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Hat Yai hotels fully booked for Chinese New Year

HAT YAI, Feb 8 - Hotel rooms in Thailand’s southern tourist haven of Hat Yai are at full occupancy, now fully booked, mostly by tourists for the Chinese New Year this weekend, according to the president of the Hat Yai-Songkhla Hotel Association.

Somchart Pimthanapoonporn said Hat Yai's business district is lively and the city has been festooned with Chinese-style decorations ahead of the city's Chinese New Year 2013.

He said all the city's hotel rooms are fully booked for the Feb 10-16 festival, with an increased inflow of both domestic and international tourists feeling confident about the government's security measures.

He said combined forces of police, soldiers and civilians have been deployed across the city around the clock and checkpoints have been set up to ensure safety for local residents and tourists as part of stiff security measures to prevent any untoward incident by insurgent groups.

About Bt200 million is expected to be circulated during the upcoming festivities, said the association president.

Public-private sectors agree on transparency in gov’t projects

BANGKOK, Feb 7 – Thailand’s Transport Ministry and the independent Anti-Corruption Organisation (ACO) agreed today to launch a concrete attempt to fight corruption in Thailand given the government’s planned budget of Bt2.2 trillion (about US$7.4 million) for infrastructure development.

Transport Minister Chatchart Sittipan and Anti-Corruption Chairman Pramon Sutheewong said a ‘virtue agreement’ will be released, compelling stakeholders, including civil servants, political appointees, heads of government offices and private investors to sign before the start of a bidding process.

They must clearly state their willingness to disclose information and operate their businesses transparently, Mr Chatchart said.

Mr Pramon said that private investors who fail to sign the agreement will be barred from bidding on the project.

Permanent Secretary for Transport Vichien Poteposri was assigned to work on the draft virtue agreement and submit it to the transport minister for approval. Drafting should take about a month.

They also agreed that an observation committee must be set up to inspect and follow up projects to ensure transparency from the stage acquisition to drafting of terms of agreement, bidding and construction.

Mr Pramon described the joint agreement as a stepping stone towards major change in fighting corruption in Thailand. (MCOT online news)

Deputy PM Kittiratt blows top on threat to BoT governor

BANGKOK, Feb 8 – Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong vehemently put the brakes on rumours that political pressure has been applied on Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul to resign.

Mr Kittiratt, concurrently finance minister, said bluntly, “Please stop talking about it. Stop spreading the [false] news.”

Unconfirmed reports have been circulated that the government was trying to unseat Mr Prasarn amid conflicts with the BoT over the country’s directives about the policy interest rate and action on the sharp appreciation of Thailand's baht currency.

Mr Prasarn insisted earlier that he did not feel pressured regarding Mr Kittirat’s letter to BoT Board Chairman Virabongsa Ramangkura asking him to supervise the operations of the central bank and the Monetary Policy Office (MPO).

The finance minister wanted the MPO to reduce the policy interest rate and take action on the inflows of foreign capital and the strengthening Thai baht.

Mr Prasarn said he has always taken the government’s policy into consideration in making any decision. (MCOT online news)

Thailand poised to be Honda’s base in Asia

BANGKOK, 7 February 2013 (NNT) - Honda has announced to establish its Asian production base in Thailand with an investment of more than 20 billion baht. The company will expand production capacity at Rojana Industrial Park and build a new plant in Prachin Buri province.

President and CEO of Asian Honda Motor and President of Honda Automobile Thailand Hiroshi Kobayashi said Honda would invest 20 billion baht more in Thailand by setting up a new plant in Prachin Buri worth over 17 billion baht with a production capacity of 120,000 cars a year. The rest worth 2.9 billion baht would be spent to increase Honda’s production capacity at its existing plant in Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya province, to 300,000 cars a year, Mr Kabayashi said.

When the two plants fully operate, Honda’s total production capacity will reach 420,000 cars a year, making Thailand the company’s main production base of cars and parts for various markets which continuously see rising demands for the products.

Thai durian exports affected by Indonesian measures

BANGKOK, Feb 6 - Thailand's Agriculture Ministry is concerned of Thai durian exports which are affected by Indonesia's new ban on agricultural imports.

Thai Agriculture Minister Yukol Lim-laemthong said the Indonesian import ban will negatively affect the durian business at about Bt600 million/year in value.

The ministry's deputy permanent-secretary Chalit Dhamrongsak was assigned to travel to Indonesia to negotiate with the appropriate agencies to fix the problem immediately.

Mr Yukol said the ministry, meanwhile, is planning to control the amount of durian to be supplied to the market in May to comply with domestic demand, while durian exports will also be promoted. If the fruit cannot be exported to Indonesia, new markets are to be looked for such as in Vietnam or China.

The durian harvest this year is expected at a demand level of 529,500 tonnes, an increase of 1.12 per cent compared to last year.

The central and southern regions of Thailand have the highest areas of durian plantation together at over 500,000 tonnes of production. (MCOT online news)

Six groups picked for Thailand’s water management projects

BANGKOK, Feb 6 – Six corporate groups have been selected to prepare conceptual plans on Thailand’s water resources management which will cost the country Bt350 billion (US$11.7 billion), according to Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi.

Mr Plodprasop, in his capacity as chairman of the Water and Natural Disaster Management Committee, said eight corporate groups joined the process and selection of the six winners was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday.

The six groups consist of 15 Thai firms and 16 international companies, he said, adding that the committee intentionally wanted a mixture of Thai and foreign companies.

Thai companies are more knowledgeable on Thailand’s geography and water resources channels while overseas firms are experienced and apply technology in water management, the deputy premier said. The foreign companies are based in China, Japan and Korea.

The six corporate groups will propose details on construction and technical aspects, time frame and expense by April when bid winners will be announced by a selection committee to be specially set up for the purpose.

The selection committee will work closely with a consultant firm which will be in charge of supervising construction of all the projects, Mr Plodprasop said.

The six corporate groups which won bids for the conceptual plans are Korea Water Resources Corporation (K. Water), Japan-Thai Joint Business Group, ITD Power China JV, Thailand Team Joint Business Group, Summit SUT Joint Business Group and Loxley Joint Business Group.

Two groups which failed in the bids are China CAMC Engineering Co and Consortium TKC Global from Korea.

The projects involve construction of reservoirs along major rivers from northern Thailand to the central region, development of agricultural and irrigation zones, construction of floodways and flood diversion channels and improvements to the flood warning system. (MCOT online news)

PM insists Finance Minister Kittiratt stay on as economic chief

BANGKOK, Feb 5 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stood firm today that her deputy Kittiratt Na-Ranong must remain head of the government’s economic team despite a hiccup regarding two state-operated commercial banks and the rocketing inflow of foreign capital into Thailand.

She made the statement in response to a question by reporters on whether Mr Kittiratt, deputy prime minister and finance minister, will be ousted from the government’s economic think tank in an imminent cabinet reshuffle given the problem of escalating non-performing loans (NPL) at the SME Bank and the Islamic Bank of Thailand (IBank). Both banks were instructed to submit their rehabilitation plans to the Finance Ministry.

Mr Kittiratt said a resolution of their NPLs will not be reached soon as the Finance Ministry must study guidelines on solutions to the problem as recommended by the World Bank.

He admitted that he was concerned with the loan defaults of the two banks but said there are several alternatives in solving the problem including capital increase and separation of non-performing and performing loans so that management of the performing loans continues.

Merging with other state-run banks such as the Government Savings Bank needs further discussion but a conclusion will not be reached soon, he said.

Mr Kittiratt said his recent letter to the Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was merely an expression of concern over the country’s high interest rate, adding that he did it in his capacity as finance minister who is obliged by the law to supervise the central bank.

Ampon Kittiampon, an MPC member, said the finance minister’s signal for an adjustment of policy interest rate was not a pressure on the committee, adding that several elements must be taken into consideration in reducing the interest rate. (MCOT online news)

BoT governor not pressured by Finance Min’s letter

BANGKOK, 6 February 2013 (NNT) – Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said he is not pressured or threatened by the Finance Minister’s letter, calling for interest rate cut, after the BoT has suffered an accumulated loss from its dealing with the Thai currency speculations.

Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong has recently sent a letter to BoT Chairman Veerapong Ramangkul, demanding the BoT to take action on currency fluctuation and impose a rate cut to help ease the effects of Baht’s strength.

In response to the letter, the BoT governor said the move was only an act of concern and gave him no pressure, while assuring he is still doing his job. However, he declined to comment on the interest rate policy. He further revealed that the letter has been seen by the BoT board, adding any further action will rest upon the board as he could not speak on behalf of them.

Commerce Ministry kicks off agricultural fair

BANGKOK, 6 February 2013 (NNT) – The Commerce Ministry has kicked off an agricultural fair at the ministry in Nonthaburi Province, offering consumer products and food for the offering on Chinese New Year at low price.

Permanent Secretary for Commerce Vachari Vimooktayon presided over the opening of the agricultural fair. Consumers can enjoy reasonably-priced items, such as pork, chicken, vegetables, fruits and other products needed for the Chinese New Year Festival’s worship rites. The Lunar New Year this year will be on February 10th.

Ms Vachari stated that products available at the fair are 20-40% cheaper than in the market. Boiled chicken, for example, is sold at 180 baht each; while pork is sold at 115 baht per kilogram.

In addition, the permanent secretary stated the fair is also aimed to help farmers release their stockpiles and stimulate the economy. The fair is held during February 6-8, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Commerce Ministry in Nonthaburi Province.

Cargo shipping in Thailand expected to grow

BANGKOK, 6 February 2013 (NNT)-Kasikorn Research Center is confident that shipping business will expand this year due to export growth, although operators are warned of fierce competition and natural disasters.

According to the research center, given the improving global economy, many industries across the board begin to expand. Cargo ships are likely to carry more products as several industries, such as auto-makers, have turned to manufacturing for export rather than catering to local consumers since the first car policy has expired.

The shipping volume is collectively expected to rise by 8-10% to around 100 billion baht worth this year with approximately 88 million more tons of commodities being shipped overseas through both the Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Sea Port.

However, Kasikorn Research Center is warning cargo operators to mind several risk factors that may harm their businesses. They include rival competitions, natural disasters, labor shortages, minimum wage rise and the stronger Baht. Thailand is ranked the world’s 56th most equipped sea port, according the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 ranking.

Thailand still remains behind other ASEAN members like Singapore and Malaysia, in terms of shipping infrastructure.

Transport Ministry to submit draft law on mega transport projects to Cabinet

BANGKOK, 3 February 2013 (NNT) - The Ministry of Transport has completed a draft of law, intended for the country’s transport efficiency enhancement and logistics cost reduction. The draft will soon be submitted for Cabinet consideration.

Minister of Transport Chadchart Sittipunt said, on Sunday, that the ministry’s draft of a new Act to authorize the Ministry of Finance to borrow up to two trillion baht for the country’s widely-anticipated transport infrastructure development projects.

Mr. Chadchart stated that draft will soon be submitted to the Cabinet for review.

He added that the Ministry of Transport is also working on the details of all projects to be included in the full version of the law, as some of them may be implemented with funds from the state budget or under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.

The Transport Minister said that a conclusion will soon be drawn and presented to the Cabinet.

Regarding the 2-billilon baht pension payout plan for the State Railway of Thailand (SRT)’s retired employees, Mr. Chadchart said that the Ministry of Finance will likely have to borrow to execute the payment, even though the original Cabinet resolution called for the use of the SRT’s own assets.

Govt brushes off reports of business shutdowns due to wage rise

BANGKOK, 3 February 2013 (NNT) - The government has dismissed news reports of business shutdowns, caused by the new 300-baht daily minimum wage raise, but promised to look into the issues and offer possible assistance when needed.

Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikua said during the weekly’ “Yingluck Government Meets the People” program on Saturday that the government has introduced some measures to help and support SMEs, who could be in need of assistance to help them better cope with the new daily minimum wage policy.

Mr. Nattawut said that such measures include low interest loans, the improvement of machineries to boost productivity, and the support for their penetration into international markets.

The deputy minister confirmed that, so far, no business has been shut down because of the minimum wage hike, which came into effect across the country since January 1, 2013. He said that those out of business did so because of their operational losses.

However, Mr. Nattawut stated that the government will conduct a survey to see how the country’s SMEs have been affected by the minimum wage increase and how they may want the government to help.

Meanwhile, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanon Intharakomalsut said that the 300-baht daily minimum wage policy has particularly hit those in the textile and electronics industries in the Northern region. He suggested the government to subsidize the difference of the old and the new wages, saying that this approach will cost the state coffer only 20 billion baht.

22 non-Thai companies breach foreign business law

BANGKOK, Feb 4 – Thailand's Ministry of Commerce has identified 22 violators of the Thai Foreign Business Act for holding more than half of the corporate shares when the law limits foreign ownership at a maximum 49 per cent.

Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikua said today that random checks by the Business Development Department found the 22 companies – 20 in Chonburi and two in Prachuap Khiri Khan – had breached the law by having Thai citizens holding shares in proxy for them.

The Foreign Business Act limits non-Thai ownership in a business operation in the kingdom at 49 per cent.

Mr Nattawut said the 53 Thais and foreigners in the 22 companies are in large- and small-sized real estate businesses, tourism, food and beverages, service and textile businesses.

Seventeen are Thai citizens and 36 others foreigners. Penalties for violating the Foreign Business Act are a maximum three-year jail term or fine between Bt100,000 and Bt1 million, or both.

The Business Development Department has concentrated its inspections in five major tourism provinces – Chonburi, Phrachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket, Surat Thani and Krabi.

Mr Nattawut said the inspections were to ensure fairness for Thai business operators, adding that foreign ownership of more than 50 per cent in a company is allowed as long as the investors inform the Commerce Ministry. (MCOT online news)

Thai AirAsia projects 20% growth this year

BANGKOK, Feb 4 – Thai AirAsia, Thailand’s largest low-cost air carrier, predicted a 20 per cent business growth with 10 million passengers using its service, or an 82 per cent occupancy per flight this year, a senior executive said today.

Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive officer, forecast an overall aviation business growth of 12-15 per cent for Thailand this year thanks to uninterrupted tourism expansion in the region and the increasing trend of tourists heading for Indochina.

Thailand has been rated one of the top destinations in the region, he said, adding that the ASEAN Economic Community, scheduled to be launched in 2015, will facilitate inter-country tourism in Indochina.

The longer winter in Europe and Asian countries like Japan and Korea is a tourism boon for tropical countries in the region, he said.

Mr Tassapon said AirAsia will enhance its fleet of 34 aircraft with seven new energy-saving Airbus 380s in the near future.

Thai AirAsia will increase the number of flights on domestic routes to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai and open several new regional routes to two Chinese cities, one Indochina city and Bhutan.

Asked if the projected high-speed train services in the region will affect the low-cost airline business, Mr Tassapon said 80 per cent of travel fees for high-speed trains worldwide is higher than those charged by low-cost airlines due to high infrastructure investment costs for rail projects.

In Bangkok, both international airports – Don Meaung and Suvarnabhumi – are not far from the city centre, and that is convenient for travellers, he said. (MCOT online news)

Thai Kitchen to the World set to get big boost

BANGKOK, Feb 4 – Thailand has targeted increasing its export of agricultural and food products by 10 per cent as part of the “Thai Kitchen to the World” programme, according to a senior Commerce Ministry official.

Srirat Rastapana, director general of the International Trade Promotion Department, said activities are being organised to promote Thai food abroad including joining food fairs in various countries, holding Thai food fairs in 12 countries, promoting health foods for export and assigning Thai commercial representatives to directly promote Thai food in Southeast Asian countries, China, India, Japan and the Middle East.

There are 19 international food events in 14 countries including the World Food Moscow 2013 in Russia Sept 16-19, Fine Food Australia 2013 in Sydney, Australia Sept 9-12, Food Taipei 2013 June 26-29 and Anuga 2013 in Cologne, Germany from Oct 5-9, she said.

She said the department will also provide consultations and assistance to Thai businessmen interested in opening restaurants or food-related businesses in Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia, and in Eastern European countries such as Russia and Poland. (MCOT online news)

Labor Ministry assures fair treatment for Thai workers overseas

BANGKOK, 4 February 2013 (NNT)-The Ministry of Labor has instructed labor attaches to Thai embassies worldwide to assure Thai workers in their respective areas of fair treatment and to make their voices heard.

Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap told Thai labor attaches in a meeting in Bangkok to hand down his policy that any controversies regarding overseas employments, particularly those affecting the country’s image must be resolved quickly. He urged them to get ready for the approaching ASEAN Economic Community.

Mr. Padermchai said he would rather see Thai workers offered a job through a government-to-government contract, than through middlemen or employment agencies which often charge their clients an exorbitant fee for a job. He added a G2G contract would ensure workers of fair treatment and living conditions.

According to him, more than 440,000 Thai laborers are working overseas; however, half of that number is working illegally, mostly in Malaysia. The minister urged Thai labor attaches to work pro-actively to win trust from workers so that they will confide in them.

Thailand to go ahead with Thai-EU FTA

BANGKOK, 4 January 2013 (NNT) - The parliament has given a green light to the government to continue talks on the Thai-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) aimed at increasing Thailand’s competitiveness in trade and investment in the EU market.

Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said on 2 February 2013 that the parliamentary joint sitting on 29 January 2013 approved a draft of the Thai-EU FTA framework submitted to the parliament by the Cabinet. The parliament’s approval will allow Thailand’s negotiating team to announce and start talks on the FTA.

The Ministry of Commerce has set a target to round off the Thai-EU FTA talks as soon as possible with hopes to raise the competitiveness of the country in trade and investment in the EU and international markets.

The minister said the Thai-EU FTA would help reduce the effects of the EU’s decision to strip Thailand of the privileges under its Generalized Scheme of Preferences on 1 January 2015. The FTA would permanently decrease tariffs for Thai exports, helping Thailand not to lose its competitiveness and prevent the EU from relocating its production base to Vietnam. The FTA would also help turn Thailand into the center of trade and investment for the EU in Asia.

Thai automotive industry set to grow this year

BANGKOK, Jan 31 – Thailand’s Industrial Economics Office forecast that the country’s automotive industry will continue to grow this year.

Industrial Economics Office Deputy-Director Hathai Uthai said the forecast was because automotive companies wanted to speed up manufacturing cars for their customers.

Overall car production is targeted at 2.5 million units, a 2.57 per cent increase from last year, half of which -- 1.25 million units, a 22.18 per cent increase from 2012 – is targeted for export.

However, Mr Hathai said domestic car sales are projected to be 12.31 per cent lower this year as the government's first-time car buyer scheme already ended.

Meanwhile, the Electrical and Electronics Industry is estimated to expand 3 per cent compared to last year, particularly in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and US markets.

According to the Industrial Economics Office, the textile and garment sector might see a slight reduction in exports but within the range of a few percentage points, while the food industry this year is expected to grow 4.7 per cent. (MCOT online news)

Red Line deal inked; some Hopewell pillars to stay

BANGKOK, Jan 31 – The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) today signed two deals, worth a combined Bt21 billion (US$700 million), to expand Bangkok’s urban mass transit rail projects to the northern side of the city.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt presided over a ceremony to sign the agreements between the SRT and Italian-Thai Development Co.

The first deal covers a 21km rail system between Bang Sue and Rangsit (Red Line) and the construction of six stations, including Don Meuang, along the route. The second agreement involves construction of the foundations for future expansion of two major stations – Samien Naree and Lak Hok.

Construction will take three years and the Transport Ministry projects the Red Line to service 30,000-40,000 commuters per hour.

Half of the existing concrete pillars of the unfinished Hopewell rail link project will be useful as structures while substandard pillars will be demolished. The pillars lining Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road were abandoned for 15 years after the Thai subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hopewell Holdings discontinued building the mega mass transit project.

Mr Chadchart said SRT retained consultants have pinpointed which pillars will be torn down and noted that the use of the remaining ones is not a breach of contract with the original contractor.

The minister said he has ordered the SRT to speed up construction of rail link stations at the Thammasat University Rangsit campus, Nava Nakhon industrial estate, Samien Naree and Lak Hok, and ensure that connections for passengers to the stations are convenient.

He said the original plan to integrate city rail links and high-speed rails could be impractical and a separate four-track system may be needed for a high-speed train.

Mr Chadchart said private contractors in provinces along the high-speed rail line will be invited to join bids to build railway stations which can be expanded to include hotels and shopping complexes. (MCOT online news)

Deputy Interior Min follows up on Dawei project

BANGKOK, 31 January 2013 (NNT) – Deputy Interior Minister Chat Kuldilok has visited Ban Phu Nam Ron, in Kanchanaburi Province, where the Italian-Thai Development Company is working on utility and infrastructure projects.

According to the deputy minister, temporary public utilities have been completed at this stage, while a 4-lane road will soon be under construction to help ease traffic in the area. Furthermore, a housing project is underway to help those people whose houses have been expropriated by the government for the construction of the Dawei economic zone. The deputy said the housing project is now 50 percent complete.

Furthermore, Mr Chat said the government considered the Dawei project as the base for the ASEAN region's economic expansion, plus Kanchanaburi Province is the border crossing point before anything can reach Dawei Deep Sea Port. All the projects in those areas must therefore be completed on schedule.

White rice standards help ensure quality of exported Thai rice

BANGKOK, 31 January 2013 (NNT) - The Department of Foreign Trade has stressed the importance of Thai white rice standards, which are hoped to help boost the global market’s confidence in the quality of Thai rice and help rice farmers sell their produce at higher prices.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade Thikhamporn Nartworathat said the standards were applicable to eight categories of exported rice, including grade 1-3 100% white rice as well as 5%, 10%, 15% and 25% white rice. He pointed out that the standardization of white rice had been around for a long time to cut the rice export process and expenses of Thai rice exporters. Most importantly, the rice standards could increase the confidence of international consumers in Thai white rice, the deputy director-general said.

If Thai rice producers fail to meet the standards, they will be subject to no punishment but they will have to improve their produce otherwise they will not be allowed to export rice.

Thailand is now the world’s number 3 rice exporter, following India and Vietnam. Compared to the same period of last year, Thailand is exporting 35% more, making it likely that the country might come back as the number 1 rice exporter.

Labor Minister: Too soon to assess pros-cons of minimum wage hike

BANGKOK, 31 January 2013 (NNT) – Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap said it was too soon to evaluate the pros and cons of the 300-baht minimum wage policy, which took effect nationwide on January 1st.

According to the minister, it is too premature to conclude whether the implementation of 300-baht daily minimum wage is good or bad, since it has only been in effect for just one month; and it would take at least 12 months for the ministry to assess the consequences of the wage hike. However, he has reaffirmed that the hike is not the main reason why a number businesses have shut down, saying most of the entrepreneurs have already adjusted themselves to the new rate since last year.

In response to reports of businesses shutting down, the minister said it was internal factors that forced them to close their doors as they had long been in the red before the 300-baht wage policy took effect.

He further stated that the Labor Ministry would press ahead with its human resources development and training programs in order to produce more workers in areas where they are needed.




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Hat Yai hotels fully booked for Chinese New Year

Public-private sectors agree on transparency in gov’t projects

Deputy PM Kittiratt blows top on threat to BoT governor

Thailand poised to be Honda’s base in Asia

Thai durian exports affected by Indonesian measures

Six groups picked for Thailand’s water management projects

PM insists Finance Minister Kittiratt stay on as economic chief

BoT governor not pressured by Finance Min’s letter

Commerce Ministry kicks off agricultural fair

Cargo shipping in Thailand expected to grow

Transport Ministry to submit draft law on mega transport projects to Cabinet

Govt brushes off reports of business shutdowns due to wage rise

22 non-Thai companies breach foreign business law

Thai AirAsia projects 20% growth this year

Thai Kitchen to the World set to get big boost

Labor Ministry assures fair treatment for Thai workers overseas

Thailand to go ahead with Thai-EU FTA

Thai automotive industry set to grow this year

Red Line deal inked; some Hopewell pillars to stay

Deputy Interior Min follows up on Dawei project

White rice standards help ensure quality of exported Thai rice

Labor Minister: Too soon to assess pros-cons of minimum wage hike



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