Thailand Morning News For August 25

Thailand Morning News For August 25

Thailand morning newsWorld Bank raises Thailand growth forecast to 3.5%
The Thai economy is expected to grow 3.5% this year, up from 3.2% initially predicted in April, and rising to 3.6% next year, the World Bank said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

OECD cooperates with Thailand to drive the country into digital economy
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is ready to cooperate with Thailand to drive the country into full digital economy in accordance with the Thailand 4.0 policy.
— NNT

Thailand joins air treaty for protection of passengers
After a seven-year process, Thailand has ratified a global treaty that will bring an end to the “liability lottery” that passengers, shippers and airlines now face.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry expands markets for OTOP products with marketing potential
The Ministry of Commerce has expanded markets for OTOP products with marketing potential in response to the behavioral changes among modern consumers.
— NNT

SME aid center setup by Industry Ministry
The Ministry of Industry has joined hands with both public and private agencies to open a full service center for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with an emphasis on aiding 3 particular groups.
— NBT World (video)

BMTA scraps bid for NGV bus fleet due to no-show of any bidders
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the only operator of city bus service, decided to scrap the bid to find a supplier for 489 NGV buses after no representatives of the three companies earlier showed interest to join the bid failed to show up to submit their bids for the deal on Thursday – the closing date for bid submission.
— Thai PBS

Thailand Research Expo 2017 kicks off in Bangkok
The government-initiated event to promote research for the country’s prosperity and sustainability has officially begun in Bangkok.
— NBT World (video)

Security tightened at Supreme Court now
The police began to tighten security at the Supreme Court on Chaengwattana road today in preparation for a huge crowd of people expected to come to give morale support to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra on her judgement day tomorrow.
— Thai PBS

It’s double D-day for Boonsong, Yingluck
All eyes are on the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions as it hands down its ruling today on two major rice-pledging cases, in which former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra are defendants.
— Bangkok Post

Law unclear on whether Yingluck could appeal guilty verdict
THE SUPREME COURT will today deliver verdicts in two historic cases involving ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra, ex-commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and 28 other defendants.
— The Nation

ASEAN China UNDP Symposium in Chiang Rai
The ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Financing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN was held during 21 – 22 August 2017 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

PM assures transparency in annual military reshuffle
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha assured today that the annual military reshuffle list is transparent and fair.
— Thai PBS

Thai farm prices predicted to rise 6% following Increased exports
The Commerce Ministry looks set to revise its full-year export growth target to 6-6.5% from 5% after Thai exports rose at a double-digit pace for the fifth straight month in July.
— Fresh Plaza

Education Ministry calls for revision to internship rules
The Ministry of Education has called for revision to the existing regulations on the selection of schools to host internships for educational students.
— NNT

Refugee camp closed after H1N1 cases
HEALTH AUTHORITIES are trying to control an outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) at a refugee camp in Mae Hong Son after three infections were confirmed.
— The Nation

NLA accepts calls for rice farmers bill, resetting of farmers’ debts
The National Legislative Assembly’s (NLA) Committee on Agriculture and Cooperatives accepted calls from rice farmer networks for the drafting of a rice and farmers bill and the resetting of all the farmers’ debts.
— NNT

Prayut wants reform of politics, people’s mindset
National reform requires changes in politics and people’s mindset, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during his speech on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry, mining company deny Bt30-bn payment over Chatree closure
THE INDUSTRY Ministry and the Australian company Kingsgate Consolidated Limited have denied a report that the company had asked for Bt30 billion in compensation for the government’s order that closed gold mines, adding that both sides were discussing a settlement of the issue.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Four institutions join to support SMEs in need of collateral for loans
Four financial institutions have heeded government policy to aid SMEs with high potential but no collateral to secure loans with the Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCGC) stepping up to offer free collateral for up to 4 years.
— NBT World (video)

ASEAN China UNDP Symposium in Chiang Rai
The ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Financing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN was held during 21 – 22 August 2017 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage 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, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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