Thailand Morning News For June 28

Thailand Morning News For June 28

Thailand morning newsForeign experts join rescue mission
Three cavediving experts from UK arrive; US assistance on the way as search for 13 footballers in cave continues.
— The Nation (annoying auto-play video popups)

ASP warns of 5-year capital outflow high
Capital outflows from Thailand’s stock market are expected to persist and could reach a five-year high of 200 billion baht this year, mainly due to the US’s macroeconomic policies, says Asia Plus Securities (ASP).
— Bangkok Post

His Majesty urges streamlined rescue of youth soccer team
His Majesty the King has urged authorities in charge of the operation to locate and rescue the team of young soccer players believed lost in a large cave complex in Chiang Rai province, by reducing the number of officials in the cave for greater efficiency.
— The Nation

Social media lights up with concern for missing boys
FOR FIVE DAYS NOW, Thais have been glued to media and online social networks for news of the mission to rescue 12 young footballers and their coach missing inside a huge cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district.
— The Nation

TDRI: Government badly needs AI strategy for competitiveness
Thailand has yet to formulate its strategy and allocate significant budget for artificial intelligence (AI) development, said Somkiat Tangkitvanich, president of the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
— Bangkok Post

Environmental tax could cut e-waste
The Finance Ministry has floated the idea of imposing an environmental tax in a bid to reduce electronic waste.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign workers urged to register with government before 30 June
Provincial Employment Department offices nationwide are urgently identifying the nationality and processing work permits for foreign workers by 30th June, since this deadline will not be extended again.
— News Today (video)

Support team races against clock to install water pumps as water levels rise in cave
A SUPPORT TEAM involved in the rescue mission to save 12 young footballers and their coach who are stranded in the flooded Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai province said the situation inside the cave was worsening due to the rising water levels and they were working against the clock to install water pumps.
— The Nation

Japan to cooperate for Thailand joining TPP free trade talks
The foreign ministers of Japan and Thailand agreed on Wednesday to step up cooperation for Bangkok to join talks on participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade framework.
— Bangkok Post

BTS told to change spectrum band in bid to end breakdowns
THE National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has suggested that the Skytrain operator shift to another spectrum band for its signalling system as a long-term solution to the jams that have hit Bangkok’s Skytrain service 10 times within a single month.
— The Nation

Thailand -Cambodia coordinate to protected areas and trans-boundary
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) hosts a workshop between Thailand and Cambodia on Protected areas and Trans-boundary Biodiversity Conservation Landscape management.

Press council asks media to do their jobs properly in their coverage of the rescue operations
The National Press Council sought cooperation from members of the media who have been covering the search and rescue operations at the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non to do their job in an orderly manner that will not pose an obstruction to the officials, to check facts to ensure accuracy and to take into consideration the privacy right of the missing 13 footballers and coach.
— Thai PBS

Thaland hosts CEAPAD III on Palestine’s social, economic development
Thailand reconfirmed its commitment to helping Palestine achieve internal social and economic development by hosting the third Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD III).

Transport Ministry makes progress in high speed railway development
The Ministry of Transport has issued a report to China Radio International (CRI) regarding railway infrastructure development being undertaken by Thailand and China.
— News Today (video)

TOT switches off mobile phone network along BTS route for two days
TOT has agreed to shut down its 2300 MkH bandwidth mobile phone network along ten stations of BTS skytrain route for two days to prevent disruption of the radio communication in the signal system of the train.
— Thai PBS

Bangkok’s governor sends a warning letter to BTS after service failure
Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, the Governor of Bangkok said today that Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has sent a warning letter to Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC) due to the frequent service failures early this week. BTSC claims that the problem will be resolved by Friday.

Nine arrests net 70 million baht in drugs and assets
Five successful drug busts had led to the arrest of nine suspects along with 700kg of marijuana, 2.8kg of cocaine, 306,000 methamphetamine pills, 2kg of crystal meth or “ice”, four vehicles and 12 cell phones.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

CPF set to revolutionise broiler supply chains
Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has introduced cloud technology in a bid to increase operation efficiency across its broiler business.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Phuket residents protest CPF pork-processing plant
Local residents in Mai Khao, at the northern end of the island, yesterday (June 26) staged a protest against a pork processing plant from being built in their neighbourhood, saying that it will directly affect the local environment and their community.
— The Phuket News

Commerce Ministry organizes Thailand-Singapore Business Networking
The Ministry of Commerce organized an event titled Thailand-Singapore Business Networking to create opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Higher rates may trigger next crisis
THE next global financial crisis would be caused by higher interest rates, not trade tensions or geopolitics and political factors, said Samy Chaar, chief economist of Lombard Odier, a Switzerland-based private bank, yesterday.
— The Nation

Go-Jek reveals new brands for Thailand and Vietnam
Indonesian ride-hailing app Go-Jek revealed the names and branding for the separate units it is establishing in Thailand and Vietnam, two countries which are part of the company’s $500 million regional expansion plan, Tech in Asia reported.
— Investvine

Thailand ranked fourth for least amount of unemployed citizens
Thailand has been ranked fourth in the world among countries with the least unemployed citizens, underlining the government’s efforts to support employment.

Visa brings e-payment options to Thailand
Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, is now processing debit transactions in Thailand.
— The Nation

TAT launches ‘Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak’ this surfing season
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Surfing Thailand and Phuket Surfing Club is organising the “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” that will run from June to October 2018.
— TAT News

Call to focus on cyber crimes
Asean law enforcement officials must work together to create a channel where they can communicate and share information about cyber crimes as the offences are transnational, according to permanent secretary for justice Wisit Wisitsora-at.
— Bangkok Post

10 global food and beverage trends transforming the Thai market
10 food and beverage trends around the world have already trickled into the Thai market in 2018, and are starting to shape the ‘next generation’ of consumer demands.
— Food Navigator-Asia

PH Capital to double number of Pizza Hut outlets
PH CAPITAL, which owns the franchise rights for Pizza Hut restaurants in Thailand, yesterday said it plans to double the size of the business by 2020.
— The Nation

Cabinet agrees to set up new PPP fund, extend lease deal with Thai Oil
The Cabinet has given a green light to the establishment of a new public-private partnership (PPP) fund as well as the extension of the land lease agreement with Thai Oil Public Company Limited for another 30 years.

Local auto market sales could pass 1m
Thailand’s car market is expected to exceed 1 million units sold in 2018 after many Japanese car makers witnessed double-digit growth the first five months.
— Bangkok Post

MQDC claims a first in upcycle of waste
MAGNOLIA Quality Development Corporation Ltd (MQDC) plans to spend Bt6 billion over the next 10 years on the research and development (R&D) of innovative products and for the upcycling of waste for use in building construction, chief executive officer Visit Malaisirirat said yesterday.
— The Nation

Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce reports higher confidence index for Q2 of 2018
The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) has released its overall confidence index for the second quarter of this year, which rose on an improved outlook for future economic growth among Thai businesses.

Thailand reconfirms status as top tapioca exporter during World Tapioca Conference
The Ministry of Commerce opened the World Tapioca Conference 2018 with Thailand currently being the world’s top tapioca exporter.

Siam Cement to unload 60% stake in SSC
SET-listed Siam Cement Plc (SCG), Thailand’s largest cement maker and industrial conglomerate, is divesting itself of a 60% stake in Siam Stabilizers and Chemicals Co Ltd (SSC), to be taken up by Sakai Chemical Industry Co Ltd (SCI).
— Bangkok Post


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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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