Global Conference 2010
Thailand Trade Representative, Office of the Prime Minister
Vachara Phanchet is the Thailand Trade Representative, holding ministerial status, and Special Envoy of the Office of the Prime Minister. He handles negotiations with countries or international organizations concerning trade and investment matters, compliance with the Thai government′s policies and international economic policy pursuant to issues designated by the prime minister. Vachara was the first Thai to be elected chairman (2007—2009) of Pacific Basin Economic Cousin, the oldest nonprofit trade organization in the Asia Pacific region; he now serves as chairman emeritus. He is also chairman of the Bangkok-based Sittipol Sales Group of Companies, one of Thailand′s leading industrial and global trading groups. He has been a member of the National Legislative Assembly, where he also served as secretary for the Foreign Affairs Committee. Vachara holds a B.S. in engineering and mechanical engineering from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, an M.B.A. from Miami University and a Ph.D. from Pacific Western University.