Thailand Morning News For May 11

Thailand Morning News For May 11

Thailand morning newsAuthorities Mum on Capture of ‘Grandmother’ of Ugandan Human Trafficking in Thailand
Thailand immigration authorities are reported to have taken into custody a Ugandan national said to be the ‘grandmother’ of human trafficking of Ugandan women into the Thailand sex industry, and a reported ‘under boss’ who was once a human trafficking victim herself.
— AEC News Today

Somkid upbeat on growth but flags digital concerns
DEPUTY Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has expressed confidence on projections for economic growth to top 4 per cent for the first time in a decade.
— The Nation

BOI approves investment in projects worth a combined 37 billion baht
Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) has approved investments in six major projects worth a combined 37 billion baht in support of the Smart City program aimed at improving the lives of workers across the nation.

Commerce Min organizes Smart Startup 2018 to promote business innovations
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce is set to launch the ‘Smart Startup 2018’ project to help increase market opportunities for startups as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

ASEAN addresses ‘fake news’
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has acknowledged that “fake news” is one of the new challenges its member-countries must grapple with now that digital media are citizens’ primary sources of information.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

Remote-Controlled Terminal to Open in Thailand
Hutchison Ports plans to open a fully-remote-controlled container terminal in Laem Chabang, Thailand, in June.
— The Maritime Executive

Auto production up 12% in April
The Thai automotive industry enjoyed an 11.87 percent rise in vehicle production last month, thanks to higher exports of sedans and pickup trucks.

U.S. officials observe Thailand’s solutions to labor problems in fishing sector
Executives of Customs and Immigration offices of the U.S. have visited the Samut Sakhon Fish Marketing Organization to inspect the Thai government’s solutions to human trafficking in the fishing industry.
— News Today (video)

Army scraps plan for rehabilitation of insurgents as villagers protest
A SENIOR Army officer yesterday cancelled a plan to establish a new village for former insurgents in tambon Sukhirin, in Narathiwat’s Sukhirin district, amid opposition by the local residents.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Startup Thailand 2018 to take place on 17-20 May
The Ministry of Science and Technology has expressed its readiness to organize Startup Thailand 2018. The event is aimed at helping new entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and engage in global competition.

True may pass on spectrum bid
True Move, the country’s second-largest mobile operator, might not join the planned 1800-megahertz spectrum auction in August unless the bidding is postponed by at least three months, a delay that would help the company raise the necessary funds for the 37.45-billion-baht minimum reserve price, says an industry source.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Travel Mart 2018 set to shine in Pattaya
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has selected Pattaya as the host city for this year’s ‘Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion’ (TTM+), positioning the event in a new light as the country’s travel sector continues to grow from strength to strength.
— TAT News

Fresh wind blows in Thailand
Thai developer Gunkul Engineering has started commercial operations at the 67.5MW Sarahnlom wind farm in Thailand.
— Renews

Energy Ministry drafts new power plan enhancing national energy security
The Ministry of Energy plans to introduce a new Power Development Plan (PDP) this September, enhancing the national energy security.

AIA set to energise vitality programme
AIA Thailand plans to bring all of its insurance products into its AIA Vitality programme by the third quarter.
— Bangkok Post

Treasury Department surveys controversial Doi Suthep site
MOVES TO reclaim Doi Suthep’s forest made further progress yesterday as the Treasury Department stepped in to survey the controversial housing project at the foot of the mountain in Chiang Mai province.
— The Nation

NLA reaches unanimous vote to enact new Bank of Thailand Act
The National Legislative Assembly has reached a unanimous vote to pass a new version of the Bank of Thailand Act.

Shippers’ Council forecasts 8% export growth this year
The Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) has forecast 8% export growth this year, due to continued economy recovery in trading partners.
— News Today (video)

Police drafting guidelines for tackling human trafficking
The Royal Thai Police is in the process of drafting its first-ever guidelines for law enforcers to handle human trafficking cases, as the government has set human trafficking as an urgent national agenda.

Renewables players dig in on price
THE Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is digging on its position that the current wholesale price for electricity is too low for small operators in renewable energy.
— The Nation

Pattaya Police to crack down on foreign drivers without licenses, confiscate vehicle
Pattaya Police are fed up with tourists and expats who do not have valid driver licenses and are taking decisive new action to help improve the situation.
— The Pattaya News

Preparations being made for heavy rains and flooding nationwide
Khon Kaen province has released water out of its Bueng Nong Kot in preparation for more rains with police in Bangkok readying to facilitate traffic during the start of the new school semester likely to be exacerbated by stormy conditions.
— News Today (video)

Thailand to reinforce cyber security
Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha says draft laws on cyber security and data protection need to be passed soon to enable Thailand to trade with the rest of the world more effectively.

Traffic cops launch new hi-tech spies
New surveillance cameras caught 750 motorists in a matter of hours illegally changing lanes in 15 locations in Bangkok despite warning signs, police said Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Yala international airport to open in 2020
Thailand’s southernmost province of Yala is close to having its own airport. The long-awaited Betong International Airport project is expected to complete by next year.

Thailand targets 600 Indian weddings in 2018
Lavish Indian weddings at posh hotels, some seafront, in Thailand has made the authorities to explore the scope for abundant weddings of the Indians in their country.
— Deccan Chronicle

Night flight passengers at Don Mueang Airport advised to leave early
Air travelers planning to board flights at Don Mueang Airport from Saturday night to Monday night are advised to leave home early, as heavy traffic is expected to the closure of a main road to the airport.

OCPB steps up suppression of sub-par goods, illegal ads
The Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) is expediting efforts to raise public awareness of consumer rights while also initiating a clampdown on substandard products and unlawful advertisements.

LED Expo Thailand underway at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani
The public and private sector have collaborated to organize the LED Expo Thailand, ASEAN’s major international exhibition on LED technologies.


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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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