Thailand Morning News For January 8

Thailand Morning News For January 8
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Thailand morning newsNew minimum wage will affect SMEs
As the government is going to increase minimum wage, at least 15 baht higher, as New Year’s gifts for workers and to become effective end of this month, concern is growing among employers that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will bear the burden.
— Thai PBS

E-business tax targeted to fill coffers
The Revenue Department estimates its annual tax revenue growth will triple to 15% after the e-business tax, a levy on any online transaction that takes place in Thailand regardless of the e-commerce operator’s location, comes into force.
— Bangkok Post

Can the Thai economy ever be Southeast Asia’s front-runner again?
The bright lights have returned to Bangkok’s streets, and many Thais are starting to smile again.
— Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Agriculture Ministry issues measures to prop up rubber prices
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has decided on new measures to ease the slump in rubber prices.
— News Today (video)

Ex-PAD heads: We won’t pay damages
Former yellow-shirt co-leaders say they cannot afford to pay damages worth more than 522 million baht incurred by the defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)’s 10-day closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports 10 years ago.
— Bangkok Post

Thai junta stakes legacy on industrial plan
Thailand’s military junta is staking its legacy on a plan to direct more than $45bn of investment into three eastern seaboard provinces, as it tries to revitalise lagging growth and prepare the south-east Asian kingdom for a new world of sharper competitive challenges.
— Financial Times

Roadshows to attract global companies to EEC
The government will be busy this year holding international roadshows to lure more investors to its much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok Post

Nissan shortlists Thailand for EV facility
Japanese car maker Nissan Motor Co has shortlisted Thailand as a key candidate for its EV manufacturing facility in Asia-Pacific, even as the local market for electric vehicles (EV) remains tepid.
— Bangkok Post

‘Private beach’ in front of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
The video of Facebook user Aziz Yotharak, who uploaded a post of a tourist being asked to move from the ‘private’ beach in front of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, has gone viral whilst the resort denies that they ordered the staff to chase the tourist and his children off the beach.
— Phuket Gazette

Skills, jobs focus of govt help to poor
The government will focus on providing skills training and job creation to low-income earners in the second phase of its welfare and subsidy scheme for the poor, which will be tabled to the cabinet on Tuesday for approval.
— Bangkok Post

BAAC to propose cabinet packages to help registered low-income earners
The Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will propose to the cabinet this Tuesday three measures encompassing nine projects to tackle the informal debts of registered low-income earners.
— Thai PBS

BAAC woos farmers to use mobile
The state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) aims for at least 500,000 farmers to use its mobile banking services this year.
— Bangkok Post

CP is ready to phase out dangerous chemicals in its products if…
Senior chairman of the CP Group Mr Dhanin Chearavanont has recently indicated that agro-industrial giant is ready to phase out three dangerous chemicals, namely paraquat, chlorpyrifos and glyphosate if it is proven affirmatively that their remaining residues underground pose a health hazard to consumers.
— Thai PBS

Phuket’s low season growth produces record tourism numbers in 2017
For 2017 the island’s gateway airport posted 11.3% year-on-year growth to reach an estimated 8.4 million incoming passengers.
— Phuket Gazette

E-marketplaces brace for competition
Intense competition from global commerce players has forced local e-marketplace operators to adapt for survival.
— Bangkok Post

More flooding for 2018 – La Nina heads our way
Similar weather conditions to those that occurred during Thailand’s second most severe flooding in 1995 is predicted for this year, according to weather experts. They are warning that an expected “La Nina” condition will bring more rain and storms than usual to Thailand, and that increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather should be expected as a result of climate change.
— Phuket Gazette


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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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