Thailand Morning News For January 3

Thailand Morning News For January 3
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Thailand morning news4.6% GROWTH FORECAST
The economy will grow 4.6 per cent this year, against 4 per cent in 2017, Government Savings Bank’s research centre forecasts.
— The Nation

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor: Why Thailand? (video)
Almost not a day go past with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) being in the Thailand news. At the centre of the Thailand government’s move to Industry 4.0, the EEC is designed to lead the country from a manufacturing and agrarian society to one of technology and innovation, propelling the country to a high income economy.
— AEC News Today

Traffic death toll jumps to 317
Death toll from traffic accidents during the past five days of the “Seven Dangerous Day” safety driving campaign climbed to 317 with 3,188 injuries.
— Thai PBS

Economy expected to soar, or just improve
Thailand’s stock market is expected to continue its rosy bull run into 2018, assuming the rally will be buoyed by a domestic economic recovery and strong net profits from listed firms.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Year in Review 2017
Rising overseas demand for goods and services pushed Thailand’s GDP towards five-year highs in 2017, with business-friendly fiscal policies and planned spending on infrastructure expected to support further expansion in 2018.
— Oxford Business Group

Three state-owned agencies will invest Bt758 million in 35 startup enterprises, the National Startup Committee (NSC) said yesterday.
— The Nation

Bus crash driver ‘high on meth’
The driver of a bus that skidded off a road on Monday, injuring an American passenger, tested positive for drugs, a police officer said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

DSI recovers nine billion baht in luxury car tax scam
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has retrieved about nine billion baht in import tax revenues in connection with cases involving more than 1,300 luxury cars tied to a tax-evasion scam.

Energy use forecast to climb
THAILAND’S energy use will rise 2.1 per cent this year on expectations of sustained economic growth, the Ministry of Energy’s Office for Energy Policy and Planning (EPPO forecasts.
— The Nation

Co-payments near reality as universal healthcare system reformed: minister
LIKE IT OR NOT, indications are that patients will have to pay a portion of their medical expenses if and when the proposed National Health Security Bill is passed under the junta government.
— The Nation

Koh Tao murders: Prosecution seek to counter appeal
PROSECUTION lawyers looking to counter an appeal made by two Burmese migrants convicted of murdering Islander David Miller and Norfolk-born Hannah Witheridge on the Thai island of Koh Tao have been given a one month extension to file their response.
— Jersey Evening Post

New heights achieved
Despite uneven growth in the property sector, 2017 recorded the largest investments in new property development projects, totalling over 300 billion baht from both local and foreign investors.
— Bangkok Post

The Bank of Thailand plans no change in its monetary policy implementation this year.
The Bank of Thailand plans no change in its monetary policy implementation this year.
— News Today (video)

Govt to provide free high-speed internet for 3 years in 3,920 villages
The government is planning to provide free high-speed internet in 3,920 villages across the country for three years, starting on August 1st.

Local body polls likely in May-July
Elections for local administrative organisations (LAOs) are likely to be organised from May to July, according to the Department of Local Administration (DLA).
— Bangkok Post

US seeks to build military service depot
The United States Department of Defence wants to open a military arms maintenance centre in Thailand to supply and fix US armaments purchased by the Thai military, a Defence Ministry source says.
— Bangkok Post

PM promises speedy development of smart cities in 2018
The Prime Minister has vowed that the government will continuously push forward its various projects, especially the development of smart cities in 2018.
— News Today (video)

DSI to prosecute firms for allegedly encroaching upon Phuket beach
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is taking steps to prosecute five private firms for allegedly trespassing onto La Pang beach in Phuket.

NLA to study NCPO’s use of Article 44 for political party law amendment
A vice president of the National Legislative Assembly has revealed that the legislature is planning to conduct a study on the National Council for Peace and Order’s use of Article 44 to amend the political party law.


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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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