Thailand Morning News Roundup For February 27

Thailand Morning News Roundup For February 27

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

Rolls-Royce probe grinds to a halt
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has admitted there has been no progress in its investigation into the Rolls-Royce bribery scandal involving two major state enterprises.
Bangkok Post

Public debts dropped to 5.92 trillion baht as of Dec 31
Thailand’s public debts as of December 31 amounted to 5.92 trillion baht, constituting 42.19 percent of gross domestic products, according to Mr Thirat Attanavanich, advisor of debt instruments of Public Debts Office.
Pattaya Mail

Bids awarded for broadband work
Eight private companies have won the bids to supply optical fibre cable and broadband-related equipment to TOT Plc for the installation of the national broadband network across the country.
Bangkok Post

Corporate investment tipped to rise in 2017
CORPORATE investment has shown signs of rising this year especially in construction on the back of the government policy to expand the investment in infrastructure projects in 2017, said Siam Commercial Bank head of commercial banking Wasin saiyawan said.
The Nation

BBC to fight for correspondent Jonathan Head’s freedom in Thailand
The BBC says it will fight allegations against one of its most experienced foreign correspondents in a defamation case in a Thai court that carries a possible five-year prison sentence.
The Sydney Morning Herald

Govt pushes forward ThaiGAP to upgrade quality of Thai agricultural products
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd has disclosed that the government supports enhancing production systems in agriculture to meet the standards of ThaiGAP.

Sea Change Awaits Trump in Thailand
Three months after his election, a month after inauguration, Donald Trump has not publicly mentioned Thailand. Yet in a looming foreign policy crisis over the South China Sea, the seeds of which the president partly inherited and has partly sowed, the kingdom is poised to play an outsized and oppositional role.
Asia Sentinal

Law needed to regulate Thai investors’ abuses abroad: Thai, Myanmar groups
COMMUNITY groups in Thailand and Myanmar have urged protection of human rights and prevention of environmental impacts – after Thai entrepreneurs were reported to have carried out abusive and environmentally damaging acts in neighbouring countries.
The Nation

Phuket court sets June date for Aussie tourist Keating’s trial
Fears have been raised that Australian tourist Thomas Keating will be stuck in Thailand for a further four months until the Phuket Provincial Court hears the evidence against him at a court hearing scheduled for June.
Phuket News

‘Success story’ Thilawa SEZ set to launch its second phase
MORE THAN three years after the start of the Japan-backed Thilawa special economic zone, Myanmar launched the development of its second zone in the presence of dignitaries from both nations including Vice President Henry Van Thio.
The Nation

PM insists on Article 44
PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his condolences yesterday over the death of a 64-year-old man who hanged himself near Dhammakaya Temple. But the PM insisted that Article 44 needed to be used to maintain control at the temple – as the task was “beyond the power” of ordinary laws.
The Nation

The power struggle behind Thailand’s temple row
A stand-off between security forces and monks at Thailand’s biggest temple has exposed a struggle as much about power as religion in the predominantly Buddhist country, where the junta has shut down dissent since a 2014 coup.

ATTA pins hope on new tourist market
The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) plans to diversify the tourism industry by targeting a new group with high purchasing power, pursuing a new market with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

DHL report highlights potential of online trading
DHL EXPRESS has published research highlighting the significant growth opportunity for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering.
The Nation

Mahidol reprimands lecturers for criticism of NCPO’s special powers
MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY will form a committee to investigate a group of lecturers belonging to its Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), following the institute’s statement questioning alleged junta abuses of power, including the issuance of Article 44 orders.
The Nation

Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand’s raided Tiger Temple
A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts.
Business Mirror

Thai princess fulfils dream of swimming with whale sharks in Oslob
Even a visiting princess cannot resist the allure of swimming with famed whale sharks in Oslob town, 121 km south of here.
Cebu Daily News



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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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