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AIT Lecture

Peter Berg, AIT, Asian Institute of Technology

Photography © Peter Berg (peter@hpberg.se), picture taken by Roy Andersson

Yesterday (March 17, 2017) I had the big pleasure of visiting the AIT (Asian Institute of Technology) for a lecture on ”Working After Graduation”.

AIT – Asian Institute of Technology

The AIT is an international university situated in the north of Bangkok. It was founded 1959 and specializes in studies of engineering, advanced technologies, management and planning, with aim to ”promote technological change and sustainable development” in the Asia-Pacific region.

Peter Berg, AIT, Asian Institute of Technology

The AIT has been top ranked several times globally, regionally in South East Asia and nationally in Thailand. Most of the students are foreign and the AIT have achieved top ranking for it’s international profile.

From the start the board of AIT consists of high-ranking members. Ambassadors from 13 countries are members of The Board of Trustees, as well as ambassadors with observer status from two more countries and the EU.

Working After Graduation

My mission yesterday was to meet soon-to-graduate students and help prepare them for the transition from studies to professional application of their knowledge. The participants were about 60 students from countries as Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Peter Berg, AIT, Asian Institute of Technology

Photography © Peter Berg (peter@hpberg.se), picture taken by Roy Andersson

Being an economist, I was asked to focus on how to work within a company and with budget demands. I happily did so, but I also gave a short orientation on what to think about when negotiating for a new job besides the salary – the importance of insurances, continuous training and more.

Peter Berg, AIT, Asian Institute of Technology

Photography © Peter Berg (peter@hpberg.se), picture taken by Roy Andersson

Part of the attenders waiting for what’s soon to come…

Peter Berg, AIT, Asian Institute of Technology

Photography © Peter Berg (peter@hpberg.se), picture taken by Roy Andersson

Talking about transition from studies to work and how to make a hard process easier.
Several times I received recognizing nods and smiles from attenders when I checked if the got my points.

The students came from very different backgrounds, so I couldn’t even assume that a market economy approach was given. However, I introduced the lecture by describing some basic economy principles which I believe are common for market and state economies as well as public and private companies. I talked briefly about the different economic needs in the phases of starting, short term and medium/long term. After that I gave an orientation of the need for payment and investment balances and how to achieve those balances, namely by budgeting for the company in whole and for the engineer as an individual. I concluded that the company goals and the personal goals should harmonize.

Afterwards i even got connection requests on LinkedIn and Facebook, a compliment as god as any!

My Host Mr. Roy Andersson

I was invited for this guest lecture by Mr. Roy Andersson, who is an Associate Professor in Logistics and Quality Management at School of Engineering, Jönköping University in Sweden. Jönköping University is cooperating with among others the AIT in Bangkok and Mr. Roy Andersson teaches there regularly.

Roy Andersson, AIT, Asian Institute of Technology

Photography © Peter Berg (peter@hpberg.se)

Thank you for an interesting and pleasurable experience, Mr. Roy!


Lectures / Föreläsningar

Keep yourself updated by education! I give lectures on legislation and standards for accounting, as well as other economic topics.

Håll dig uppdaterad genom att gå på kurs! Jag håller föreläsningar om lagstiftning och K-regler för redovisning, liksom om andra företagsekonomiska ämnen.

  1. Choose lecture / Välj föreläsning (Publications & Lectures)
  2. Book / Boka (Contact)
  3. And-or buy the books! / Och-eller köp böckerna! (Publications & Lectures)

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Sustainable Business Seminar in Bangkok

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Photography © Peter Berg

On Wednesday October 12, 2016 Swedish Institute and Embassy of Sweden hosted a business seminar in Bangkok entitled How can business contribute to sustainable development? – European vs Asian perspectives, very well described in their invitation.

But first of all, we will pay respect.

In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016

The day after the seminar, on Thursday October 13, 2016 we all came to know that His Majesty the King had passed away.

I want to show how international His Majesty the King was already at his birth.

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In remembrance of His Majesty the King, and his importance for the huge development of Thailand during his 70 years world record of reign, I hereby pay my respect.

Unaware opening

However, we were all unaware of the major changes that would occur and the seminar opened as planned.

Our location was at the Plaza Athénée Bangkok, which turned out to be a big and impressive center for conferences.

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Photography © Peter Berg

The guest list was also impressive, with ASEAN and EU coordinating meetings and more going on. Below, in the upper sign, you can also see Swedish Institute on the list.

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Photography © Peter Berg

Pictures below:

  • Top left – Two of the organizers, Ms. Ulrica Engström (Swedish Institute) and Mr. Jesper Johansson (Enact), during last minutes preparings for the seminar
  • Bottom left – H.E. Mr. Staffan Herrström, Sweden’s ambassador in Thailand, has arrived
  • Right – Finally, time for Ms. Ulrica Engström to say Welcome to everyone and introduce today’s first speaker

Opening Speech by H.E. Mr. Staffan Herrström

Mr. Staffan Herrström opened the seminar. He introduced himself as Sweden’s ambassador in Thailand, a role which also includes Laos PDR and Myanmar (se my earlier post Meeting the Swedish Ambassador in Bangkok).

He delivered a lively speech about Sweden’s commitment for sustainability, gender equality and freedom of speech.

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Photography © Peter Berg

Inspirational session with Ms. Passawee Tapasanan

Ms. Passawee Tapasanan told us of her story of establishing Folkcharm. With the vision of producing and trading ethical, natural and local she now covers four provinces in Thailand with her business.

Her clothes at the seminar are all examples of the products, and she also had an exhibition in the back of the big conference room.

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Photography © Peter Berg

Creative Session with Audience Participation

The organizers didn’t allow us to sit passively and listen. The next topic on the agenda was What do YOU think? All of us in the audience were divided into four groups. Each group was supplied with a flipchart and pencil. Then all groups were appointed with the task of creating a list of the three most important factors to create sustainable business and integrate CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

After a few minutes of discussions in each group, purposefully accompanied by stressful music, our work was stopped and each group was asked to present their respectively results.

Fika!

Now it was time for a famous Swedish export product – Fika. The Swedish word Fika means coffee break (tea is also allowed), preferably together with some cookies or other sweets, and no Swedish establishment can live without it 🙂

This Fika immediately turned into a big spontaneous mingle, where names and business cards were exchanged between us. I met a lot of positive and genuinely interested people and found, to my astonishment, that mingling can be fun!

From left to right:

  1. My friend Mr. David Johnson (Conrad Petroleum, Singapore) together with Mr. Bilal Dwi Nugraha (PT Bina Daya  Nugraha, Indonesia)
  2. Ms. Tu Ahn Dothi (Hanoi Young Business Association, Vietnam)
  3. Exhibition with products from Folkcharm and books written by Mr. Vikrom Kromadit
  4. Ms. Amina Swanepoel (Roots of Health, Philippines)

Keynote with Mr. Vikrom Kromadit

Mr. Vikrom Kromadit, CEO of Amata Corporation PCL, told the story of his life and the life of Amata. Bangkok based Amata is, according to it’s own web site, the World’s Leading Industrial City Developer. Thus Mr. Vikrom Kromadit came to represent the big scale and visions of the day.

Mr. Vikrom spent a large part of his speech passionately talking about the future possibilities for Thailand and Asia.

Interactive panel discussion

The day’s last session was the panel discussion Let’s Talk. The audience was encouraged to participate with questions and opinions, making the panel discussion interactive.

The panel consisted of, from left to right:

  1. Mr. Vikrom Kromadit, Amata Corporation PCL, Thailand
  2. Ms. Camille R. Escudero, Quality Philippine Export, Philippine
  3. Ms. Ankita JP Shroff, SAV Chemicals & Shroff Group, India
  4. Ms. Passawee Tapasanan, Folkcharm, Thailand

Closure

The day ended with hopeful and optimistic words of the future of sustainable business, and the schedule offered one more opportunity for mingle before everyone headed home.

It was an energy boost to get to know so many people from different countries and different businesses, but with common believes in the possibility of developing better and more humane enterprising.

The collective strong believe in the future could have made His Majesty the King proud again, over Thailand as the hosting country and over the world, but it wasn’t until the next day we learned that he wouldn’t be here to share it with us.


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Meeting ASEAN CSR Network

 

ASEAN CSR Network: Mr. Thomas Thomas and Mr. Jerry Bernas meeting Mr. Peter Berg
ASEAN CSR Network: Mr Thomas Thomas, Mr Jerry Bernas and myself

Last week representatives of ASEAN CSR Network  (ACN) had the kindness to receive me at their office in Singapore.

Operation of ACN

ACN was established 2011 with support from ASEAN Foundation and Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund (JASF). ACN says on its web site that ”Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’ is identified as an integral strategy in ensuring sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in ASEAN”, based on blueprint signed by the heads of all ASEAN member states.

The mission of ACN is ”To promote and enable responsible business conduct in ASEAN to achieve sustainable, equitable and inclusive social, environmental and economic development”.

Represented member states

So far business organisations from seven of the ten member states in ASEAN are represented in ACN, namely founding organisations from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and participating organisations from Myanmar and Viet Nam.

A short-term priority is to achieve representation from all the member states, where today Cambodia, Laos and Brunei Darussalam are missing.

The meeting

Our meeting originated from a recommendation to me by the Swedish Development Cooperation (SIDA) after a meeting we had at the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok, see my post Meeting SIDA from December 3, 2015.

Mr Jerry Bernas, Programme Director at the ACN secretariat, hosted the meeting which took place on February 2 in their Singapore office after a month of planning. He generously told me about their experiences of working at regional and national level. He is himself a Philippine national, although located at the Singapore office, and could as such combine the regional work with national contacts when needed.

Later Mr Thomas Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the ACN secretariat and a Singapore national, joined us. He was found to have impressive detail knowledge about the accounting world, although he’s presently not working in the area.

Mr Jerry Bernas and Mr Thomas Thomas gave me plenty of information about their work and also gave me an opportunity to present myself and my expertise.

The need for harmonized accounting for SME

I presented my view of the need of harmonized accounting regulations for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) within ASEAN, in the wake of launching the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015. I believe this area is often neglected and rests in the shadow of implementing regulations for large and listed enterprises. However, the SME represents a huge number of entrepreneurs and enterprises so very much is to be gained by supporting them with suitable and simplified regulations.

There are several connections to CSR, such as increased possibilities of digital accounting and increased development of digital communication between entrepreneurs and authorities. Digitalisation in theses areas can reduce paper use, which is of environmental interest and supports sustainability. Digital contacts with the authorities can also reduce bureaucracy and prevent unforeseen effects of personal variations in official decisions .

There is also a CSR angle in an easier understood linkage between accounting and taxation for SME, enabling them to pay their share without too heavy administrative and bureaucratic burdens. This also increases the possibility of foreseen official decisions without personal variations.

Thank you

We discussed possible touchpoints between us before Mr Thomas Thomas had to leave.

Mr Jerry Bernas concluded the meeting by whishes of keeping in touch. I thank you both for your willingness to spend this time with me!


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