Thailand Morning News For November 2

Thailand Morning News For November 2

Thailand morning newsLeap to 26th in ease of business
While Thailand saw a strong jump to 26th in the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings for 2018, the government is committed to tackling the remaining obstacles, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha..
— Bangkok Post

Section 44 invoked to pave way for new city planning for EEC
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee has explained that the government has enforced Section 44 of the charter to revoke the town and country planning law in the EEC to expedite development and increase investor confidence.
— NBT World (video)

Central JD vows B100bn EEC spend
Central JD Commerce Co, a joint venture between top Thai retailer Central Group and, the biggest e-commerce company in China, vows to invest up to 100 billion baht over the next three years in e-commerce, e-logistics, e-finance, e-marketing and technology.
— Bangkok Post

Golden Triangle is ‘ground zero’ for wildlife trafficking: WWF
TIGERS, ELEPHANTS, bears and pangolins are four of the most widely traded species in the Golden Triangle border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, according to a report by WWF released yesterday.
— The Nation

Thailand to continue to facilitate doing business, given big jump in World Bank’s ranking
The Prime Minister said he was satisfied with the latest ranking given by the World Bank for Thailand’s facilitation of doing business.

State eyes B3tn tourism revenue haul
More than 180 tourism events are planned for 2018 as part of a new national tourism campaign — Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 — that aims to create 3 trillion baht in revenue.
— Bangkok Post

EEC considered strategic part of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative
China has pointed to Thailand as an integral part of its One Belt One Road Initiative, particularly its Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development zone.

90 Chiang Mai flights cancelled during Loy Krathong
Several airlines have cancelled altogether 90 flights to and from Chiang Mai Airport during the Loy Krathong Festival on Nov 3-4 out of safety concerns, Tinnagorn Choowong, vice-president of the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) revealed on Nov 1.
— Thai PBS

SCG profit sapped by higher chemical prices
SET-listed Siam Cement Group (SCG), Thailand’s largest cement producer and industrial conglomerate, posted a smaller profit in the first nine months this year, largely because of higher petrochemical product prices, while demand remained weak, says president and chief executive Roongrote Rangsiyopash.
— Bangkok Post

Reserve prices set for 5G bids
The telecom regulator has settled on reserve prices for the auction of four 5G 1800- and 850-megahertz spectrum licences, an event that will take place before May 2018 and generate an estimated 150 billion…
— Bangkok Post

Charges officially dropped in ‘Torture’ book case
The public prosecutor in Pattani province has finally withdrawn charges that could have sent three civil rights activists to prison for documenting torture by police and the army in the deep South.
— Bangkok Post

Persistent flood delays school openings in central and northeastern regions
Flooding in provinces of the northeast and central regions has persisted, delaying the start of term for some schools; while the south has also been put on alert for more heavy rain.

13 southern provinces warned of heavy rain, strong winds on Nov 1-3
The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for 13 provinces in the South to brace for heavy rain and strong winds between Nov 1-3.
— Thai PBS

People commemorate death of taxi driver who became democracy icon
Amid presence of police officers and soldiers, pro-democracy citizens commemorated the death of the taxi driver who committed suicide to protest the 2006 coup-makers.
— Prachatai English

Charoen quits amid kickback row
Gen Charoen Nopsuwan has stepped down as the labour vice minister following allegations of kickbacks paid to labour officials in the registration of migrant workers, an issue thought to be behind Section 44 being invoked to remove the chief of the Employment Department.
— Bangkok Post

TGI’s role in Thailand 4.0 era
The Thai-German Institute (TGI), an organisation under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry, has been entrusted with developing and transferring advanced manufacturing technology to Thai industrial sectors in order to strengthen their capabilities and competitiveness in the Industry 4.0 era.
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut instructs Finance Ministry to conduct study on shopping tax break for 2017
The Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Finance to conduct a study on the possibility of implementing a shopping tax break this year.
— NBT World (video)

DSI makes largest counterfeit goods bust ever
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has seized over 40 million baht’s worth of smuggled or counterfeit goods in Bangkok’s Khlong Tom and Khlong San areas.

Malee expands with two joint ventures in Indonesia
Malee Group Plc, one of the country’s top juice makers, has formed joint ventures with an Indonesian consumer giant in a bid to strengthen its international presence.
— Bangkok Post

200 international traders eye Thai rice purchases: Commerce minister
The Ministry of Commerce has invited some 200 international traders to negotiate rice deals with Thai firms and expected some 30 billion baht worth of purchase orders.

TAT launches Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 calendar of events
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching an ambitious calendar of events in support of the ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018‘ featuring an action-packed schedule of unique Thai local experiences and marquee of international events.
— TAT News

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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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