Thailand Morning News For July 21

Thailand Morning News For July 21
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Thailand morning newsThai June exports up 11.7 pct y/y, beat forecast
Thailand’s customs-cleared exports rose for a fourth straight month in June, beating expectations, due to stronger demand from major markets, suggesting the trade-dependent economy was gaining momentum.
— Reuters

New excise rates round the corner
The new excise tax rates for vehicles, non-alcohol beverages, batteries and crystal glass will be announced before Sept 16 when the new law comes into effect, says an official at the Excise Department.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s PTT considers taking stake in Malaysia gas facility
Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas giant PTT Plc is considering taking a stake in a natural gas liquefaction plant to be built in Malaysia, a company spokesman said on Thursday.
— Reuters

US fishing industry accused of ‘slave-like’ trafficking
A human rights complaint has been filed with an international commission to investigate claims of human rights violations against Thais and other Southeast Asians in Hawaii’s commercial fishing industry.
— Bangkok Post

Rice pledging scheme verdict draws near
July 21, 2017 marks an important point of a long-running rice pledging scheme case in which former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is a defendant.
— Thai PBS

SCBS sees bourse hitting 1,700 points this year
The SET index will reach 1,700 points this year supported by strong earnings per share (EPS) growth of 8-10%, SCB Securities (SCBS) said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

SME Bank, KU & Central Laboratory to strengthen SME standards
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank), Central Laboratory (Thailand) Co. Ltd., and Kasetsart University have co-organized a project aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of Thai SMEs.

Former Phuket Governor urges government agencies to ‘open up to public’
The former Governor of Phuket, who currently serves as Inspector-General at the Office of Prime Minister in Bangkok has urged all Phuket government to open up to the public and declare all public information to the Office of the Official Information Commission.
— Phuket News

PM urges 27 universities to form clusters
Twenty-seven universities are being urged to unite into five clusters for research and development and focus more on market demand to optimise the use of government funding.
— Bangkok Post

SCG launches innovation centre to enhance R&D collaboration
SCG has furthered its vision to become a leader in sustainable innovations in Asean by launching a centre for research and development (R&D) collaboration with government, private and education sectors worldwide.
— The Nation

Thailand to be positioned as China’s gateway to CLMV
Thailand and China are discussing the feasibility of positioning Thailand as China’s gateway to CLMV countries.

Thailand should leave ‘no stone unturned’ after 62 found guilty of trafficking
More needs to be done to ensure that human traffickers are brought to justice and Rohingya migrants are protected, rights groups said on Thursday, after a trial in which 62 people were convicted of crimes including trafficking and murder.
— Reuters

Condo group warns about speculators
Condo developers should be wary of speculative buyers in the high-end segment who may opt not to have units transferred once a project is completed, says the Thai Condominium Association.
— Bangkok Post

Police Reform Commission to focus on promotion process as first priority
The Police Reform Commission has voiced disagreement with the practice of basing promotions within the force on seniority alone and is now seeking alternative approaches to be submitted by December this year.

Case against 6 PAD leaders dismissed for double jeopardy
The Criminal Court on Thursday dismissed a case against six core members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for double jeopardy and suspended its ruling on three others for two years.
— Thai PBS

Two governmental organs to develop “Agri-Map Online”
Two major governmental agencies are developing the “Agri-Map Online” system to promote self-learning among agriculturalists, as part of the “Thailand 4.0” approach.
— NBT World (video)

Public & private sectors urged to boost IT & telecom investment
Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong has emphasized the need for communication and technology development, which he says will play a key role in the country’s economy.

STA eyes 20% of global market
Sri Trang Agro Industry (STA), Thailand’s major exporter of natural rubber, has targeted to increase its global market share to 20% over the next five years, as it forecasts long-term strong rubber demand from emerging markets.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, Cambodia join hands in dealing with illegal migrant issue
A discussion has been held between the Thai and Cambodian governments regarding ways to tackle problems related to illegal migrant workers.
— NBT World (video)

Honda’s R&D unit ready for motoring
Honda Motor Co has opened its R&D unit and testing centre in Prachin Buri, aiming to use the facility as a regional hub for Honda vehicles sold across Asia and Oceania.
— Bangkok Post

Government and private units sign MOU to ensure transparency in new mega projects
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on maintaining transparency has recently been signed by governmental units and private organizations for two new multi-billion baht projects.
— NBT World (video)

Transport Ministry discusses dual-track railway from Map Kabao to Jira
The Ministry of Transport has scheduled a meeting with representatives of Nakhon Ratchasima province to conclude the construction plans for the dual-track railway from Map Kabao to Jira on 25 July.

Food Innopolis unveils “Future Food Lab”
Food Innopolis in Pathum Thani province has recently unveiled the “Future Food Lab” to serve as a one-stop service laboratory for research and development (R&D) projects and innovations related to food.

Government touts success of final auction of quality rice
The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) has announced that the private sector purchased nearly all of the 160,000 tons of quality rice put up for grabs in the latest auction.
— NBT World (video)

PM urges researchers to develop innovations with commercial uses
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has inaugurated an exhibition featuring research and innovations from universities, urging researchers to develop innovations with commercial applications.

PM calls for reform of crucial matters in education system
The Prime Minister has called for the education reform committee to focus on reforms of crucial structural issues and has asked all sides to cooperate in mobilizing reform policies.
— NBT World (video)

Bangkok Bank’s profits rise 12 percent year-on-year
Thailand’s largest bank by assets, Bangkok Bank, on Thursday posted net profit of 8 billion baht ($238 million), a 12 percent increase from last year and in line with analysts expectations.
— Reuters


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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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