Thailand Morning News For June 25

Thailand Morning News For June 25

Thailand morning newsHi-tech Airbus Thailand MRO Centre Kick-starts EEC Aeropolis
Thailand’s plans for its next next industrial evolution have received a resounding kick-start with national carrier Thai Airways International (Thai) and Airbus on Friday signing an agreement to jointly establish a hi-tech aviation maintenance centre at U-Tapao airport in the heart of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project.
— AEC News Today

PM Prayut confirms general election in Feb 2019
The Prime Minister has confirmed the country’s readiness to strengthen trade ties with England and hold a general election early next year.
— News Today (video)

Thailand halts imports of electronic, plastic waste
The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) has issued an order prohibiting imports of electronic and plastic waste.

Baht tests 7-month low on continued outflows
The baht will test its seven-month low this week as foreigners continue to move out of the currency on higher interest rates and an improved economic outlook in the United States.
— Bangkok Post

Exports show resilience in face of escalating trade row
THE growth trajectory of exports held firm last month, with a robust 11.4 per cent gain from a year earlier, despite rising trade tensions between the United States and China.
— The Nation

New law for foreign firms in the works
The Revenue Department plans to propose a law stipulating that foreign entities with no physical presence which earn income in Thailand must report their transactions here to be inspected for value-added tax (VAT) system.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand only ASEAN country that improved digital competitiveness
Thailand is placed comparatively well on this year’s World Digital Competitiveness Ranking compiled by Lausanne, Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) which issues the ranking annually.
— Investvine

Migrant workers bound to complete registration process this month’s end
All migrant workers are legally obliged to complete the nationality verification and registration at One Stop Service centers by the June 30th deadline.
— News Today (video)

Thailand welcomes 16.4 million foreigners so far this year
During the first five months of 2018, Thailand received a total of 16.4 million visitors from overseas, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Siemens sees big opportunity in EEC
SIEMENS LTD Mobility Division will pitch its expertise to provide smart solutions including power grid, infrastructure, and innovation to support the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the company’s senior vice president and country division leader Tomasz Mazur told The Nation recently.
— The Nation

South pupils ‘lack literacy’ in Thai language
Pattani: Many students of private religious schools in the far South cannot read, speak or write Thai, a problem compounded by alleged misuse of state education subsidies, the Pattani special task force says
— Bangkok Post

Has Rama X revived Thailand’s death penalty?
When Thailand announced on Monday night that it had carried out its first execution in nine years, the news was met with shock.
— New Mandala

Commerce Min eyes FTAs with three nations in latter half of 2018
The Ministry of Commerce is keen to finalize free trade agreements with three more countries in the second half of 2018.

Thailand produces more than 190,000 vehicles in May
Thailand last month produced more then 193,000 vehicles, a increase of 13.94% compared to the same month of 2017, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
— News Today (video)

Canadian agents vote Thailand top destination in the Asia-Pacific
Canadian travel agents recently named Thailand as the Asia-Pacific’s top destination at the recent Agents’ Choice Awards hosted by Baxter Media, Canada’s largest provider of travel industry news and information.
— TAT News

Eight destitute centers cleared of corruption by PACC
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has, so far, cleared eight out of 76 provinces nationwide of being free of corruption in their handling of funds for the destitute through the destitute protection centers.

PM: Relations with neighboring countries are strong
The Prime Minister says that Thailand’s relationships with its neighbors are strong, as evidenced by an increase in border trade.
— News Today (video)

Over 8,500 pigs impounded after being tested for enhancing meat color substances
The Livestock Development Department has impounded 8,540 pigs from four pig farms in Ratchaburi province after initial strip tests at the farms show positive results of the use of meat coloring enhancement chemicals in the animals.
— Thai PBS

Police to press charges against illegal e-waste importers
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has laid down plans to press money-laundering, fraud and tax-evading charges against firms allegedly smuggling electronic waste into Thailand.
— News Today (video)

Bus, rail ticketing plan falls into chaos
The Transport Ministry’s efforts to integrate a common ticketing system into 2,600 public buses in Bangkok will be delayed for a month, the ministry says.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ranked 4th lowest in unemployment
Online websites have ranked Thailand one of the countries with the least unemployment, the Labour Ministry reports.

Renewable energy should be focus of new power plan: expert
EXPERTS ARE urging Thai authorities to change their mindset about power development and to be more in step with global trends by prioritising renewable energy. Adopting a new approach would solve current problems, such as the current excessive electricity reserve margin and greenhouse gas emissions from the reliance on fossil-fuel energy.
— The Nation

Online tools allowing flood forecast up to 9 months tested in The Chao Phraya
After facing a devastating flood disaster in 2011, Thailand has been on the alert to try to prevent floods and droughts, especially along the Chao Phraya- the major river in Thailand. Currently, a new tool is being tested to allow decision makers to forecast approaching disasters 6-9 months before they occur. Suchanee Rungmueanpon has the details.
— News Today (video)

Thailand to serve as electrical appliance distribution hub for Chinese company
Chinese investors have joined hands with Thai businesses to invest in the electrical appliances industry, setting up operations in an industrial estate near Suvarnabhumi Airport and leveraging Thailand’s role as a distribution hub for the ASEAN market.
— News Today (video)

Mae Chan Tai coffee beans – From community business to world market
Chiang Rai province has a good reputation for producing high quality tea leaves and coffee beans grown in plantations in a favorable climate. A variety of internationally-known brand names are produced by value-adding, community-based businesses. They include Mae Chan Tai coffee, which has already made itself well known on the world market. For more on the matter we join our correspondent.
— News Today (video)

Internal Trade Department clarifies measures in agricultural product administration
The director-general of the Department of Internal Trade has disclosed that preparations are being made for a conference on agricultural production.
— News Today (video)

Rescue operation launched to help 11 footballers and a coach trapped inside a flooded cave
Rescue workers are trying to rescue a soccer team and their coach who have been trapped inside a flooded cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district since Saturday evening.
— Thai PBS

Science and Technology Ministry unveils food innovation factory
The Ministry of Science and Technology has unveiled its food innovation factory, providing a complete food processing service to entrepreneurs looking to invent new products.
— News Today (video)

SPECIAL REPORT: The bitter truth behind the sugarcane boom
As more and more rice farmers switch to sugarcane, health issues and conflict arise over exposure to excessive chemicals
— The Nation

Justice Fund spends about 14mn baht monthly on bails for poor people
The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice disclosed that Justice Fund spends an average amount of 14 million baht monthly on bail.

Public opinions sought for proposed restructure of the Sangha Supreme Council
The Office of the Council of State (Krisdika) is seeking public opinions and monks on the proposed amendments of the existing Monastic Act with an aim to restructure the Sangha Supreme Council.
— Thai PBS

Small-scale electricity comes to remote Lamphun
ELECTRICITY is making its way to remote and small communities that have long struggled without the very basic public utility.
— The Nation

Russian prosecutors vague on heinous Phuket extortion, murder case
Russian prosecutors have announced that they have concluded their investigation of a crime committed by Russian nationals in Thailand several years ago, with the only known case to match the description provided being the kidnapping and murder of Alexei Slabinskiy in Phuket in 2014.
— The Phuket News


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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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