Thailand morning news for July 12

Thailand morning news for July 12
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Thailand morning news66 NCPO orders revoked in latest issue of Royal Gazette
The recent issue of the Royal Gazette has announced the revocation of 66 instructions imposed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) via Section 44 of the interim constitution. The revocation took effect immediately.
— NBT World (video)

Strengthening Thai Baht Strangling Thailand’s Economy
In a joint statement, three leading business associations slashed their 2019 economic growth and export forecasts for Thailand as the Thai Baht continues it strength.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thai produce shipments to China rising
The Trade Negotiations Department says shipments of fruits and vegetables to China rose by 31% year-on-year to US$1.2 billion in the January-May period, boosted by the Asean-China Free Trade Area.
— Fresh Plaza

Business leaders slash growth forecast, call for rate cut
Three leading business associations slashed their 2019 economic growth and export forecasts on Wednesday, and urged the central bank to cut interest rates to slow the strengthening of the baht, which this year has risen more than other Asian currencies.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Dengue Fever infections highest in five years
The Thai Bureau of Epidemiology, at the Department of Disease Control, reports that there have been 44,671 cases of dengue fever reported in the country, the highest number in five years, indicating that there have been 67.62 dengue patients in every 100,000 of the Thai population, which is 1.6 times higher than last year.
— The Thaiger

Beaten Up, Used as Mosquito Buffet: Freshman Spills on Latest SOTUS Hazing
A freshman and her parents have filed a police complaint against senior students who hazed her class by kicking students until they bruised, and splashing them with water and dirt to encourage mosquito bites.
— Khaosod English

World’s First Truly Elephant Friendly Camp Opens for Business in Thailand
In 2017, World Animal Protection, along with various travel industry leaders, presented a business case to a group of about 15 elephant camps in Thailand.
— Travel Pulse

Pattaya – 30% down this year, European tourist drop-off
The strength of the baht, rising tourist locations elsewhere around the region, fickle tourists has seen a demographic shift in Pattaya’s tourists and what they are doing during their visits.
— The Thaiger

Two officers defend the killing of protected leopard cat and snake
Two non-commissioned army officers, based in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, have separately defended the killing of a leopard cat and a Chinese rat snake, both protected species.
— Thai PBS News

Asean defence ministers discuss proposals
Asean defence ministers on Thursday exchanged views on the situation in the South China Sea in which some members of the grouping and China are at odds.
— Bangkok Post

It’s not how Cabinet looks; it’s how Prayut formed it
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may have taken one step closer to the brink with the Cabinet he has set up.
— Thai PBS News

Foreign aircraft maintenance investors to be set conditions
A royal decree will be issued to lay down conditions for foreign parties wanting to set up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations in Thailand, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
— Bangkok Post

New Thai cabinet eases uncertainty, but doubts persist over economy
The appointment of Thailand’s new cabinet dispels some political uncertainty, but doubts remain over its ability to spur long-term growth in an economy that lags regional peers, analysts said on Thursday.
— Reuters

2020 tourism marketing plan aimed at generating 10 % more revenue
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set a target for Thailand’s tourism revenue growth by 10 percent in 2020 and will ensure that the socio-economic benefits of international and domestic tourism are spread right across the country.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s Fintech future
The World Bank has suggested the Thai government reduce inequalities in access to capital, in order to facilitate Financial Technology (Fintech) development.
— NBT World (video)

Heatstroke concerned among Thai doctors during Hajj pilgrimage
Doctors have voiced their concerns over Thai pilgrims in Saudi Arabia catching heatstroke, as they have to face the scorching temperature of 46 degree Celsius during the day in Medina.
— NBT World (video)

Citi sees firm baht through year-end
The baht’s value is likely to remain firm until the beginning of 2020 amid a weaker dollar and expectations of US monetary stimulus, says Citi Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

TDRI gives mixed ratings to government’s performance in digital economy policy
The outgoing government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made some achievements and, at the same time, failed in its policy to drive Thailand toward a digital economy over the past five years, according to an assessment by Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
— Thai PBS News

ASEAN environment officials discuss marine debris issue
The permanent secretaries for environment from the 10 ASEAN member states discussed important environmental issues at a meeting in Bangkok this week.
— Pattaya Mail

EU-Vietnam trade deal prompts concern in Thailand
On June 30 in Hanoi, Vietnamese and EU officials signed a new free trade deal that could shift the balance of manufacturing in the region.
— Asean Today

Thai smartphone users prepared for 5G
A recent survey of 35,000 people around the world reportedly shows that there will be as many as 1.9 billion 5G subscribers globally in the next five years.
— OpenGov Asia

Thammanat says he was innocent
A new deputy agriculture minister has dismissed reports about his past criminal record, claiming he was innocent and the opposition was trying to discredit him.
— Bangkok Post

Rebuilding confidence top priority, says Somkid
Rebuilding the confidence of investors and the overall public is the top priority for the new government, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Air Force trainer plane crashes in Chiang Mai, killing the pilot
A Royal Thai Air Force trainer aircraft crashed in Sarapee district of the northern province of Chiang Mai while on a training flight today, killing the pilot and injuring a second officer on board.
— Thai PBS News

Somkid says new Thai Government will speed up stimulus spending as growth falters
Somkid Jatusripitak, a day after being officially announced as a Deputy PM and head of the finance ministry, says he will speed up investment in key infrastructure projects to boost the country’s growth rate to 3.5% for the rest of 2019.
— The Thaiger

ERC stands pat on fuel tariff rate
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Thursday approved the continuation of the fuel tariff (Ft) rate of 3.64 baht per kilowatt-hour for September-December, the third period of 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Joint Drill With US Won’t Upset China, Prawit Says at ASEAN Summit
An upcoming naval exercise between the Asean community with the United States will have no impact on the group’s relations with China, defense minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok police under investigation for beating up restrained drunk in back of truck
Seven officers from the Laksong Police Station are currently under investigation following an incident of police brutality in Lat Laksong district of Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Arrested man had 37 guns
Police investigating a complaint of shots being fired at night in a village discovered a mini-arsenal when they searched the suspect’s house in Muang district on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Real estate developers’ confidence falls in Q2 2019
The confidence index of real estate developers for the second quarter of this year has dropped to 42.2 points from 50.4 points for the first quarter.
— Thailand Business News

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry holds e-Consular seminar
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand has held an e-Consular seminar for its consulate officials in countries around the globe, as many are set to increase visa-free travel for Thai passport holders.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand could lose hosting rights for 2020 AFC U-23 Championship due to unfinished stadiums
Football Association of Thailand (FAT) are wary that Thailand could lose their rights to host the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship due to slow progress in stadium renovation works.
— FOX Sports Asia

Week of Vietnamese goods to take place in Thailand in October
Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Industry and Trade said on July 11 that it will coordinate with the Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (BJC) of Thailand to organise a week of Vietnamese goods in Thailand from October 23 to 27.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave sees influx of tourists a year after daring rescue | Video
It’s been a year since 12 boys and their football coach were rescued from the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand, after getting trapped.
— CNA (video)

Agenda for ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2019
Thailand is hosting the 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (13th ADMM) from July 10th to 12th in Bangkok.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s advances in UN SDGs seen boosting investment competitiveness
Thailand advancing 19 places from last year to rank 40th globally and first in ASEAN in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report will bolster the country’s competitiveness as more investors see sustainability performance as relevant to their decisions, said Thailand Board of Investment (BOI)’s chief.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Fruit sales reach record high
Sales of four major fruits, including durian, have reached record highs this year, with sales totalling over 7.4 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai to open new 1.44 hectare public park on Charoen Prates Road
City staff are reported to be working hard on landscape improvements, including the planting of large trees, in an area to be named “Charoen Prates Park” when the renovations  are complete.
— Thai PBS News

Farmers resort to household waste water to save their crops in Suphan Buri
Some farmers in Don Jedi district of Suphan Buri, one of Thailand’s “rice bowl” provinces, are turning to using household waste water to irrigate their parched farmland.
— The Thaiger

Tawandang revives restaurant expansion
Restaurant operator Tawandang German Brewery Co has re-entered Thailand’s 400-billion-baht restaurant market in a bid to boost sales.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket’s looming high season water crisis
Water shortages are almost a certainty for Phuket in the next high season with the rainfall for this year’s wet season well below average.
— The Thaiger


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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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