In Thailand English-language News for May 4, 2018, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:
00:51 | Thailand’s Ambassador to Belgium and Head of Mission of Thailand to the European Union, Manasvi Srisodapol, has led a Thai delegation to the 2018 Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium where outlined the steps Thailand has taken to reign in Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Busadee Santipitaks, yesterday told a media briefing that the Thai delegation had reinforced Thailand’s commitment to reforming the entire industry, and to introducing state-of-the-art control systems, as well as comprehensive legislation.
Ms Santipitaks added that Thailand is in the process of amending legislation to be able to ratify the Work in Fishing Convention No. 188 of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
02:00 | Representatives from 11 professional organisations attended a seminar in Bangkok yesterday to discuss parts of a new draft law governing Thailand’s higher education.
03:07 | The Election Commission selection committee has invited 24 out of 33 applicants for the five vacant election commissioner vacancies for personal interview and have forecast the process will be complete by July.
04:23 | Deputy prime minister Dr Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday said that details of a planned assistance packaged for digital TV operators had already been presented to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
Dr Krea-ngam said he did not know if NCPO chief and Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, invoke Article 44 of the Interim Thailand Constitution to assist those who have asked for state help.
05:39 | The government yesterday moved to allay fears that there was insufficient supplies of rabies vaccine available to combat the ongoing nationwide outbreak, saying it was in the process of buying an additional one million doses.
Responding to a question by National Legislative Assembly (NLA), lawmaker Wallop Tangkananurak, deputy minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Luck Wajananawat, said the government had also partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to eliminate rabies by 2020. So far at least eight people are confirmed to have died from rabies this year.
07:14 | Italian-Thai Development (ITD) Pcl., President Premchai Karnasuta and three company employees accused of poaching in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary earlier this year were yesterday granted bail by the Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court.
Bail for Mr Karnasuta and three others was raised to Bt40,000 (about US$12,650), while a fourth person’s bail was set at Bt150,000 ($4,746). The court will begin hearing evidence on May 21.
08:40 | The Thailand government Public Relations Department (PRD) yesterday continued its two day event to mark its 85th anniversary under the title ’85 Years of the Public Relations Department, Creative Media In Step with the 4.0 Digital Age’.
11:50 | Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) CEO Tadashi Maeda met with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday to talk about the progress of Japanese projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), other railway projects, and the planned high-speed train connecting three airports in Thailand.
General Chan-o-cha expressed the hope that Japan will invest more in the EEC, and also help develop other countries in the CMLV (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Viet Nam). In addition, he said Thailand was interested in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (
13:25 | The State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 13 other state enterprises to establish a ‘big data’ system in the areas of finance and public utilities.
SEPO is also working with the National Credit Bureau (NCB) on the small and medium enterprises (SME) Financial Intelligence project, to analyse data and formulate policies to aid SMEs.
14:54 | Minister of Commerce Sontirat Sontijirawong has met with the private sector in Buri Ram Province to discuss developing promoting the ‘Buri Ram brand’, with a focus on processed rice and silk.
The meeting proposed ‘Buri Ram brand’ products should be sold via online retail stores such as Alibaba and JD.com, with rice and durians to be the first items to be offered.
Meanwhile. the MoC said it plans to make a temporary checkpoint for border trade in Ban Kruad district into a permanent checkpoint, in order to facilitate Thai-Cambodian cross-border trade.
In 2017 trade between the two countries topped Bt120 billion (US$3.7 bln), increasing 3.52 per cent over the previous year.
16:26 | The Nakhon Yala Office of the Local Government’s Pawnshop has prepared about Bt50 million (about US$1.5 mln) in cash in expectation of high demand ahead of the new school term. Government pawn shops across the country have reduced interest rates between April 1-May 31 to ease the financial burden on parents
18:00 | The Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) and Thaland’s UBM Asia are hosting Asean Beauty 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bang Na, to help businesses penetrate new markets and increasing exports.
Ketmanee Lertkitcha, President of the Thai Cosmetic Manufacturers Association (CMA), said yesterday that Thailand’s cosmetics industry was valued at around Bt300 billion (about US$9.4 bln) in 2017, with 120 billion (about US$3.7 bln) of which was generated by exports. The industry is expected to experience 5 per cent growth this year.
19:10 | Assistant minister attached to the to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Panadda Diskul, has told the 23rd International Congress of the UIHJ in Bangkok that the principles of good governance in Thai society draws its roots from Buddhist scripture, with the religious principle of pure intentions long ingrained in the code of conduct of government agencies.
20:20 | The Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) yesterday forecast that the economy of bloc will grow by 5.4 per cent in 2018 and 5.2 per cent in 2019, underpinned by resilient domestic demand, export growth, and stable inflation.
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