IBAP is comprised of local Thai and foreign-owned businesses with an international outlook. IBAP strives to promote the collective business interests of its members and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
The June member meeting will be especially interesting as we hear from local author, and colorful character, Colin Mackay. Mr Mackay shall give a historical presentation explaining why women on Phuket and Thailand are comparatively so successful and powerful in business, politics and as heads of their households in Phuket and the region. For example, Thailand has a higher percentage of Female CEO's than any other country and over half of all businesses in the country are owned by women. Thereafter he will open the floor to any questions you may have about any aspects of the history of Phuket from any period. He has agreed to offer IBAP members signed copies of his 438 page limited-edition hardback version of his book on the night at the trade price of THB 1,000 instead of their normal retail price of THB 1,500. Mr Mackay will also present several interesting anecdotes that have revealed themselves since publication of his book.
I would like to thank all of you that joined us for our meeting last month, held at the Royal Phuket Marina's conference room. As with all new ventures, the night did not go by without it's hiccups but the RPM team is full on for making our May meeting there the best. For starters we'll be relocated to the RPM Yacht Club restaurant, which has fabulous views over the marina, and being a restaurant means we'll see a more typical IBAP-style buffet selection. We've been assured an enjoyable atmosphere.
I hope you will all make a point of joining us for this next event on 10th May when we'll have khun Voranai Vanijaka from the Bangkok Post revisiting us. Many, many people commented that Khun Vorani was IBAP's best program of 2011. I am sure Khun Vorani will entertain us with his expert, poignant yet quirky opinion on the political world of Thailand. Just reading the intro on the Program page gives a good idea of his tongue-in-cheek manner and what you can look forward with him as the guest speaker.
James Firth, IBAP President
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