Thailand Morning News For June 15

Thailand Morning News For June 15
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Thailand morning newsCut red tape to spur digital economy: BOT chief
CENTRAL bank chief Veerathai Santiprabhob has urged the government to speed up an overhaul of regulations required for the digital economy.
– The Nation

China rail expert plan under fire
The government’s plan to use Section 44 to allow Chinese engineers to speed up the construction of the Thai-Sino railway project has drawn a mixed response, with some critics claiming the move discriminates against Thai workers.
– Bangkok Post

Telecom operators asked to explain SIM cards seized from Chinese suspects
THE NATIONAL telecom watchdog will summon three major telecom operators over the recent discovery of more than 300,000 SIM cards allegedly used to manipulate Chinese social media.
– The Nation

PM : Government places priority on terrorism issue
The Prime Minister has affirmed that the government attaches significance to the problem of terrorism and has been cooperating with other countries to prevent it.
– NBT World (video)

PM briefs European businesspersons on Thai economic policy
Members of the European-ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA) have paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and expressed support for the Thailand 4.0 policy.

Soldiers visit politician’s house to ask Prayut’s four questions
Thai people are walking to local government offices to answer Prayut’s four questions on elections. But one Pheu Thai politician has gotten the privilege of being visited by a group of soldiers demanding his views on the junta head’s survey.
– Prachatai English

When the junta leader uses his absolute power next week to overcome legal obstacles to a high-speed rail line, it will skirt five laws on the books, including two it put in place since coming to power.
– Khaosod English

PPP motorway bids worth B140bn tipped
Bids for public-private partnerships (PPP) to operate and maintain two motorways worth 140 billion baht are expected to be completed this year.
– Bangkok Post

GSB and SET create special fund for SMEs
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) have established a special fund for SMEs in addition to the bank’s current credit offerings.
– NBT World (video)

Junta approves 2.3 billion baht budget for Chinese tanks
The junta’s cabinet has given the greenlight to the Ministry of Defence to spend 2.3 billion baht for buying tanks from China.
– Prachatai English

Bangkok Glass unit building Bt2 bn plant in Ratchaburi as demand rises
BG CONTAINER GLASS (BGC), a subsidiary of Bangkok Glass, yesterday announced it was building its latest glass-container factory in Ratchaburi at a cost of Bt2 billion.
– The Nation

Commerce, Interior Ministries share database to improve public service
In enacting the government’s 20 year national development strategy, the Ministry of Commerce has joined with the Ministry of Interior to allow people contacting it to only need their identification cards.

DIP develops free apps for SMEs
The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) has launched five applications to encourage entrepreneurs to utilize online communication channels with their businesses.
– NBT World (video)

Doctors criticise healthcare reforms for lacking public participation
The Rural Doctors’ Association (RDA) has criticised the junta’s plans to amend the National Health Security Act, arguing it has overlooked the interests of the people.
– Prachatai English

Phuket gov urges citizens to participate in PM’s poll
The Phuket Governor has invited citizens to respond to Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s televised and nationally broadcast poll regarding governance and politics in Thailand.
– Phuket Gazette

Thai army chief brushes aside criticism of purchase of armored vehicles from China
The Commander of the Royal Thai Army has insisted that the purchase of armored vehicles from China was properly considered and approved by the Cabinet.

Cabinet passes 4 assistance measures for rubber growers
The Cabinet has given approval to four measures aimed to provide support for rubber farmers after they were affected by the rubber price drop.
– NBT World (video)

SET suggests saving rates for retirees
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has collaborated with an academic institution to analyze saving rates in order to help people have sufficient money for their retirement.

Thailand Post unveils first postage stamp of King Rama X
Thailand Post has introduced the first postage stamp of His Majesty King Rama X on an auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 65th birthday.


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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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