Thailand Morning News For June 28

Thailand Morning News For June 28
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Baht strength dims export outlook
CURRENCY weakness in some of Thailand’s key developed country trading partners is clouding the outlook for exports despite some otherwise positive signs this year, said Wisit Limluecha, vice chairman of the Thai National Shippers’ Council, yesterday.
— The Nation

Junta installs committee to ‘take care of’ elected governments for 20 years
Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has passed a bill that will install a committee tasked with ensuring that future governments adhere to the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) strategic plans for the next twenty years. Governments who fail to bring to life the NCPO’s wishes will face prosecution by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
— Prachatai English

Thailand considers tolls for roads used by cross-border motorists
Thailand might collect tolls for roads used by motorists crossing the border from neighbouring countries, a senior government official said on Monday (Jun 26), China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
— Channel NewsAsia

EEC upbeat as 10 prominent firms sign up
Ten leading industrial companies and foreign investors have decided to invest and expand in the special economic zone of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), says a key official.
— Bangkok Post

Only one public holiday for Royal cremation of the late King
The Office of the Secretary-General of the Cabinet on Tuesday issued a statement denying a report that the government has announced five public holidays during the Royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.
— Thai PBS

BBL, partners offer accelerator programme to eight start-ups
BANGKOK BANK (BBL), Bualung Ventures and international venture-capital firm Nest have collaborated to set up a start-up incubator programme called “Bangkok Bank InnoHub”.
— The Nation

Advertisers protest as military TV sets separate censorship
The Advertising Association of Thailand (AAT) has asked BBTV’s Channel 7 and Channel 5 to explain why they have established their own censorship association, given the waste of time and money that such…
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves increased central budget to strengthen national economy
The cabinet has approved additional funding in the 2017 central budget to strengthen the national economy.

Transport plan set for next EEC policy
A PLAN for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)’s public transport system and the development plan for Pattaya and Rayong will be proposed to the policy committee on EEC development on July 19.
— The Nation

Thailand remains in Tier 2 watch list
Thailand is still kept in the Tier 2 watch list of the 2017 TIP report by the US State Department for the second consecutive year because the government has not fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking although it has been making significant efforts to do so.
— Thai PBS

PM readied for TIP report, says Thailand has done its best
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been prepared to hear of Thailand’s ranking on the United States’ Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, saying the country has done its best to handle the human trafficking issue.

‘No bidding’ for Bt7-bn Bangkok tower project
THE CONSTRUCTION of the Bangkok Observatory Tower, which will receive a Bt7.6-billion budget, will be carried out under a special procurement process.
— The Nation

Thailand remained in the second tier of nations in an annual US human trafficking report released Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Man charged for mocking late King’s dog to face military court
The Court Jurisdiction Committee has decided that a lèse majesté suspect accused of mocking the late King’s favourite dog will be tried in a military court.
— Prachatai English

Article 44 plan to ease effects of navigation law on water dwellers
THE GOVERNMENT yesterday said it planned to invoke the special powers of Article 44 of the Interim Charter to relieve the impact of the Navigation in the Thai Waters Act on some waterside dwellers.
— The Nation

Agriculture Ministry ready for EU fisheries review
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has prepared needed information for European Union (EU) inspectors who will be evaluating Thailand’s work against illegal fishing practices this July 1-15.
— NBTWorld (video)

OTP: Sino-Thai railway project prioritizes on Thailand’s benefits
The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) has stressed that the Sino-Thai railway project will prioritize on Thailand’s benefits.

Pheu Thai calls for review of primary voting clauses in new party law
THE FORMER ruling Pheu Thai Party wrote to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday, calling for a review of some clauses in the controversial section on primary voting in the organic law on political parties.
— The Nation

Oil companies resumed operations Monday after the junta chief used his self-granted absolute power to overturn a court order and give them permission to continue their activities on land reserved for farmers.
— Khaosod English

Customs Dept puts 315 luxury vehicles up for auction, reviews import regs
The Customs Department will put more than 300 impounded luxury vehicles through an auction tomorrow, and is reviewing regulations related to the import of such high-end autos, Kreecha Kirdsriphan, deputy spokesman of the agency, said on Tuesday.
— The Nation

NRSA gives nod to tourism reform
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) deliberated on a tourism reform report by the NRSA’s committee on economic reforms. The tourism reform plan is focused on addressing social and economic inequality.

Investment promoting measures for border areas under review
The Ministry of Finance is considering reviewing investment promoting measures for special economic zones in border areas.
— NBTWorld (video)

Govt hopeful EEC and industrial sector will attract foreign investments
Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said the government is trying to boost the Thai economy by attracting foreign investors to Thailand through targeted industries and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Thailand preparing info for EU on illegal fishing
Thailand is preparing information and statistics regarding its efforts to suppress illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing ahead of a visit by European Union officials from July 1 to 16.
— The Nation

Employment Dept Director General enumerates benefits of Foreign Workers Employment Management Royal Decree
The Director General of the Department of Employment stated that the Royal Decree on Management of Foreign Workers’ Employment internationalizes the labor management system of Thailand.

SRT suspends controversial overtime claim of a station master
The State Railway of Thailand has ordered a delay in the payment of one month’s overtime claims amounting to over 100,000 baht to a station master pending a thorough check of the extra payment.
— Thai PBS

Commerce Ministry organizes E san Expo 2017 to boost local economy
The Ministry of Commerce has mobilized its policy to stimulate the grassroots economy and organized the “E-san Expo 2017”, which is showcasing local products and tourist attractions from the upper northeastern region.
— NBTWorld (video)

Appeal court dismisses charges against ‘Popcorn Gunman’
The Appeal Court has dismissed the charges against a suspect known as the ‘popcorn gunman’ accused of attempting to murder red shirt protesters in February 2014.
— Prachatai English


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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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