Thailand Morning News For March 15

Thailand Morning News For March 15

Thailand morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Thailand news on matters of governance and policies.


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IMF expects growth at moderate pace amid risks
THAILAND’S economic recovery is expected to advance at a moderate pace in the near to medium term amid uncertainties and risks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported yesterday.
The Nation 

Thailand ‘fails to address rights concerns’ at UN review
Thailand failed to address international concerns about the military government’s obligation to uphold civil and political rights at a UN review in Geneva, rights groups said on Tuesday.
Bangkok Post

Rhino horns worth $5m seized in Thailand off flight from Ethiopia
Twenty-one rhino horns worth an estimated $5m have been seized in Thailand after being found in luggage sent from Ethiopia in the biggest such haul in years.
BBC News 

World Bank says Thailand will take 20 years to gain high earning status country
According to the survey of poverty by the Poverty and Human Development, East Asia and Pacific Program with the World Bank, it said at present there are almost 7.1 million Thais who are extremely poor.
Thai PBS

Thai gains seen in US rate hike
THE US Federal Reserve is likely to raise its benchmark interest rate after the Federal Open Market Committee ends its two-day meeting today, seeking to tame inflation resulting from such government policies as higher infrastructure investment and wage increases, experts say.
The Nation 

US VP Pence skips Thailand for first Asia tour
US Vice-President Mike Pence (left) will visit Asia next month on the first trip abroad since he and President Donald Trump took office 50 days ago. (Reuters photo)
Concord Register

China-South Korea spat could boost Thai tourism: travel group
Thailand’s pivotal Chinese tourism sector is on the rise and may get an additional boost due to tensions between China and South Korea and the banning of Chinese tour groups to South Korea this month, the head of a Thai travel group said on Tuesday.
The Business Times 

7 in 10 N. Korean defectors arrive in South via Thailand: poll
More than seven in 10 North Korean defectors stayed in Thailand en route to South Korea, a poll released by Seoul’s unification ministry showed Tuesday, with over half of the defectors citing economic hardships as the top reason to flee the North.
Korea Herald 

PM wants Revenue Department to demand tax payment from Shinawatra family
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has reiterated that he would not invoke Section 44 of the interim constitution to demand capital gains tax payment from the Shinawatra family over the sale of its stake in Shin Corporation to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings in 2006.
Thai PBS 

Thai Government Denies VAT Increase ‘Plan’
There has been confusion in Thailand over remarks made by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, after the premier appeared to suggest increasing the seven percent VAT rate to eight percent to boost the government’s coffers for the funding of various public projects.
Tax News 

Egat fires up coal plant plans
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) says it will launch a new environmental and health impact assessment (EHIA) for the planned coal-fired power plant in Krabi and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for its deep-sea port within three months.
Bangkok Post 

Thailand Tourism: Spend Analysis & Forecast
Exotic wildlife with a spectacular island setting, Thailand attracts millions of tourists every year. Tourism is a major economic factor in the Kingdom of Thailand.

IMF calls for growth through stimulus
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended that Thai policymakers implement both fiscal and monetary stimuli in order to boost economic growth and steer inflation back to target.
Bangkok Post 

Vietjet Thailand builds on its success by adding Phuket – Chiang Rai daily flight
Vietjet Thailand will build on its successful growth in the Thai domestic air travel market. Now, Vietjet Thailand has introduced daily flight from Phuket to Chiang Rai along with increasing flight frequency from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to 3 flights daily which both are available from March 26, 2017 onwards to allow for wider travel opportunities for all passengers to access the northern region of Thailand.
Travel Daily News 

Large-Scale Electronic Music Festivals Boost Tourism in Thailand
Bangkok played host on Friday to Asia’s first edition of the global electronic music event Transmission, a large-scale indoor audio-visual dance experience.
Latin American Herald Tribune

MK group to invest Bt400m annually in 5-year expansion
MK RESTAURANTS Group plans to invest about Bt400 million a year over the next five years to expand in Thailand.
The Nation 

The Residences breaks Bangkok property records
The project has been recognised for some time as one of the most sought-after properties for Thai and foreign buyers, particularly in the property investment markets of London and Hong Kong.
The Nation 

Issuance of driving licenses to be tightened to improve road safety
The draft ministerial regulation is now being fine-tuned by the Council of State before it is submitted to the Transport Ministry to be announced, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, adding he expects the new regulation to become enforced within this year.
Thai PBS

App taxis must be registered: Land Transport Department
Representatives of App. Taxi operators, including Uber, are scheduled to meet with Deputy Transport Minister Pichit Akarathit, Mr Sanit and authorities concerned on March 20 at the Transport Ministry to resolve their conflict over App. Taxi service.
Thai PBS 

Thailand should finalise disappearances convention
The Thai government should urgently take the final steps to ratify the international convention against enforced disappearance, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also end all delays in passing implementing legislation to criminalize torture and disappearances.
Pracha English 

Phuket golf club members outraged by fee hike
More than 180 members of the Blue Canyon Country Club have called on the Phuket Governor to step in over a hike in annual membership fees of more than 300%.
The Phuket News 

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars arrives in Phuket
Rolls-Royce has opened a new Boutique showroom on the resort island of Phuket in Thailand. The facility was opened by Paul Harris, Asia Pacific Regional Director for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, at a grand opening attended by customers, VIP guests, celebrities and members of the media.
Automotive World 

Groups urge Thai action against torture, disappearances
ights groups are urging Thailand’s government to enact legislation banning torture and forced disappearances as its human rights record comes under United Nations review.
Rdnews Now 

Cambodian workers see Thai salaries rise
Cambodian workers in Thailand are benefiting from a small bump in the country’s minimum wage, which went into effect at the start of this year in some Thai provinces, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Labour announced on Monday.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Thai govt woos Omanis to invest in Thailand Future Fund’s IPO
The Thai government has made an effort to attract Omani investors for the Thailand Future Fund (TFF), which is expected to raise 100 billion baht ($2.8 billion) from an initial public offering (IPO) in the second quarter.
Deal Street Asia 

Upbeat note on 2017 PC sales
Thailand’s computer market is projected to return to growth in 2017 after five straight years of contraction, thanks to improved consumer confidence and the government’s stimulus spending.
Bangkok Post



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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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