Thailand Morning News For March 9

Thailand Morning News For March 9
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Welcome to the Thailand morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Thailand news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


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THAI, Airbus strike investment deal
The government’s ambitious plan to make Thailand a fully fledged aviation hub in the Asia Pacific has received a boost following a cooperation agreement inked Wednesday by national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) and Airbus.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand government starts digital training for officials
Thailand’s government is kickstarting its digital skills training, partnering with two local institutes to groom its civil service.

Prayut vows digital transformation by 2021
The government has pledged to complete its digital transformation journey by 2021 as part of the state’s efforts to reform Thailand’s economy and society into Thailand 4.0.
– Bangkok Post

Sink or Swim: Bangkok Might Be Underwater by 2032
The future is looking dire for Bangkok as the city continues to sink and sea levels continue to rise.
– Saigoneer

Women rule banking in Thailand as men find it boring
Women account for 57% of Thailand’s finance and insurance workforce and 31% of board and executive committee members in financial services
– Mint

January passenger traffic hits 5-year high
Global passenger traffic got off to a robust start this year with demand in January showing the strongest increase in more than five years.
– Bangkok Post

Thai Border Trade Tops $1.1b
Cross-border trade with Thailand exceeded US$1.13 billion this financial year until February 17, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Consult-Myanmar

Exim Thailand to open Yangon rep office by April
Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Exim Thailand) is opening a representative office in Yangon by April.
Eleven Myanmar, Bangkok Airways join hands
BANGKOK Airways has announced a partnership with to connect travellers with a wide selection of places to stay through the airline’s website.
The Nation 

Cambodians, Speaking Out Against Thai Slave Labor, Seek Justice in United States
Thailand’s seafood industry has supplied the global market with about $7 billion dollars annually. Half of that is shrimp products destined for supermarkets in the US, Europe, and Japan.

National power plan revisions afoot
Energy policymakers will revise the national power development plan (PDP 2015-36) in order to generate sufficient power for the country if plans to develop the two coal-fired power plants in the southern region.
Bangkok Post 

Thailand Wealth Management Forum 2017
We are delighted to host our 6th annual event for the wealth management community in Thailand.

Officials meet on single aviation market
SENIOR officials from Asean aviation and dialogue partners are in Vientiane this week attending the 35th Asean Air Transport Working Group (ATWG) meeting and its related meetings.
The Nation 

Thailand to host women’s wheelchair basketball camp
A wheelchair basketball development camp for women will be held 16-21 April in Chon Buri, Thailand, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Asia-Oceania Zone (AOZ) has announced.

Vietnam, Thailand enjoy growing friendship
At a reception for the group’s Chairman Sakchai Tanaboonchai in Hanoi on March 8, the NA Vice Chairman took note of the sound cooperation between Vietnamese and Thai legislative bodies, particularly at key forums, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Minister under fire
FINANCE MINISTER Apisak Tantivorawong may find himself in trouble if he fails to recover taxes from the family of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, the chairman of the State Audit Commission Chaisit Trachoetham told The Nation yesterday.
The Nation 

Survey shows women vulnerable to sexual crimes on public transport
A SURVEY has revealed shocking findings – about 2 per cent of female public-transport passengers have been sexually assaulted or raped.
The Nation 

Green Line section faces risk of delay
A section of the Green Line rail route, linking Soi Bearing and Samrong stations, due to be launched on April 1, risks delay as authorities struggle over budgetary issues.
Bangkok Post 

Dhammakaya deputy abbot stripped of his title
A Royal Command was announced on Wednesday stripping Phra Ratchapawanajarn or Phra Thattachivo, deputy abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, of his title effective as of March 7.
– 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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