Thailand Morning News For September 12

Thailand Morning News For September 12

Thailand morning newsThai junta tells Japan investors $45-billion development plan to go ahead
A $45-billion plan to redevelop Thailand’s industrial east will go ahead regardless of whoever takes power after elections, the military government told hundreds of Japanese investors on Monday.
— Reuters

PM courts Japanese investors
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged Japan to ramp up investment in Thailand as ongoing national reforms underscore the importance placed on keeping government policy consistent and transparent in the interests of stability.
— Bangkok Post

China Expert Says Thailand Should do Feasibility Study on Kra Canal
Thailand should act decisively and start conducting a feasibility study on the long-awaited Thai Canal (Kra Canal) as suggested by several of China’s experts during a one-day international conference on the canal today.
— Chiang Rai Times

Finance officials press BoT for rate cut
The Finance Ministry is calling for the Bank of Thailand to cut the policy rate with the aim of countering hot money and curbing speculative inflows, but the central bank says a rate reduction could pput financial stability at risk.
— Bangkok Post

EEC ready for Japanese investors
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is a Special Economic Zone that has been established recently in Rayong, Chonburi, and Chachoengsao provinces. It has received a lot of attention as government officials expect it to yield great benefits to the national economy.
— NBT World (video)

Klity Creek villagers win 19-year legal battle
The Supreme Court has upheld lower courts’ decision to award 36 million baht in damages to 151 Thai-Karen villagers in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pha Phum district affected by a lead-contaminated creek.
— Bangkok Post

PM Quality over quantity for next year travel campaign
The government aims to generate revenues in tourism worth 3 trillion baht for the year 2018, targeting quality tourists over quantity in the new Amazing Thailand campaign.
— NBT World (video)

Anupong approves turning community forest over to Red Bull company for factory
The Interior Minister’s permission for a Red Bull company to build a reservoir on the site of a community forest has run into protests.
— Prachatai English

Thailand, Laos ink pollution management deal
Thailand and Laos signed an agreement on pollution management, creating a five-year mutual action plan to promote bilateral cooperation in environmental issues.
— NNT

Condo development sets records as projects follow new mass-transit lines
PROPERTY firms plan to launch up to 150,000 units in additional residential projects worth over Bt500 billion between now and 2019 around new mass transit routes scheduled to open by 2020.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

SEPO member explains need for new act on state enterprises
A State Enterprise Policy (SEPO) Office member has explained the need to reform the nation’s state enterprises.
— NNT

PTT plans lithium ion battery plant
Global Power Synergy Plc (GPSC), the energy business arm of national oil and gas firm PTT Plc, is planning to develop a lithium ion battery factory worth 1 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Singha Estate readies Bt55 bn under investment plan
SINGHA ESTATE PLC, a property arm of Singha Group, will invest more than Bt55 billion between now and 2020 on the development of residential projects for sale and on commercial buildings such as hotels, offices, industrial estates and warehouses, chief executive officer Naris Cheyklin said.
— The Nation

Gen Prayut affirms govt’s commitment towards human rights policies
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has affirmed the government’s commitment to protecting human rights via its justice system, creating equality and reducing social conflict.
— NNT

Legal officials to look into ‘zero-dollar’ tours
Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn said he has not received reports of “zero-dollar” tours – a scam where tourists buy inexpensive package deals but will later be pressured to purchase overpriced products from certain outlets introduced by their tour guides.
— NNT

Ministry weighs tax on share-selling capital gains
The Finance Ministry is considering whether a capital-gains tax exemption given to investors in the Thai stock market is still essential and is set to review tax incentives offered to several sectors including…
— Bangkok Post

Chicken deaths make Krabi villagers nervous
Krabi locals are scared of an epidemic after finding 6,000 chickens dead.
— Phuket Gazette

Digital Economy and Society Ministry to sell community products at Government Complex
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society will be organizing a community product fair from 12 – 14 September at Chaeng Wattana Government Complex.
— NBT World (video)

Government to boost new health graduates
The Ministry of Public Health plans to produce more graduates in three faculties to deal with shortages of health personnel and potential public health emergencies.
—NNT

 

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John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor. He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Bangkok political protests. In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak. Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post.
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