Thailand Morning News For June 19

Thailand Morning News For June 19
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Thailand morning newsNSTDA & 9 technology institutes to produce more engineers
The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with nine technology universities to produce engineers and technicians for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
– NBT World (video)

Thai investors urged to expand in neighbouring countries
Labour-intensive industries, agricultural processing, electricity, garments, hospitality, retail, and spa are potential sectors where Thai investors can expand their investments in CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam), private experts who have invested in the CLMV countries said.
– The Nation

IPD vows to drive out pirated goods
Pirated goods will be wiped out from six locations in the country in the next month, Intellectual Property Department (IPD) director-general Thosapone Dansuputra has vowed.
– Bangkok Post

DEPA encouraging businesses to adopt technologies and innovations
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) says it has been successful in helping local businesses adapt to the digital era.

Thai Central Bank Says Impact of Strong Baht Small, Ready to Act on Excessive Moves
Thailand’s strong baht currency , now hovering near two-year highs against the dollar, has not hit tourism and has had only limited impact on exports, a Bank of Thailand official said on Friday
– Jakarta Globe

Parsing e-commerce tax options
E-commerce, the online trading phenomenon breaching global boundaries, has enabled companies and even individual vendors to increasingly engage in transactions with customers without any of the contacts traditionally associated with sales of goods and services.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand to develop master plan for closer ties with CLMV
Thailand is initiating a master plan for trade and investment collaboration with the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) subregion to ensure all five countries continue to prosper amid strong global competition, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said recently
– The Nation

DPM explains need for Section 44 in Thai Chinese rail project
The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs has explained that Section 44 of the Interim Constitution must be utilized to speed up the Thai-Chinese Rail Project due to its long delay.
– NBT World (video)

NBTC warned over OTT move
Thailand’s move to control foreign over-the-top content (OTT) service providers by making them set up local entities is putting the government on rocky ground as there are no legal provisions for this, legal experts said this week.
– Bangkok Post

PM orders local governments to continue promoting large-scale farming program
Prime Minster Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed every local government office to assist Thai farmers in their efforts to incorporate large-scale farming techniques.

ADB-Bank of Thailand pilot project leverages online social networks to promote financial literacy for youth on first job
Gen Y (born between 1980 and 1995) in Thailand is spending is up to 80% of their income. 50% of Gen Y do not have savings, while 48% of them are unable to pay their debt on time. For an estimated 45%, spending exceeds income. There is rise in the levels of debt delinquency.
– Open Gov

Ex-abbot reveals temple scam plot
A former abbot of a temple in Lampang that was accused of being involved in the temple finance scam has revealed details about how the fraud is carried out.
– Bangkok Post

Half a million baht worth of goods confiscated in Phuket raid
A Patong raid led to half a million baht’s worth of pirated goods being seized from 19 shops this morning.
– Phuket Gazette

Police nab Chinese card skimmers
The arrest of three Chinese nationals in last week’s crackdown on a skimmer gang suggests such gangs are no longer mainly formed of Europeans.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand joins hands with China to crack down on zero dollar tourist scams
The Tourism and Sports Ministry and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) agreed to set up a working group to exchange information in order to crack down on illegal tour companies of the two countries.
– NBT World (video)

Four reports to be tabled at reform assembly’s next meeting
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) will review four reports when it reconvenes on Monday.

Samut Prakan discorages styrofoam food container use
Samut Prakan Province is running a campaign against styrofoam food container use, out of health concerns.


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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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