Thailand Morning News For April 6

Thailand Morning News For April 6

Thailand morning newsUN Experts: Thailand makes progress in tackling human trafficking
Thailand has made notable improvements in eradicating human trafficking and forced labour from the fishing industry, according to UN experts.
— Prachatai English

State officials ‘embezzled’ children’s fund
AN INTERNAL probe has found that at least three state officials were suspiciously among recipients of money from the Education Ministry’s fund for underprivileged children.
— The Nation

Thailand ‘high on US trade offensive list’
Thailand emerged high on Donald Trump’s trade offensive list, meeting all three criteria in the upcoming currency report used by the US president, according to regional analysts.
— Bangkok Post

The next Japan is not China but Thailand
Once the wildest of emerging markets, Thailand is ageing fast. Its economic policymakers need to change course
— The Economist (paywall)

Man arrested for making false bomb threat on Scoot flight from Singapore to Hat Yai
Singapore Police Force (SPF) has arrest of a 41-year-old male passenger on board a Scoot flight TR634 from Singapore to Hat Yai of Songkhla province for allegedly making false bomb threat today (April 5).
— Thai PBS

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New law and trade agreement will diminish farmers’ control over seeds
Seed is often synonymous with food, while food for many people is the same as life.
— Prachatai English

Government to escalate industry transition to 4.0 within the one year remaining term
The government is now escalating transition of industries to industry 4.0 and expedite secondary tourism destination programs before it’s term in office is going to expire in the remaining one year when election is expected to be held.
— Thai PBS

Pro-Prayut party a step closer
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has hinted the formation of a new party is under way to support Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to return as prime minister after the general election.
— Bangkok Post

Corruption in Thailand: Running in Place
One of the claims used by Thai military leaders to justify their coup in 2014 was that the administration of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was corrupt.
— The Diplomat

Army reshuffle likely to buttress Prayut’s control
The major annual military reshuffle at the end of September is once again expected to provide a solid cushion for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha beyond the general election tentatively set for early next year, according to a military source.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Ruling Junta Leader Eyes Extension of Power
The leader of Thailand’s ruling junta said for the first time that he is willing to stay on as prime minister after parliamentary elections scheduled for 2019, using an obscure provision that allows parliament to invite an un-elected premier to lead the country.
— The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

Pheu Thai demands an end to junta orders that limit political activity
THE PHEU THAI Party yesterday called for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repeal orders and announcements that obstruct the activities of political parties after the regime showed signs of delaying the promised road map to democracy by referring a key legislation to the Constitutional Court.
— The Nation

Police to ban heavy trucks running on three main highways to the Northeast during Songkran
The Royal Thai Police has issued an order prohibiting heavy trucks to run on some sections of three main highways where traffic will be very congested during the upcoming Songkran festival next week.
— Thai PBS

ST Telemedia, Ticon to build and operate data centres in Thailand
ST TELEMEDIA Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has entered into a strategic partnership with Ticon, a Thai developer and total solutions provider of industrial properties, to develop and operate data centres in Thailand, the Singapore-based operator of data centres said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

OIC to insurers: Get ready for new rules
The Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) is urging insurance companies to prepare for a new international assessment scheme that is scheduled to be adopted around the end of this year.
— Bangkok Post

PM, Hun Sen pledge more cross-border cooperation
The Thai and Cambodian governments have reaffirmed their commitment to opening more border crossings to foster trade and investment.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Somkid delivers policy address on fostering Industry 4.0
The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs has paid a visit to the Ministry of Industry in order to give his policy address concerning the development of Industry 4.0 in Thailand.
— News Today (video)

Religious school denies allegation of fund misuse to support insurgency activity
A private Islamic religious school in Pattani has sought justice after it was accused by the military of diverting state fund to support southern separatist groups in the restive region.
— Thai PBS

Public Health Ministry to discuss medical marijuana with related agencies
The Public Health Minister is planning to discuss the application and introduction of medical marijuana use in Thailand.

Public Health Ministry campaigns against drunk driving this Songkran
The Ministry of Public Health is promoting public awareness against drunk driving to help reduce road accidents during the Songkran Festival while medical teams have been set up across the country to handle emergencies.
— News Today (video)

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Thailand joins Mekong countries to manage natural resources for sustainability
Thailand has pledged its willingness to join hands with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries to properly manage the river’s natural resources towards sustainability and prosperity.

PTG Energy readies Bt5 bn for acquisitions outside oil businesses
PTG Energy Plc has set aside Bt5 billion to acquire food and services businesses over the next five years in effort to increase the profit contribution of its non-oil businesses to 60-70 per cent in 2025.
— The Nation

German Embassy organizes platform to discuss “The Future of Mobility”
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany has organized an event to discuss the future of transportation in Thailand at the residence of the German Ambassador.
— News Today (video)

Central bank prepares 25 billion baht cash for banks to cope with holiday spending during Songkran
As holiday spending during the one week long Songkran festival is expected to rise, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) said it will put in circulation about 25 billion baht banknotes to cope with the heavy spending by the people during the festival.
— Thai PBS

Government integrates asset data assisting SMEs loan requesting process
Government agencies have come together to integrate their data on businesses’ movable assets to better facilitate loan requests by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Judiciary refuse to scrap housing project at Doi Suthep
The judiciary will not scrap the housing project at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai and will not demolish any of the buildings, but it is open to constructive opposing views, said Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the Office of the Judiciary on Thursday (April 5).
— Thai PBS

Chinese airline operates new flight to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Airport now serves a new air route to Xishuangbanna, China, with a new scheduled service operated by Ruili Airlines.

Vietjet launches Bangkok-Krabi service
Thai Vietjet has launched its service between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Krabi with two daily flights.
— The Nation

Thai consumer mood edges up in March
Thailand’s consumer sentiment picked up in March, after dropping in the previous month, buoyed by stronger exports and tourism, but global trade tensions and low farm prices were a worry, a private survey showed on Thursday.
Business Recorder (media release)

Alibaba to set up Thai logistics centre, extend local investments in Southeast Asia
Alibaba is in talks with the Thai government to set up a logistics centre in the country as part of its aggressive expansion into the Southeast Asia region, bringing the company a step closer to fulfilling founder and executive chairman Jack Ma Yun’s dream of empowering small companies to trade globally.
— Retail News Asia (media release)

UK keen to boost economic ties
BRITAIN is keen to forge closer economic and trade collaboration with more countries beyond the European trade bloc that it is leaving and Thailand is particularly attractive as the centre of the Asean region, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said yesterday after meeting British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.
— ThaiVisa News

‘Stupid’ memo highlights plight of rural Isaan
The outcry surrounding the Khon Kaen deputy governor’s letter last month to launch a programme to “stop citizens from being stupid” has largely been placated, following public apologies.
— ThaiVisa News

ICONSIAM to be venue for 4-acre US$ 20 million Bangkok cultural attraction
ICONSIAM, the spectacular US$ 1.7-billionBangkok, riverside landmark development that’s readying to open at the end of this year, today, announced a new US$ 20 million attraction that aims to draw 21.9 million visitors, annually, as well as introduce a new retail concept called ‘co-creation’.
— Markets Insider

Thanathorn’s PM stance hits early flak
The founder of the much-hyped Future Forward Party, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, has met early resistance to his bid for cross-party opposition to an “outsider prime minister”.
— Bangkok Post



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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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