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.
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
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.