Thailand Morning News For March 14

Thailand Morning News For March 14

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23rd AEM Retreat’s meeting agrees to conclude RCEP talk results within this year
The Commerce Minister stated that the 23rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Retreat agreed to conclude the results of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) talks within this year, and plan to meet the goal of lifting duties for 90% of all goods within 15 years.
– NNT

Several contractors monopolise state construction projects: study
There is a lack of competition for government construction projects, Tippatrai Saelawong, a senior researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute, said on Monday.
– The Nation

Islamic Bank invites financial institutions to invest in it
Islamic Bank of Thailand plans to set up an asset management team to handle its Bt48 billion in non-performing loans and invite 35 financial firms to invest in the bank to restructure its business and boost its new loans – which stand at Bt30 billion.
– The Nation

EGA Thailand joins forces with OCSC & TPQI to maximise digital knowledge for government authorities
This collaborative action will bring further technical progress to both public and private sectors in accordance with the normative guidelines determined by the Prime Minister
– OpenGov

World Bank urges education reform
Education reform is needed to put Thailand back on track towards its potential growth and becoming a high-income country, says the World Bank.
– Bangkok Post

TCEB heralds rise in Thai Mice standards
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has seen progress in setting Thai Mice venue standards while encouraging other countries in Southeast Asia to jointly develop Asean Mice standards.
– Bangkok Post

EXIM Thailand signs financial deal with Food and Drinks Plc
EXIM Thailand signed a financial facility agreement with Food and Drinks Plc on Monday.
– The Nation

High-speed trains to accelerate towards bids
Bidding on construction of the Bangkok-Rayong high-speed train is expected to take place this year as part of efforts to jump-start the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the government’s flagship project…
– Bangkok Post

U-tapao, high-speed rail top list
THE GOVERNMENT will move first with two transport projects – the upgrade of U-tapao International Airport and the construction of a high-speed railway – out of the five mega-projects under the Eastern Economic Corridor master plan.
– The Nation

Document Disproves Top Cop’s Booze Salary Story: Watchdog
The state watchdog on Monday rejected the Bangkok police chief’s denials about monthly payments from the biggest alcohol producer, saying it had obtained his original financial disclosure document and found it certified with his signature.
– Khaosod English

AIS unveils new 4.5G network
Mobile leader Advanced Info Service (AIS) has developed its wireless broadband network to support the parade of upcoming 4.5G smartphones in Thailand as the company seeks to serve the proliferation of data.
– Bangkok Post

Incentive package to lure foreign investment for BEV project
The Finance Ministry is to propose to the cabinet this month a package of measures to attract foreign investments in the development and production of BEVs (battery electric vehicles) in the country.
– Thai PBS

Ministry of Interior preparing to cope with drought season
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Interior has reiterated to all local officials across the nation that they must adhere to water management guidelines during the drought season while also urging farmers to cooperate with the government and desist from planting crops during this period.
– NNT

Government sets up operation centre to tackle homeless and begging problems in capital
The government has set up an operation centre to regulate homeless people and wandering beggars in the capital. The centre began operation with a total of 120 people rounded up in the first week of this month.
– Thai PBS

Govt ramps up long-term care for elderly
OF ABOUT 1.3 million housebound and bed-bound elderly people, just a little over 10 per cent have received long-term care services from the state.
– The Nation

Thai developer aims for rich foreigners with investment vacation home pitch
Buoyed by foreign interest in its Thai property projects amid burgeoning tourist arrivals, Thai property developer Sansiri is expanding internationally with its sale pitch of a vacation home that will also attract rental yields.
– CNBC

Thai chicken farmers stamping out slavery win government recognition
1,000 chicken farmers will receive a certificate from Thailand’s government that states the broiler growers adhere to strict anti-slavery standards.
– Global Meat News

Number of new companies increase by 3% in Feb
More than 5,700 new companies registered with the Ministry of Commerce in February. The ministry has expressed confidence that the continuously recovering economy will lead to an increase in new companies by more than 66,000 companies this year.
– NNT

A New Taste! Kit Kat’s Limited Edition Durian Flavor Coming To Thailand
Every once in awhile we are treated to some unique combinations in candy. We have seen some great renditions of M&M’s over the years and other candy variations, but it seems the good stuff or the most interesting gets unleashed overseas.
– StupidDope

 

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John Le Fevre

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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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