Thailand Morning News For March 17

Thailand Morning News For March 17
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Junta lays out ‘legally binding’ 20-year masterplan
Thailand’s junta on Thursday said any future civilian government will be legally bound to follow a 20-year “masterplan” for the country as generals seek to entrench their political influence for decades to come.
– Pulse NG

Somkid foresees strong 2-year economic growth
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak expects the economy to grow strongly over the next two years if the country’s infrastructure development and enhancement of national competitiveness follows the plans as targeted.
– The Nation

Thai-Cambodia rail link stalled by compensation claims
Settlement of compensation claims for 50 families living alongside a kilometre of rail track in the border town of Poipet threatens to delay the opening of a new rail service between Cambodia and Thailand.
– Bangkok Post

BBL’s fintech scheme accepting applications
BANGKOK Bank (BBL) began accepting applications yesterday for its international fintech accelerator programme, “InnoHub”, in partnership with a company called Nest.
– The Nation

Roadmap for EV industry expected this month
The Board of Investment (BoI) will discuss plans for the development of electric vehicles (EV) at the meeting led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on March 24.
– Bangkok Post

14-year-old Dhammakaya disciple detained for protesting Section 44
The police have revealed that they have arrested a 14-year-old disciple of Dhammakaya Temple for protesting against the junta’s use of Section 44 to tighten control around Dhammakaya Temple’s complex.
– Prachatai

TDRI urges wide swath of reforms
The national think-tank TDRI yesterday advocated a broad range of reforms in law, taxation, investment policy and international trade promotion to enable Thailand to become a trading nation.
– Bangkok Post

Krungsri Auto targets 10% growth in loans
KRUNGSRI Auto, the automotive-finance arm of Bank of Ayudhya, aims for outstanding loans of Bt307 billion this year, a 10-per-cent increase from 2016.
– The Nation

Plan unveiled to create 500,000 digital startups
Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, president of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency, has revealed a plan to create 500,000 digital startups in the country to support the government’s Thailand 4.0 economic policy and drive sustainable growth.
– The Nation

Thailand eyed in pet food labour reform
Swiss food giant Nestle SA and U.S. candy and pet food company Mars pledged on Thursday to take steps to ensure their pet food supply chains are free from human rights abuses and illegally caught seafood – in a move welcomed by campaigners.
– Bangkok Post

Entrepreneurship awards presented to 14 Thai firms
FOURTEEN Thai companies were among the recipients of Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) from regional non-governmental organisation Enterprise Asia.
–The Nation

Finance chiefs unfazed by Fed hike
THE FINANCE Ministry is taking a sanguine view on the latest interest rate rise in the United States, playing down any concerns over the prospect of rising borrowing costs in Thailand.
– The Nation

ICCPR praises Thai govt’s handling of domestic issues
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has praised the Thai government’s approaches to resolving domestic problems and restoring order in the country.

B Grimm signs MoU for power line in
B GRIMM Power recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Poipet PP SEZ Co, one of the largest industrial-estate operators in Cambodia, to develop a power-transmission line at its industrial park in the western city of Poipet.
– The Nation

Tetra Pak builds new plant in Rayong, Thailand
Tetra Pak has annouced to build a new plant at its Rayong site in Thailand, dedicated to producing closures for carton packaging.
– ScandAsia

Airbnb Launches New Features in Thailand, Remains Totally Illegal
Airbnb announced new additions to its service in Thailand on Wednesday, even as a representative of the hospitality giant sidestepped questions about its legal status.
– Khaosod English

Phuket marine expert says coral restoration ‘successful’
An expert from the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) has stated that a decades-long coral restoration project at Koh Mai Thon has yielded significant improvements in marine life in the area.
– The Nation

Thailand to increase rice export to Mexico
The Ministry of Commerce is determined to increase the export of Thai rice to Mexico by 10,000 tons before the end of this year.

‘The Single Greatest Risk’ for Thailand’s Largest Ethnic Minority
On a wet November morning, I’m traveling the steep and muddy back roads of Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province. The forest-covered mountains, wrapped in mist, seem uninhabited. But this area has long been home to a variety of hill tribes who still live off the land and preserve age old customs.
– The wall Street Journal (paywall)

Phuket governor presides over launch of SMART SMEs
Phuket governor Chokchai Dechamornthan presided over the launch of SMART SMEs campaign to turn SMEs operating in Phuket into corporate identities.

DLT introducing new drivers license course
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has developed a course for aspiring drivers license holders that has increased study time from 4 to 5 hours and will be put to use starting 2018.

Elephant foundation in critical need of aid
The Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) says it may have to close if it does not receive financial support soon.
– Bangkok Post

Street food mobile applications to be launched
he Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Thailand Foundation, has prepared to launch a new mobile application for Thai street food, assembling information on all of the country’s top roadside eateries.



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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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