Resort helps restore
Pra That Chum Mueng Temple
helpers, workers proudly gather in front and on top of the almost renovated
Wat Pra That Chum Mueng Temple.
During the past ten years, Chiang Mai, and in particular
the District of Mae Rim, has given the Four Seasons Resort not only a very
warm welcome, but has also given unfailing co-operation and support, helping
the success of the resort.
As part of their ‘giving back the kindness activities’ the management
looked at the small Wat Pra That Chum Mueng which they could see from the
lobby of the resort. As the temple is occupied and maintained by a lone monk
who looked a little worn out, the resort staff has taken it upon itself to
assist with the painting and general maintenance of the temple to preserve
this place of worship.
BOI encourages northern SMEs
to cooperate in trade with
Laos and southern China
Chiang Mai Northern Region Investment and Economic Center
1, together with the Board of Investment (BOI) and 10 northern provinces in
the economic square project have established a project for trade cooperation
between Thailand, Laos and southern China, passing through the border in Nan
province, to persuade SMEs businessmen to survey the trade route during May
This project will expand the opportunity of trade
investment in member states of the Mae Khong River basin, such as Laos PDR.
and southern China.
The survey will start from the Thai border at Chalerm
Phrakiart district, passing Nan to Luang Phrabang and Udomchai sub-district
in Laos PDR, and go up to Chiang Rung in Yunan precinct, southern China.
It will be to the advantage of Thai SMEs to consult and
exchange opinions with government representatives, trade chambers and
businessmen of both countries, to add opportunity of trade expanding in Mae
Khong River basin.
electricity purchase from Laos
Plans to purchase electricity from Laos’s Nam Nguen 2
Project edged closer to fruition recently when the National Energy Policy
Commission gave the green light to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on
the proposed deal.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam told reporters
after a meeting of the commission that the meeting had approved the draft
MOU on the project, which is expected to be signed in the third quarter of
the year, with the first electricity from the deal flowing into the Thai
system by July 2010.
The Nam Nguen 2 Project will produce around 2,310 million
units of electricity a year for Thailand, at a cost of 1.99 baht per unit
for the duration of the 25-year contract.
The project, which will be funded by a consortium calling
itself South East Asia Energy Co. Ltd, will entail 107 kilometers of
electricity cables in Laos being connected with a further 93 kilometers of
cables on the Thai side of the border.
One quarter of the investment in the project will come
from the Laotian government. The scheme is being touted as beneficial to
both countries, with Thailand gaining the ability to meet its energy needs,
while Laos will gain much-needed revenue. (TNA)