Thailand Morning News For June 7

Thailand Morning News For June 7
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Thailand morning newsEconomy to grow more strongly in H2: JSCCIB
GROSS DOMESTIC product in the latter half of this year is expected to grow more strongly than in the first half, driven by seasonal factors, accelerated state spending, increased foreign purchase orders and more activity in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), said the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking.
– The Nation

Firms jittery as baht keeps rising
The Thai business sector has voiced concern that the rapid gain of the baht will take a toll on exports, causing the economic recovery to falter, says the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC).
– Bangkok Post

A new industrial vision for Thailand?
Thailand’s National Economic Social Development Board (NESDB) started its search several years ago for a new Eastern Seaboard, the industrial corridor along the country’s eastern coastline that is arguably the public sector’s sole large infrastructure success story.
– Asia Times

Thai auto manufacturers optimistic about eco-friendly production
Automotive industry members have voiced readiness to push Thailand to becoming an eco-friendly base for automobile production, expecting electric car manufacturing in the country to grow to 20 billion THB in value within the next five years.
– VietnamPlus

Fishing operators propose 400 baht minimum wage for fishing crews
Operators of the fishing industry have proposed the Wage Committee to increase the minimum wage for fishing crews to 400 baht a day or a monthly pay of 12,000 baht together with other fringe benefits such as free lodging and food and medical benefits.
– Thai PBS

Reform bid will endure, Somkid says
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has assured Japanese investors that the country will persevere with economic and social reforms, regardless of future changes in government.
– Bangkok Post

MRTA approves Bt2.6 bn to consultants for Orange Line
THE board of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has approved Bt2.617 billion in contracts to three private consultancies for the eastern section of its proposed Orange Line.
– The Nation

S44 fast-track mulled for Thai-Sino rail
The government is considering invoking Section 44 of the interim charter to tackle stumbling blocks for the long-delayed Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima to enable construction to start this year.
– Bangkok Post

NBTC pushes for SIM card registration using fingerprint scanning
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) disclosed that over 700 prepaid SIM cards using fingerprint scanning have been registered since June 1st.

Thailand to promote EEC projects in Japan
The Thai Ministry of Industry plans to promote economic cooperation with Japan, particularly on medical instrument industry and Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) projects.
– VietnamPlus

Budget of at least B50bn to help poor
The Finance Ministry expects to spend at least 50 billion baht to fund the government’s welfare and subsidy scheme for the poor.
– Bangkok Post

BKK Flood Battle: Litterers to face heavy fines
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is considering penalizing people who throw litter into drains and waterways as it continues to encourage keeping the sewage system clean to combat flooding.

Implications of the Computer Crimes Act
We can all let out a big sigh of relief now that the new Computer Crimes Act (CCA 2.0) is in effect, protecting us from ‘unsolicited digital advertising’ (aka spam) as well as a host of other annoyances and potential threats.
– Phuket Gazette

Authorities intimidate pro-universal healthcare protesters
Police officers and soldiers have barred villagers from joining a march in Bangkok protesting amendment to the National Health Security Act.
– Prachatai English

PM cautions police and media about their treatment of murder suspects
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has warned the police and the media to exercise caution in their treatment of the female suspects in the grisly murder of a bar girl in a way which can be mistaken as glorifying the suspects.
– Thai PBS

Cabinet permits BMTA to seek loan for improved liquidity
The Cabinet has approved the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA)’s plan to acquire a loan to increase the agency’s liquidity.

Motorcycling: MotoGP set for Thailand debut in 2018
Thailand’s sports authority says it has secured rights to host a MotoGP race next year, after years of lobbying to bring top motorcycle racing to the kingdom.
– Channel NewsAsia

No state benefits to lose from merger of MRT Blue Line contracts: Acting MRTA governor
The government will not lose any benefit from a merger of MRT Blue Line construction contracts, said Acting MRTA Governor Theeraphan Tachasirinugune.

12 army personnel involved in illegal trade in firearms via postal service
Nineteen people, including 12 army personnel were involved in the trafficking of ammunition and explosives via postal service, Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart said on Tuesday.
– Thai PBS

More reservoirs planned for EEC
The The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has announced a plan to both expand and build more reservoirs in the eastern region of the country to greater accommodate the growing demand for water among industrial and agricultural sectors especially in areas of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Thailand Can Improve Its Importing and Exporting Approach: Here’s How
Thailand is already one of the largest importers and exporters in the world, but it still pales in comparison to some of its nearby Asian neighbours. China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and more all exported more in 2016 than Thailand, while its importing figures still remain below the level of its exporting ones.
– Pattaya Mail

What would you like to ask Prayut and the NCPO?
In response to the junta’s four questions on elections, Prachatai invited activists and members of civil society to pose their own questions to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
– Prachatai English

Cabinet endorses construction of two expressways
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority’s proposal to build two expressways worth 44 billion baht with funding to be raised from the public and financial institutions through Thailand Future Fund (TFF).
– Thai PBS


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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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