Thailand morning news for August 3

Thailand morning news for August 3
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Thailand morning newsConsumer’s confidence index for July highest in 62 months
Consumer’s confidence index for the month of July was registered at 82.2 representing the highest rate for the past 62 months of five years and two months since June 2013, said Mr Thanawat Pholvichai, director of Economic and Business Forecast Centre of the Thai Chamber of Commerce University.
— Thai PBS

Boats need over 40,000 migrant staff
The Labour Ministry will push for a plan to import 40,000 workers from neighbouring countries to solve a labour shortage in the commercial fishing sector.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut urges re-education of low-skilled workers
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged all concerned parties to focus on producing a competent workforce and re-educate low-skilled labour to help the country move into the future.
— The Nation

War room to start keeping track of water situation tomorrow
The government will open a “war room” tomorrow to keep track of water situation throughout the country around-the-clock in anticipation of another storm which was forecast to hit Thailand in the middle of this month with more rains, flash floods and landslides.
–Thai PBS

NACC chief takes swipe at kickbacks
Legal entities must be aware they are liable to penalties in cases of bribery, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) chairman Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Southern fishing operators urge government to heed their problems
An association of trawl fishing operators in Nakhon Si Thammarat province has called on the government to allow illegal foreign workers to apply for permissions to work aboard fishing vessels for two years.
— News Today (video)

Prayut dangles perks for business registration
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are urged to register their businesses under the juristic person regime in order to obtain a variety of incentives meant to boost their competence.
— Bangkok Post

Labor Minister in talk with protesting fishermen from 22 provinces
The Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Chatchai Sarikulya, said the Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, has been in contact with a group of fishermen who protest against the planned ratification of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 188, with an aim to find a solution for all sides.

Non-bank bill set for cabinet
The Finance Ministry looks set to propose a draft bill on supervision of non-bank financial institutions to the cabinet, a measure meant to provide financial consumer protection, says a sourcefamiliar with the matter.
— Bangkok Post

BMW builds X5 in Thailand to counteract U.S. China tariffs: CEO
BMW’s (BMWG.DE) said it is producing between 10,000 and 20,000 X5 sports utility vehicles in Thailand as a way to supply Chinese customers now that imported vehicles from the United States face a 40 percent tariff.
— Reuters

Honda’s local arm to start making hybrids after BoI OK
Honda Automobile Thailand will soon begin local manufacturing of hybrid cars after the Japanese carmaker was granted Board of Investment (BoI) incentives last week.
— Bangkok Post

MSDHS sends One Home teams helping flood victims
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has dispatched “One Home” team members to assist the people affected by flooding in many provinces across Thailand. The “One Home” teams.

Floods impact Nakhon Panom, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon
High water levels throughout the northeast have resulted in the road to Baan Pak Bang village in Na Kae district of Nakhon Phanom being severed.

PM promises elections next year; presents offering to Supreme Patriarch
The Prime Minister’s itinerary yesterday saw him chair the launch of a Pracharat program for the development of grassroots economies, present an offering to the Supreme Patriarch on the occasion of Buddhist Lent and take part in the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the Bangkok Post, where he confirmed in a speech that general elections will take place next year if all goes according to the national road map.
— News Today (video)

Thailand urges U.S. to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum
Deputy Commerce Minister Chutima Bunyapraphasara met her American counterpart this week, to discuss the possibility of maintaining Thailand’s eligibility for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program.

Cave museum ‘ready by New Year’
Construction of both a museum commemorating the rescue of the 12 Wild Boars and a statue of the ex-Navy Seal who lost his life during the mission has begun.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket fishing fleet operators protest ILO Convention
More than 200 representatives of Phuket’s fishing industry gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Aug 1) to file a formal letter of protest against the ratification of International Labour Organization Convention No. 188 into Thai law.
— The Phuket News

British Council in Thailand Announces 2018 IELTS Prize Winners
Three outstanding IELTS test takers in Thailand have been selected as local prize winners of the
— — AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

‘Angry Muslim’ father’s online petition inspires Thai activist
The online petition by a UK-based Malaysian Muslim father to ban child marriages has triggered an activist to begin a similar petition to ban them in Thailand too.
— The Nation

Thai Medical Unit certified by Saudi Ministry of Public Health
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has issued a license, allowing the Medical Office for the Hajj Affairs of Thailand to officially operate in Mecca.

Thailand surges 13 spots in World Bank logistics index
Thailand’s logistics performance has greatly improved this year, thanks to massive investment in transport infrastructure and relevant legal reforms.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Positioned Well to Weather Economic Turmoil Says New Nordic Group, Leading Hotel & Hospitality Company in Asia
The New Nordic Group, one of the fastest growing construction, hotel and hospitality management company in South East Asia, stated today that they believe Asia’s emerging economies, particularly Thailand, are well positioned to prosper despite threats of tariffs and the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank’s policy of ratcheting up interest rates during the next 12-months.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Court rejects bail for 8 ex-officials implicated in temple fund scandal
The Criminal Court for Corruption and Malfeasance Cases on Thursday rejected bail requested by five former senior officials of the National Office of Buddhism on the ground that their alleged offences were serious and that they might escape.
— Thai PBS

Moody’s gives banking system stable outlook despite risks
An improving operating environment amid a continued economic recovery, along with robust capitalisation and loss buffers, support a stable outlook for Thailand’s banking system, says Moody’s Investors Services.
— Bangkok Post

Thai economy stays on upward trend in June
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has reported continuous expansion of the Thai economy in June 2018 on the back of exports, tourism, investment and consumption.
— News Today (video)

Chinese visits to Thailand to fall after deadly boating accident
Thailand will lose more than half a million Chinese tourists in response to a deadly boating accident that killed nearly 50 people last month, a potential blow to the country’s vital tourism sector.
— Channel NewsAsia

New SME measures under review
The Industry Ministry is developing new financial measures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), hoping to encourage them to seek out funding resources.
— Bangkok Post

Phayao gearing up for opening of Ban Huak checkpoint
Phayao Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn today invited members of the government and private sectors for a meeting to discuss preparations for the opening of the checkpoint in line with a cabinet resolution adopted on July 31.
— Thai PBS

Witness of 2010 Massacre might be tried for another 2 years: lawyer
On 20 July 2018, the Bangkok Military Court called for witness testimony of the Article 112 case, the royal defamation case, against “Waen” Nattatida Meewangpla, a crucial witness in the 6-dead massacre at Pathum temple in 2010.
— Prachatai English

Thai, Indian Infantry Troops Prepare for Annual Training Exercise
Thailand and India will launch a 14-day combined military exercise codenamed “Maitree 2018” next week to share techniques about fighting insurgencies and terrorism, a military official said Thursday.
— Benar News

Denied Education, Thailand’s Migrants and Refugees Go Digital
Kyaw Kyaw Naing wakes before the sun to start his first shift at 5am. At 11:30am, he gets a three-hour break before going back to work again until nearly midnight.
— Khaosod English

41 provinces continue to monitor water levels in rivers
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has instructed local authorities in 41 provinces across Thailand to be ready to help people in cases of flooding and mudslides.
— News Today (video)

Satun opens GMP certified rubber factory
The southern province of Satun has opened a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified compressed rubber processing plant aimed for international exports, helping local farmers to earn more income.

Singapore’s JustCo explores hotels for co-working spaces
Singaporean co-working space operator JustCo will open co-working spaces this year in hotels in the city-state, the company’s first in Southeast Asia, before expanding to Bangkok in 2019 at hotels owned by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.
— Bangkok Post

Over 60 international celebrities, bloggers, media participate in “Women’s Journey Thailand 2018”
More than 60 female celebrities, bloggers, media and key opinion leaders from 12 countries and territories are participating in the 3rd Women’s Journey Thailand 2018, a unique marketing campaign launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to attract more female visitors.
— TAT News

Thailand’s rice producers look to diversify income
Rice is one of Thailand’s top agricultural exports in the international trade. But how does a business dealing with agricultural goods future-proof itself? Saksith Saiyasombut reports.
— Channel NewsAsia (video)

Tuk Tuk rally on August 18-19 with an Ayutthaya period costume twist
The Ayutthaya provincial administration is holding a tuk tuk rally on August 18 and 19 to promote tourism to the historical site.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

36 Hours in Chiang Mai
Traditionally, tourists have trekked to the star of Thailand’s north in search of M.E.A.T.: markets, elephants, artisans and temples.
— The New York Times


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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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