Thailand Morning News For September 13

Thailand Morning News For September 13
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Thailand morning newsJapan, Thailand sign 7 deals to strengthen economic ties
THE THAI GOVERNMENT and its Japanese trade counterpart yesterday signed seven formal agreements covering industrial upgrades, investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), human development, and support for small and medium-sized enterprises.
— The Nation

Thailand suspends international flights by some Thai airlines
Thailand’s military government has suspended international flights by Thai airlines that have not received new operator certificates from the country’s aviation body, a spokesman said.
— Reuters

PTTGC announces $4 billion five-year-investment plan for eastern Thailand
PTT Global Chemical Pcl, Thailand’s largest petrochemical producer, on Tuesday announced a $4 billion investment plan over the next five years in an industrial development on the eastern seaboard.
— Reuters

Foreign Trade Department holds seminar on China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative
The Department of Foreign Trade has held a seminar on what Thailand stands to gain from China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative, with over 1,200 enthusiasts attending the event.
— NBT World (video)

Interpol publishes Red Notice for arrest of Red Bull heir
The Interpol has published a Red Notice for the arrest of Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya, a suspect in a hit-and-run case, at the request of the Royal Thai Police’s Foreign Affairs Division.
— Thai PBS

Thai pig farmers urge junta to resist pressure to open pork market to U.S
Thailand’s pig farmers are urging the government to resist pressure from the United States to open up its $3.5 billion pork market as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to reduce U.S. trade deficits.
— Reuters

APP allows public to access info on govt spending
New mobile application ‘Where Did the Tax Go?’ was introduced yesterday at the international exhibition “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2014”, intended for the public to track government spending and procurement.
— The Nation

Cabinet give green light to new alcohol, cigarette tax rates
The Cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved the new excise tax rates for alcohol, cigarettes and playing cards. The new tax rates will be published in the Royal Gazette before they become effective on 16 September 2017.

Thai trip stokes interest of investors, says Japan minister
Thailand will remain a key player for Japanese investors with more investment likely to flow into the country in the near future, Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry says.
— Bangkok Post

AS Asset takes over café chain Casa Lapin, sets up new JV
Thai listed property developer JAS Asset Plc has agreed to acquire Casa Lapin, a local food and café chain, from Coffee Project Co Ltd for 42 million baht ($1.27 million).
— Deal Street Asia

Anupong vows to scrap approval of land use and punish responsible officials
Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda assured on Tuesday (Sept 12) he was ready to scrap a ministry’s order allowing a private company to utilise a community forest for the production of drinking water, and non-alcoholic drinks in Khon Kaen province if there is even one villager protesting the project.
— Thai PBS

MOPH continues to develop five-star subdistrict health promotion hospitals nationwide by 5 years
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) Sophon Mekthon has said that the ministry has developed 9,826 health centers nationwide to later become sub-district health promotion hospitals.

OA Transport a ‘victim’ of zero-dollar scandal
Executives of OA Transport Co and its five affiliates have claimed they are victims of the zero-dollar tour scandal themselves, after being implicated in the alleged scam.
— Bangkok Post

PRD joins NIDA Poll in conducting survey on low income earners
The Government Public Relations Department has engaged a leading researcher to conduct a survey of low-income earners.
— NBT World (video)

Thai government invites over 570 Japanese investors to explore EEC and 10 S Curve industries
In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations, the Thai government joined force with economic organizations in the public and private sectors in welcoming a delegation of over 570 high-ranking Japanese investors and government officials visiting Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

Ban on chemical sprays for farms ‘will take time’
The Ministry of Public Health’s proposal to ban the use of two agricultural chemicals by 2019 has an unrealistic timeframe, says Suwit Chaikiattiyos, chief of the Department of Agriculture.
— Bangkok Post

Tours of Royal Cremation structures to be allowed in November
The Ministry of Culture has made preparations for the public to be able to view and tour structures created for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the month of November.


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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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