Thailand Morning News For May 29

Thailand Morning News For May 29
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Thailand morning newsFast-tracked EEC poses ‘risks environment, social unrest’
ACADEMICS and experts have warned of worsening environmental problems, unrest among affected people and violations of the Constitution after the junta passed an order using the sweeping Article 44 of Interim Charter to shorten the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for the new Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
– The Nation

Charter amendment to be tabled at Monday’s assembly
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) will discuss a proposal to amend the country’s highest law every 10 years.

Tariff for import duty dodgers
The government is imposing an anti-circumvention tariff on cheap imported products that dodge anti-dumping duties.
– Bangkok Post

Thailand to take on Singapore with S$7.9 billion airport overhaul
Thailand is seeking to take on Singapore’s dominance in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul with a US$5.7 billion (S$7.9 billion) upgrade of a Vietnam War-era airport.
Today Online

First quarter’s unemployment rises but social well-being improves
The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) reports that the country’s unemployment rate has risen in the first quarter despite continued economic growth. But the social situation has shown signs of improvement.
– NBT World (VDO)

Officials ground Koh Phangan private airport project
Environmental officials have halted a privately owned airport project on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani after finding its construction, which has already cleared part of a mountain, sits on part of a forest…
– Bangkok Post

A government spokesman Sunday sought to defend four leading questions posed on national television by the prime minister that cast doubt on his commitment to restoring civilian rule.
– Khaosod English

New strategy to focus on service business
THE COMMERCE Ministry will propose a strategy to develop service businesses to the Cabinet soon so that potential service businesses in health and spa, electric vehicle, and robot, which are grouped under the New S Curve industries, will be fully supported by government agencies and help drive the country’s growth.
– The Nation

PTT eyes budget hotels and more outlets in its gas stations
PTT Public Company has revived for consideration its shelved project to open budget hotels in its selected gas stations to cater to the need of travelers.
– Thai PBS

CPN Residence aims for double digit growth
CPN RESIDENCE Co Ltd, a residential developer under listed company Central Pattana, plans to launch new residential projects with average value of Bt5 billion a year to drive annual sales growth into double digits.
– The Nation

GSB follows govt’s economic policies
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) is preparing itself for the aging society. Loans will be provided for senior people without collecting interest while they are alive.

Thai organic products to enter world market
The Ministry of Commerce is adamant that Thai organic products be promoted among overseas buyers.


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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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