Thailand Morning News For March 23

Thailand Morning News For March 23
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Thai exports slide 2.76% in value on year in February
EXPORTS in February decreased in value year on year for the first time in four months, a decline attributed to the high value of gold and aerospace exports in February 2016, according to the Commerce Ministry.
The Nation 

The plague and promise of Thai rice
ur decades ago the Buddhist monk Luang Paw Nan launched a campaign in Thailand’s Surin province to reduce poverty among farmers by encouraging them to grow organic jasmine rice, the fragrant variety of the staple grain that grows primarily in the country’s northeastern region, known locally as Isan.
Southeast Asia

Govt to offer SEZ to Thai investors
Bangladesh’s export to Thailand stood at $31 million while that of Thailand to Bangladesh is $304 million
Dhaka Tribune 

TABLE-Thailand’s main exports, markets in February
BANGKOK, March 22 Thailand’s customs-cleared exports in February dropped a less-than-expected 2.8 percent from the same month of 2016, which had high figures, the commerce ministry said on Wednesday.

Govt eyes support for startups
The government is now busy preparing measures to jump-start the development of business startups to help drive the country’s digital economy under the government’s much-touted “Thailand 4.0” model.
Bangkok Post 

Exports take a drop in February
The value of Thai exports fell for the first time in four months in February to UScopy8.47 billion, down 2.8% year-on-year, on lack of gold and aircraft-related products, the Commerce Ministry said.
Bangkok Post 

About five Thai-registered airlines could be grounded if they do not get a new Air Operator Certificate by July 1. However, the impact is expected to be minimal since these airlines are mainly operators of chartered flights and domestic aviation services. Thailand has
The Nation 

Thailand: Investigate Army Killing of Indigenous Lahu Youth Activist
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) calls on the Thai authorities to effectively investigate into the killing of indigenous Lahu youth activist, Chaiyaphum Pasae, without any delay. Chaiyaphum, 17, was shot dead by an army soldier as alleged drug suspect on 17 March in northwest Chiang Mai Province.

Security elevated in Thailand following London terror attack
Police have intensified security measures following the terror attack in London in which five people were killed and at least 40 injured.
The Nation 

Philippines, Thailand strengthen defense, economic ties
Leaders of the Philippines and Thailand have vowed to strengthen defense and economic cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to address common concerns.
Phil Star 

UNHCR chief to visit Thailand March 27-30
The head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, will visit Thailand from March 27-30, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Wednesday.
Bangkok Post

Thailand shows interest in purchasing Russian armored vehicles
Thailand is showing interest in Russian-made armored vehicles, the director for international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s defense industry conglomerate Rostec told reporters on Wednesday.
Russian News Agency 

Board of Trade and TCC get new chairman
Members of the Board of Trade of Thailand and the Thai Chamber of Commerce yesterday appointed Kalin Sarasin as the bodies’ new chairman, their 24th. Prior to the appointment, he was vice chairman of the two organisations.
The Nation 

Amended land tax bill attacked
THE NEW Land and buildings tax will fail to narrow the wealth gap between the haves and have-nots, according to a prominent economist.
The Nation

Stock Exchange of Thailand to move to T+2 Settlement Cycle in March 2018
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) announced the target implementation date for the two-day settlement cycle (T+2) on March 2, 2018.

Rules for the ride-hailing revolution in Thailand
I’m glad that Uber and the Transport Ministry will jointly study ways of legalising car-hailing services.
The Nation 

Duterte, Prayut agree on South China Sea
Thailand and the Philippines have agreed to emphasise freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea as a core value in securing peace and prosperity in the region.
Myanmar Times 

Student exchange programme numbers drop
An exchange programming bringing students from Thailand into Southland has had a significant drop in numbers.
The Southland Times 

The new ‘Phuket Street Food’ app is out, and it’s pretty good
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Thailand Foundation, has launched a new mobile application for Thai street food, aimed at assembling information on all of the country’s top roadside eateries.
The Phuket News 

Most workers want a new job: survey
Most Thai employees are looking for a new job, a survey by has revealed.
The Nation

Audi officially announces new importer for Thai market
GERMAN luxury-car maker has officially announced its new importer for Thailand, and aims to sell 600 vehicles this year through that firm, Meister Technik.
The Nation 



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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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