Connect with us


Phuket Chamber of Commerce elects new president

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Dr Sirichai Silapa-archa was elected as the new president of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce (PCC) at the association’s annual election conference, held at the The Metropole hotel on February 12.

Dr Sirichai Silapa-archa, 51, is an assistant director at Vachira Phuket Hospital, where he is a surgeon specializing in urology. In addition to his medical training, he also holds an MBA degree from Chiangmai University.

A nephew of former Prime Minister Banharn Silapa-archa, Dr Sirichai moved to Phuket in 1987. He now operates a clinic that offers computer X-ray imaging, cosmetics sales and other services.

Dr Sirichai was formerly a member of the now-defunct Chart Thai Party, Thailand’s second-oldest political party until its dissolution by a Constitutional Court ruling on December 2 last year.

The 25-member PCC board retains a lot of familiar faces, with just six new members.

Dr Sirichai will soon arrange a board meeting to assign duties to these members and discuss policy issues.

“The PCC is happy to support the government in planning the country’s economic and social development. All committee members will have an open platform to express their views. The PCC’s main goals are to achieve sustainable economic policies that help the people. The public will be invited to play a role,” he said.

The PCC has a role to play in helping the country get through these tough economic times and it would do this by making its organizational approach more flexible, he said.

Outgoing PCC President Eam Thavornwongwongse completed his second two-year term in 2008, the maximum allowed under the chamber’s rules.

Mr Eam told the Gazette that he intends to remain active in the PCC in an honorary position.

It is unfortunate that Thai governments don’t pay as much attention to Chamber of Commerce recommendations as governments in Singapore, Malaysia and France do when drafting policy, he said.

Asked about Prime Minister Abhisit’s recently revealed stimulus package, he said, “I think he is trying to manage the country, but personally I think we still have a long way to go because he still lacks management experience and can’t see the forest through the trees – especially about helping the tourism sector.

Abhisit is not focusing on the right places, unlike the previous government that helped the industry cope in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster,” he said.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand News Today | OnlyFans content creators arrested on pornography charges | September 21

Thailand11 hours ago

Soldier allegedly assaults neighbours following horn honking

Thailand12 hours ago

Border agencies instructed to look out for gun smuggling along Myanmar border

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 10,919 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand13 hours ago

Officials clarify Korat police van stopped at the beach after collecting murder suspect

Crime13 hours ago

OnlyFans content creators arrested by Thai police on pornography charges

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand13 hours ago

Comments Galore! feat. Golf | Thaiger Bites | September 21

Cambodia14 hours ago

Scientists study bats in Cambodia to find clues about Covid

News15 hours ago

Update: government official that allegedly stole from fund meant for the disabled spent all the money on gambling

Thailand15 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | Reopening of entertainment venues, Manny Pacquiao for president | September 21 |

World15 hours ago

Flight restrictions to the US to ease in November – US government

Thailand17 hours ago

Bangkok re-opening Criteria, Thai Airways keeps Struggling | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 93

Thailand17 hours ago

Government warns that posting pornographic material is illegal following OnlyFans creator being questioned by police

Indonesia17 hours ago

Bali to re-open for international yachts with fully vaccinated crew, passengers

World17 hours ago

British Airways tests first ever net-zero carbon emissions flight

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11