Thailand Morning News For April 7

Thailand Morning News For April 7
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BOT signs agreements with Philippine, Malaysian central banks
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has signed a letter of intent to enter a bilateral agreement between Thailand and the Philippines under the Asean Banking Integration Framework (ABIF), and also signed a memorandum of understanding with Bank Negara Malaysia on banking supervision and financial-development cooperation.

The Nation

Electronic ID move seeks to cut red tape
At least 80% of government-issued citizen identity papers in Thailand will go electronic this year, says the Electronic Government Agency (EGA).
– Bangkok Post

Thai students still lag the rest
The education system in Thailand has failed to equip its students with crucial skills for the 21st century job market such as critical thinking, problem-solving and foreign language proficiency due to its educational culture, according to Crimson Education Thailand, a consulting company that helps Thai students win entry to the world’s elite universities.
– Bangkok Post

CDC clarifies process leading to election
The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has explained why general elections cannot take place in 2017.

In Thailand, blood sacrifice is out. Strawberry Fanta is in
There are no official guidelines for maintaining a serene Thai home. But if there were, they might include the following rules.

Buying tanks won’t get us to Thailand 4.0
Finally, the Thai army is to get 10 Chinese made VT-4 tanks worth over two billion baht.
Bangkok Post 

His Majesty the King signs constitution
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has signed Thailand’s 20th constitution, starting the clock ticking for a general election to be held in late 2018 at the latest.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand is best for online brand safety
Thailand has the safest online advertising environment in Southeast Asia as well as offering the highest rate of viewable ads across both display and video, according to a new study.

FX in Thailand: FinanceFeeds investigation – Arb traders, High Net Worth retail customers and how to succeed post Boston and Fortress damage
Thailand is now home to highly analytical traders with $100,000 minimum deposits. Here is what they are looking for in a broker.
Finance Feeds 

Rama IV becoming ‘new landmark’ for mixed-use developments
Rama IV Road is transforming into a new landmark area of Bangkok as it increasingly becomes the location of mixed-used developments combining luxury hotels, retail outlets, offices and condominiums.
The Nation 

Thailand Post launches commemorative
Thailand Post on Thursday launched a new set of four stamps to commemorate the State Railway of Thailand’s 120th anniversary.
The Nation 

Mazda looks into making electric vehicles in Thailand
Japanese carmaker Mazda has responded to the government’s “Thailand 4.0” technology policy with a feasibility study on producing electric vehicles (EVs) in this country.
The Nation 

Scania predicts 41.5% growth in truck sales
Scania Siam Co, the local arm of the Swedish bus and truck maker, is optimistic that accelerated infrastructure investment, recovering exports, higher prices for certain crops, growing tourism and greater Asean trade will help boost demand for heavy-duty trucks.
Bangkok Post

Thailand Offers Golden Visa To Brexit Weary Expats
If Brexit is too much for you and you are worried about your status as a British expat in Europe, then Thailand is offering a new home.
Money International 

Thailand-based EGCO takes 20% stake in Chevron geothermal assets in Indonesia
Thailand-based company EGCO has acquired a 20% stake in two geothermal power plants in Indonesia, as part of a deal by Philippines-based Ayala Corp. and Indonesian Star Energy involving the sale of geothermal assets by Chevron in Indonesia.
– ThinkGeoenergy

Sansern: Pickup can carry up to six in bed, cab
A pickup truck can carry up to six people in its cab and bed, the government spokesman said on Thursday in an attempt to clear the confusion over the relaxed safety rule.
Bangkok Post

S-Curve industrial estate mulled
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) will do a joint study with the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) on the development of an industrial estate for a “new S-Curve” industry.
Bangkok Post

Thai Lion to pounce on U-tapao airport
Thai Lion Air (TLA) appears to be chasing arch rival Thai AirAsia (TAA) for emerging business out of U-tapao airport in Rayong.
Bangkok Post

Transport aims to reduce highway fatalities​ by 5% during Songkran festival
The Transport Ministry aims to reduce traffic fatalities by 5% with the enforcement of tougher traffic rules during the upcoming Songkran festival, beginning April 8-18.
Thai PBS

Vans operating on Thai-Lao border fully comply with traffic laws
Ahead of the Songkran Festival, all vans operating across the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai have been improved to meet safety requirements.

Almost 6 million people have paid homage to the late King in front of his urn
The Bureau of the Royal Household announced today that until yesterday a total of 5,893,843 people have arrived to pay homage to the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej in front of his urn since His Majesty passed away on October 13 last year.
Thai PBS

Min of Interior moves to ensure public safety and security for Songkran
The Permanent Secretary for Interior has coordinated with provincial governors to ensure public safety and security during the Songkran Water Festival.


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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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