Thailand Morning News For January 12

Thailand Morning News For January 12
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Thailand morning newsSomkid bullish on continual economic growth for 2018
Thailand’s economic growth for 2017 is now believed to be over 4%, reflecting significant improvement that the government has made in its effort to drive economy.
— Thai PBS

422 youngsters went missing last year: Mirror Foundation
A total of 422 youngsters aged between 13-15, most of them girls, were reported to have gone missing last year, according to the Mirror Foundation.
— Thai PBS

Somkid downplays widening deficit
The country’s public debt is unlikely to exceed 42% of GDP this year despite a wider deficit of 550 billion baht in the fiscal 2018 budget, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Legal challenge to junta order could derail election road map
IF THE Constitutional Court were to rule, in an upcoming decision, that the recent junta order amending the political party law was unconstitutional, it would probably bring about negative consequences for existing parties and Thai politics as a whole, including derailing the November election, political scientists said yesterday.
— The Nation

Thai fruits and vegetables to flood Vietnamese market
Vietnam expects the volume of fruits and vegetables imported from Thailand to surge this year: import tariffs imposed on these products are reduced to zero percent. This will surely increase the pressure on its own, Vietnamese producers.
–Fresh Plaza

No serious drought this year, vows RID
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) yesterday assured Thais will not face severe drought this year as water supplies in 35 catchments nationwide are adequate.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Forecasts Record-High Cane, Refined Sugar Output in 2017/18
Thailand is expecting to produce a record output of sugarcane and refined sugar in 2017/18, boosted by favorable weather conditions, the government said on Thursday (11/01).
— Jakarta Globe

DPM Somkid details government policies for agriculture and grassroots economy
The Economic Reporters Association has hosted a seminar on economic transformation where the Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs detailed the government’s policies designed to transform the agricultural sector and strengthen the grassroots economy.
— News Today (video)

“High speed train” – the new era of Thailand transportation
Thailand’s first high-speed train is in the process of construction. This is a new chapter for the State Railway of Thailand which will bring lots of advantage to the country. Our correspondent, Temsiri Klissanavanich, has more details.
— News Today (video)

GHBank to allocate 189 bn baht in loans to low-income citizens
The Government Housing Bank (GHBank) aims to offer up to 189 billion baht in loans to low-income earners through its government welfare program, starting from January 15th.

400,000 Chinese likely for New Year
The Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) expects more than 400,000 Chinese tourists to travel to Thailand during next month’s Chinese New Year festival, generating 20 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

IDC trumpets key to hitting B440bn target
Digital transformation and smartphone sales will be key to reaching Thailand’s IT spending target of 440 billion baht for 2018, says global IT research firm IDC.
— Bangkok Post

Finance to raise 100 billion baht fund to assist grass-root economies
The Ministry of Finance is preparing to raise 100 billion baht fund to finance the government’s national reform programs that will target grass-root economies.
— Thai PBS

EECi Fair supporting innovative businesses and community products
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency has organized the Eastern Economic Corridor innovation fair at the Space Krenovation Park in Chonburi’s Si Racha District to support innovative businesses and community products.
— News Today (video)

TBA to introduce more secure system for authentication
The Thai Bankers Association (TBA) says it will be introducing the national digital identity (NDI) system to all commercial banks for more convenient and secure authentication service.
— Thai PBS

AOT addresses airport food prices complaint
The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has addressed the pricing of food at airports under its supervision, after receiving complaints on social media recently.

Exasperated educator: Stop the useless slogans
An education expert has urged the government to amend how it celebrates Children’s Day by implementing policies to solve serious problems affecting Thai youth such as malnutrition, domestic violence and lack of access to education. He says these would be preferable to merely releasing useless slogans.
— Bangkok Post

DEPA to launch $6.2m fund; BIZ to set up cancer hospital via JV
Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency is to launch a new fund to support startups and SMEs next month. Business Alignment Pcl is to set up a new cancer-specialised hospital in Chonburi.
— DealStreet Asia

Thailand’s rice export to Nigeria drops dramatically — but increases in Benin Rep
Rice exports from Thailand to Nigeria dropped from 1.23 million metric tonnes in 2014 to 23,192mt as at November 2017.
— The Cable

AOT insists rental fees for full-body scanners are not overcharged
Airports of Thailand Company Limited (AOT) clarified on Thursday (Jan 11) that the full-body scanners that it rented from a private firm since 2011 for use at international airports was not overcharged.
— Thai PBS

Ministry to roll out 7 new courses
The Education Ministry plans to begin offering seven new vocational study programmes this year to advance the government’s national development strategies.
— Bangkok Post

Gen Prawit may have owned 19 pricey wristwatches: CSI-LA Facebook
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon may have owned at least 19 pricey wristwatches worth a total of about 30 million baht, according to CSI-LA Facebook page.
— Thai PBS

TAT announces TTF 2018, promotes domestic tourism
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has unveiled the 38th Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), which encourages people to visit local destinations.


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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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