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  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 02:17 | Anonymous

    By James Fraser & Paul Gambles

    “Tis impossible to be sure of anything but Death and Taxes”- The Cobbler of Preston, By Christopher Bullock

    Even though modern medical advances have helped extend life expectancy, the Grim Reaper is at best deferred, certainly not prevented. Taxes on the other hand can, to varying degrees be either deferred or exempted. This article looks at legitimate ways of minimizing Personal Income Tax (PIT) in Thailand. Arguably these opportunities for minimizing tax on income earned locally give Thai tax residents the kind of tax haven benefits more associated with the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands or The Isle of Man.

    Anyone who earns income in Thailand or anyone who resides in Thailand for more than 182 days a year and remits money to Thailand that was earned overseas in the same year is generally liable to pay PIT. While Thai PIT rates are lower than PIT rates in many other countries, which can make it beneficial for such income to be taxed in Thailand if that is an available option. In addition to reasonably attractive PIT rates, and reasonable deductions and allowances against taxable income such as ‘employee expense’ (no receipts are required to claim for this), ‘single person allowance’ or ‘child allowances’, the Thai Government also incentivises taxpayers to generate further tax savings by investing a proportion of their taxable income in qualifying investment funds, life assurance saving plans or annuities. These opportunities come with conditions but are available for everyone who is a Thai tax resident, irrespective of nationality.

    Examples of how Thai mutual funds can be structured to provide tax benefits to savers each year are shown below:

    1) Super Saver Funds (SSF) must be held for a minimum period of 10 years but there’s no requirement to make ongoing or continuing investments

    2) Retirement Mutual Funds (RMF) must be held until age 55 and require ongoing minimum payments (although currently as little as THB 100 p.a. for some RMF’s) to maintain the tax benefits

    These funds are offered by most Thai asset management companies (most of which are related to Thai commercial banks).

    The maximum contribution is the lower of 30% of your salary or THB 500,000 in aggregate split between both funds but with a maximum of THB 200,000 into the Super Saver, whereas RMF can receive the full quote (although please see below for restrictions if for instance you have a qualifying provident fund. For taxpayers closer to the retirement age, RMF may be advantageous because of the higher limit and wider investment choice, spanning some different asset classes.

    The Super Savers’ shorter duration of 10 years is often attractive for younger taxpayers or those who plan to leave Thailand before the age of 55. Most invest at least 65% of the fund in Thai equity whereas RMF can also include Thai Baht fixed deposits (and foreign feeder funds (FFF) typically into well-known overseas managed funds at various risk levels, or even physical gold bullion backed funds, which can help you hedge some of the risk in, say, the Thai equity, or equity investments elsewhere that you might hold.

    SSF can pay dividends (although not all of them do), whereas RMF do not.

    As well as a deduction against tax when you take out the scheme, any capital gains at the end of the qualifying investment periods are exempted from tax providing all the rules have been adhered to.

    You must invest the fund minimum (this varies from fund to fund) each year into each RMF that you purchase and then keep all these funds until you can withdraw them at age 55 years or older. Obviously, the downside is if you change your circumstances and you leave Thailand then you still need to find a means to invest in each fund. If you came to Thailand, although an exception to skip a year may be available recurrently.

    RMF payments can also be paid through the online app of the bank that you opened the fund with, although we have encountered some issues with this.

    Thailand employers might also provide or be obliged to provide a Provident fund for between 2%-15% of your salary. If so, this contribution reduces the THB 500,000 RMF/SSF quota. If your employer scheme doesn’t provide full matching of employee contributions, it’s worth considering the costs and investment choices of your provident fund versus RMF to determine which is likely to be most beneficial. You can also invest into annuities that pay a fixed income in future but the contributions to these also reduces the quota as does a government pension fund, private teacher aid fund and national savings funds.

    Annuity life assurance plans typically involve receiving your capital back, plus interest over 30 years or so at typically a relatively low rate.

    A better option may be the 10-year defined Life Assurance plan from a regulated Thai insurer which allows you to pay a tax-deductible premium of up to THB 100,000 each year for between 3-6 years. You then need to wait until year 10 to receive back your total premiums paid as well as typically a small bonus – the product also pays out a fixed amount of interest each year, typically a proportion of the annual premium. For a THB 100,000 per year premium you might receive about THB 10,000 in interest each year. This plan is separate to the investment quota and you can combine it to save up to THB 25,000 in a Thai health insurance plan. The compound annual return over the 10-year life of the plans that we’ve looked at 2.0-2.3% pa and as there’s very little downside risk other than Thai Baht risk or inflation risk as these plans provide predefined returns.

    In an example where taxable income before the allowances and tax savers is THB 2,000,000 (66,000 USD income between THB 1-2,000,000 million would be taxed at 25%, giving rise to a potential tax saving ofc 25% of THB 600,000 (THB 500,000 invested in the funds and THB 100,000 in the defined life assurance plan) i.e. THB150,000. The tax savings can be paid out as a rebate after you submit your income tax forms or can be adjusted from the tax usually deducted from your salary.

    On an annual salary of THB 2,000,000 after deducting statutory allowances such as the employee expense’, and for social security etc., then taxable income would be THB 1,831,000 for a single person without children and the tax payable on this according to the table below is THB 285,250, a tax rate of 14.3% compared to the Canadian tax rate of 15%. However, if we deduct the THB 600,000 in the funds and life assurance plan then that would reduce your tax to THB 135,250 or a rate of only 6.8% - a lesser tax rate than some tax havens.

    Thai Income Tax Bands


    Tax rate

    Taxed amount

    Tax payment





    150,001 - 300,000




    300,001 - 500,000




    500,001 - 750,000




    750,001 - 1,000,000




    1,000,001 - 2,000,000




    2,000,001 - 5,000,000




    Over 5,000,000



     Source: Revenue Department

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  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 03:16 | Anonymous

    By Greg Beatty

    Predictions are hard, especially about the future. One year ago, nobody would have believed it would be a low tech (or no tech) mask that would get us through the current pandemic. But we still need to rely on vaccines and other technology solutions for a permanent fix.

    Let’s consider what’s on the horizon in general for healthcare.

    Healthcare is on the cusp of major transformation. Globally, three forces are occurring simultaneously:

    • Ageing demographics
    • Sophistication of medical tools and treatment
    • Digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI)

    What’s the realistic expectation for Thailand?

    Thailand’s ‘Great Leap’ Opportunity

    The ageing population in Thailand points to a growing domestic market that will need more medical and healthcare treatment. Elderly folks are most at risk for disease and disability. The proportion of older persons in total population will increase from 16.9% in 2016, 23.8% in 2025, and nearly 30% by 2050.

    In addition to serving the domestic demand for medical services, Thailand is a leader in medical tourism - serving travelers for annual check-ups, “snip, sew and go” operations, and other medical procedures.

    Thailand’s bigger potential for growth, however, is healthcare tourism for the ageing. This would mean a paradigm shift from short term event-based care to longer term process care. The shift is worth considering because according to the U.N., the number of persons aged 65 years or over in the world is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050.

    Everyone wants to age productively – a longer lifespan with better lifestyle. Lifestyle is a matter of personal choice, but most people in the West would agree that escaping winter months, which can be hard on the elderly, is desirable. Just ask a Canadian if they prefer the bone-chilling weather that still lingers into late March or the savannah warmth of Thailand.

    If access to affordable medical and healthcare treatment in the destination country is secure too, then lifestyle is only further measured by the availability of daily luxuries.

    Thailand’s tropical climate with a relatively reasonable cost of living is attractive for the elderly and retirees, all of whom are candidates for medical and ongoing healthcare treatment. As well, Thailand is one of those rare countries that attracts repeat travelers because of its diversity – the big city living of Bangkok, the mountainous north and the beachy south.

    In 2019, Bangkok ranked 1st surpassing Paris and London in Mastercard’s list of Global Destination Cities Index 2019 with 22.78 million visitors. Phuket was 14th with 9.89 million visitors. And the U.S. News' 2017 Best Countries report ranked Thailand at 4th globally for adventure value and 7th for cultural heritage.

    Surprisingly, with those laudatory credentials, Thailand’s ‘Top 10 Arrivals by Country’ only include two Western countries: Russia and the U.S. It seems then, that Western countries are not yet a fully tapped market.

    In sum, Thailand is well positioned to attract healthcare tourism from the West:

    • Western countries - retirement and medical costs are high, climate temperature is low
    • Thailand - retirement and medical costs are low, climate temperature is high

    What Will it Take?

    It’s a no brainer: Demographics drive the potential for a healthcare ecosystem that caters to the elderly. But building an ecosystem requires the alignment of policies across several government ministries. A coordinated regulatory framework will provide a foundation from which to accommodate and accelerate sophisticated technology solutions in healthcare.

    To attract a greater inflow of healthcare travelers, the ecosystem requires:

    • Immigration policies and visas that cater to long term stays tied to minimum healthcare- spend thresholds
    • Tie-ins with insurance, so that risk is borne by insurance companies, not the Thai public
    • Facilities for assisted care and home care living that deliver various treatments at multiple levels of affordability

    Sophistication of Tools and Treatment

    In general, technology advancements in healthcare are happening because of the emergence of non-healthcare players, mostly digital tech companies. These companies are developing tools and applications not just for treatment, but for prevention too. The scope is widening from sick care to health care, such as personal health sensors.

    A significant trend is ‘ongoing monitoring’ for the prevention and detection of disease. AI will play a role, since sensors are all about collecting and analyzing data with the aim to prevent or slow down the onset of disease. Wearable devices are not just to glance at pulse rates during exercise. The Apple watch, for example, can now send EKG reports and other alerts directly to medical teams.

    Digital Technologies and AI

    To debate which digital technologies will emerge to the forefront or Thailand’s position in the AI invention space is to miss the point. By developing an ecosystem with a strong foundation, Thailand can cast a wide net to capture any or all technology solutions. As new applications come to market, Thailand can pick and choose. A more robust and flexible ecosystem creates more options. More options mean more services to be offered.

    According to the demographics, there’s no question about the demand for healthcare services. The question is whether Thailand is ready, willing and able to satisfy the demand. For a paradigm shift, medical and healthcare teams will require training to develop KYP (know your patient) systems as new digital and AI tools come online. For example, to distinguish between an incoming sensor alert that really requires assistance and an alert that is a false positive.

    So, while Thailand does not need to be on the bleeding edge of technology innovation, it will need to be abreast of what’s happening. Practitioners need to determine which technologies they want. Public and private hospitals, as well as other operators, need to be ready to participate in digital transformation.

    Thailand’s Digital Economy Readiness

    Thailand is advancing toward digital transformation. The move is in line with Thailand’s digital transformation policy - Thailand 4.0. Numerous agencies are gearing up for digital platform adoption and data centres, partly accelerated due to the impact from the pandemic.

    Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry aims to use a centralised data-sharing platform by 2023 through a public cloud service, which will be embedded with Internet of Things and AI technologies. Accordingly, the government continues to consider the prickly policy issues for handling data privacy issues.

    What Are the Uses of AI in Healthcare?

    Marketing departments love AI because the possibilities are so sensational. For example, nanobots will enter our system and repair cells so that we can live to be 120 or more. The reality is, however, that AI applications in Thailand and elsewhere will remain narrow for a long while:

    • AI tools and applications need to be validated by the Thai FDA and other regulatory authorities
    • Health data is sensitive, especially if it is identifiable to patients
    • Scalability of adoption is not easy – practitioners must be convinced that the operationalization of AI data is easy, and ultimately that it solves a problem in a superior way


    In Thailand, and globally, more people are entering into the ‘elderly’ demographic. Nearly all of them will need medical and ongoing healthcare services. Thailand has respected medical practioners and facilities that can be expanded to include more ongoing process-based healthcare treatment. Thailand’s natural and cultural attributes create a desirable and charming lifestyle destination for the elderly, particularly Westerners who typically suffer through cold climates. Building a healthcare ecosystem that can integrate new technologies will leverage Thailand’s assets, without having to fuss over which technologies will be winners. Focus on the customer, not the technology.

    Greg Beatty Bio

    Greg Beatty is Canadian with a US law degree. He has worked in Asia for several multinational companies and law firms. He is member of the Advisory Council of Thailand Regional Forum (gregfieldbeatty@gmail.com).

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 03:08 | Anonymous

    Imagine a future where people can receive things as quickly as physically possible with drones. Fling works with healthcare companies such as hospital networks, pharmaceutical and medical parts warehouses, logistics companies, and first aid providers to improve their supply chains. Fling does not only work in healthcare but also other product verticals for drone delivery. In the medical realm, we focus on first aid and medical parts, but we also work with demand aggregators in the prepared meals and e-commerce sectors.

    Adoption of Innovation

    The Covid-19 pandemic has been a major catalyst for the acceptance of innovation. Contact-free delivery is the new watchword, making drones more appealing to consumers and regulators. At the end of 2020 there seems to be a general willingness to try new things, not just from the public, but also from governments worldwide who must work closely with drone companies to regulate this new mode of transportation. The world has jumped forward five or ten years in terms of public acceptance in just the last year.

    Medical Parts and Supply Chains

    At a large international hospital in Bangkok, imagine a patient having a hip replacement surgery. During the surgery, the surgeon discovers the patient needs one of the rarer hip replacement parts, and it is not available at the hospital. Instead of having to close the patient up and rebook the surgery, the part could be delivered by drone from a warehouse seven kilometres away, and the surgeon can continue the surgery. This saves on the cost of medical personnel and of time for patient recovery.

    For hospitals, speeding deliveries shortens supply chains, which might change the topology of hospital networks. Every medium-sized hospital may not need to have a full suite of testing facilities, since very fast logistics makes it possible to deliver medical samples and supplies on-demand from a warehouse or lab to and from a tier-3 or tier-2 hospital.

    Emergency Response Drones

    People who experience a heart attack in a suburban or semi-rural location have low survival rates, since every minute of delay in administering an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to a patient reduces the probability of survival by 10%. Waiting for an ambulance to arrive in heavy traffic leads to thousands of needless deaths annually, including over 800 per year in Bangkok alone.

    During the Chiang Mai University Marathon, Fling tested using drones to bring AEDs to patients, because it is faster and cheaper than having AED devices spread throughout the course route.

    Emergency dispatch (911 / 112) needs to be integrated for this service to scale. After witnessing a heart attack, a nearby bystander will place a call to emergency dispatch, and this information has to immediately connect to our system to be able to get the drone out quickly. There cannot be any human delays; it should be fully electronic. The next step will be working with the Thai Resuscitation Council (TRC) to connect to a smartphone app, which has enrolled hundreds of thousands of volunteers in Thailand who are trained to perform use an AED, so they rush to the scene as well. There is a convergence of the drone and the volunteer to the scene to save the life of the patient.

    Next steps

    People often ask us: when are we going to see drones everywhere, delivering everything? The pace of aerial innovation is not a cosmic inevitability; it is entirely within human control. Fling engages with the public and government regulators at many levels, on the medical front as well as on the airspace front, demonstrating the safety of these technologies and their effectiveness in improving human lives. In the next several years I foresee the skies being a major player in healthcare.

    About the author/Fling

    Michael Currie is on the Board of Directors for CanCham Thailand, and is the Executive Director, FlingY Co., Ltd. (Thailand). Fling is headquartered in Bangkok with a distributed development team in Europe and North America. It builds software for drones for a variety of applications including inspection and logistics, and it has consulted for and conducted drone delivery pilot projects in countries around the world. Fling has flown thousands of kilometres supporting inspection and delivery missions and received the first drone delivery permission in Thailand.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:57 | Anonymous

    The future leader of your business may not be a current employee. They might not have graduated from a university. To be able to find that reliable, trustworthy and energetic employee can be extremely difficult. You might ask yourself, what would be the best way to find that employee? You can put an ad on social media or in job recruiter websites and hope for the best. You will receive many applications requiring you to make decisions on whom to interview. It is possible that the perfect candidate was someone you chose not to interview. This process can be very time consuming and costly.

    As one solution, more and more companies are discovering the benefits of internship programs. In Thailand, internships are becoming extremely popular amongst universities. In fact, universities are making internships part of the curriculum during the bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Most internships are between 3 to 6 months with an option of a trainee program up to an additional year.

    My Internship Asia (MIA) has been a proud premium member of the CanCham for the last several years. MIA is an internship placement company located in the heart of Bangkok. We assist interns before, during, and after their internship to make sure each intern gains the experience necessary to succeed in a full-time career after graduation. Our trained advisors interview each student to understand exactly what type experience they are seeking, so appropriate companies can be suggested based on their criteria. We also have a resume and an interview workshop which allows the student to create or revamp their resume prior to applying to a specific company. MIA suggest companies to students and then provide the opportunity for internship employment. However, it is up to the intern to be selected for the position on their own. We can only guide them in the right direction to succeed. The benefits of this experience can be immense, both to the students and the companies.

    Participating in an internship programs allows employers to create valuable relationships with local universities. A successfully placed intern with a good experience will be quick to tell other students about it. In addition, interns bring new knowledge, perspective and creative ideas to the workplace. Some of their idea may be the inspiration for improving existing workflow or creating new processes within the organization. Interns introduce new technology being developed and taught at the university level especially in social media advancements and technology. Interns help with new or existing projects, share ideas and take some of the workload off other employees. Working with a specific intern gives employers insight into important qualities of that individual such as work ethics, skills and temperament. If a permanent position becomes available in the company, the intern has already proven them self. This provides extremely valuable information that is not easily obtained from an application or interview alone.

    Interns can act as a representatives of the company as well. Word of mouth is one of the strongest marketing tools. While the intern is working for your company, they are discussing your product with friends and family throughout their network. These discussions can create future customers.

    Since COVID-19, Remote interns are becoming very popular with intern students throughout the world. Remote interns are mainly in the field of information technology and business majors. These are the easiest majors to place a remote intern because most projects can be completed online and with Zoom interaction. The cost on hiring a remote intern saves time and money for both the intern and the company as there would be no relocation cost and the intern can still gain international experience by working in a company outside of their country.

    Students who participate in the internship program gain valuable experience that they can’t get while sitting in a classroom. They get exposure to their chosen field of interest along with establishing critical networking connections. Some students who participate in an internship program change career paths after realizing the job is not what they imagined. Changing a major and career path early on saves time and money. On the flip side, interns who discover they enjoy working in their field of study tend to pursue a full-time positions following graduation. Some internship programs allows students to work with foreign companies to gain international experience and language skills. No matter the experience, an internship will help the students resume.

    In addition to bridging learning with real world experiences internships offer benefits in personal growth. Interns work in groups that help build communication skills and sharing ideas can build self-confidence. Establishing relationships with mentors allows a safe place to ask questions and try different ideas. Finally, the joy of completing a project for a company can bring self gratification.

    Companies can hire interns for many different reasons. Either working on specific projects in the company or working side by side with multiple departments within the company on job shadowing. Interns have many interests in what they want to gain during their internship. This can range from business management and marking, information technology, engineering, finance, accounting, supply chain management, tourism & hospitality, consulting, and even working with start-up and entrepreneur companies. These are the main interest but not limited to which interns find themselves applying for.

    My Internship Asia is currently working with multiple universities in Thailand and aboard. Our goal is to place high quality students into participating companies located in Asia. If your company is interested in our internship program, you can sign up on our website at www.myinternshipasia.com and complete the company registration form. We look forward to working with your company and for you to pass your knowledge and expertise to generations to come.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:51 | Anonymous

    Bumrungrad International Hospital set up an innovative drug prescription system in March 2020 that responds to a patient’s individual genetic makeup. Taking a proactive and personalized approach to healthcare, doctors are alerted through an interactive software program to test a patient’s DNA before writing out a prescription. Meanwhile, the results of any screening already been carried out will be flagged up too, speeding up the process and ensuring the right medicine gets to the right patients at the right time.

    The Power of Pharmacogenetics

    Some gene profiles react adversely with certain medications, leading to allergic reactions, which in a number of cases can be extremely serious, as well as creating unwanted side-effects. Genes can also dictate the actual efficacy of a prescribed drugs individually too, meaning a patient’s treatment path can be not only far from optimized but also compromised.

    The Bumrungrad International Hospital Pharmacogenetics Team’s work, headed by Dr. Chonlaphat Sukasem, who is also an Associate Professor at Mahidol University Faculty of Medicine, connects to every branch of healthcare. This type of screening is evolving drug treatment in cardiology and oncology departments, as well as neurology, rheumatology and HIV, plus psychiatric care. At Bumrungrad Hospital, genetic testing is being applied to determine medication prescribed in the treatment plans of those suffering with epilepsy, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and gout as well as in the area of pain management, infectious diseases and clinical practice.

    Bumrungrad’s Personalized Treatment Mission

    The pharmacogenetics screening usually involves a blood test with a current turnaround time of three days, unless results are urgently required within 24 hours. Most tests are processed in-house, with some sent to labs abroad. In terms of drugs that can be tested, evidence-based guidelines are followed, focusing on around 270 USDFA recommended drugs. As new medications are developed the results from previous testing can be applied using the genetic profile information.

    Such an individual focus aides specialists in selecting appropriate medicines and highlighting where any issues may occur. This allows for adjustments in drug combinations, enabling greater personalized treatment in terms of dosing, even if a particular drug is not intrinsically deemed high risk for that individual. While clinical trials ensure that dosing levels are suitable for the majority, it is the minority that can encounter issues and for whom pharmacogenetics provides a real-life solution.

    When Drugs Cause More Harm than Good

    The impact of a prescription not working properly when dealing with serious illnesses and disease is clear. With advances in the area of pharmacogenetics and drug development there are more choices and lack of efficacy can be avoided. Genetic variation can affect metabolism too and the knock-on effects of this can be adverse, from a low excretion rate to a toxic build-up.

    Another problem that can occur is a reaction to medication that causes severe, burn-like skin reactions which can be life-threatening, with a relatively high mortality rate. Some 18% of Thais tested show some type of frequency of this ‘risk’ gene, for example. The future mission at Bumrungrad International Hospital is to screen patients as a default so that they can be stratified according to their genetic background.

    Pharmacogenetics is ultimately about saving lives and promoting the best treatment possible. An example of this is the use of blood-thinning medicine Warfarin, which in some patients can cause bleeding. If an individual does not respond well to that drug, and they are a poor responder in terms of its efficacy, the result can lead to thrombosis which can prove fatal.

    Prevention is Better than Cure

    In screening to ensure optimized treatment, testing also comes into the pre-emptive arena too, of using pharmacogenetics to delay or avoid the onset of illness through early intervention. Results are implemented into the work of the Wellness Center, treating hypertension, for example, before it turns into a more serious cardiovascular disease.

    Pharmacogenetics is not a magic wand but rather a golden thread that weaves into the fabric of physician medicine. Diet, general health and environment are all important strands as well. In the case of Warfarin, as an example, genetics is one factor and pharmacogenetics is an important tool, while diet plays into treatment options too.

    Bumrungrad Hospital’s Pharmacogenetics Team comprises of 10 medical professionals, including pharmacogenetics experts, pharmacists and lab scientists. Their plan is to create a dream team that enables a proactive response to provide a healthcare treatment model of excellence within the world.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:46 | Anonymous

    Q 1. Does Samitivej offers telehealth services that include virtual consultations with several specialists as well as rehabilitative therapies. Can you explain what these involve? What are the benefits patients can reap from online consultations and rehabilitative therapies?

    Samitivej was the first hospital in Thailand to launch an online teleconsultation platform. Samitivej Virtual Hospital was launched in March 2019. The service offers 24/7 access to primary care physicians which enables patients on-demand teleconsultation and house (or office) delivery of prescribed medicine anywhere in Thailand. Should additional lab tests be required, a team can be sent to the patient’s home or office.

    This year we have added 400 specialists to the Virtual Hospital. However, unlike primary care, prior appointment should be scheduled in order to have a teleconsultation with the desired specialist.

    The main benefits of telemedicine for patients are:

    • Lower costs: our consultation fees are less than at the hospital and some administrative fees are waived. Some research even suggests that people who use telemedicine spend less time in the hospital, providing cost savings.
    • Improved access to care: telemedicine makes it easier for people with disabilities to access care. It can also improve access for other populations, including older adults or people who are geographically isolated. We have oversea patients who are able to conduct follow up appointment from their home country.
    • Convenience: telemedicine allows people to access care in the comfort and privacy of their own home. This may mean that a person does not have to take time off of work or arrange childcare.
    • Slowing the spread of infection: going to the doctor’s office means being around people who may be sick, often in close quarters. This can be particularly dangerous for people with underlying conditions or weak immune systems. Telemedicine eliminates the risk of picking up an infection at the doctor’s office. This is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Q 2. Are the specialists who do online consultations specifically trained to handle patients remotely? If yes, please explain the type of training they receive and why this is important.

    The process of a teleconsultation with Samitivej Virtual Hospital is that once logged in you will be greeted by one of our nurses. She will ask you a few question to determine your medical condition and whether this is the right channel for your medical needs. then she will transfer you to the corresponding doctor and the teleconsultation will begin. So the nurse has a critical role and she/he will have to receive extensive training in order to accurately screen the patients. A in-house developed manual including standard questionnaire and decision tree is provided to all staff.

    For doctors, the medical aspect needs to be adapted to the new setting - for example, there are usually no vital signs information to help the doctor in their diagnosis. But even this is evolving as we now are able to provide our patients with devices called Tytocare that can connect to our Virtual Hospital platform and provide readings in real time to our doctors from any remote location.

    Lastly, there is also the need to train our personnel on the new equipment and workflow. But this is usually integrated really quickly.

    Q 3. What are the most popular specialties among patients using online services and why? Are these services mostly used by overseas or local patients?

    Many common illnesses and minor injuries can be treated by telemedicine. Chief among them are: fevers, rashes, cold & flu, aches & pains, minor musculoskeletal injuries, infections such as pink eye or strep throat, even uncomplicated urinary tract infections. We've also had patients call with overwhelming stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic.

    The 400 specialists mentioned earlier cover most medical specialties. it is not necessarily meant for an "initial" consultation, but rather for follow up. it is very useful to have a telemedicine platform to discuss post-operative care or tolerance for a new treatment without having to make the patient come back to the hospital. This scenario offers also a lot of convenience for international patients who can still reach their doctor from their home country.

    For those who don't necessarily have access to a healthcare provider, a first consultation with a specialist can be arranged via our email info@samitivej.co.th. An appointment date and time with a link to our telemedicine platform will be sent back to the patient.

    Q 4. Do doctors provide patients with a soft copy of their medical records?

    Yes. every patient will receive a soft copy of the medical report and prescription. This information belongs to the patient and will be required for insurance purposes.

    Q 5. What happens if patients need to do a test?

    Samitivej Is a hospital group with 7 hospitals in Thailand a one clinic in Yangon, Myanmar. In the geographic area surrounding each of those facilities, our team can send a nurse (and doctor If required) to the patient's location to perform some tests: most lab tests requiring samples can be performed remotely. Some tests, most notably imaging, still need to be performed at the hospital.

    In other Thai provinces or other countries, this service Is not yet available. But I can imagine a not too distant future where we collaborate with a network of provider and extend the reach of that test at home service.

    Q 6. Did the pandemic lead to an increase in the number of patients who request online services? If yes, please provide some data to quantify the upward trend.

    You are right to mention that one of COVID’s many consequences was to shift customers towards online channels. Healthcare is no different. During the first half of the year, we have seen the volume of calls to the Virtual Hospital increase 5-fold. Telemedicine being a new service in Thailand, in a way, COVID helped accelerate the adoption rate.

    Q 7. Generally speaking, the pandemic seems to have fueled the digitalization of healthcare services. Do you agree? Have you accelerated your digitalization efforts since the pandemic broke out? If yes, please explain how.

    During this pandemic, we have found opportunities to alleviate pain points felt by our patients through continued innovation in various technologies, enabling easy access to hospital services and going a long way toward easing anxieties.

    For instance, our Samitivej Prompt mobile application can be used by patients and their relatives to monitor and remain informed of daily ward activities. This app includes details of the care provided by the medical team, a message system for contacting the primary doctor, and the ability to view medical fees and expenses.

    Additionally, we have developed Samitivej PACE to allow a patient’s relatives to view the status of a surgical procedure, including both pre- and post-surgery information.

    Last but not least, we offer the use of TytoCare health examination devices, which patients can use to perform basic physical examinations by themselves. This helps doctors diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatments via teleconsultation, which can be carried out via the Samitivej Virtual Hospital 24 hours a day. TytoCare devices are easy to use and capable of examining the lungs, heart and heart rate, ears, throat, skin, and body temperature. They are a great tool to provide doctors with additional important diagnosis information during a teleconsultation.

    Q 8. Do you believe this trend towards healthcare digitalization will continue when the pandemic is under control or are you planning to further digitalize your services in the near future? If yes, please provide the details.

    We mentioned that the COVID pandemic led to a 5-fold increase in teleconsultation volume. Now that the epidemic seems to be under control (not a definitive statement here, but Thailand has demonstrated a good management of this situation with comparatively low numbers of infections and casualties), the call volume has decreased again. Yet, it is still higher by a factor of 2 compared to pre-COVID. So we feel that there is room for telemedicine within a hospital setting. Innovation is good so long as it brings benefits and added convenience to our patients. We feel, and the numbers back this up, that is the case. we remain committed in developing our Virtual Hospital platform and see it as an important part of delivering healthcare services in the years to come.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:38 | Anonymous

    By Nitchawan Sriviboone

    Globally, governments and organizations alike are seeking solutions to skyrocketing health costs, an aging population and escalations in non-communicable diseases whilst the advancements in technology has empowered people to take an active approach to their health. As a result, the life sciences sector worldwide has had to shift from traditional patient care to evidence and outcome-based care approaches.

    Canadian life science companies are at the forefront of this shift. Canada has a long history of leadership in the life sciences, from creating the world's first pacemaker to discovering stem cells. With technology affecting the entirety of the patient journey, Canadian life science companies are playing a significant role in key subsectors ranging from pharmaceuticals/biotech to personalized health, digital health, medical technologies, national health products (NHPs) to animal health.

    Life Science companies are located across Canada, with clusters in Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver. Smaller clusters with innovative companies and one or more sub-sector specializations include Calgary, Edmonton, Québec city, Winnipeg, Ottawa, London and Atlantic Canada.

    Canada’s life science brand, highly respected internationally, is not as widely familiar to Thais. However, as Canada`s Trade Commissioner for Life Sciences at the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, I am delighted to learn of the positive perceptions towards technology and quality of Canadian made products by local contacts, both Thai health professionals and distributors.

    Considering the competitive advantages which Canadian companies could offer to Thailand, the embassy often highlights areas of Canadian expertise in life sciences to inspire local Thai stakeholders to consider Canada as a top-of-mind in business and research partnerships.

    With this in mind, I’m delighted to share with you an overview of Canadian areas of expertise and where technology is most pervasively being used to improve the entirety of the patient journey.

    Personalized Health

    Canada is a pioneer in precision health, with ground breaking discoveries like insulin and the gene for cystic fibrosis. Canadian companies are at the forefront of research and development. Among these companies are:

    • Genome Canada, a not for profit organization funded by the Government of Canada, which acts as a catalyst for developing genomic based healthcare solutions. It invests in large scale projects and supports cross sector collaboration.
    • BC Cancer is setting a global precedent with its Personalized Onco Genomics (POG) initiative, which aims to decode the genomes of individual patients’ cancers and direct patients to targeted therapy clinical trials.
    • Toronto’s largest innovation hub, MaRS, supports more than 1,200 start-ups in the health and technologies sectors. One of these, ArcticDx, has developed innovative genetic tests for age related macular degeneration, Cytochromes P450 and cancers.

    Medical Technologies

    Canada’s medtech industry is vital and dynamic, which has been built on a strong tradition of research, development and commercialization of innovative technologies. With the advantage of a streamlined regulatory system, Canadian medtech companies are developing products that save lives at home and around the world. A product approved by Health Canada, for example, will facilitate its regulatory approval in a number of developing countries.

    Canada’s medtech market is the world’s eight largest. Canada has committed to a well-integrated strategy that links research and development to the commercialization of medical technology innovation by:

    • Creating value-based procurement at home while also expanding export opportunities;
    • Ensuring a streamlined regulatory process that increasingly aligns with global standards and investments in leading-edge technologies in key sectors; and
    • Offering world-class expertise, with highly qualified researchers working out of advanced facilities to develop and commercialize innovative medical devices.

    Canada supports growth in med-tech innovation. The Government of Canada has invested $950 million to create five industry-led superclusters in Canada, including digital technologies (Vancouver), advanced manufacturing (Toronto) and artificial intelligence (Montréal).

    As a result, there are significant partnering opportunities for foreign medical technology companies in Canada in areas such as: Microfluidics, Neuromodulation, Machine Learning, Image-Guided Therapies, Connected Health Care, Nanotechnology, Robotic Surgery and Point-of-Care Technologies.

    Digital Health

    Canada`s digital health investments hit a record $8.6 billion in 2018. Canada’s innovation and adoption of technologies, from electronic health records to wearable health devices, are transforming the way we deliver healthcare:

    • Canada’s AI ecosystem is supported by the $125 million Pan Canadian AI Strategy and includes more than 600 AI researchers and three leading AI institutions — the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII), the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and the Vector Institute in Toronto.
    • Telehealth is a free service provided by Alberta Health Services that uses videoconference technology to connect Albertans to the best healthcare no matter where they live.
    • A Toronto based company is the first company to provide commercially available, clinically proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) via the internet, while a Montreal based firm developed the first washable smart shirt that captures cardiac, respiratory and activity body metrics. The company in question is collaborating with the Canadian Space Agency on wearables that can monitor astronauts’ health in space.

    Canada: World Leader in Brain Health Research and Development

    Aging is a critical area of research for Canada and the world. By 2030, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior. This is a worldwide phenomenon: according to the United Nations, the global population aged 60 years or over was 962 million in 2017 and is expected to double by 2050, reaching nearly 2.1 billion.

    Many leading Canadian institutions and hospitals across Canada are conducting advanced research and product development in this area. Canada plays a significant role in the brain health market. For instance, Canada’s Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), located and led by Baycrest in Toronto, Ontario, collaborates with key stakeholders whose aim is to help improve quality of life for the world’s aging population.

    In 2019, then Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Ambassador Pottie witnessed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Baycrest Global Solutions (wholly owned by Baycres)t and The Aspen Tree, a Thai-based international provider of services and residences for older adults (a subsidiary of Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC)). According to Baycrest, the company will help The Aspen Tree develop a new living model for older adults, integrating health and wellness programs based on Baycrest’s facilities in Toronto, where it has been operating for over 100 years. The Embassy was very pleased to welcome Baycrest to the local Thai market, and we look forward to seeing future collaborations as both parties dedicate themselves to elevating care and residential living for older adults.

    Canada: Leading Research and Development in IVD and Microfluidics

    The in vitro diagnostic (IVD) market in Canada consists of over 20 well-known multinational enterprises as well as numerous Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In Canada, the IVD market is complemented by a vibrant research community. Innovative Canadian technologies support rapid tests at the point of care, backed by a strong academic base in Canada’s universities. Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) also pays an important role in IVD research. There are a number of innovative Canadian firms offering IVD solutions and exploring international partnership, including with companies here in Thailand.

    Canada: From Research to Commercialization in Medical Imaging

    Globally, the growth in diagnostic imaging is driven by a need for early disease diagnostics, an aging population and advances in technology. More than 80 Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) develop and market specialized medical imaging software for digital health applications, image archiving, transmission, visualization and analysis. Point of care image-guided therapies are dramatically transforming how patients are diagnosed and treated. Even though the Canadian market is dominated by large multinational enterprises, many innovative early-stage Canadian SMEs are making impressive advances in disruptive technologies (such as near-infrared spectroscopy) and are expected to drive explosive growth in the near-term.

    Since medical tourism is one of the Thai government’s priorities, Canadian capabilities in life sciences across key industry subsectors could help Thailand pursue and maintain their top ranking in medical tourism while remaining competitive in the global market.

    For more information about these areas of strength in Canada’s Life Sciences industry, please contact Khun Nitchawan (Pan) Sriviboone at the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.

    (Nitchawan is the Trade Commissioner overseeing education, life science and consumer products for the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's University, Canada, where she studied MBA. She has joined the Embassy of Canada as a Trade Commissioner since 2015.)

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:31 | Anonymous

    By Neul “Hank” Ha, Intern, CanCham Thailand

    In my opinion, studying abroad in Canada was a great way to grow and broaden my horizons. Being far away from my familiar environment, family, friends, and culture was difficult at first. Without guidance, I had to explore and adapt to a new environment on my own. I felt helpless and lonely, but I became energized when I opened up my mind and interacted with people. Although it may be challenging to adapt to an unfamiliar environment at first, the uneasiness does not last long. Canada has a very diverse population, where all ethnic groups can find a place to fit in. Not only that, but Canadian culture also subtly changed my awareness. Small actions by Canadians such as saying thank you when they leave the bus had a significant impact on me. These small acts made me realize the importance of feeling grateful for others efforts. Canadians are friendly and enthusiastic people; they welcome visitors, and will even go out of their way to become your friend.


    Canada has a very comprehensive education system. The most common feature of universities is the lecture, which lasts from one to three hours. Teamwork is essential, especially for business majors, where group discussions play a significant part in coursework. One thing that needs to be paid attention to is academic plagiarism, do not forget to quote and cite the text you use in your writing. The consequences of academic plagiarism are severe. In addition, when you have any questions about international study visas or composition grammar, there is no need to worry. Universities provide specific services for international students. You can ask any questions that are bothering you, and they will help you out.

    Canadian Life

    In my four years of university life, not only have I gained knowledge in my academic field, but I have also acquired various skills and impressive life experiences. Canada's natural landscape is so impressive that I highly recommend everybody visit.

    And what could be better than a road trip with friends? During my stay in Canada, I experienced enjoyable outdoor activities such as kayaking, surfing, camping, barbecuing, even watching the aurora borealis, and whale watching. In Canada, beautiful natural scenery can be seen everywhere. Making free time to explore Canada’s wondrous scenery and natural attractions is an experience you will not regret.

    Learning in Canada has taught me to be more self-reliant, more appreciative of others and how to work with people who come from different backgrounds. This understanding will help me as I move forward in my professional life.

    (Neul “Hank” Ha, is Korean but was raised and born in China – his father is Korean and his mother Chinese. Currently, he is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Victoria, pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Gustavson School of Business.)

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:21 | Anonymous

    Jen Meckhayai is the heart and soul of CanCham Thailand. As Executive Director , he helms CanCham’s office where he and his three full-time staff (Events & Marketing Manager Waranya “Pim” Boonsaner, Office Manager Parinya “Ben” Tungboonyakiat and Executive Assistant & Marketing Coordinator Chonnipa “Palm” Nakpontong) run and organize all of the Chamber’s events.

    Being Executive Director isn’t easy; it’s a tough job with long hours – often involving working in the evenings and on the weekends. But Jen does love and enjoy his work. His girlfriend, Khun Bow (Tuangporn Sakulchaipornlert) is a former Chamber staffer so she fully understands the demands and pressures of the job.

    Jen served under three ED’s (Joyti Sachavirawong , Kelly Cailes & Rose Swagemakers), working a number of roles including Membership Coordinator, Event Coordinator and Events and Marketing Manager before assuming the position of ED himself after Canada Day in 2019. He adapted what he learned from the previous directors in forming his own managerial style. He is the first ED CanCham has groomed through the ranks.

    Jen learned about negotiations, systems and getting sponsorship from his two immediate predecessors and he says he also learned how to be calm and patient in tough situations and not to panic.

    Jen was nervous to accept the position at first but with proper guidance from the board he was sure he could do the job. Jen has learned a lot from current president Derek van Pelt and immediate past president John Stevens, whose company Stone Lotus is also located in the Sethiwan Building, so they can jump down to the Chamber’s office in a minute’s notice.

    John, Derek and the board helped teach Jen how to delegate and trust his staff, as previously he was used to working by himself. When Kelly was the ED, it was just Kelly and Jen in the office, so he was used to multi-tasking. Jen sees himself as a conductor trying to show his staff the big picture and how they each fit into it, so they can better work together and all be on the same page. He also sees himself as a facilitator, whose job is to make his staff lives easier, so they can concentrate on being more creative.

    Being young and Thai has been a bonus to the Chamber as the majority of Jen’s predecessors were middle-age Westerners. Jen can reach out to young Thais and Westerners in a way that few previous EDs could. Jen also makes the most of CanCham’s internship program whereby Thai and Western students serve a three-four month internship with the Chamber.

    Jen started to connect with staff in other foreign chambers of commerce early on in his Chamber tenure and many of them have moved up the ladder as well. Jen has maintained those contacts and they have come in handy in organizing events co-sponsored by other Chambers.

    When COVID-19 first hit hard Jen, with the help of CanCham President Derek van Pelt, organized extensive and far-reaching webinars enabling Chamber members to network and keep informed during the pandemic. It was also a morale boost for many of the participants dealing with all the insecurities and uncertainties that a global pandemic brings.

    Jen’s long-term goals include wanting to see more Thai companies join the Chamber; he also wants the CanCham to have more sustainable income and with Derek he is working towards moving CanCham away from being just a event organization to also being a media organization as well as promoting Canadian branding, which President van Pelt is big on.

    Jen, ironically, did not grow up drawn to Canada and all things Canadian. It was Norway that drew his interest. In 2007, he won an American Field Service (AFS) scholarship (a “life-changing experience”) to study a year of high school – grade eleven - at a small town on the Norwegian west coast called Ålesund.

    The experience opened Jen’s mind, and gave him a “new lens” on the world - he purposely chose Norway, a cold country vastly differ than Thailand whose primary language was not English. After graduating from high school in 2009, it was time to go to university. Jen chose Thammasat’s downtown campus, where he studied political science, major in international relations, hoping to be a diplomat, even though he was offered a full-scholarship to study economics at Chiang Mai University.

    Jen decided he didn’t want to work with a traditional Thai company where you have to be careful about outperforming your superior, and you can get caught in a world of red tape and bureaucracy so he went back to Norway and went to work in Ålesund at a company called SKAMEK POWER AS who is a dealer for a Japanese company in Scandinavia as an admin/sales position. And, yes, he speaks Norwegian.

    When Jen returned to Thailand he took a job doing volunteer work for the Philanthropy Connections Foundation (PCF) helping minorities on the Thai-Burmese border. One of Jen’s friends then recommended a CanCham position to him; he applied, flew to Bangkok and was interviewed by then ED Jyoti and John Stevens, was given the job and his first major task was organizing the Maple Leaf Ball of 2015. It’s been all systems go since then.

    Jen sees Canadians as “chilled, fair, genuine people who don’t show off”. That’s actually a pretty good description of Jen. He and his staff have energized the Chamber and made it a going concern and vibrant entity during a very difficult period in Thailand’s history – thumbs up to all of them (Story by Scott Murray).

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 02:14 | Anonymous

    Weeree Prinyanusorn is a Designated Migration Officer (DMO) with the Canadian embassy in Bangkok and at a spry 64, she has been with the embassy for four decades now. Though we haven’t officially checked, we doubt that there are many other Thais who have shown such dedication and service to a foreign mission in Thailand. She has served 13 ambassadors over that time, stretching from Fred Bild to the current Ambassador, Dr. Sarah Taylor.

    Khun Wee studied liberal arts with an English major at the downtown campus of Thammasat University. After graduation, she found, like so many others, that a liberal arts education gave her knowledge, but not necessarily practical work experience, so she enrolled in a six-month secretarial course at the YWCA. She also took a French language course at the Alliance Française.

    In 1979, she worked for the World Health Organization as a typist clerk for three months. She also spent nine months working at the Indian as a typist clerk and another several months working as a travel agent for a Pakistani tour company.

    Khun Wee comes from a big Thai-Chinese family; she is the fifth of seven children, all still alive, three of them have a university degree and the other three vocational college diplomas. She grew up in the Pratunam district of Bangkok, where her family still runs a pharmacy calked Hiap Hua Tueng Osoth, selling Chinese and Thai herbs.

    Khun Wee first applied to the work for the Canadian embassy through P.O. Box 2090 at the old embassy located in the Boonmitr Building on Silom Road, and she was interviewed by three people, including Don Myatt, an immigration officer at the embassy at the time. Part of the application process included using the board game Scrabble to see how quickly she responded to moving names and letters around, as files were all paper back then.

    She passed her interview and started as a registry clerk in the embassy’s immigration section on 15 Oct 1980 making Bt5,500 a month, which at the time was a very good salary as many of her friends were making half that elsewhere. Soon afterwards, she was part of a welcoming committee at Don Muang International Airport meeting then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

    Wee’s family was pleased with her job working for the Canadian embassy, as working for one of the big five English-speaking embassies was seen as being a plum post back then (the others being the Australian, New Zealand, UK & the USA missions). One of the perks, which still continues today, is the embassy is only open for a half-day on Friday since they work extended hours during the rest of the week. So not only was Khun Wee making more than most of her friends, but she got to leave early on Fridays, as many of her riends were working five-and-a-half days a week, including Saturday mornings.

    The embassy had 17 Canada-based immigration and locally engaged staff officers when Khun Wee came on board dealing primarily with refugees who had fled the killing fields of Cambodia and the ravages of the Indochinese War.

    She gradually moved up the ladder working as assistant registry supervisor and then registry supervisor. The embassy moved to its Abdulrahim location in mid-February of 1998. One of her biggest early influences was immigration officer Jim Hentschel, who taught her that she had to earn respect from her colleagues to move forward.

    Some of Khun Wee’s favourite memories include receiving a rose from Ambassador Bild every Valentine’s Day (he gave one to all the female staff). She also notes that Ambassador Bild’s wife was very active visiting refugee camps and selling handicrafts to help support people in need.

    Other moments include meeting Miss Universe Canadian Natalie Glebova when she visited the embassy and Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai when he visited the mission in 2000 to sign the condolence book upon the death of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Her biggest thrill, however, was meeting all the Canadian premiers and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien during the Team Canada 1997 visit to Thailand.

    In 1992, the Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) was started. It was a system run by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for all types of visa applications. Before that, all the applications Khun Wee and her colleagues were dealing with were handwritten and stored in filing cabinets. CAIPS notes contained details on the location of application submissions, assessment details, and visa officers’ remarks regarding the application. They also contained details on incomplete documents and additional details required to process the visa application.

    In 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada switched to the Global Case Management System (GCMS), a single, integrated and worldwide system used internally to process applications for citizenship and immigration services. It stores only the type of personal information required to process citizenship and immigration clients.

    Then, as the number of visa applications continued to grow, the embassy started its Visa Application Centre (VAC) program in June of 2013, whereby people could apply for a visa at certain approved centres throughout the country (e.g. the Trendy Building in Bangkok), though the embassy still has to process and officially approve those visa applications. The VAC accepts applications for study & work permits as well as visitor visas and approves travel documents for permanent residents of Canada.

    To keep on top of all the changes in processing and formatting visas, Khun Wee made two trips to Canada, the first in 1991 to take training courses dealing with the implementation of CAIPS, and the second in 2001 to receive further training as a Designated Immigration Officer (DIO), when she received a 92 out of 100 score on her final examination. She also visited Canada twice on personal trips, once to Toronto and another time to Vancouver to accompany her cousin who was studying in British Columbia ¬ — she says she was struck by the natural beauty of the country as well as the fresh air and vast amount of space.

    Through her work in immigration, Khun Wee has indirectly helped thousands of Thais and others based in Southeast Asia enjoy visits to Canada, the Canadian education system and the wonders of Canada.

    Part of her job is, unfortunately, to deny certain visa applications, though most of that is done by email these days. She does say though that when she did have to inform people face-to-face of their rejection, the best way to do it was to speak softly and give them specific reasons for the visa refusal.

    CanCham Thailand would like to join with the Embassy of Canada in thanking Khun Wee for her many years of exceptional service. As Sanjeev Chowdhury, the embassy’s Senior Trade Commissioner says, “We have great colleagues working with us at the embassy like Khun Wee and feel so fortunate to have someone like here in our midst who cares and give so much of herself.” (story by Scott Murray)

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