Thailand morning news for October 29

Thailand morning news for October 29
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Thai Union Group unaffected by US GSP cut
The decision by US President Donald Trump to cut Thailand’s access to preferential trade concessions under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme will have no effect on Thailand’s largest seafood exporter
— AEC News Today

THAI told to speed up ฿156bn baht new aircraft purchase plan
Transport Minister Saksayam has ordered Thai Airways International to conclude its plan to purchase a fleet of 38 new aircraft, to replace its aging fleet at an estimated cost of 156 billion baht, within six months.
— Thai PBS News

Fiscal Policy Office slashes GDP forecast for 2019 from 3% to 2.8%
Blaming external factors, the Office of Fiscal Policy at the Finance Ministry has revised downward the economic growth (GDP) forecast for 2019 to 2.8%.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand will negotiate with US on GSP issue during ASEAN Summit in Bangkok
Thailand will hold talks with the United States, about the GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) suspension for Thai exports to the US market, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, being held in Bangkok from November 2nd to 4th, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday).
— Thai PBS News

Over 1,000 expected to attend ASEAN business summit
More than 1,000 business leader, high-level government officials and representatives of private sectors as well as academics and members of civil society from across the region are expected to attend the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) to be held in Bangkok on November 2-3.
— Thai PBS News

September factory output seen down 2%
Annual manufacturing output in September likely declined at a slower pace than in the previous month, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to push forward digital development to strengthen ASEAN connectivity
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said he will lead Thailand to drive digital development in Southeast Asia as a means to strengthen connectivity among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s Sept foreign tourist arrivals up 10% y/y – ministry
Tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 10.11% in September from a year earlier, after an increase of 7.35% in August, the tourism ministry said in a statement.
— Yahoo News

Scammers’ assets targeted
The Ministry of Justice has ordered officials to find ways of ensuring that victims of pyramid schemes get their money back, either by confiscating scammers’ assets, using tax measures or by other means.
— Bangkok Post

Elon Musk’s hearing over Thai cave diver ‘pedo guy’ slur to begin amid ‘con man’ investigation
An academic in South Africa has cast doubt on Elon Musk’s defence that the term “pedo guy” is a common insult in Pretoria and therefore not defamatory, ahead of Tuesday’s hearing and his legal counsel doubling-down on the stance to the ABC.
— ABC News

Commerce Minister says United States only expressing concern over chemical ban
The United States Department of Agriculture has called on the Thai government to review the ban on three hazardous chemicals used in the agricultural sector whereas Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has instructed the Department of Foreign Trade to study the effects on Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Dead sea turtle found floating near Pattaya beach
A dead Sea turtle has been found floating near Pattaya beach. ‘PattayaWatchdog’ Facebook page reported that yesterday they were notified of the dead sea turtle which was found floating in the sea near Pattaya beach.
— The Pattaya News

Thanathorn shrugs off resignation of 120 party members
About 120 members of the Future Forward party, including 30 former election candidates, resigned en masse today (Monday), accusing the party leadership of breaking promises.
— Thai PBS News

Pope’s Mass set to spill beyond Bangkok stadium
Tens of thousands of Catholics are expected to attend the Holy Mass given by Pope Francis at the National Stadium on Nov 21.
— Bangkok Post

Body in fridge sparks murder probe
Police are searching for a female friend of Wannee Jiracharoenying, a wealthy estate developer believed to have been murdered after a decomposing body was found in a refrigerator at a house in Chiang Mai’s Chom Thong district on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Temp in N and NE Thailand to drop 2-4°C from tomorrow until Friday
Temperatures in the northern and north-eastern regions of Thailand are forecast to drop 2-4°C from tomorrow until November 1st due to a cold front moving in from China.
— Thai PBS News

One man dead, one seriously injured after shooting at chicken fight in Chonburi
Chonburi Police are hunting for a prime suspect as one person has died and one person was injured from gunshots after a chicken fight ended in tragedy near Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

When and Where to Catch Pope Francis in Bangkok
BANGKOK — Pope Francis will roll down the streets of the Thai capital in a locally-made, electric Popemobile during his apolistic visit this November.
— Khaosod English

Phuket hosts massive “Kao Kon La Kao” charity run featuring Toon
13,000 people flocked to Layan Beach last Sunday for the “Kao Kon La Kao – Southern Series”. Led by the Kao Foundation’s Founder, marathon runner and hugely popular Tha rock star, Artiwara (Toon) Kongmala.
— The Thaiger

Thai exports will suffer from Trump labour rights decision
The Thai export sector will suffer another blow after the US President Donald Trump announced on Friday the suspension of 1.3 billion dollars worth of duty-free trade for certain Thai goods, claiming Thailand has not taken steps to protect the labor rights.
— The Thaiger

Thai banks report strong mortgage growth despite April’s new loan regulations
Ever since the Thai government enforced the higher loan-to-value ratios on property lenders last April, borrowers and developers have been generally unhappy with the result – a sluggish new home-buyer market.
— The Thaiger

Red Bull’s Thai rivals top global peers on overseas ambition
Red Bull GmbH’s two Thai major rivals have outperformed most global beverage stocks as they extend their domestic success against the world’s biggest energy drink maker to overseas markets.
— Bangkok Post

Police arrest Australian Hell’s Angels member
Police said Monday they have arrested an Australian Hell’s Angels gang member who is wanted on drug charges in Western Australia.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn Welcomes China’s Bigger Role, Denies Supporting HK Protests
Opposition co-leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Monday said he has never lent his support to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, contrary to a claim made by the army chief earlier this month.
— Khaosod English

Ministry weighs halving airport fee for charter flights
The Transport Ministry plans a 50% discount on landing and parking fees for charter flights to boost tourism.
— Bangkok Post

BMA stops taxi motorcyclists riding on pavements or job denied
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has conducted a survey of taxi motorcyclists before introducing a penalty against them riding on pavements which could see them prohibited from doing the job for three years.
— Newsline (video)

ASEAN Symposium on Industrial Transformation to Industry 4.0
In the hope of moving Thailand and the rest of the ASEAN region towards the industry 4.0 era, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June hosted the “ASEAN Symposium on Industrial Transformation to Industry 4.0” to allow participants to exchange thoughts on industrial innovations
— Newsline (video)

Pensions need drastic reform
Becoming an aged society is a big challenge for Thailand, especially when it comes to welfare provided by existing pension schemes.
— Bangkok Post

Illegal market tents removed in Prachuap Khiri Khan
Residents of the Gulf coast’s Prachuab Kiri Khan are in two minds about the removal of market trader tents that were encroaching on a busy public road, according to Matichon Online.
— The Thaiger

Singha Estate, Thailand’s top property holding company, will submit SHR IPO, spinning off its Hospitality Business, raising funds to expand at home and abroad.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese Premier’s trip to Uzbekistan, Thailand to cement ties, all-round cooperation among SCO, East Asia
Premier Li Keqiang’s upcoming trip to Uzbekistan and Thailand is of great importance to cementing cooperation among both SCO members and East Asian states, as well as solidifying Chinese relations with Uzbekistan and Thailand, senior officials said at a press briefing Monday.
— Xinhuanet

The scourge of human trafficking
The case of 39 people, most Vietnamese, found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Britain highlighted the fact that human trafficking and modern slavery are still a huge problem for Asia, and the entire world for that matter.
— Bangkok Post

What Thais want to see in 2020 Budget
In a few months’ time, the current Thai government’s position could be hanging in the balance.
— The Asean Post

Energy Min fast tracking urgent policies
Ensuring successful realization of key national energy policies, the Ministry of Energy has set a 3-month deadline on urgent projects, giving priority to those related to grassroots economies such as community power plants, and a farm products pricing increase on purchases for fuel production.
— Newsline (video)

Myanmar seeks Thai help in arrest of fugitive gold mining executive
Myanmar will seek the help of Thai law enforcement officials to arrest a gold mining executive who fled to the kingdom after he fled an arrest warrant for allegedly violating a government order to stop extraction of precious metal in his concession.
— Myanmar Times

UPDATE 1-Thailand’s Siam Cement to list packaging unit, eyes expansion
Thailand’s largest industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group Pcl plans the initial public offer (IPO) of its subsidiary, SCG Packaging, the company said in a statement to the stock exchange on Monday.
— Reuters

Govt keen to adopt China’s strategy on poverty
The government is interested in adopting China’s model of tackling poverty, Deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to develop strategic initiatives in the biomedical, life science and medical device industries in collaboration with PhenoMx, Inc. a US healthtech company
The Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), a public organisation, and PhenoMx, Inc., a US-based health technology company, announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop strategic initiatives for Thailand in the biomedical, life science and medical device industries.
— Yahoo Finance (media release)

Moon to visit Thailand, Mexico, Chile in November
Cheong Wa Dae announced Monday, President Moon Jae-in will visit Thailand next week for an annual international conference followed by an official trip to Mexico and his participation in another global meeting to be held in Chile.

Foodies on cloud nine
At a bustling warehouse market, tucked away on a back street off busy Rama IV Road, around 50 Grab delivery drivers hang around a takeout counter waiting to get pinged on their smartphones for new food deliveries.
— Bangkok Post

Carnival Magic added to Phuket’s offerings
Phuket FantaSea, a subsidiary of Safari World, the country’s biggest theme park operator, is set to open its 5-billion-baht Carnival Magic next year as a new magnet to draw tourists to Phuket.
— Bangkok Post travel


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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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