Thailand Morning News For April 5

Thailand Morning News For April 5
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Thailand vulnerable to ‘boiling frog’ crisis
Economic experts have urged the private and industrial sectors to quickly modernise and ease the impact of the Thailand 4.0 economic development model.
Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves Bt2-bn deal for 10 tanks from China
THE CABINET yesterday approved the purchase of 10 main tanks from China for Bt2 billion to replace the World War II-era tanks bought from the United States 60 years ago, Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said yesterday.
The Nation

Thailand orders 8×8 VN-1 armoured personnel carriers from China
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has ordered the 8×8 VN-1 armoured personnel carrier (APC) from China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), it has been confirmed to Jane’s.
Janes (paywall)

Kingsgate in mine payout claim
Australia-based Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd will seek compensation from the Thai government over the suspension of its mining operation in Thailand last year.
Bangkok Post

PM not worried about Trump trade policies
THAILAND should remain calm about new US trade policies, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday, adding that he has assigned relevant ministries to study the issues.
The Nation

Thailand and Cambodia strengthen ties with China
Thailand’s government yesterday agreed to buy 10 tanks from China for US$58 million (S$81 million), while Cambodia told a United States Navy unit its services were no long needed, in another sign of the South-east Asian countries loosening links with Washington as they strengthened ties with Beijing.
The Straits Times

Resignation of 13 deputies ‘personal choice’
THE PRESIDENT of Mahidol University, Udom Kachintorn, yesterday said the resignation of all 13 deputy rectors, following a request by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for a declaration of their assets, was a personal decision by each individual.
The Nation

Thailand should continue to attract foreign investors – BBH
BBH Global Currency Strategy Team suggest that Thailand’s economic outlook remains solid. Political risk seems minimal now, and so foreign investors have been pouring money back into Thailand.

Thailand Logistics Industry Executive Analysis
With the Implementation of Regional Transport Agreement, Focus on Cross-border Transport Services Likely to Drive Growth
PR Newswire

GSB builds up Bt50 bn war chest to back loan needs
GOVERNMENT Savings Bank (GSB) will mobilise Bt50 billion in the next three months to cope with the scale of lending required to help fund mega-projects under the government’s infrastructure drive, while reaffirming its target for new loan growth of 3 per cent this year.
The Nation

BOT, banks reserve cash for Songkran
DEMAND for banknotes in the week leading up to the Songkran holiday will be Bt30 billion, a 3 per cent increase from the holiday period last year, the Bank of Thailand forecasts.
The Nation

Thai firm in £60m takeover of UK food business
Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has agreed a deal to acquire UK-based Westbridge Food Group Limited for £60m.
GlobalMeat News

‘Check Gorn Share’ campaign launched to combat sharing of fake news on social media
Digital agencies and private organisations on Tuesday joined hands to launch as a tool for the Thai online community to check and verify facts before sharing information on social media.
The Nation

TCEB and allied Thai strategic partners launch Thailand’s MICE United IV
The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau or TCEB, unveiled the latest strategic marketing approaches to attract MICE travellers from China with a launch of Thailand’s brand campaign entitled “Thailand CONNECT: Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success”, together with a strategic collaborative campaign, “Thailand’s MICE United IV”.
Travel Daily News Asia

Election date unclear
WITH THE NEW constitution to be promulgated tomorrow, the government has yet to spell out exactly when Thailand will hold new elections.
The Nation

Cabinet approves investment in new Bang Pakong power plant
The Cabinet yesterday gave its approval for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to go invest Bt33.94 billion to build a new power plant in Chachoengsao’s Bang Pakong district to ensure a stable and adequate power supply in Bangkok and its vicinity.
The Nation

Demand for Thai frozen chicken continues to rise despite stronger baht
The exports of Thai frozen chicken is likely to increase as demands in Europe and Japan grow.

AOT expects 5,360,000 passengers during Songkran festival
Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) expects over 5,360,000 passengers to arrive at its six main airports during the Songkran Festival this year.

Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) recently delivered six E 220 d Avantgarde limousines to the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.
Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) recently delivered six E 220 d Avantgarde limousines to the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.
The Nation

Hitachi Sunway Helps HANA Microelectronics to Implement Siemens Teamcenter in Thailand
Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“Hitachi Sunway”), today announces that they will be implementing a document management solution from Siemens Teamcenter (“Teamcenter”) for HANA Microelectronics Public Co., Ltd. (“HANA”) in Thailand.
PR Newswire

Thai firm lists One Stoxx Asean Select Dividend ETF on SGX
THAILAND’S largest ETF (exchange-traded fund) issuer and asset management company, One Asset Management (OneAM), on Wednesday listed its One Stoxx Asean Select Dividend Exchange Traded Fund on Singapore Exchange.
The Business Times 

Human Rights Watch calls for independent probe into conscript’s killing
The Human Rights Watch Wednesday called for an independent investigation into the killing of an Army conscript in Surat Thani and for a broader campaign to end the longstanding use of corporal punishment in the armed forces.
The Nation 

LPG price on hold despite global drop
The domestic retail price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will remain unchanged in April, the Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo) has confirmed, despite cheaper global LPG prices.
Bangkok Post 


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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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