In Thailand English-language News for April 25, 2017, Newsline presenter Dhra Dhirakaosal tells us about:
• The Employment Promotion Division (EPD) of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is accepting volunteers to help prepare sandalwood flowers for the royal funeral of the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej. Nanthawan Chatsakulpen, director of the EPD, said training was being provided for 36 variations of flower preparation methods using locally available materials such as corn husks, water hyacinths, and mulberry paper. Volunteers will be able to take part commencing April 28 at the Thai Japanese Bangkok Youth Center.
For those wanting to make sandalwood flowers at home the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has published instructional videos on how to prepare sandalwood flowers on its website www.bangkok.go.th. People wishing to donate material for making sandalwood floors for the funeral can leave them at the Social Development Department of the BMA.
• Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, General Prawit Wongsuwan, has rejected the finding of a Suan Dusit Rajabhat University poll that found 87.92 per cent of respondents did not believe that the government had adequately tackled Thailand’s economic issues. The administration was committed to addressing the peoples concerns, he said.
General Prawit Wongsuwan then defended the need for high ranking military officers to form the backbone of the National Strategy Bill, claiming it will allow a greater mix of people to come together to solve the country’s problems.
• Thailand Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) chairman Meechai Ruchupan,said the CDC was ready to align the drafting of the organic laws needed before a Thailand General Election can be held in line with the new Constitution.
• Deputy Prime Minister, Air Chief Marshal Dr. Prajin Juntong, has told a seminar organised by the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) to discuss initiatives to promote the Thailand rice sector that the industry has been facing challenges over the last few years. Rice exports contribute about Bt2 billion (about US$58.2 million) annually to the Thai economy, but are forecast to drop by about 4 per cent this year in the face of international competition, including from neighbouring Vietnam.
• The Ministery of Industry (MoI) has hosted a seminar on quality control for Thailand industrial operators where a number of efficiency methods able to be implemented by small industry owners was demonstrated. Attendees were told of the importance in incorporating technology into the production process to enhancing industrial sector under the Thailand 4.0 strategy.
• Thailand police stations are to receive a technology boost aimed at bringing them up to international standards under the Thailand 4.0 strategy. Cutting edge technology such as drones will be used for traffic management, while all police stations will be modernised and see the introduction of new technology, with the goal being improved service for the public. As part of the modernisation the police IT system will be connected with the justice department database.
• General Prayut Chan-o-cha is leading a high level delegation on an official visit to Bahrain to foster bilateral relations between the two countries until April 26. The visit is expected to see the signing of three documents, including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on agricultural cooperation between Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) and Bahrain’s Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning (MAUP). Other topics to be discussed include those relating to the economy, public health, and social affairs.
• Thai Supreme Commander General Surapong Suwan-ath has welcomed his Brunei counterpart, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General (MG) Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), on an official visit to Thailand to discussed military relations between the two countries.
• Nantawan Sakuntanak, Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade, said that with the exception of fuel and cooking gas, a planned increase in the price of electricity will result in a .0002 to .02660 increase in the retail price of products.
• Deputy Director General of the Department of International Trade Promotion, Somdet Susomboon has confirmed Thailand exports are on an upswing and have the potential to see a 5 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth over 2016, as forecast by the Ministry of Commerce. The forecast is based on a number of factors, including an average exchange rate of Bt35 per US dollar and the average price of crude oil not exceeding $55 per barrel. Export value during the first two months of this year was $35.5 billion, amounting to a 2.5 per cent YoY increase.
• With emerging economies such as Cambodia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, and Vietnam expected to be major drivers of growth in 2017 the government policy was to explore business opportunities in these markets, in addition to emerging economies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
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