Thailand Morning News Roundup February 20

Thailand Morning News Roundup February 20
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Thailand morning newsThailand’s plan to remake economy a lofty goal amid airport, cultural woes
Thailand is prone to policy faddism. Several years ago, the Asean Economic Community (AEC) was all the rage until it officially came into being with a whimper at the end of 2015.
— Today

Thai junta’s economic legacy-building at crossroads
Thailand’s languishing economy is finally seeing some rays of light, but its military government must battle the clock to lay a foundation for sustained growth before handing over power to a civilian government in about a year
— Nikkei Asian Review

Thai junta puts coal-fired power plant plan on hold
Thailand’s military government has put on hold plans for a coal-fired power plant in a region known for its pristine tourist beaches after protests by residents and activists, Thai media said on Monday.
— Reuters

Budget carriers’ passenger traffic continues to soar
Low-cost carriers (LCCs) have continued to take a bigger slice of overall airline traffic through Thailand, a trend that is set to continue unabated.
— Bangkok Post

SRT considers electric rail to Malaysia
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has been asked to consider an electric train project linking Hat Yai to Padang Besar in Songkhla, said the Transport Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

SEC to work with graft group
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will join the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) in its efforts to better examine the filings and accounts of companies listed on the stock exchange to ensure transparency.
— Bangkok Post

Eyes on Kansai for EEC inspiration
Japan’s Kansai national strategic special zone has come under the spotlight after the cabinet last Tuesday acknowledged a proposal by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) to apply Japan’s special economic zone as a role model in developing the ambitious Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand 4.0 and Digitalization:  Beware the buzzword trap
Recently two new buzzwords have taken hold in Thailand.
Thai people are very fond of buzzwords, especially those that promise to solve all problems.  When I first arrived here in 1986, Thailand was in the grip of a buzzword that had been popular for some time: Development.
— The Nation

Six nabbed for logging in Thailand
Six Cambodians were among 10 arrested in Thailand’s Thap Lan National Park in Prachinburi province on Friday for illegal logging.
— Khmer Times

Russia Plans to Supply Thailand With 4 Mi-17V5 Helicopters – Rostec Official
Russia plans to deliver four military transport Mi-17V5 helicopters to Thailand, Rostec state corporation’s international cooperation head Viktor Kladov told Sputnik on Saturday.
— Sputnik News


Feature photo: John Le Fevre

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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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