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Northern Motor Expo in February 2006

Govt to build database for e-auction transparency

Labor Ministry concludes new minimum wage rates

Northern Motor Expo in February 2006

Saksit Meesubkwang

Chiang Mai Industry has signed a cooperation contract with Suesakol Company and the Sport Authority of Thailand Region 5, to organize the Northern Motor Expo to be held February 11-19, 2006 at Chiang Mai 700 Year Anniversary Stadium.

Yuttapong Jiraprapapong (2nd left), president of Chiang Mai Industry shakes hand with Kwanchai Papatpong (3rd left), chairman of the board of Suesakol Company after signing cooperation contract to organize Northern Motor Expo.

Yuttapong Jiraprapapong, president of Chiang Mai Industry, said that the expo was to show the advances in auto technology to Chiang Mai and northern region residents and to offer an opportunity for car makers to gauge the local market requirements. Kwanchai Papatpong, chairman of the board of Suesakol Company which has arranged Thai motor fairs for 20 years said that Chiang Mai was the first province selected to organize the regional motor show because it was the center of the northern region.

“There are 100,000 persons expected to attend the expo within 10 days. Increased fuel oil prices and a decelerating economy probably will not affect the activity because it will be organized next year and citizens may have adjusted to the price of petrol by then,” Kwanchai said.

The highlight of the expo will be solar powered cars and hydrogen vehicles and new vehicles with the latest auto technology.

For those who cannot get down to the 27th Bangkok International Motor Show, this offers a smaller, but local, alternative.


Govt to build database for e-auction transparency

The Department of Comptroller General is gathering a profile of companies that take part in bidding for procurement for government agencies and state enterprises under the electronic-auction system.

The Comptroller-General Boonsak Jiampreecha said the operation is to ensure that e-auction procurement is transparent, and that no companies collude with each other in bidding for projects. The database of company profiles will also make it easy for the authorities to penalize offenders if they are found to conspire in the bidding process.

The department will focus on data of companies that frequently win bids and it will check for any irregularities.

This exercise will bring transparency to the e-auction system, which in itself helps the state save money while putting procurement in a systematic manner, he said. (TNA)


Labor Ministry concludes new minimum wage rates

The Ministry of Labor has concluded new minimum wage rates for Bangkok and other industry-based provinces across the country, with the increase ranging from Bt2-8 a day.

The conclusion was reached at a meeting of the central committee on minimum wage rates, held at the Ministry of Labor on July 18.

The committee decided to increase the minimum wage in Thailand’s upper southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan by Bt8 a day, the highest, followed by Bt6 a day in Bangkok and 15 other provinces, including Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chacherngsao, Saraburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kanchanaburi, Chonburi, Rayong, Trat, Lopburi and Ranong.

The committee also approved a pay rise of Bt4 a day for the country’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Lamphun, and Bt2 a day, the lowest, for the northeastern province of Ummajjaroen. However, no pay rise was approved in the country’s southernmost province of Narathiwat.

The committee said that the conclusion mostly followed the proposed wage increases submitted by the sub-committees on minimum wages in the separate areas.

The new minimum wage rates will be effective August 1.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 workers from local labor networks, under the name of the Committee on the Reconciliation of Thai Labors, gathered at Government House on July 18, demanding an increase in the minimum wage to Bt233 a day across the country. The workers also demanded that the government announce a new pay rise structure for employees of all sectors across the nation by October 1 and implement measures to strictly curb the prices of consumers’ products, as well as scrap its plan to assign the National Health Insurance Institute to solely manage the country’s medical welfare systems for employees. (TNA)



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