Thailand Morning News For April 17

Thailand Morning News For April 17
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Thailand morning news PM is happy with improved economic situation
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is satisfied that the economic situation has steadily improved with spending during the five-day Songkran festival this year increasing 12-14 percent to an estimated 16 billion baht compared to the same period last year, government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Sunday.
– Thai PBS

Property firms cash in on EEC
PROPERTY FIRMS have shown strong confidence in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) with the launch of new residential projects worth over Bt200 billion in Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao provinces since last year.
– The Nation

Rangsit U: Thai GDP in Q1 will reach 3.4-3.5%
The Faculty of Economics, Rangsit University has estimated that Thailand’s GDP in the first quarter 2017 will rise to 3.4-3.5% due to a slight increase in consumption and significant recovery of the investment sector.

P-move opposes 99-year leases for foreign investors
Supporters of the People’s Movement for a Just Society, also known as P-move, have threatened to rally in front of Government House to protest against the cabinet’s resolution allowing foreign investors to lease government land in the eastern special economic development zone for up to 99 years.
– Bangkok Post

5,106 companies removed from govt’s list of juristic persons
The Department of Business Development has withdrawn 5,106 companies from its database due to a failure to submit a financial report for three consecutive years. People who want to do business with them are warned to check whether they are still legal.

Thai e-commerce player expands services, aims to support 620,000 stores
E-COMMERCE player LnwShop has expanded its service offerings in the sector, and expects to support 620,000 online shops by the end of this year.
– The Nation

Backdoor talks conducted for rice import from Thailand?
State-run National Food Authority (NFA) may have conducted backdoor negotiations for a possible rice importation from Thailand despite a recent order from President Duterte to prioritize rice purchase from local farmers to boost stockpiles.
– PhilStar

Competition seen spurring take-up of robots
THAILAND should see increasing adoption of collaborative robots in response to intensifying competition locally and from neighbouring countries under the Asean Free Trade Area Agreement, according to Denmark-based Universal Robots.
– The Nation

283 killed on roads during Songkran, down by 17%
A TOTAL of 283 people were killed and 3,087 others injured in 2,985 road accidents nationwide in the first five days of the so-called “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday, the Road Safety Centre announced yesterday.
– The Nation

Transport Ministry to make sure agencies ready for return of Songkran holiday-makers to Bangkok
The Transport Ministry has instructed all related agencies to stand ready to ensure that all Songkran holiday-makers return to Bangkok without a hitch.

NCPO revises security policies
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has adjusted its security measures to ensure the safety of holiday makers.

Siam Park to build mini ‘Bangkok City’
Siam Park Bangkok Co, an amusement and theme park operator, will allocate 3 billion baht to build a retail and entertainment project in Bangkok this year in a bid to expand its customer base.
– Bangkok Post

Social media dominates online ad market
SOCIAL NETWORKS now rival search engines as an effective online marketing and advertising channel, gaining a significant market share and raking in huge revenues in Vietnam and elsewhere.
– The Nation

Marine scientists mull no-fishing zone around Libong island to protect dugong
Marine scientists and researchers are considering making seabed around Libong island in Trang province which is rich with sea grass a special and no-fishing zone for the protection and propagation of dugong population.
– Thai PBS

4th Army Area Commander delivers houses to flood victims in Chian Yai district
The 4th Army Area Commander delivered new houses to flood victims in Chian Yai district, stating that His Majesty the King is very concerned about the flood victims.


*AEC News Today wishes all of its Thailand morning news readers a safe and enjoyable Songkran. Happy New year!


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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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