Thailand Morning News For November 20

Thailand Morning News For November 20
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Thailand morning newsThai economy to grow by 4% in Q3 :DPM Somkid
The Deputy Prime Minister has expressed confidence that the Thai economy can grow by four percent in the third quarter this year while investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor will start flowing in early next year.

Eastern Economic Corridor policy driving Thai economic growth this year
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has predicted that the Thai economy will expand by 3.9% this year largely due to the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor policy.

300 billion baht for EEC development projects
The Ministry of Transport said it will push ahead with its 300 billion baht infrastructure development investment projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in 2018.

Bittersweet proposal
Cane farmers gird for the end of government subsidies and floating the retail price, but nobody knows when deregulation will occur.
— Bangkok Post

GSB aims for the top of mobile service segment
As digital banking becomes the new battleground for banks to compete for customers, state-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) has set its sights to be among the top three mobile banking service providers…
— Bangkok Post

Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong signs MOU with Huawei on Cloud
The Thai government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on its collaboration on cloud, big data and talent development, which will help Thailand go digital and promote the Thailand 4.0 strategy.

Govt moves to reform natural resources and environment in South
The Chairman of the National Reform Committee on Natural Resources and Environment led a team to the South to open a workshop on the reform of natural resources and environment.

Government to allot 2% of excise revenue to Older Persons Fund
Two percent of excise tax revenue will be deducted and allotted to the Older Persons Fund to help the elderly getting by on low incomes.
— NBT World (video)

Rice export to exceed 10 million tons throughout this year: Commerce Ministry
The Ministry of Commerce has expected this year’s rice export to exceed 10 million tons, given some 9.2 million tons already exported during the first 10 months.
— NBT World (video)

BoT allows 5 banks to operate E-Payment QR codes
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) gave a permission to five financial institutions to fully operate their National E-Payment services.
— NBT World (video)

Meechai: Draft Members of Parliament Act completed
The draft organic Members of Parliament Act has been completed and is now going through a review by the drafters.

DDPM: Flooding remains in 4 provinces
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported that flooding remains in four provinces, Phichit, Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen and Maha Sarakham.

2 night entertainment venues in Samut Prakan ordered closed for 5 years
Two night entertainment venues in Samut Prakan province were closed for five years at the order of the provincial governor after they were found to have violated the laws for allowing underaged patrons and drugs usage in the premises.
— Thai PBS

Thai Navy holds rehearsal for this Monday’s international parade
The Royal Thai Navy is preparing for the upcoming international military parade tomorrow.
— NBT World (video)

Military parade marches on despite flooded Pattaya beach road
Heavy rain in Pattaya failed to stop the military parade along the Pattaya beach road held Sunday afternoon as part of the International Fleet Review 2017 to mark the 50 th anniversary of the founding of Asean
— 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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