Thailand Morning News Roundup For February 23

Thailand Morning News Roundup For February 23
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Welcome to the Thailand morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Thailand news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


Thailand morning news

Shippers’ woe goes on with January slump
Auto-related businesses are increasingly worried about the prospects for car exports after a 19-month slump.
— Bangkok Post

Half a million new credit card machines to be installed
Credit card spending in Thailand is expected to grow by 5-15% after 550,000 electronic data capture (EDC) terminals are installed under the national e-payment system.
— Bangkok Post

PayAll app faces Bank of Thailand complaint
Police on Wednesday summoned actor Rattapoom “Film” Tokongsup for questioning after the Bank of Thailand complained his PayAll Group Co Ltd illegally provided mobile-based e-money services.
– Bangkok Post

Wide-ranging human rights restrictions continued in Thailand under the military regime in 2016, Amnesty International noted in its annual report released Wednesday morning.
— Khaosod English

New information bill will fail to support Thailand 4.0: Meechai
THE NEW public information draft bill, which was amended from the previous version promulgated in 2007, would still not support the new social and economic Thailand 4.0 model, chief charter drafter Meechai Ruchupan told a forum yesterday.
– The Nation

Vietnam, Thailand enhance defence partnership
Minister Lich told the Thai PM that the Vietnamese defence ministry will continue working closely with the Thai counterpart, contributing to the two countries’ strategic partnership established in June 2013.

Japan and Thailand edge towards defence trade agreement
Thailand and Japan are edging closer to finalising a defence trade and technology agreement that could facilitate Japanese defence exports to the Southeast Asian country.
— IHS Jane’s 360

Organic exports to hit B5bn
Thailand aims to raise organic food exports to 5 billion baht in next few years from 4 billion now.
— Bangkok Post

CNN names Isaan as one of best places worldwide to visit this year
THAILAND’S northeastern region of Isaan was recently named by CNN as one of the top 17 places in the world to visit this year.
– The Nation

How much it costs to go to Thailand
Many people know that Thailand is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit, but they still want to know: how much does it cost to go to Thailand for 3 weeks?
— MoneySense

Why Thailand Still Lives Up To The Hype For Young Budget Travelers
If Southeast Asia is on your bucket list, Thailand is (still, after all these years) your perfect place to start.
— Uproxx

Canadian attacked with machete in Thailand
​Police in Thailand have arrested two men accused of slashing a Canadian man with a machete while trying to steal a gold necklace from his female companion last week.


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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