Thailand Morning News For September 11

Thailand Morning News For September 11
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Thailand morning newsGovernment eyes 3.03 trillion baht revenue from tourism next year
The government has set a target to earn as much as 3.03 trillion baht from tourism industry for 2017 with emphasis on “quality” tourists instead of quantity, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Sunday.
— Thai PBS

B600-700 minimum wage not possible: Labour spokesman
It is not possible for the daily labour minimum wage to go up to between 600-700 baht per day as proposed by the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, said Labour Ministry spokesman Ananchai Uthaipattanacheep.
— Thai PBS

Thailand’s Best Group, HK’s Hydoo jointly invest $3b in new landmark
Thai logistics firm Best Group has entered into a joint venture with Hong Kong-listed property firm Hydoo International Holding to develop a Trust City World Exhibition and Trade Centre and an Asean Economic Community fintech hub project with total investment of 100 billion baht ($3 billion).
— Deal Street Asia

Industry Min to host 500 Japanese investors this week
The Ministry of Industry of Thailand will invite Japanese businesses to invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor when it hosts visiting management teams on a tour this week.

PM: Digital Community Project covers all provinces
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha disclosed that the Digital Community Project already covers provinces nationwide and the government will soon extend the central e-Marketplace system.
— NBT World (video)

Panel to probe ‘groper’ case as media winces
The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) agreed Sunday to set up a panel to unearth the truth about a sexual harassment allegation against an executive of a media outlet.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok-Phitsanulok high speed rail project to be presented to cabinet late 2017
The much-anticipated Bangkok-Phitsanulok high speed rail project will be proposed to the cabinet late this year, according to the Ministry of Transport.
— NBT World (video)

Industry Ministry to lead tour of EEC for Japanese investors
The Ministry of Industry has coordinated with other economic agencies to lead Japanese investors on a tour of the infrastructure development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— NBT World (video)

Samui Festival 2017 sets Guinness World Records for Largest Buffet
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ko Samui’s public and private sector have successfully set Guinness World Records for Largest Buffet during the Samui Festival 2017.
— TAT News

China Inc’s relentless rise raises red flag
With centuries-old ancestral ties and various resources to tap into, Thailand is an enticing target for Chinese investors looking at Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.
— Bangkok Post

Thai parliament keen to improve Chinese the language skills of officials
The Thai parliament has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kasetsart University to improve the Chinese language skills of its officials and staff.

Rubber growers rejoice as latex prices go up
Rubber growers have brightened somewhat as latex prices have finally moved up.
— NBT World (video)

A driver died and two tourists injured in an explosion of a leftover bomb
A tour bus driver was killed and two tourists injured on the way to Phu Tap Berk mountain retreat in Phetchabun province on Sunday morning after he accidentally stepped on an active bomb by the roadside as he was trying to relieve himself.
— Thai PBS

Ministry of Interior launches new drug rehab program
The Ministry of Interior has opened a drug rehabilitation program at “Kwan Pandin” center in NakhonSawan province.
— NBT World (video)


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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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