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November 16, 2015

Thailand Focus 2015 reaffirms the country's strength to boost investment 

BANGKOK, November 16, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), together with
Phatra Securities pcl and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will hold "Thailand
Focus 2015" during December 2-4 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok, under
the theme "Opportunity Growth and Reform," enabling foreign funds to get
insights from top executives in the public and private sectors, and meet
directly with 120 listed companied with a combined market capitalization of THB
8.9 trillion (approx. USD 247.2 billion), or 66 percent of total market (as of
November 13, 2015), in order to boost their confidences and attract investment
into Thailand's promising economy.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said that Thailand Focus, the largest foreign 
investment seminar in Thailand, held for the ninth year, would showcase the Thai
capital market's growth potential and strong fundamentals of small, medium, and
 large-sized Thai listed companies to global institutional investors." and

"Despite effects from internal and external economic sluggish factors, the 
fundamentals of listed firms remain strong with international business
expansion, especially to countries in the ASEAN, coupled by more promising
Thailand's economic stimulus package implemented by the government's new
economic team. In addition, the timing of this year's event is ideal as fund
managers usually prepare or adjust their investment plan for next year around
this time. The event would be presided over by Finance Minister Apisak
Tantivorawong to deliver speech on the government's reform policies, while Bank
of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob would be a keynote speaker on the
country's monetary policy to restore global institutional investors' confidence.
Thus, this year's event could certainly draw a great deal of interest from fund
 managers," added Kesara.

Krittiya Veeraburus, president of Phatra Securities (member of Kiatnakin Phatra 
Financial Group) stated, "Phatra is once again honoured to co-host this
commendable 'Thailand Focus' event for the fifth consecutive year. It will
assert the attractiveness of Thai capital market to foreign investors. Despite
the global economic slowdown, for Thailand, there are two megatrends that
remains most salient and benefit to the country. First is the global Digital
Revolution, which can be seen in rapid expansion of investment in
telecommunication and media business sectors. This provides greater
opportunities for Thai small and medium companies in accessing their consumers,
leading to constant growth in consumption."

"Second aspect is the Regional Integration in Greater Mekong Subregion which 
altogether consists of approximately 400 million in population with closed
inter-connectivity between neighboring countries. With strategic location,
Thailand will be benefited from numerous investments in transportation,
telecommunication, infrastructures, tourism and labor mobility, projected to
have relevance for the next 20-30 years. From the factors mentioned, Thailand
shall long be an attractive investment destination for all investors," added

Ornkanya Pibuldham, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Managing Director and 
Country Head of Thailand said, "We believe the Thai story stands intact despite
slowing domestic growth and headwinds in some of its key export markets. Longer
term fundamentals remain robust and even now there are pockets of opportunity
for discerning investors," and Ornkanya added, "Against this backdrop, we at
Bank of America Merrill Lynch are confident in the opportunities arising out of
accelerating regional integration, favorable demographics and Thailand's
business-friendly environment."
"Thailand Focus continues to bring together the country's leading corporations 
and strong representation from the Government. It is the premier event for
regional and international investors serious about investing in the country,"
Ornkanya added.
For more information about Thailand Focus 2015, please contact .

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