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Chiang Mai to get Thailand Creative Design Centre

Anti-alcohol youth association supports 2009 Alcohol Control Act

Krisana Kraisintu wins Magsaysay Award

Café Pandau Food with Life!

Minister of Industry promotes investment in the north

Chiang Mai to get Thailand Creative Design Centre

Director of TCDC Apisit Laistrooglai, and Sunitra Nimanant, president of the Thai Lanna Womens’ Association, signing the memorandum of understanding for the development of Chiang Mai’s new Thailand Creative Design Centre.

Siriporn Raweekoon
Following the success of the government-initiated Thailand Creative Design Centre, (TCDC) in Bangkok, a memorandum of understanding has been signed which will result in the setting up of a TCDC centre in Chiang Mai. The new centre will provide a source of inspiration and training for creativity in design, and will be based on similar centres operating in other countries. Further expansion of the concept to other provinces is expected.

Dr Narongchai Akarasanee, Chairman of the Government’s Office of Knowledge Management and Development (Public).
Director of TCDC Apisit Laistrooglai explained that the initial concept is being expanded to give more opportunities in learning the art of creative design to a greater number of talented young people. Instruction in business management and the raising of service standards will also be available. The centres will act as showcases for worldwide design standards as well as for the work of young Thai designers.
The Chiang Mai centre will be built at the present location of the Thai Lanna Womens’ Association, with a budget of approximately 80 million baht, and is expected to be completed by 2011. The standard of its instruction will be similar to that of the Bangkok TCDC, with the centre becoming a local source of creative art and design knowledge, design business consulting services, seminars and training in all types of design.

 

Anti-alcohol youth association supports 2009 Alcohol Control Act

Anti-alcohol youth association students displaying banners in support of the Alcohol Control Act 2009.

Supoj Thiamyoj 
On September 1, anti-alcohol youth association students from Mae Jo University, Chiang Mai University, Payap University, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Far Eastern College, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, and the Institute of Physical Education handed a letter in support of the 2009 Alcohol Control Act to the Chiang Mai governor, Amornpan Nimanant.
The letter outlined details of the association’s activities, including the welcoming of alcohol-free freshmen, an alcohol-free volunteer camp and campaigns against drinking and drunkenness at festivals such as New Year and Songkran. It also accused a number of entertainment and other venues of contravening the law regarding advertising and promotion of alcoholic drinks.
Reference to the high number of road deaths caused by drunk driving and the low average age of new drinkers, (between 15 and 17 years), was made, with the association noting its support of the Alcohol Control Act in its prevention of licensed premises within 500 metres of places of education.


Krisana Kraisintu wins Magsaysay Award

Krisana Kraisintu of Thailand receives her Ramon Magsaysay medallion and citation award, Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, from Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno during awarding ceremony Monday Aug. 31, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. The award which comes with US$50,000, is given annually to “Asia’s Heroes” in honor of the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. Krisana was cited for “the scientific crusade for affordable medicines” Krisana Kraisintu, was acknowledged for “her placing pharmaceutical rigor at the service of patients, through her determined and fearless devotion to producing much-needed generic drugs in Thailand and elsewhere in the developing world.” (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


Café Pandau Food with Life!

That well-known and much-loved organic eaterie, Café Pandau, has now completed its move from the Nimmanhaeminda area to a peaceful and charming new location on a small soi between Loi Khroh and Thapae roads.

Relaxing on the new Café Pandau’s veranda with a tray of veggie sandwiches in home-made bread are Sarah from Cultural Canvas, (left) and Duenpen from the Chiang Mai Friends’ Group.
The owner and prominent Soroptimist Noriko Yabata has worked her usual design magic, turning an old, run-down single storey building into a light, bright and beautifully decorated restaurant in which to enjoy her home- made organic delights. As a very special new treat for her customers and friends, Noriko has taken on a young baker – his bread is delicious!
The official opening will be in October – watch this space for details, and check out our Dining Out review very soon. Until then, just go there, eat there and enjoy! The new address is 118-2 Thapae Road, Soi 3. Chang Klan. If you’re confused, email on [email protected] for a map, or call for directions on 053-280-386.


Minister of Industry promotes investment in the north

Nopniwat Krailerg
At a seminar held to mark the 2009 ‘Year of Investment’, Thai Minister of Industry Charnchai Chairungrueng outlined the help given by the Board of Investment, (BOI), to businesses in the north of Thailand.
In line with present government policies of tax exemption for 6 types of investment, the BOI has provided support and special privileges for investors of 1 million baht or more, with beneficiaries including factories and power companies. The SME Bank has provided interest-free capital investment loans of between 50,000 baht and 500 million baht, with the board of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion, (OSMEP) giving free capital and assistance.
Despite lower investment levels than in other regions, the northern region is the main base for many industries, including: agriculture, processed food products; services, public utilities such as electricity from biogas and wind power; electronics, software, light industry, furniture and decorative items, with most of these industries located in Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sawan.
According to Charnchai, once full commercial relations with southern China. are guaranteed, the size of the industrial sector in the north will double. The expansion is expected within the next 5 quarters.
Charnchai, as vice-chairman of the BOI, has introduced measures to advance the restoration of trust amongst potential investors, to improve efficiency and to promote the listing of SMEs on the Thai Stock Exchange and the Market for Alternative Investment. Regulations for the establishment of certain types of operation such as housing for low income families have also been eased, and support measures and promotion of SMEs are being adjusted to take into account the world economic crisis.



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