Thailand morning news for November 5

Thailand morning news for November 5

Thailand morning news

Thailand’s industry minister confirms no review of glyphosate ban
Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced today (Monday) that his ministry is fully committed to the decision of the National Hazardous Substances Committee to ban paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.
— Thai PBS News

India will not join RCEP trade deal in blow to sprawling Asian pact
BANGKOK – India said Monday it would not join a sprawling Asian trade pact, dealing a blow to the China-backed deal at the end of a Bangkok summit held against a backdrop of global growth fears.
— Bangkok Post

3 inmates, one of them American, shoot policeman and flee
Three drug inmates, one of them an American, shot and stabbed a police officer at the Provincial Court in Pattaya before fleeing in what appeared to be a getaway pickup truck on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

‘Still time’ for Thailand to solve duty-free issue: US official
Thailand still has time to renegotiate with the United States over a suspension of duty-free preferences on imports of Thai goods before the suspension takes effect in April, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s FDI growth momentum continued in the first nine months of 2019, BOI data shows
Thailand continued to attract rising foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of 2019, with increased number of investment project applications, particularly in targeted industries, the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) said.
— PR Newswire

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Infrastructure funds thrive amid low interest rates
As interest rates continue to be low, infrastructure funds remain attractive investment tools, with a 17.9% surge in their aggregrated market capitalisation during the first 10 months this year.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s loss of trade privileges with US is credit negative
Thailand’s loss of trade privileges with US is credit negative amid challenging external environment, according to an article from Moody’s Credit Outlook, 4 November 2019 issue.
— Thailand Business News

US views removal of GSP perks as trivial
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the recent US decision to remove Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) tariff exemptions on US$1.3 billion in Thai exports on Monday, calling the amount “trivial” and affirming there is still time for negotiations before the tariffs take effect in April.
— Bangkok Post

Treatment of perpetual debt in Malaysia in focus as Thailand adopts TAS 32
SEVERAL new accounting standards and principles are set to take effect in Thailand come next year. These include the Thai Financial Reporting Standards 9, Thai Accounting Standard 32 (TAS 32) and Thai Financial Reporting Interpretations 23.
— The Edge Markets

Business forum maps out digital future
Growth in the Asean digital economy is expected to triple to US$240 billion over the next six years thanks to an expanding middle-class population, greater internet access and changing trade models, the Asean Business and Investment Summit 2019 (Abis) was told.
— Bangkok Post

Progress expected in clearing obstacles of Thailand’s first HSR
MORE progress is expected to be made in clearing the hurdles standing in the way of Thailand’s first high speed railway (HSR) linking Bangkok and China when the premiers of the two nations meet tomorrow.
— New Straits Times

Thailand drafts ethics guidelines for AI
Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry has drafted the country’s first artificial intelligence (AI) ethics guidelines.
— OpenGov

Pact for cooperation between Indian, Thai ports finalised
In an important move, India moved closer to accessing a strategic gateway to South East Asia as it finalised a pact for cooperation between the Ranong port in Thailand and Indian ports in Kolkata, Chennai and Visakhapatnam.
— The Indian Express

Thai PM to New Zealand: Give us the sheep placenta cream
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is congratulating New Zealand on its success in producing sheep placenta cream as a value-adding agricultural example that Thailand can follow.
— Stuff

CP, Japanese startup join forces to advance Thai shrimp tech
Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) has signed a collaboration pact with Umitron, a Singapore-based Japanese technology startup for aquaculture, to pursue their shared goal of “elevating Thailand’s shrimp farming industry with advanced technology”, the former has said.
— Undercurrent News

Modi eyes closer ties with Asean
India has set its sights on forging closer trade ties with Asean via an overland route through Myanmar and Thailand, says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
— Bangkok Post

China & Thailand expect more cooperation and more business opportunities
China and Thailand have long engaged in friendly relations and trade cooperation and are looking forward to further development in their ties alongside strengthening regional cooperation.
— Fresh Plaza

Northwest China province sees closer trade ties with Thailand
Seeing his pigs becoming full-grown and ready for sale, Chinese farmer Gao Bingqiang feels relieved.
— Xinhuanet

Malaysia, China lead Asia autos production
Malaysia and China led their positions as the most attractive auto production markets, said analyst Monday.
— Xinhuanet

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EU says Salmonella issues in poultry from Thailand unresolved
The problem of Salmonella contaminated poultry meat from Thailand detected at the European border is likely to continue, according to a report.
— Food Safety News

Fitch downgrades BAFS to ‘A’, but stable
Fitch Ratings Thailand has downgraded Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services’ national long-term rating to A from A+, while maintaining BAFS’s outlook as stable.
— Bangkok Post

Govts urged to ‘re-skill’ workers
The Asean region is set to experience a skilled labour shortage in the future, due to the mismatch between the qualifications held by existing workers and the skill sets needed to achieve and succeed in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), a seminar was told.
— Bangkok Post

Revenue Dept. uses ‘carrot and stick’ to encourage dodgers to pay taxes
Thailand’s Revenue Department is employing a ‘carrot and stick’ approach to persuade about three million income-earners and about 140,000 entrepreneurs, who have never paid income taxes, to pay up.
— Thai PBS News

Suspected trafficking money launderer caught
A man allegedly playing a key role in laundering money for human traffickers was sent to jail on Monday after his four-year flight to Malaysia and then Cambodia came to an end on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

US agrees to consider Thailand’s request for a review of GSP cuts
The United States has agreed to consider Thailand’s request for a review of the suspension of trade preferences for Thai exports, under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, in order to mitigate the impacts on the Thai private sector.
— Thai PBS News

Trump “snubbed” by ASEAN in its summit with US
The Thai Foreign Ministry has tried to play down what has been seen as a partial boycott by ASEAN countries today of the ASEAN-US summit in which only three of the leaders of the regional grouping were present.
— Thai PBS News

Thai transport minister backs down over mandatory GPS in private cars and motorbikes
Thailand’s Ministry of Transport is backing down over plans for all private cars and motorcycles to be equipped with GPS devices.
— The Thaiger

Regulator to add further range to 5G auctions
The telecom regulator plans to hold an auction for the 3400-3700MHz spectrum range meant for the 5G network by next year, adding a range after announcing auctions for four spectrum ranges in February.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN Summit: China, Thailand Expect More Business Opportunities
China and Thailand have long engaged in friendly relations and trade cooperation and are looking forward to further development in their ties alongside strengthening regional cooperation.
— Khaosod English

RCEP deal hits snag but expected to be concluded next year
Concern, by India, over the prospect of cheap and mass-produced Chinese products flooding the Indian market has stalled plans to sign the world’s largest trade deal, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok.
— Thai PBS News

Negotiation outcome a major step forward for RCEP, India’s position respected and understood: PM Lee
The conclusion of text-based negotiations among 15 out of 16 nations marks a very major step forward for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4) evening.

Plans aim to bring 4m into income tax system
The Revenue Department plans to adopt a carrot-and-stick approach in an effort to add 3-4 million individual and corporate taxpayers to the system, its chief says.
— Bangkok Post

Up to 30,000 caught up in “Forex- 3D” Ponzi scheme
The Thai justice ministry has revealed that one hundred victims were preparing to press the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) to consider the “Forex-3D” Ponzi scam case as one with ‘special status’.
— The Thaiger

Popemobile for Thailand’s Papal Visit Unveiled (Photos)
A local electric-powered Nissan will serve as a vehicle for the head of the Catholic Church when he visits the faithful in Thailand later this month.
— Khaosod English

Asia-wide trade pact on course despite India, Thailand says
BANGKOK: Thailand said on Monday (Nov 4) that Asian countries had held conclusive talks on what could be the world’s biggest trade pact and there would be an announcement of success at a summit in Bangkok despite doubts raised by India.

BMA adds pedestrian walkways and better disabled access
Bangkok Post The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched a program to improve flyovers in high-traffic areas with pedestrian crossings which will also include facilities to help the elderly safely cross Bangkok’s busy roads.
— The Thaiger

BoI entices charging stations
The Board of Investment (BoI) has approved new promotional privileges for charging stations for a wider range of electric modes of transport, including boats, laying the groundwork for infrastructure required for mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).
— Bangkok Post

American, Thai Drug Suspects Stab Guard Before Fleeing Custody
A guard was severely injured in a dramatic breakout involving a US citizen and two Thai suspects at a court in Pattaya on Monday.
— Khaosod English

Two Men Arrested for Gunfight That Killed 17-Year-Old Bystander
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a deadly street shootout that killed a high school student and injured another on Sunday.
— Khaosod English

ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 6
Khun Winittha Jitkree will take the audience to small communities, in and around Manila, to see how they turn garbage into something of value to the communities.
— Thai PBS News

Talks on Asian trade deal ‘conclusive’: Commerce minister
Asian countries held conclusive talks on what could be the world’s biggest trade pact and there will be an announcement of success at a summit in Bangkok, despite doubts raised by India, Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

River of Stars: Exoplanet Named After Thai ‘Chao Phraya’ River
Thailand’s mightiest river and one of its tributaries are making their mark among the stars.
— Khaosod English

Massive Ponzi Scheme Suspect ‘Mae Manee’ Denies Wrongdoing
The woman and her husband arrested for allegedly running a ponzi scheme that racked up 850 million baht in damages deny all wrongdoing on Monday.
— Khaosod English

Chonburi manufacturers suspend operations, workers laid off
Nippon Steel Steel Processing Company storage yard and port facilities Thailand’s division of the Nippon Steel Steel Processing Company, in Rayong province, says they will suspend operations, temporarily, starting November 9, citing a steady drop in steel sales.
— The Thaiger

Malaysian company TA Global Berhad buys Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok for B2.35bn
JLL, the exclusive sales agent for Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, has confirmed that Malaysian-listed company TA Global Berhad acquired the hotel for B2.25 billion.
— The Phuket News

Baby elephants are dragged by their ears and hit with bullhooks at ‘cruel’ camp in Thailand where they are trained to perform tricks for tourists
Dozens of baby elephants are being taken from their mothers and face ‘psychological anguish’ as they are trained to perform at a camp in Thailand, an animal rights group has revealed.
— Daily Mail

UK man arrested on drugs charges by CSD police in Pattaya claims ex Thai wife set him up
A 31-year-old UK man tried on Friday to explain to Thai police who came to arrest him on a court warrant for drug dealing that the whole affair was linked to malicious and false allegations made by his ex Thai wife who sought to harass and torment him.

Airbnb puts forth guidelines for Thailand’s short-term lodging market
Airbnb has released its proposed regulatory principles for short-term accommodation in Thailand, which the home-sharing giant says would support the Thai government’s goal of driving tourist growth in the country and diversifying Thai tourism.
— TTG Asia

Inspired by Temple Fairs, Phuket’s New Theme Park to Open in 2020
The country’s largest theme park operator is set to launch yet another attraction on the tourist island of Phuket next year.
— Khaosod English

ASEAN Meeting Grapples With Trade War, Territorial Disputes
Southeast Asia should use the sway of its shared market of 650 million people and speak with “one voice” to ensure it is treated fairly in an age of protectionism, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday as leaders gathered for a regional summit.
— Khaosod English

Chip-eating, banana-loving wild elephant on the loose west of Hua Hin
Nawee, his 82 year old mother and the pet dog – 77kaoded A maverick wild elephant, creating havoc for villagers in the Huay Sat Yai area of the Kaeng Krajan national park west of Hua Hin, has been up his old tricks over the weekend.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai – the wellness destination
Wellness Tourism Resorts in Northern Thailand are quick to adapt, as wellness tourism is on the rise. Many operators now offer packages that include anything from ancient spas, yoga in the forest, and monastery stays to farm-to-table produce, local cooking, Thai kickboxing classes, and mineral hot springs.
— The Thaiger

Top 10 places to visit around Chiang Mai, on a motorbike
One of the joys of visiting Chiang Mai is travelling around on a scooter or motorbike (as long as you have a license) as you explore the countryside.
— The Thaiger

Barista with Down Syndrome becomes social media sensation in Thailand
In a small roadside café of Bangkok, a barista with Down Syndrome works hard to fight social stigma and show what people with learning disabilities can do if given a chance.


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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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