Heavy rains wreak havoc across the North
Localized flooding in parts of Chiang Mai
The military helps the Municipality in
installing pumps to remove water out of flooded Chiang Mai neighborhoods on
August 31, 2014.
Heavy rains from August 27 to September 2, 2014 saw homes damaged in
Chiang Mai due to landslides caused by localized flooding but Chiang Rai and
Mae Hong Son caused far more damage, sweeping away four people with the body
a Chiang Rai teacher found later, six people have killed due to flooding in
17 provinces over the past week.
Houses were damaged in a landslide on August 30 in Ton Duea Sub-district in
Mae Ai after heavy rains but there were no injuries or deaths. Royal Relief
packages were distributed to owners of damaged houses.
Muang District was hit by localized flooding on August 31 when Fah Mai Kad
Kom, Sri Ping Muang and Nantharam communities were deluged by rainwater.
These low lying communities saw half a meter of water but the Chiang Mai
Municipality, military and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office used
pumps to remove water out of the area as well as open floodgates to drain
water. Other areas of the city also saw rainwater fill streets, causing
traffic jams and congestion.
Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son were also hit by heavy rains and flash floods
with over 1,000 homes damaged by flash floods coming off Huai Mae Pao
Mountain, villagers reported some areas saw water as high as 1 meter.
Since the start of the rainy season in Chiang Mai in July 26 districts have
seen flooding problems affecting 35, 901 people, damaging 4,175 rai of
farmland, and 53 buildings. Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya allocated money
for Chai Prakan and Phrao for emergency repairs. Further damaged areas will
be assessed for need.
The North has been deluged by rains due to due to low pressure zones and
southwesterly monsoons that have covered the region.
Reduced fares for red songthaews
Red songthaews will now offer service for 10
baht for adults and 5 baht for students with the government subsidizing the
drivers for the lost income in a bid to reduce traffic congestion.
The new routes for red songthaews have proved problematic Governor Suriya
Prasatbuntitya reported at a press conference on August 26, 2014 saying that
many drivers complained that passengers on the scheduled routes have been
few and that many could not distinguish between the regular routes and the
general songthaews especially as fare prices were different. The government
determined to reduce prices to 10 baht for adults and 5 baht for students
and support the songthaew drivers by paying them 8 baht per kilometer.
At a meeting between the Nakon Lanna Bus Cooperative, the 33rd Military
Circle; Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office and with Dr. Poon
Thiengburanathum, Lecturer in Department of Civil Engineering Faculty of
Engineering CMU who has been on the committee to troubleshoot traffic
problems in Chiang Mai, it was determined to add two special routes to the
11 songthaew routes and 1 Chiang Mai Municipal bus route. The two new routes
are Route 7, which runs from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., leaving every 20
minutes to support all around the area, and Route 13, which leaves from
Chang Puak Bus Station to Warorot Market for 5 baht. All songthaews have now
signed up on the 13 routes.
The committee hopes that by reducing fares and requiring red songthaews to
have signs noting their routes that more people will use songthaews and ease
No parking in front of Suan Dok Hospital from September 15
Parking on the opposite side of Suthep Road allowed
Beginning September 15, 2014 there will be no
parking allowed in front of Suan Dok Hospital on Suthep Road.
Parking alongside the road next to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital, or Suan Dok as it is known, will be illegal beginning September
15, 2014 in a bid to reduce the heavy traffic jams that plague Suthep Road
The Subcommittee for the Management of Land Traffic Chiang Mai said that the
number of vehicles parking next to the hospital has made it difficult for
emergency vehicles to enter the hospital and during rush hour causes severe
traffic jams. The hospital already has a large parking structure on
Sirimangkalajarn with a shuttle service that can hold more than 1,000 cars.
The Subcommittee unanimously resolved to prohibit parking on Suthep Road in
front of the hospital at all times, the ban will be in effect 24 hours a
day. People can still park on the opposite side of the road but if the
problem persists they will consider barring parking on the opposite side of
the road during rush hour.
The Traffic Police are publicizing the changes and coordinating with the
Chiang Mai Municipality to paint No Parking red and white stripes along the
curb and to install No Parking signs in the area. The No Parking regulation
will be enforced beginning September 15, 2014.
City demolishes billboards on
the sidewalk at 3 Kings Monument
Municipal workers take down a large billboard
installed illegally near Three Kings Monument.
The Chiang Mai Municipality ended up taking down illegally installed
signboards and billboards erected on the sidewalk in the Three Kings
Monument area after requests to remove them had gone unanswered.
On August 27, 2014 Deputy Mayor Chatri Cheumanochan joined with officers to
check out signs that had been installed on public sidewalks without
permission. Municipality workers then removed them from the area around
Three Kings Monument, Assadathorn Intersection and the Hua Lin Corner.
The Municipality had requested that the signs be removed on August 21 and
plan to prosecute Three Sixty Five Public Co. Ltd. for erecting the signs
illegally as they had damaged public property by drilling holes in the
sidewalks and streets to install the billboards without permission.
The Municipality plans on investigating thirteen areas around the city and
removing all illegal billboards and signs. Companies that have damaged
public property to install the signs without permission will also be subject
Growers of Japanese rice
in Phrao to be paid in installments
Meeting held to negotiate payments
Growers of Japanese rice in Phrao negotiate
payment of the remaining balance owed for rice that was delivered to
Jiraporn Rice Mill.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Growers of Japanese rice in Phrao District met with Piroj
Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai to
negotiate over unpaid invoices to Jiraporn Rice Mill in Mae Suai District of
Chiang Rai. The group had filed a request for assistance with Chiang Mai
province as they had delivered rice to the mill with the promise of payment
in 90 days but they had not received payment in full. The Provincial
government assigned the Office of Commercial Affairs to call a meeting
between the mill and the growers to negotiate payment.
Sanang Supara, representing Jiraporn Rice Mill, explained that the mill has
financial liquidity problems because they had imported rice from Vietnam to
sell in Thailand but the price of rice dropped. Also the company had to pay
for repairs to machinery damaged in the May 2014 6.3 earthquake that struck
Chiang Rai. The mill had bene unable to pay the growers in full but had
begun making installment payments to the farmers through agents in each
group for the 82 million baht owed. The remaining balance of 24 million baht
should be paid off by September 30, 2014.
The growers agreed to the deal and the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang
Mai ordered the rice mill to coordinate with each representative group to
allocate payment for growers.
Damrongdhama Center of Chiang Mai Province opens hotline for complaints
Members of the public are encouraged to use the
Damrongdhama Center at City Hall to file complaints and use government
services. A hotline was also set up at 1567 to receive complaints from the
The Damrongdhama Center of Chiang Mai Province was opened on July
30, 2014 to receive public complaints on corruption and problems as well as
integrate public services into a one stop location including payment of
electricity bills, request for installation of an electric meter, tax
payment for cars and motorcycles, notification services and others.
The Center opened a hotline call center to receive reports and complaints
from the public on September 1, 2014. People are encouraged to call 1567 to
report issues such as corruption, forest incursion, and Land Department
Viroon Phantevee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office said that the
Province had received reports on 328 issues from Jan 1-Aug 20l 177 of those
had been assigned to the Chiang Mai Governor and 151 issues to the 33rd
Military Circle. The top three complaints are for incursion of forest areas
for possession, complaints about government officials, and disputes about
Fallen soldier returns
home to Lamphun
The body of Master Sergeant Second Class Nimit Thammakas, 2nd Rifle Squad
Leader, 15th Special Unit, 1st infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment,
Kawila Camp, Chiang Mai who died while on duty in Bannagsta district, Yala
returned home to the North on August 22, 2014 where his casket was greeted
with full military honors at Wing 41 Military Airport. Maj. Gen. Sarayuth
Rangsee, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle and Col. Sutat
Jarumanee, Commander of 7th Infantry Regiment led corps of honor of the 33rd
Military Circle and 7th Infantry Regiment, along with soldiers and officials
in the ceremony. The family returned to their home in Lamphun to hold a
religious ceremony at Wat Ban Mae Moei in Mae Tha, the royal cremation was
held on August 25, 2014. The Master Sergeant was promoted to Lieutenant
Colonel posthumously to honor his sacrifice.
Proposed Ton Pao Bypass to undergo feasibility study
Faculty of Engineering, CMU chosen to assess the project
The Department of Rural Roads has chosen the Faculty of Engineering
at Chiang Mai University to conduct a feasibility and environmental impact
assessment on the proposed Ton Pao Bypass in San Kamphaeng to connect
Highway 121 with Highway 1014.
The original study initially studied four routes, each approximate 15 km
long. They considered impact on the local community, drainage and flood
issues and considered which one would be most effective for the budget.
They chose the route through Ban San Ton Muang Tai, Ton Pao Place Village,
and highway number 1014 which is about 100 meters north of Wat Buak Ped and
CMU Faculty of Engineering will conduct a feasibility and environmental
impact report on this route, said Dr. Preda Pichayapan, Lecturer in
Department of Civil Engineering, CMU.
If the study finds the route to be appropriate the Department of Rural Roads
will set the budget to survey and detailed design or issue a decree for
expropriation of land, and will ask for the budget for the year 2017 and
will start construction in 2018 with budget of 800 million baht.
Parents demand refund
for education in Taiwan
Angry parents demand a refund of school fees for
their children who were supposed to attend school in Taiwan at City Hall on
August 26, 2014.
A group of angry parents gathered in front of Chiang Mai City Hall
on August 26, 2014 calling on the Secondary Educational Service Area Office
34 to refund fees for education in Taiwan. The parents had paid 40,000 baht
each to send their children to school in Taiwan but the children were not
able to attend school.
They had asked for a refund from the Secondary Educational Service Area
Office 34 but had not received any payment. More than 1.5 million baht was
due to the group of over 20 parents.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Sakcheewin Wattalo, Acting
Director of the Secondary Educational Service Area Office 34 met with the
group to listen to their grievances. The Governor said they will coordinate
with the Ministry of Education to refund the parents’ money by the end of
24 hour airport to support
economic growth in Chiang Mai
Informational meeting held for the public
Chiang Mai International Airport may see 24 hour
service by April 2015. (Photo by calflier001via Wikimedia Commons)
An informational seminar by academics and aviation specialists was held on
August 29, 2014 for members of the community around the airport to learn
more about the advantages and disadvantages of the 24 hour flights at Chiang
Mai International Airport.
Held by the Airports of Thailand (AoT), Wing Commander Lakchai Chaloeyprach,
director of the airport, said that the growth of Chinese tourism to Chiang
Mai has seen the addition of many late night flights to accommodate the
influx of tourists and that to increase service it was necessary to open the
airport 24 hours a day.
Chiang Mai International Airport currently closes at midnight while Hat Yai
closes at 10 p.m. Phuket International Airport, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang
airports are open 24 hours.
Dr. Prasak Thavornyutikarn, on the committee of the Urban Development
Institute Foundation said that if people in the area hear sounds up to 80
decibels of aircraft for 24 hours there will be huge impact on public
health. He added that aircraft use fuel with over 20 chemicals and that in
the winter when the air flow is less, this will also have an impact on
health. He said that Chiang Mai should promote tourism but not at the
expense of public health.
Residents of the Nimmanoradee housing estate in Mae Hia complained that the
noise is already quite loud and constant with the sound of more than 200
flights a day. People want to change the direction of the landing from the
south to the north in a hope that it will reduce the problem. There is also
the problem of houses affected by waste and damaged roads that they want the
airport solve. However, Thaweechai Singharach, Advisor for Mae Hia
Municipality said that before the 24 hour opening, AOT must organize a
public hearing for people in Mae Hia to give their input as well.
If all parties agree then Chiang Mai International Airport will start 24
hour a day service from April 2015.
Targeting the Japanese Long Stay Market
Attracting Japanese retirees to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A seminar on targeting the Japanese Long Stay Market in a bid to
make Chiang Mai more attractive to Japanese retirees was held at Chiang Mai
Hill Hotel on August 28, 2014 where Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and
Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii spoke on the need to develop
strategies to penetrate the long –stay Japanese market.
The strategies need to create cooperation between long –stay businesspeople
in Thailand and those overseas, to create the ability to negotiate with
long-stay groups in both the public and private sectors, to exchange
information between Thai and foreign businesspeople and clients, and to
increase the standards of long-stay businesses in Thailand.
Additionally they plan to create comprehensive services based on
international services, to work with local businesspeople to develop
international competitiveness, to be a source of information for agencies,
both public and private, domestic and international and to meet the
government’s policy of driving Chiang Mai to be a hub for Medical Tourism
and to develop the economy and create jobs locally.
Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai said that investors
find the long-stay tourism industry in Thailand of interest and that the
development of goods and services to attract customers by understanding the
values, needs and lifestyles of their customers is vital. He added that the
seminar offered local businesspeople a good opportunity to meet with
representatives from two Japanese organizations that have worked extensively
with elderly Japanese; JTIRO and the Long Stay Foundation.
Chiang Mai readies for TEDx
TEDx organizers join Deputy Governor Chareonrit
Sa-nguansat and U.S. Consul General Michael Heath at the TEDx press
conference held at CAMP at Maya on September 2, 2014.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat was on hand with
U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and TEDx organizers at the press
conference announcing details of the upcoming TEDx talks to be held at Le
Meridien Chiang Mai on September 27, 2014.
The Deputy Governor welcomed the TEDx initiative as an important part of the
creative city initiative and the development of Chiang Mai as a creative
center in the North. He was joined by the Director of the Science and
Technology Park Dr. Tanyanuparb Anantana, Chairman of the Chiang Mai
Creative Committee and CMU Vice President Associate Professor Doctor
Sermkiat Jomjunyong and organizers Jirawan Wongdokmai, Piriya
Kulganchanacheewin and Martin Venzky-Stalling.
TEDx is an offshoot of the popular TED talks started in the United States
almost 30 years ago that is devoted to the support of creative thought,
design, technology and education. TEDx talks have been held in Chiang Mai
offering a program of local and international speakers. This year the event
will be broadcast live on the internet or in person at Le Meridien. The
theme for this year’s TEDx talks is “Creating Connections” and will feature
such varied speakers as photographer Hossein Formani, Joe Sidek, Ploypan
Theerachai, Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, Ooi GEok Ling, and many others
including Thailand’s first astronaut. Simultaneous translation in Thai and
English will be provided on headphones.
TEDx plans to launch a TEDxChiangMai Youth event in November and TEDx Chiang
Mai will feature some of those student speakers on stage. Tickets are
available at www.tedxchiangmai.com and the program will start at 8:45 a.m.
Tickets do need to be purchased in advance as last year’s event sold out
Tour Guides protest against foreign guides
Members of the Care Lanna Tour Guide
community or Rak Lanna, protest against foreign tour guides and Zero
Dollar Tours at City Hall on August 20, 2014.
Members of the Rak Lanna Tour Guide Community filed a formal
protest with the Chiang Mai Governor to request that the government
resolve the issue of foreign tour guides working in Chiang Mai as well
as the Zero Dollar Tour issue on August 20, 2014.
Viroon Phantevee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office and Montree
Piyakul, the Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism &
Sports met to receive the demand letter at the Provincial Damrongtham
Center to send the letter to Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism &
The group called on the abolishment of Zero Dollar Tours in which tour
companies bringing in tour groups provide only air transportation and
visa costs and the tour company in Chiang Mai must charge the tourist
with expenses such as accommodation, meals and other things. The tour
companies pass on the costs to tour guides who then take tourists to buy
expensive products and receive a kickback or charge for high cost
Tour companies end up hiring illegal foreign guides who are better able
to talk tourists into spending money on extras, they added that often
these tour companies and guides deceive tourists into spending money or
do not take them to a hotel or abandon them if they do not pay.
The tour guides called on the government to enforce regulations against
foreign tour guides and to ensure that tourists that come to Chiang Mai
are treated fairly by tour companies by removing the Zero Dollar Tours.
Foreign gang arrested with faked bank cards, cloning equipment
A Swedish man and a Filipino man were
charged with credit card fraud after they were arrested trying to use a
faked card at Tesco Lotus Khamtieng.
A Swedish man and a Filipino man were arrested by Region 5
police after they had allegedly used fake credit cards to withdraw cash
from several ATMs at banks in Chiang Mai.
Using CCTV camera footage police were able to track down the two men,
Per John Robin Bentley, age 29 of Sweden and Martin Philip Javellana
Magno, age 31 of the Philippines, at a hotel in Chang Puak. Found in
their hotel were serial number stamping machine, a laminator, 2 e-card
readers, a skimming tool set and two small camcorders that were adapted
to record at ATMs and 500 cloned cards.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak Theerasawat, Deputy Commissioner of Police
Region 5 and Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of Investigation
Division Provincial Police Region 5 said at the press conference on
August 22, 2014 that they had tracked the two men and found them using
several faked cards to pay for goods at the Tesco Lotus Khamtieng but
the cards were declined. They went back to the hotel for a new card and
returned to Lotus to pay again. The police arrested them there when a
bank officer showed that the card had been faked.
The suspects confessed that they had done the same thing in the
Philippines and South Korea many times, and had previously used faked
cards in Pattaya, Phuket and Hat Yai, before were arrested in Chiang
Mai. Total damages are estimated at not less than 10 million baht. They
said colleagues overseas would send data from copied cards and they
would use the cards to withdraw cash at ATMs and buy items such as
computers and cameras and then sell them later for cash.
Mr. Bentley told police that they had bought the equipment in China. The
police believe that there may be Thai citizens involved in the gang and
are investigating further.
Week of arrests yields over half a million Yaba pills
Traffickers arrested in Chiang Dao with 388,000 pills
Police found 388,888 methamphetamine pills
hidden in a car in Chiang Dao on August 24, part of arrests that yielded
over 509,000 Yaba pills in a week.
On August 24, 2014 Region 5 police announced the arrest of three men
with 388,888 methamphetamine tablets hidden in the spare tire and back
of the seat of their Nissan car.
The men, from Mae Chaem, Mae Rim and Mae Hong Son, were arrested at a
rented room in Chiang Dao after police received a tip off that two cars
would be smuggling drugs through the checkpoint in Pang Ma Kong. Police
tracked the two cars to the rented room and found no drugs in the room
but a search of the vehicles yielded 388,888 Yaba tablets hidden in the
spare tire, back of the driver’s seat and air box.
The suspects confessed to police that they had been hired to smuggle the
drugs from the border at Chai Prakan and then repack the drugs in tea
bags. They had been paid 40,000 baht each to move the drugs. Police
found the drugs come from the Lt. Col. Yi Sae network.
On August 27 police and soldiers arrested a Kamphaeng Phet man at the
Pha Hong Checkpoint in Chai Prakan with 40,000 methamphetamine pills
hidden in a Toyota Fortuner. Police had received a tip off that someone
would be smuggling drugs along this route. When they stopped the car
they uncovered the drugs, the suspect confessed to police that he had
been paid 200,000 baht to smuggle the drugs from Fang to Muang Chiang
Mai. He was arrested around midnight and told police that he thought
there would be no officers at the checkpoint late at night.
On August 30, 2014 police found 80,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in
a bag in the luggage compartment of the Chiang Mai – Khon Kaen – Ubon
Ratchathani bus from Phetprasert Co. Ltd. The bus was stopped in Den
Chai District of Phrae where police uncovered the drugs. The bag
belonged to a man from Hod District who confessed that he had been paid
200,000 baht to bring the drugs to Petchabun.
On August 31, 2014 police and military targeted drug users in raids in
the Nong Tong Sub-district of Hang Dong. The team, led by Sakchai
Kunanuwatchaidech, Hang Dong Chief District Officer along with 90
officers of police, military, administration, and Territorial Defense
Volunteers, arrested many retail drug sellers and addicts, 12 of those
arrested agreed to attend rehab camp in Hang Dong. Police uncovered 159
methamphetamine pills and seized 12,000 baht in cash.
Snatch and grab thieves arrested with stolen mobile phone
A Chiang Mai couple were charged with theft
and possession of stolen goods after grabbing a mobile phone off a bar
stool on Loi Kroh. They confessed to six other thefts of a similar
Muang Chiang Mai police arrested a Chiang Mai couple after
receiving a report of a stolen mobile phone at a bar on Loi Kroh Road on
August 26, 2014. The owner put the phone on a stool in front of the bar
and the couple made off with the phone. Police were able to track the
couple down using CCTV camera footage and found them near Somphet Market
with the stolen phone.
The couple, Chadpong Saengla, age 27, and Chutikarn Duangjai, age 22,
were charged with burglary and with possession of stolen property. They
confessed to police that they had also been involved in a bag snatch at
Siam Massage in Sri Phum District on August 4 that police had been
investigating as well as 5 other thefts.
Gambling den uncovered in San Patong
Superintendent transferred out
A 24 hour gambling den was uncovered in San
Patong and 36 people were arrested in the early morning raid.
Police raided a gambling den in a house in San Patong on August 27,
2014 and arrested 36 people; 15 men and 21 women in the raid. The gambling
den, which was open 24 hours a day, was owned by Yodruen Unkham, according
to Col. Weerawut Niamnoi, the Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial
Police Station, who added that 50 military and police took part in the early
Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region
5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police ordered the immediate
transfer of the Superintendent of San Patong Police Station, Pol. Col.
Sompoch Sonkanok along with Pol. Maj. Chakriyut Chotiwachirapong,
Investigation Inspector to the Provincial Police Headquarters. Pol. Lt. Col.
Samphan Sirima, Deputy Superintendent of Mae Ping Police Station, was
assigned as Acting Superintendent of San Patong Police Station from August,
27, 2014. Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas also commanded all areas in
Chiang Mai to check for gambling and if there is found to be gambling or a
gambling den the superintendent of that area will be disciplined
for government agencies
The Electronic Government Agency (EGA) held
a roadshow on government e-services for government employees at the
Empress Hotel on August 22, 2014.
The Electronic Government Agency (EGA) held their 2nd EGA
Roadshow at the Empress Hotel on August 22, 2014 to introduce e-services
available in the North.
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat opened the event with Airada
Luangvilai, Deputy Director of EGA who noted that the roadshow was being
held to introduce the services of the EGA to government agencies in the
North. The roadshow, which saw over 150 participants from government
agencies take part in seminars and view exhibits, was held to create
awareness of the agency’s role and services to government agencies.
The EGA is confident that government agencies will be able to use their
services to link and integrate information from all sectors of the
government to assist in administration and public service.
The EGA provides services to government agencies without charge such as
the Government Information Network (GIN) which integrates the
infrastructure of the Government Information Network for the entire
country to a network of government agencies that are available and
extend the network to cover all parts of government,; G-Cloud, Cloud
Security Alliance, or CSA Thailand, and G-SaaS or Government Software .
These services would also allow government agencies to lease software
easily and at a low cost.
Charoenrit Sa-nguansat, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor said that the
administration of Chiang Mai for budget year 2015 will be based on the
GIN of EGA, a useful service that supports and enhances administration
to support effective public service.
AIS donates raincoats
for the Traffic Police
Dulyadej Shinawatra, Northern
Regional Assistant Director of the Bureau of Operations for
Advanced Info Service PCL (AIS) donated 150 raincoats to Pol.
Col. Sittichai Thananchai, head of Chiang Mai Traffic Police in
an effort to help the Traffic Police remain efficient on the job
during the rainy season.
Governor travels to Om Koi to meet with residents
Nine year old girl receives aid
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya
traveled to Om Koi District on August 21 to meet with locals and
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya traveled to Om Koi
District on August 21, 2014 to meet with almost 1,000 residents
at the Om Koi Witthayakhom School. He was joined by the heads of
45 government agencies and local government in Om Koi where he
met with locals and distributed aid bags, provided financial
assistance to 110 people and saw Sor Por Kor land titles issued
to 40 disadvantaged people.
Additionally the governor met with a Prathom 3 student from Yang
Piang School, Wilawan Panon, who received assistance to travel
to the hospital in Chiang Mai to receive treatment for her
The Chiang Mai Provincial Fisheries Office also gave 30,000 fish
to heads of communities for distribution in lakes and ponds
around the district.
CMU Development Fund to be managed privately
Kasikorn and SCB Asset sign MOU
Chiang Mai University President
Associate Professor Niwes Nantachit, M.D. signed the MOU with
Smith Panomyong, Director of SCBAM and Chongrak Rattanapian,
Executive Chairman of Kasikorn Asset Management Company Limited.
He was joined by Asst. Prof. Dr. Chirawan Chaisuwan, Assistant
President for Financial and Property Management, Dr. Sathit
Limpongpan, President of the CMU Development Fund Management
Committee and Honorary Professor Dr. Kasem Watanachai, Privy
Councillor and President of CMU Council.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai University signed a Memorandum of
Understanding authorizing management of the University’s private
funds with SCB Asset Management Company Limited (SCBAM) and
Kasikorn Asset Management Company Limited on August 23, 2014 at
Asst. Prof. Dr. Chirawan Chaisuwan, Assistant President for
Financial and Property Management said that the CMU Council
created the CMU Development Fund following Chiang Mai
University’s regulations on Chiang Mai University Development
Fund B.E. 2552 (2009), by compiled asset of 5 CMU’s funds,
consisting of the Income Fund, Promotion Fund, 45 Years Fund,
Research Fund and Personnel development Fund, and appointed the
CMU Development Fund Management Committee to select
organizations to privately manage these funds.
The committee, headed by Dr. Sathit Limpongpan chose Kasikorn
and SCB Assets and signed an MOU with the organizations to that
effect. Investment management of the private fund is a new
approach for CMU. The committee expects that the MOU signing
will lead to partnerships with the private sector in management
other property of the University.
Chamber organizes seminar for SMEs in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Thai Chamber of Commerce held a seminar titled
“SMEs; How to Make Money” on August 29, 2014 at the Empress
Hotel Chiang Mai which saw Isara Vongkusolkit, Chairman of the
Thai Chamber of Commerce and President of the Board of Trade
Thailand preside over the opening ceremony with Governor Suriya
The seminar was sponsored by MitrPhol Group, SCG, Thai Bev,
KBank, SCB, BBL, and co-sponsored by Charoen Motor Benz Co.,
Ltd. and many other leading companies in Chiang Mai. Activities
in the seminar included a lecture on “Looking for the Future of
Thai SMEs in ASEAN” by Dr. Aat Pisanwanich, Dean of the
Economics Faculty and Director of University of the Thai Chamber
of Commerce’s Center for International Trade Studies as well as
a dialogue on “What are lenders looking for” by Assistant
Managing Director of KBank. There were many other discussions of
interest to SME companies.
The seminar was held to create an understanding of the need for
a business plan, the exchange of experience in business, and to
inspire and develop SMEs entrepreneurs to play a key role in
driving sustainable economic growth.