4th ICGBE February 2014

This past weekend I attended and chaired the 4th International Conference on the Global Business Environment at the First Hotel in Bangkok. It went well, although some presenters felt that it would be too dangerous for them to attend.

The keynote speaker was the Dean of Nursing Science at Shinawatra University, Associate Professor Puangtip Chaiphibalsarisdi, who spoke on the topic ‘Nursing in a Modern Economy.’

IMG_0819The other speakers from SIU included Dr. Sittichai Anantarangsi, who spoke on the topic of the ‘Past, Present and Future of the Japanese Economy.’

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Later on during the first day, Ms. Fuangfa Ampornstira presented a paper based on her doctoral research, ‘Perspectives of Investors and Consumers on Cambodia’s Telecommunications Industry and Infrastructure.’

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On the second day, Sunday, we had presentations from two students from the School of Liberal Arts pursuing the Master of Teaching English as an International Language (a popular course) with their advisor Aj Amporn Sa-ngiamvibool (who was not able to attend). First was Ms. Prawchompoo Kamsorn, who presented a paper entitled ‘AEC News: A Linguistic Approach for Language Learning and Communication.’

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Then there was Mr. Ittichai Ratanatavorn, who gave his paper entitled ‘Fostering Learner Autonomy through CALL Projects in the Thai Context.’

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Finally, we heard from another PhD candidate, Mr. Eric Bediako, whose paper was ‘Increased Political Power in Thailand’s Financial Services Industry – A Recipe for a Possible Financial Meltdown.’

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At the end, I gave my own Vampire Wars paper. It was, as always, a friendly conference where people were able to interact with each other. Delegates came from South Africa, Turkey, Ghana, Iran, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sweden, Britain, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Oman and no doubt others I have forgotten.

In due course, I will see whether I can get the papers that were presented published in suitable academic journals.

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