Thailand Morning News For April 11

Thailand Morning News For April 11
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Airbus plans repair site in Thailand
Airbus looks to open an aircraft maintenance yard in eastern Thailand, hoping to capture rising demand as low-cost carriers sharply increase the number of planes flying in Asia.
Nikkei Asian Review

NSRA panel firm on media licensing system
MEDIA PERSONNEL are to be licensed and failure to register will result in penalties of up to two years in jail or a fine of up to Bt60,000, the media reform committee decided yesterday.
The Nation

Thai exporters urged to prepare for US trade sanctions
Representatives from manufacturing, trade and banking sectors discussed on Monday the trade issues with the United States after the US government reviews trade policy with 16 countries which have trade surplus with the US.
The Nation

Export options grow as bird flu infects global poultry products trade
Bird flu outbreaks in parts of Asia, Europe, and now the US, are creating some optimistic sales prospects for Australian exports in the competitive poultry products market.
Queensland Country Life

Businesses seek action to check rise of baht
Business leaders are urging the government to take action over the Thai baht’s appreciation before it hurts Thai exports.
Bangkok Post

Steady Start Tipped For Thai Stock Market
The Thai stock market has finished lower in two of three trading days since the end of the two-day winning streak in which it had picked up almost 10 points of 0.6 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand now rests just above the 1,580-point plateau, and the market figures to hold steady in that neighborhood again on Tuesday.

His Majesty grants Bt40 million to help southern flood victims
His Majesty the King has granted to the government Bt40 million from the proceeds of the sale of greeting cards drawn by him and a diary designed by him to help flood victims in southern provinces.
The Nation 

Top Thai business group worried about Trump’s trade policy
Thailand’s top business group expressed concern about the impact of changes in US trade policy under president Donald Trump on the big South-East Asian exporter.
The Star Online

Businesses hiring 1,700 students for school break
More than 1,700 students can spend their school break earning a wage and gaining experience in a program arranged by the government’s Employment Department.
– Phuket Gazette

Emergency patients forced to pay for ‘free’ care
MORE THAN half of the 912 patients who sought the government’s much-advertised free emergency medical help between April 1 and 9 found themselves labelled “unqualified” at hospitals.
The Nation

How are Filipino farmers faring versus Thai farmers?
Poverty in the Philippines is persistently high. This affects consumer markets, investments, and social peace. In 2015, the official poverty incidence was 21.6%. The estimated rural poverty was 30% of that total, and urban poverty 11%.

Lotte Duty Free set for first-half opening in Bangkok at spectacular Show DC complex
Lotte Duty Free says it is on course for a first-half opening of its Bangkok downtown store at the spectacular new Show DC complex, after overcoming protracted challenges in arranging airport pick-up rights.
The Moodie Davitt Report

Thailand to showcase Unique Thai Local Experiences to WTTC Global Summit delegates
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be hosting cultural and rustic trips for delegates attending The World Travel and Tourism Global Summit 2017 and their partners.
Travel Daily News

Brunei minister unveils new mosque in Phuket
Brunei’s Interior Minister visited Phuket to officially launch a new mosque at Saphan Ruam in Rassada yesterday.
– Phuket Gazette

Thai Union targets 15% revenue rise, launches new frozen brand
Thai Union Group is targeting a 15% rise in revenue to THB 150 billion ($4.32bn) in 2017. It has set aside a budget of no more than THB 25bn for new investments and mergers and acquisitions this year – depending on business opportunities – as it consolidates last year’s moves, said Rittirong Boonmechote, president of the company’s global frozen and related products unit, at the launch of the company’s new frozen-food brand Qfresh.
– Undercurrent News

Who botched the Ukraine tank deal?
As China fills gaps in Thailand’s military arsenal, it would be nice to know who requisitioned the dud bomb detectors, the airship and those other tanks.
The Nation

New retirement plan? Luxury Thai visa packs now US$20,000
The Elite Ultimate Privilege Membership, as it’s officially known, might be the most luxurious visa in the world. For US$60,000, plus a US$600 annual fee, you can get a renewable 5 year multiple entry visa to Thailand, for up to 20 years, with extendable 1-year length of stay per entry.

Rotary Engineering secures two projects worth over US$120m
Mainboard-listed Rotary Engineering and its subsidiaries has secured two projects worth more than US$120 million (S$168.7 million) in Dubai and Thailand to supply engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and maintenance services for tank storage projects.
The Straits Times

Thailand Advertises Residency to Affluent Chinese Citizens
The Government of Thailand has appointed a global citizenship and residence advisory firm to promote the country’s residence visa program, Thailand Elite. One of the targets of the promotion will be affluent Chinese migrants.
Macau Daily Times 

Thailand peace process dead on arrival
In the wake of an upsurge of attacks across Thailand’s three volatile southernmost border provinces, the region’s foremost Malay-Muslim separatist faction, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), has issued a rare communiqué that brushes aside peace talks currently underway and calls for a revamped negotiation process overseen by an impartial mediator and international witnesses.
Asia Times 


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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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