Thailand morning news for December 7

Thailand morning news for December 7

Thailand morning newsReport: Thailand most unequal country in 2018
Thailand has overtaken Russia and India as the most unequal country in the latest survey by a Swiss bank.
— Bangkok Post

Trade war: Focus turns to Thailand to conclude $7 trln RCEP
Six years in the making, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is slated to transform the region into an Asean-centric, comprehensive free trade area, poised to make a large contribution to Asian and global economic cooperation.
— AEC News Today

‘Rotor pedals failed’ on Leicester crash helicopter
Disconnected cockpit pedals caused the helicopter crash that killed five people including the billionaire owner of King Power and Leicester City Football Club on Oct 28, a British investigation reported on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Consumer mood sours for third consecutive month
The consumer confidence index tumbled to a six-month low in November on concerns about ebbing tourism revenue and falling crop prices, says the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
— Bangkok Post

First Thai multi-asset government-backed infrastructure fund launched with global giant’s help
Thailand has launched its first multi-asset government-backed infrastructure fund with legal advice from Baker McKenzie.
— Australasian Lawyer

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Big parties to spurn poll meet
The two major parties — the Democrats and Pheu Thai — will not attend the pre-election dialogue with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Friday, a move which has irked Prime Minister and regime leader Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Bangkok Post

Rich nations fail as Thailand meets its emissions target
THE EMISSION of greenhouse gases has been rising for two years in a row, reversing efforts based on the Paris Agreement to control the rise in global temperatures and avert the impact of climate change.
— The Nation

20-year water plan tipped for approval
The 20-year master plan for the country’s water management system is expected to win approval by the national committee on water resources on Dec 19 after which it will be implemented, Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Is Thailand 4.0 coming to fruition?
Thailand’s military junta, also known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) came into power after a coup in 2014.
— The Asean Post

Bikie killer sentenced to death in Thailand to be released after just three years
An Australian kickboxer convicted of the murder of a Hells Angels drug trafficker is expected to be released from jail today, despite an ongoing appeal.

Authorities release e-visa guide
Last month Thailand officially launched its e-Visa on Arrival (E-VOA) application.
— The Nation

Plan to shepherd 600,000 SMEs into e-commerce next year
Roughly 600,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be brought into the government’s measures for better accessibility of the e-commerce platform in 2019 in a bid to increase their competitiveness in the global market, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Political parties’ meeting tomorrow to reveal clearer election date
The Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam, said the date for the next general election should be clearer after a meeting with key members of different political parties tomorrow (Dec 7), while the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will make a decision on the lifting of the ban on political activities.

BoT treads gently on fee charges
The Bank of Thailand will take into account access to banking services and familiarity with technology before making a decision on banks’ proposal to charge fees for cash transactions at branches and ATMs, a senior official says.
— Bangkok Post

GM Thailand not involved in US plant closures, layoffs
The plan by General Motors to close five North American assembly plants next year and cut up to 15,000 jobs as part of a major restructuring programme does not involve its operations in Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports.

E-commerce players up in arms over tax
The government’s tax collection policy is threatening the growth of e-payments and discouraging a cashless society, say e-payment and e-commerce proponents.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet reviews draft statement on 3rd Thailand Laos cabinet retreat
The Thai cabinet has endorsed a draft statement for the 3rd Joint Cabinet Retreat between Thailand and the Lao PDR to be held next week.
— Newsline

Don Mueang to tackle trolley woes
Airports of Thailand (AoT) plans to procure 4,800 luggage trolleys next year to serve rising passenger numbers at Don Mueang airport.
— Bangkok Post

Parties chide govt economic performance
Several political parties called Thursday for changes to the economic structure, saying the regime’s economic schemes were weighing down the country’s competitiveness.
— Bangkok Post

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Thailand: Three years to introduce eVisa?
Following the eVisa-on-Arrival service introduced by Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, last month, a foreign office official confirmed an eVisa service for the standard 30-day tourist visa will be available online next year.
— TTR Weekly

Nestlé employees clean beach on World Volunteer Day
Victor Seah, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Indochina, led over 200 volunteer Nestlé employees in collecting rubbish from Sattahip Beach near Arpakorn Kiattiwong Hospital to mark World Volunteer Day on Wednesday.
— The Nation

Police arrest 4 men linked to massive Thai cannabis export operation
Thai police have arrested four men, including one British and a Canadian, suspected of exporting cannabis oil on an industrial scale. On Thursday, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) reported that the suspects were charged with multiple counts relating to the production, possession and sale of narcotics from their factory in Samut Prakan province for over a year.

Visa Thailand to strengthen security in payment
Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, has today launched its Future of Security Roadmap for Thailand, outlining a robust approach for strengthening payments security in the country over the next 3 years.
— Retail News Asia

700MHz auction postponed from February to 3rd quarter
The telecom regulator has extended the timeline for the 700MHz spectrum auction from the original date in February 2019 to the third quarter.
— Bangkok Post

Alt Telecom launches free WiFi service at 30 BTS stations.
Preeyaporn Tangpaosak, President and Executive Director of Alt Telecom (ALT) said that the free WiFi project has been conducted since the beginning of 2018 with Lotte, a strategic partner. The arrangement also involves future extension stations to provide free Wi-Fi service to all BTS users.
— The Nation

Energy Ministry to use raw palm oil for natural gas production
The Ministry of Energy, together with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), is preparing to utilize raw palm oil for natural gas production at the Bangpakong Thermal Power Unit in Chachoengsao province, affirming that the increased cost will not be shouldered by the public.
— Newsline

CPF named outstanding employer for people with disabilities for two consecutive years
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security granted the Outstanding Disability Employer 2018 plaque to Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CP Foods) and 16 subsidiaries as an acknowledgement for their contributions to the disability community.
— The Nation

Thai Oil poised to start Clean Fuel Project
SET-listed Thai Oil Plc (TOP), Thailand’s biggest oil refiner by capacity, aims to proceed with investment in the Clean Fuel Project (CFP) after several years on the drawing board.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Airways taps Worldpay for payments innovation
Thai Airways International (THAI), the flagship carrier airline of Thailand, has selected Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE: WP; LSE: WPY) as its international payments partner, as it targets overseas growth.
— Retail News Asia

DDC urges parents to get their children vaccinated
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has warned parents to make sure that their children are fully vaccinated against common diseases during the winter months.

Singapore-style school in Thailand under fire over IPO listing
A private school based on the Singapore curriculum is facing possible court scrutiny in Thailand after the recent debut of its shares on the local stock exchange.
— The Straits Times

Vietnam – Thailand fine arts exhibition opens in Hanoi
A Vietnam – Thailand contemporary fine arts exhibition has opened at Hanoi University of Architecture. The event is part of a programme that aims to promote culture and art cooperation among ASEAN countries.

Student Loan Fund encouraging borrowers to settle debts
The Student Loan Fund has launched a campaign to encourage borrowers to settle their student loan debts.

CPN ready to ring in 2019 alongside AIS
Central Pattana (CPN), part of Central Group, and mobile leader Advanced Info Service (AIS) will partner to host the New Year’s countdown and celebration at CentralWorld in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Bangchak to hire elders, disabled persons at gas stations
Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited plans to hire some 100 elders and persons with disabilities at gas stations across Thailand, under a new agreement with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

First ever ‘Elephant Travel Mart 2018’ to promote ecotourism in Thailand
A new ecotourism event, Elephant Travel Mart 2018, jointly hosted by ‘Save Elephant Foundation’ and ‘Asian Elephant Projects’, aims to bring together ethical elephant tour operators and tour agencies in Chiang Mai on December 14.
— The Thaiger

DSD, TIFFA provide training for unemployed graduates
The Department of Skill Development (DSD) and the Thai International Freight Forwarders Association (TIFFA) have arranged a training program for unemployed graduates. The program aims to feed more quality workers to logistics and international trade.

Rubber farmers eligible for assistance to register now
The Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) is inviting rubber farmers and tappers entitled to the government’s 1,800 baht per rai assistance measure to register their eligibility from today (December 6) to February 28 next year.


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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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