

For more information about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, go to http://www.gesmarrakech2014.org/en/home.

Thai-U.S. Cultural Camp


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Fifteen Thai and American youth participated in the “Thai-U.S. Cultural Camp” from June 16-18, 2014. The participants participated in a variety of activities, including a lecture on “Thai-U.S. Relations” from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Embassy representatives, a Thai Cooking Class, Thai Classical Dance, Short Film Production, and Public Services.  The Thai and American youth were able to build friendships which will help to continue the good relationship of both countries.

“Thai-U.S. Cultural Camp” is a joint cooperation between Srinakharinwirot (Prasarnmit) University’s American Corner and Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs under American Studies Program.  The project aims to build knowledge and understand on U.S. and Thai-U.S. Re


lations for Thai people especially the youth who will take the lead in continuing the long lasting relations.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supported the establishment of the American Corner in three universities; Chulalongkorn University, Ubolratchathani University and Srinakharinwirot (Prasarnmit) University.  This project is part of the “Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership”.  The winner of the short film production was the “T-Stek” team who produced the film on “180 years Thai-U.S. Relations”.

Ms. Phattrawan Wejjasart, Deputy Director-General of Depa


rtment of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated in her remarks at the opening ceremony on June 16, 2014 that “Thai-U.S. Cultural Camp” will be the bridge between Thai and U.S. youth to know each other better.  The friendship of youth from both countries will be key to the long lasting relations.

Visit uswatch.go.th for more information and activities of “American Studies Program” and “Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership”.



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พันธ์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ ผ่านเยาวชน

           เสร็จสิ้นลงไปแล้วสำหรับค่ายแลกเปลี่ยนวัฒนธรรมไทย-สหรัฐฯ (Thai-U.S. Cultural Camp) ระหว่าง 16-18 มิ.ย. 2557  โดยเยาวชนทั้งไทยและอเมริกันที่เข้าร่วม รวม 15 คน ต่างได้รับประสบการณ์ที่มีทั้งสาระและสนุกสนาน อาทิ การรับฟังการบรรยายหัวข้อ “ความสัมพันธ์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ” จากเจ้าหน้าที่กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ และเจ้าหน้าที่สถานเอกอัครราชทูตสหรัฐฯ การเรียนทำอาหารไทย การเรียนนาฏศิลป์ไทย การสัมมนาเกี่ยวกับการทำหนังสั้น และกิจกรรมบำเพ็ญประโยชน์ เป็นต้น แต่ที่สำคัญที่สุดคือการได้เพื่อนคนไทยและคนอเมริกัน ซึ่งมิตรภาพระหว่างเยาวชนของสองประเทศเช่นนี้แหละที่เป็นตัวขับเคลื่อนความสัมพันธ์ที่ดีระหว่างสองประเทศและเป็นเป้าหมายของการจัดโครงการค่ายฯ ในครั้งนี้     

ค่ายแลกเปลี่ยนวัฒนธรรมไทย-สหรัฐฯ (Thai-U.S. Cultural Camp) เป็นความร่วมมือระหว่างศูนย์อเมริกันศึกษามหาวิทยาลัยศรีนครินทรวิโรฒ ประสานมิตร กับกรมอเมริกาและแปซิฟิกใต้ กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ ภายใต้โครงการภายใต้โครงการอเมริกันศึกษา (American Studies Program) ของกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ มุ่งเน้นการสร้างความรู้ความเข้าใจเกี่ยวกับประเทศสหรัฐฯ และความสัมพันธ์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ ในสาธารณชนไทย โดยเฉพาะกลุ่มเยาวชน ซึ่งจะเป็นผู้นำในการขับเคลื่อนมิตรภาพไทย-สหรัฐฯ ให้ยั่งยืนต่อไปในอนาคต  โดยกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ สนับสนุนการจัดตั้งและกิจกรรมของศูนย์อเมริกันศึกษารวมสามแห่งด้วยกัน คือ จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย มหาวิทยาลัยอุบลราชธานี และมหาวิทยาลัยศรีนครินทรวิโรฒ ประสานมิตร  นอกจากนี้ โครงการค่ายฯ ยังเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของกิจกรรมภายใต้หุ้นส่วนเชิงสร้างสรรค์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ  (Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership) โดยเยาวชนผู้เข้าร่วมได้เรียนรู้วิธีการทำหนังสั้นจากทีม T-Stek ซึ่งชนะเลิศในการประกวดหนังสั้นหัวข้อ “ความสัมพันธ์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ 180 ปี”

นางภัทราวรรณ เวชชศาสตร์ รองอธิบดีกรมอเมริกาและแปซิฟิกใต้ กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ ได้กล่าวในพิธีเปิดโครงการค่ายฯ เมื่อวันที่ 16 มิ.ย. 2557 โดยได้ย้ำว่า “ค่ายแลกเปลี่ยนวัฒนธรรมไทย-สหรัฐฯ เป็นสะพานเชื่อมเยาวชนไทยกับเยาวชนสหรัฐฯ ให้รู้จักซึ่งกันและกันมากยิ่งขึ้น                       ซึ่งมิตรภาพระหว่างเยาวชนทั้งสองประเทศจะเป็นกุญแจนำไปสู่ความสัมพันธ์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ ที่ยั่งยืนในอนาคต”

สามารถติดตามข้อมูลข่าวสารกิจกรรมภายใต้โครงการสหรัฐอเมริกาศึกษาและกรอบหุ้นส่วนเชิงสร้างสรรค์ไทย – สหรัฐฯ เพิ่มเติมได้ที่ uswatch.go.th

                                    กลุ่มงานโครงการตามยุทธศาสตร์ กรมอเมริกาและแปซิฟิกใต้

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Fulbright Thailand (Thailand‑United States Educational Foundation) is pleased to announce a new Fulbright pilot initiative for ASEAN under the 2015 U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program (USAS) in support of U.S. effort at regional and multilateral engagement in East Asia and Pacific. The program offers grants to Thai scholars, university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in Thailand and all 10 ASEAN member nations to travel to the U.S. for scholarly and professional research for 3-4 months on issues that are focused on ASEAN or the U.S – ASEAN relationship.

Thai scholars are invited to submit proposals in various areas of expertise; sciences & technology and social and human sciences) on issues that are focused on ASEAN or the U.S. – ASEAN relationship for a grant to conduct research or engage in special academic-related projects in the U.S. for a period of 3-4 months. Selection will be based on professional qualifications of applicants, and on the quality and significance of their project proposals.

Up to 2 awards to successful candidates nominated by the 10 countries in the region will be offered during this initiative program in 2014 for a period of 3-4 months. Funding for this program is through the Thailand‑United States Educational Foundation under the Fulbright Program.

Fulbright Thailand will nominate up to two (2) candidates for final approval which will be made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington with notification conveyed to selected and non-selected candidates expected by May 2015.

If you have any question, please contact Khun Talisa Sarah Likanonsakul at 02-285-0581-2 ext. 107 or at tusef@fulbrightthai.org


Detailed annoucement and application form can be downloaded at:  http://www.fulbrightthai.org/NowOpenDetail.asp?id=698&type=application

The Signing of the Sustainable Industry Memorandum of Understanding

THAIUS Dow Final

On Friday, June 13th, the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership joined Dow Chemical Thailand Ltd, the Thailand Environment Institute Foundation, and the Ministry of Industry’s Department of Industrial Promotion for a press conference on the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the organizing of the Dow Chemical for Sustainable Industry Project.  The MOU aims to show mutual commitment and intent to support Thai businesses in improving their environmental standards and elevating Thailand’s industrial sector into Green Industries that focus on sustainability.

The Project seeks to offer in-depth counsel on the adoption of Lean Management for the Environment, which helps organizations streamline their operations, reduces production costs, and enables them to apply appropriate and efficient environmental, energy and safety measures.

To learn more about the Dow Chemical for Sustainable Industry visit: http://www.tei.or.th/trainingdow/index.html

Road toward Green Society | เส้นทางสู่สังคมสีเขียว

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Kasetsart University, hosted a Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Knowledge Sharing Seminar “Road toward Green Society: Lessons Learned from the Chicago Model” on May 22. The event was a part of the 4th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Innovation (ICGSI), which is an international symposium. More than 500 researchers on creation of green society participated in the ICGSI.
Mrs. Phattrawan Wetchasart, Deputy Director of Department of American and South Pacific Affairs gave the opening remarks that this symposium was a continued project of the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership which brought Thai experts on Green Technology and Green Architecture to meet various organizations in Chicago. Chicago is well recognized as successful green city in the U.S. Therefore, the event invited Thai experts to share experiences and perspectives that they received from the Chicago visit and to spark ideas of green city among Thai organizations both in government/private sector and academia.
One of the interesting topics that they discussed is the opportunity to create a green society in Thailand. While there is no clear answer for this question, It will depend on what do we define the word “green society”. Dr. Scott Drake, one of the Green Technology professional said that Thai society especially in Bangkok is in the process of searching for a green development that suitable for society, culture and city planning, this process will take times. Therefore, Thai green society may not have to be the same as Chicago green society but the key success that they should have in common is having a quality people and appropriate government’s policy which is engaging all stakeholders to promote green society. For more information please visit http://uswatch.mfa.go.th/uswatch/th/index.phpIMG_3554
เมื่อวันที่ 22 พฤษภาคม 2557 กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ โดยกรมอเมริกาและแปซิฟิกใต้ ร่วมกับมหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ จัดงาน Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Knowledge Sharing Seminar “Road toward Green Society: Lessons Learned from the Chicago Model” โดยเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของงานยักษ์ ชื่อว่า 4th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Innovation หรือ ICGSI ซึ่งเป็นการประชุมระหว่างประเทศมีผู้เข้าร่วมกว่า 500 คน เป็นนักวิจัยจากทั่วโลกที่มีผลงานวิจัยมุ่งสร้างสังคมสีเขียว
นางภัทราวรรณ เวชชศาสตร์ รองอธิบดีกรมอเมริกาและแปซิฟิกใต้ กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ เป็นประธานเปิดงานสัมมนาฯ กล่าวว่า “การสัมมนาฯ เป็นกิจกรรมต่อยอดจากการดำเนินโครงการหุ้นส่วนเชิงสร้างสรรค์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ นำผู้เชี่ยวชาญไทย สาขา Green Technology/Green Architecture เยือนนครชิคาโก ระหว่าง 22-24 ส.ค. 2556 เพื่อเยี่ยมชมและหารือกับหน่วยงานที่มีส่วนผลักดันให้นครชิคาโกประสบความสำเร็จเป็นนครสีเขียว (green city) ในสหรัฐฯ จึงได้เชิญผู้เข้าร่วมโครงการฯ ดังกล่าวร่วมเป็นผู้เสวนาแลกเปลี่ยนประสบการณ์และมุมมองจากการเยือนนครชิคาโก เพื่อจุดประกายให้หน่วยงานไทยที่เกี่ยวข้องทั้งภาครัฐ ภาคเอกชน และภาคการศึกษาได้ร่วมกันคิดแนวทางการพาประเทศไปสู่การเป็นสังคมสีเขียวโดยใช้ประสบการณ์ของนครชิคาโกเป็นแบบอย่าง (Chicago Model)”
หนึ่งในประเด็นน่าสนใจที่ได้รับการถกคือ โอกาสที่ไทยจะเป็นสังคมสีเขียวในอนาคต ซึ่งไม่มีคำตอบที่ตายตัว ขึ้นอยู่กับว่าให้คำจำกัดความคำว่า “สังคมสีเขียว” อย่างไร โดย ดร. Scott Drake เห็นว่า สังคมไทย โดยเฉพาะ กทม. อยู่ในช่วงการค้นหารูปแบบการพัฒนาสีเขียวที่เหมาะสมกับสภาพสังคม วัฒนธรรม และผังเมือง ซึ่งอาจต้องใช้เวลา ดังนั้น สังคมสีเขียวของไทยอาจไม่จำเป็นต้องเหมือนกับสังคมสีเขียวในชิคาโกก็ได้ แต่ที่แน่ ๆ คือ “ปัจจัยสำคัญที่สุดที่เราควรดูชิคาโกเป็นแบบอย่างคือ ชิคาโกประสบความสำเร็จเป็นสังคมสีเขียวได้เพราะประชาชนที่พร้อมและมีคุณภาพ และภาครัฐยังมีนโยบายที่ชาญฉลาดในการดึงทุกภาคส่วนในสังคมเข้ามามีส่วนร่วม”
สามารถติดตามข้อมูลข่าวสารกิจกรรมภายใต้กรอบหุ้นส่วนเชิงสร้างสรรค์ไทย-สหรัฐฯ เพิ่มเติมได้ที่ http://uswatch.mfa.go.th/uswatch/th/index.php

DCM W. Patrick Murphy visits Rajadhivas School | อัครราชทูตทีปรึกษา แพทริค เมอร์ฟีเยือนโรงเรียนวัดราชาธิวาส

W. Patrick Murphy, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Thailand visited the Rajadhivas School in Bangkok to view a demonstration of Intel Corporation’s contributions to the Thai educational system. Intel previously provided equipment to 50 seventh grade students to foster use of information technology in the classroom and develop science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through teacher professional development programs in Thailand. During the visit, he also had a chance to speak with the students and see how the Intel equipment is improving the classroom experience.

อัครราชทูตทีปรึกษา แพทริค เมอร์ฟี ได้ไปเยี่ยมนักเรียนโรงเรียนวัดราชาธิวาสเพื่อชมการผสมผสานการใช้เทคโนโลยีในห้องเรียนที่ริเริ่มโดยอินเทล ประเทศไทย อินเทลได้มอบเครื่องมือการเรียนให้กับนักเรียนมัธยมศึกษาปีที่ 1 จำนวน 50 คนให้ทดลองใช้ในห้องเรียนเพื่อเป็นการช่วยเสริมสร้างทักษะด้าน STEM (วิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยี วิศวกรรมศาสตร์ และคณิตศาสตร์) ในระบบการศึกษาไทย คุณแพทริคยังได้พุดคุยกับนักเรียนเกี่ยวกับประสบการณ์ในการใช้เครื่องมือในห้องเรียนอีกด้วย

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