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Thai bourse joins IMF to hold first “International Capital Markets Conference”

BANGKOK, November 11, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has joined hands with the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP) to organize “International Capital Markets Conference 2015”, the first time for the Thai capital market, on November 30 – December 1, 2015 in Bangkok, with the top financiers in the region and forefront experts joining to share knowledge and experiences in fundraising, clearing and settlement system and investment, highlighting collaborations and economics potential in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

The unprecedented event aims to enhance capital markets and economic development in GMS, while building collaborations among GMS capital markets. This conference will reinforce SET’s strategic direction to synergize and enhance sustainable growth among GMS countries, moving together on the global arena.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said, “This collaboration among SET and the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific marks an important milestone and underlines SET as a spearhead to develop the GMS capital markets. The event will welcome more than 300 global and regional key stakeholders, consisting of high-level executives from government sectors and central banks, policy makers, multinational executives, foreign fund managers and listed companies’ executives from GMS and Asia, as well as international experts to exchange views on fundraising opportunities, investment collaboration and improvement of clearing and settlement systems in order to accelerate regional development among GMS capital markets, responding to future demand and growth in GMS.”

Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Somchai Sujjapongse would preside over the opening ceremony and deliver a keynote speech. The event would also be participated by distinguished guests especially the IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Juan Pablo Cordoba, World Federation of Exchanges Chairman, and Robert C. Merton, the 1997 Nobel laureate in economics, to share valuable experiences and discuss the though- provoking phenomena in the region, added Kesara.  

IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa stated “It is a great pleasure for the IMF to co-host with SET, the inaugural International Capital Markets Conference. Financial linkages have increased greatly across Asia, notwithstanding disruptions during the global financial crisis. Bangkok has played an important role in this development, especially in GMS. These linkages bring with them not only opportunities—more cross-border risk sharing, deeper and more liquid capital markets, and more diverse sources of funding—but also risks of sudden capital outflows and volatility.”

“In that context, how can we ensure a more stable access to capital, to enable the region to grow in a more sustainable manner? We, at the IMF, are mindful that financial integration requires long-term investment in financial architecture, robust regulations, and carefully designed safety nets. I look forward to hearing at this conference an exchange of views among participants, relaying their global expertise to further enhance these financial interconnections. I would like to welcome you all, and look forward to an active discussion to support further growth in the region,” Furusawa added.

The “International Capital Markets Conference” will be held during November 30 - December 1, 2015 at the Plaza Athenee Royal Meridien Hotel, Bangkok.

For more information on “International Capital Markets Conference”, please visit

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