Thailand Morning News For September 8

Thailand Morning News For September 8

Thailand morning news

Meechai says election date cannot be set yet until the election law is enacted
The general election date will be set once the organic law regarding the election bill has become effective, Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan said on Thursday (Sept 7).
— Thai PBS

DPM says agencies unable to reform will be penalized
The Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs reports the government is expediting its reform work in 11 areas, tasking relevant agencies with presenting plans in line with reform efforts and warning of penalties for non-compliance.

Thailand, Cambodia to open more checkpoints, bolster trade
Thailand and Cambodia agreed on Thursday to open four more border checkpoints and vowed to achieve their bilateral trade target.
— Bangkok Post

LogTech Award 2017 to select the top SMEs on logistics innovation
The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Panus Assembly Company Limited have jointly organized the Panus Thailand LogTech Award 2017 to select the top SMEs in logistics innovation.
— NBT World (video)

Tesco enters JV for property development in Thailand
CPN on Tuesday (Sept 5) notified the SET that the company will set up a new joint-venture company called Synergistic Property Development Co Ltd to support the business expansion.
— The Phuket News

4,500 shops to accept low-income earners’ welfare cards
A total of 4,506 shops across the country have agreed to accept payments via welfare cards held by low-income earners, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

M’sia-Thai trade to hit US$30bil
Encouraging greater cross-border trade and investments will help both Malaysia and Thailand in achieving US$30bil worth of bilateral trade by 2018, said the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).
— The Star Online

SA and Thailand to tighten trade ties
Thailand delegation will land in South Africa this month, for a series of meetings with business partners in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
— Independent Online

MICE Week in Thailand
Thailand is holding its first MICE Week, showcasing the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) plans for the next year and the future direction of the country’s MICE industry, writes Kelvin King.
— Impact Publications

Consumer confidence index rises first time in four months
Dr Thanawat Pholwichai, director of the Center for Economic and Business Forecasting of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, stated that consumer confidence (CCI) in August stood at 74.5 which marked an increase over
— Thai PBS

LG re-enters smartphone field with a splash
LG Electronics Thailand Co, the local operating unit of the South Korean consumer electronics maker, has resumed smartphone sales amid intense competition after its handsets were absent from the market for two years.
— Bangkok Post

PM’s Office Minister opens latest Khlong Padung Krung Kasem Market Fair
The Prime Minister’s Office Minister has presided over the launch of the latest Khlong Padung Krung Kasem Market fair, featuring over 300 top quality SMEs.

No bids offered on the first day of Airbus auction
No bids were offered on the first day of the public auction of an Airbus A310- 222 staged by the Legal Execution Department at Don Mueang airport yesterday (Sept 6).
— Thai PBS

Panasonic smart solution centre targets B2B segment
The Panasonic Group in Thailand has made aggressive moves into the business to business (B2B) segment, property developers, and corporate customers by introducing “Panasonic Smart Solution Center”, the first of its kind in Thailand, featuring Panasonic’s Home and Commercial Solution.
— The Nation

Developers catering to elderly as society ages
Investors are on the march to cash in on the country’s ageing demographic, with two new retirement home projects worth a combined 10 billion baht to be launched in the fourth quarter.
— Bangkok Post

Law banning baby formula marketing takes effect today
The Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act of 2017, which bans all advertising for infant formula milk as well as other food products for infants and young children, will take effect today (Sept 8).
— Thai PBS

New Excise Tariff Act to be enforced on September 16th
The Excise Department is set to propose new excise duties on tobacco and alcoholic beverages to the Cabinet next week before the Excise Tariff Act, B.E. 2560 is enforced on September 16th.

Hydoo Best Group to invest 100 billion baht in “Trust City Project”
Thai and Chinese investors will spend 100 billion baht launching the “Trust City Project”, the largest fintech hub in the world.
— NBT World (video)

Unique army training
Army officers from the 11th Infantry Regiment King’s Bodyguard practice in Bangkok on Thursday the royal funeral chariot parade that will be used in the procession to the royal funeral pyre of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony.
— The Nation

Tourism and Sports Min to boost sports industry
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has organized a 4.0 sports event to encourage people to exercise while planning to implement its 2018 sports development strategy.

40 tonnes of smuggled Indian meat seized
Customs officials have seized 40 tonnes of smuggled buffalo meat worth about four million baht from a cold storage facility in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district.
— Bangkok Post

Bang Pa-in highway construction not obstructing natural water sources
The Highway Department has made adjustments to the construction blueprint for Bang Pa-in – Saraburi – Nakhon Ratchasima intercity highway to minimize adverse effects on natural water sources.

SME Bank holds seminar to help small businesses enter 4.0 era
Private sector businesses and financial institutions have joined together to hold a seminar to prepare Thai organizations for Thailand 4.0 with a focus on SMEs.
— NBT World (video)

MOL hears public opinion on Foreign Workers Administration Royal Decree
The Ministry of Labor (MOL) organized a seminar to hear public opinions on the Royal Decree of the Administration of Foreign Workers 2017, while the feedback from the seminar will be used to amend and revise the law.

Thailand’s Jim Thompson targets Europe
Jim Thompson, one of the largest luxury brands in Thailand by revenue, intends to expand into Europe and other top retail destinations before making a move into the Chinese market, the company’s chief executive has revealed.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze goes big in Thailand
Blue Diamond Growers, a US-based almond-growing agricultural cooperative based in Sacramento, California, has launched a new family-size Almond Breeze in Thailand this month.
— The Nation

2C2P offers social commerce payment
2C2P Thailand Co Ltd, a payment service provider, has introduced the world’s first social commerce payment for Facebook to capitalise on the growth of conversational commerce.
— Bangkok Post

DSI returns 38 super cars to their owners
The Department of Special Investigation has returned 38 super cars to three importing companies because they are not included in the list of cars marked to be impounded, said DSI deputy director-general Pol Lt-Col Korrawat Panprapakorn on Thursday (Sept 7).
— Thai PBS


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