Prime minister satisfied with results of 26th ASEAN Summit and 9th IMT-GT leaders' meeting
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has expressed satisfaction with the results of the 26th ASEAN
Summit and the 9th leaders-level meeting over the Indonesia - Malaysia -
Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT).
Gen. Prayut elaborated that at the summit, Thailand appealed for a
people-centered approach to the integration of the ASEAN Community, and
for more comprehensive links in regard to the economy, security and
agriculture. He added that Thailand also appealed for greater
empowerment of the agriculture sector, so that South East Asia might
become a global food producer and be able to negotiate from that
position when implementing deals with external communities.
The prime minister said the ASEAN leaders stressed
the benefits of unification of the region on the basis of mutual gains
and the promotion of networking among the new generation of ASEAN
citizens and young entrepreneurs. The leaders endorsed three
declarations: the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on a People-Oriented,
People-Centred ASEAN; the Langkawi Declaration on the Global Movement of
Moderates; and the Declaration on Institutionalizing the Resilience of
ASEAN and its Communities and People to Disasters and Climate Change.
Gen. Prayut explained that leaders of Thailand,
Malaysia and Indonesia at the 9th IMT-GT meeting agreed to expedite the
development of transportation links along economic corridors, as well as
an expansion of cooperation in land, sea and air transport. The leaders
also agreed to promote collaboration related to Halal food manufacturing
and other aspects of trilateral cooperation.
ONESQA acknowledges 10 provinces with most outstanding schools
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – The Office for
National Education Standards and Quality Assessment of Thailand (ONESQA)
today announced the 10 provinces with the highest number of schools that
have held a position of educational excellence as determined by ONESQA,
for 15 years in a row.
From a total 31,797 schools assessed by ONESQA, only
354 schools or 1.11% received a mark of educational excellence. The ten
provinces with the greatest number of high quality schools are:
1. Bangkok (8.8%) 80/909 schools
2. Nonthaburi (7.39%) 15/203 schools
3. Phuket (4.48%) 3/67 schools
4. Samut Prakan (4.39%) 10/228 schools
5. Nakhon Phanom (4.19%) 13/310 schools
6. Pathum Thani (3.6%) 8/222 schools
7. Roi Et (3.07%) 26/848 schools
8. Prachuab Kiri Khan (2.69%) 7/260 schools
9. Maha Sarakham (2.48%) 12/483 schools
10. Yasothon (2.45%) 4/163 schools
The provinces rankings came from assessments of all factors; in Bangkok
the number of teachers available is 38,483 teachers or 9.51 percent of
the overall number, and it also has the most schools students. Most of
the students entering schools in Bangkok must first be assessed and this
leads to the high quality of education.
Prof. Dr. Channarong Pornrungroj, the ONESQA Director mentioned that the
outcomes announced, used the new area-based assessment (ABA)
measurement, which is a new assessment system, whereas previously
assessment statistics were announced to the public once every 5 years.
Accepting that this long gap between assessments of a school’s
performance, was not beneficial to the country, the system has now be
Every year, each province is being focused on, and individual reports
will be issued to each province. Therefore the data and the statistics,
will be useful for each province, and the government can use the data to
formulate future policies.
Thai Fisheries Act to rectify nation's fishing violations
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - The Royal Thai
Government Gazette has published the new Fisheries Act 2015, in the
latest effort by the government to revoke the European Union’s yellow
card on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The legislation process was streamlined in order to swiftly tackle the
issue of IUU fishing in Thai waters within the six-month timeframe set
by the European Union.
If the EU is still unsatisfied with the Kingdom’s efforts to curb IUU
fishing, it could eventually issue a red card to Thailand.
The move would cost the country an estimated 20 billion baht in revenue
from the fisheries industry.
ITALTHAI reveals five-year business strategy
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015, (NNT) - Construction and
industrial equipment distributor Italthai Industrial Company Limited
(ITALTHAI) has been preparing to invest 30 billion baht over the next
five years in the industries of machinery, construction tenders, and
service & lifestyle.
The company is on course to achieving its investment target of 12.9
billion baht this year. The conglomerate would have to increase its
investment by 25.8 billion baht to reach the five-year goal.
ITALTHAI’s latest investment is the 140 million baht project to
establish a one-stop-service firm for heavy-duty backhoe rentals. The
company also signed a 49-billion-baht contract to build a 177 MW
alternative energy power plant. The latter project is expected to begin
Meanwhile, ITALTHAI is also expected to established at least ten new
factories in India, Srilanka and the Maldives by 2022.
More parents visit pawnshop for financial assistance
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015, (NNT) - The University of
Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Economic and Business Forecasting
(CEBF) has stated that parents are increasingly relying on financial
assistance from pawnshops.
CEBF Director Thanawat Polwichai said the center projected that 50
billion baht will be spent on education-related expenses during the
primary school term this year.
Parents looking to fund their children’s education have resorted to
formal and informal financial institutes, borrowing from relatives, and
Ministry of Commerce officials previously met with school uniform
manufacturers to discuss freezing prices this year.
According to CEBF figures, an average university course is 10,000 baht
per unit each term, with additional upkeep between 1,400 and 1,500 baht.
Textbooks cost about 1,300 baht, stationery about 1,000 baht and shoes
about 1,700 baht.
First emergency response team has left for Nepal this morning
SAMUT PRAKAN, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - The first Mobile Emergency Response
Team or MERT which has been set up by the Public Health Ministry left
Suvarnabhumi Airport for Nepel this morning amidst witnesses led by
Surachet Satitramai, acting permanent secretary for Public Health.
The first batch of 19 MERT paramedics took a Thai Airways International
flight TG 319 departing Thailand at 10.15 a.m. In Nepal they will
support the international relief efforts for survivors of the earthquake
that hit the country on Saturday.
The team comprises four emergency physicians, one surgeon, four nurses,
six emergency medical technicians, two communication officers, one
psychiatrist, and one expert in disease control.
They are from the Department of Medical Services, Rajavithi Hospital,
Lerdsin Hospital, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Hospital, Chaophraya Aphai
Phu Bet Hospital in Prachin Buri, Surin Hospital, Khonkaen Hospital, and
Su-ngaikolok Hospital in Narathiwat.
Royal Thai Air Force to deliver the second round of necessities to Nepal
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT)-The Royal Thai Air Force
will be delivering the second round of necessities to help the quake
survivors in Nepal and bringing Thais people back home.
According to Royal Thai Air Force Air Chief Marshal Monton Satchasukorn,
an additional 11 tons of items necessary for survival will be flown to
Nepal by two turbo props 8 C-130 H belonging to the Air Force.
The items to be delivered included those donated by Her Royal Highness
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi and several
government agencies. The aircraft were originally scheduled to leave Don
Muang airbase earlier this morning, but were later rescheduled as the
airport in Kathmandu was too crowded.
The two aircraft will take off as soon as they are given permission from
the airport in Nepal. Thai nationals who wish to return to the Kingdom
are advised to inform the Thai officials at the Thai embassy in
Kathmandu. The Royal Thai Air Force will accommodate them with a flight
back to Thailand.
Air Force brings 64 Thais in Nepal back home
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – Royal Thai Air Force
earlier today has brought the second batch of Thai nationals trapped in
Nepal back home.
The second groups of 64 Thais, consisting of tourists, monks and nuns,
arrived in their home country early this morning on board C-130. The
passengers had to wait for three hours on the plane pending a clearance.
The trip took about five hours. The first group of the Thai tourists
arrived home two day ago.
Upon their arrival in Bangkok, the quake victims admitted to having
experienced the toughest time of their lives, having to survive by
extremely scarce necessities and dealing with panic over a series of
aftershocks. They also thanked the government for what it had done for
They were then transported by bus to their individual neighborhoods. the
Royal Thai Air Force is scheduled to send two C-130 aircraft loaded with
consumption items and other necessities to Nepal today.
Donated items should not infringe religious principles in Nepal, Interior Minister warns
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - Interior Minister Gen
Anupong Paochinda has suggested donors take into account religious
practices and the environment in Nepal when making a donation.
He said that items to be donated should be practical for life under
difficult circumstances. Useful items must be new, contained in clean
packaging and ready to be sent by air. Dried food should not have any
beef ingredients as most Nepalese are Hindu and they do not eat beef.
Donors are strongly advised to check the authenticity of bank accounts
opened to accept donations for Nepal before making money transfers, as
scammers may exploit public sympathy to steal money.
The Interior Ministry has invited people to make donations in cash or in
kind at any Dhamrongdham Center which will compile all of the donated
items to be transferred to Nepal.
Deputy PM discusses factors stimulating the economy
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - The Deputy Prime
Minister for Economic Affairs has spoken on factors that would stimulate
the economy, as the country’s export sector continues to underperform.
Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula revealed that national
growth in last year’s third quarter was at 0.6 percent, followed by a
2.3 percent growth in the fourth quarter.
Economic growth in the first quarter of this year has increased slightly
to 3 percent. The Deputy PM attributed the improved growth to the
current administration, an increase in private sector investments and
the reviving tourism sector.
MR Pridiyathorn said that despite a 4.2 percent decrease in exports,
private sector investment and tourism would greatly benefit the
country's overall growth in the following quarter.
Defense Minister considers sending donations to Nepal by sea
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - Defense Minister
General Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed the armed forces to increase
their relief efforts for quake survivors in Nepal.
General Prawit said the Royal Thai Armed Forces are currently in the
process prioritizing donations. Donations are expected to transit
through India before being transported to Nepal.
He said that a large amount of donated items have prompted the
authorities to consider sea transport, due to the logistics cost of
The Royal Thai Navy has been instructed to decide whether a commercial
ship should be contracted to deliver the donations.
Bangkok Planetarium to be temporarily closed from May 2
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – The National Center
for Education is going to close its planetarium for a major facelift.
According to the center chief, the planetarium will be under renovation
beginning on May 2, as a number of equipment has to be replaced and more
modern tools need to be installed. The temporary closure is to ensure
safety for visitors and staff. Exhibition and edutainment sections will
remain open, however.
Once the renovation has been completed, the National Center for
Education will inform the public of its planetarium’s reopening date as
soon as possible. Those interested in touring the center or seeking an
update on the planetarium as well as other activities may call
0-2392-1773 and 0-2392 0508 or log on to www.sciplanet.org.
Run by the Department of Non-Formal Education, under the Ministry of
Education, Bangkok Planetarium is the oldest planetarium in Thailand.
NLA to hold hearing on ex-Commerce Minister impeachment case on April 30
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - The National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) has compiled a total of 19 questions to be
asked during impeachment hearing against Commerce Minister Boonsong
Teriyapirom and his associates, regarding the failed
government-to-government (G2G) rice program under his administration.
NLA Whip Jed Siratharanond revealed that the assembly will hold an
impeachment hearing on April 30 to question Mr Boonsong along with
former Deputy Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol and former Department of
Foreign Trade Director-General Manas Soiploy.
Mr. Poom has declined to attend the hearing, saying that it would
compromise the integrity of the case currently being deliberated by the
The 19 questions were submitted by NLA members to the hearing committee,
consisting of two questions for the National Anti-Corruption Commission
and 18 questions for the defendants.
The NLA Whip revealed that most of the questions were regarding the
authenticity of the G2G agreements between Thailand and two Chinese
The NLA will vote on May 8 whether to impeach the former Commerce
Minister and his associates.
THAICOM specialists to facilitate satellite communications in Nepal
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – THAICOM has prepared
to send a team of specialists and satellite equipment to Nepal to help
rescue workers in the rescue operations.
THAICOM’s technicians and engineers will be flying to Nepal today, where
they will apply satellite technologies in search and rescue missions in
affected areas. Aside from emergency operations, the specialists have
been tasked with facilitating telecommunications.
The disaster relief is part of the firm's policy of corporate social
responsibility in both everyday and critical situations.
The satellite operator previously applied IPSTAR satellite system to
recover communications during crises in several countries, such as
Japan, China, New Zealand and the Philippines.
Govt opens more channels for Nepal quake donations
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – Donations for victims
of the massive earthquake in Nepal can now be delivered directly to
Government House while army compounds are also used to accommodate
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML Panadda Diskul today
represented the Royal Thai Government in accepting donations from
charitable parties at Naree Samosorn Building within Government House.
It was the first day for the compound to serve as a donation collection
point. Over 13 million baht worth of cash and goods were received on the
day from many public and private agencies.
As for other new channels, ML Panadda also announced that people who
wish to donate in person can now do so at the First Infantry Regiment
King’s Guard on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and the Eleventh Infantry
Regiment King’s Guard in Bang Khen district.
The minister revealed that, as of 12 pm today, approximately 56 million
baht has already been deposited into the government’s account under the
name “Sending Thai Hearts to Nepal”. He said the government will divide
the fund into two parts, one to be handed to Nepal by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the other to be used to procure necessary items for
For any private organizations planning to set up their own donation
boxes to contribute to the “Sending Thai Hearts to Nepal” account, ML
Panadda encouraged them to notify the Prime Minister’s Office in order
to receive a certification letter that will guarantee their credibility
and help prevent fraud.
Govt grants THB4mn for Labor Day event at Sanam Luang
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – A 4-million-baht
budget has been allocated by the government to the organizers of an
upcoming Labor Day event at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.
On the occasion of the annual National Labor Day on May 1, the
Automobile Labor Congress of Thailand will be hosting a commemorative
event at Sanam Luang under the collaboration with 13 other labor
associations as well as state enterprises, the Informal Worker Network
and the Ministry of Labor. The government is supporting the event with a
4-million-baht fund while Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled
to preside over its opening ceremony.
This year’s event will mainly aim to strengthen Thai labor and prepare
the country for the realization of the ASEAN Community while activities
in honor of His Majesty the King and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn will also be featured.
The participating labor associations are expected to use this
opportunity to submit various requests to the government. Among the
possible requests are a hike in minimum wage, setting up of a workers’
insurance fund, exemption of personal income tax in some cases and
expansion of healthcare coverage.
On the same day, the Thai Labor Solidarity Committee is set to hold a
separate activity at the Democracy Monument to mark May Day. It is
expected to demand the National Wage Committee to approve the increase
of minimum wage to 360 baht per day by the end of October in order for
the new rate to take effect at the beginning of next year.
Thailand gives financial assistance to Nepal
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has given 10 million baht in assistance to the Nepalese
Ambassador to Thailand for people who have been affected by the powerful
quake in the country on 25 April 2015.
The premier on Wednesday said Their Majesties the King and Queen had
instructed the Rajaprajanogroh Foundation Under the Royal Patronage to
help the earthquake-affected people in Nepal and gave the 10 million
baht in assistance to them.
In today’s meeting between ambassadors and consuls-general in Thailand,
The PM represented the Thai government in giving the money to Nepalese
Ambassador to Thailand Khaga Nath Adhikari to help the affected people.
Gen. Prayuth confirmed the Thai government was ready to provide
assistance for Nepal in terms of emergency medical service, rescue
service and satellite communication that the country needed.
Monetary Policy Committee announces 0.25% interest cut
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) – The Monetary Policy
Committee has decided to lower the policy interest rate by a quarter
percent, effective from today.
The Monetary Policy Committee members voted five to two in favor of the
interest rate cut.
The committee members who backed the reduction ascribed their decision
to the country’s downward economic trend, the economic slowdown in
China, reduced reliance on imports among the country’s customers and the
strengthening of the baht.
Despite the government’s increased budget disbursement and a pickup in
tourism, these positive factors are unable to make up for the decline in
exports and reduced consumption in the private sector, which could
affect private investment and household consumption. These challenges
have prompted the majority of the committee members to consider
slackening the monetary policy by slashing the policy interest rate.
Those objecting to the interest rate cut reasoned that the existing
financial policy had already helped improve the financial situation,
adding that stronger financial forces also propped up the economy.
The Monetary Policy Committee will continue to monitor the country’s
financial development closely, so as to introduce suitable measures
intended to aid economic recovery.
Fifteen Thai ICT providers to join CommunicAsia 2015 in June in Singapore
BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 (NNT) - Software Park under
the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) has
planned to bring 15 Thai ICT companies to join CommunicAsia 2015 in
June, said Software Prak Director Chalermpol Tuchinda.
Software Park is cooperating with the Department of International Trade
Promotion (DITP), in offering chances to Thai ICT providers to showcase
their latest innovative technologies in areas of ICT, applications,
mobile app prototypes and Thai-made softwares.
The fifteen ICT companies to join the grand exhibition are for example
Aisoft Online Travel Solutions, Innova Telecommunication, and Sun
Systems Corporation. Software Park expected that the Thai participants
would win business deals at both regional and international levels in
the exhibition, worth around twenty five million baht.
It will be the fourth time for Thailand to take part in the CommunicAsia
which is the largest trade show providing participants with an
opportunity to network, create new business opportunities and help shape
CommunicAsia 2015 will take place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore during
2-5 June 2015 with participation of leading IT and technology providers
Cabinet gives THB100mn to fund relief efforts for Nepal
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) – The Cabinet has
approved a budget of 100 million baht to be used in the rehabilitation
program for victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd,
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, who
chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting on behalf of the Prime Minister,
expressed thanks to every state official and public member who has
contributed to relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of the deadly quake
on April 25.
The deputy premier stated that, from the beginning, the government has
offered an initial assistance fund worth 6 million baht to Nepal while
food and medicine have also been delivered by the Royal Thai Air Force
and 67 officials deployed to the quake-hit country.
As additional help, the Cabinet has made its latest resolution to set
aside another 100 million baht that will go towards the rehabilitation
On this occasion, Gen Prawit commended the Thai people for their
generosity after a televised fundraising event for quake victims on
Monday night generated a total of 56 million baht worth of donation.
Thailand to give "Before-After Earthquake" satellite images to UN for damage assessment
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of
Science and Technology is to give to the United Nations sets of
satellite images captured by Thaichote (THEOS) showing the landscape of
Nepal before and after the powerful earthquake for use in the assessment
of changes and damages of the area, Minister of Science and Technology
Pichet Durongkaveroj said on Tuesday.
The images were captured on 27 April 2015 at 12.10
p.m. local time in Thailand, for comparison to those captured on 8 April
2015, nineteen days before the earthquake.
They were recorded by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology
Development Agency (GISTDA) at the order of the Science and Technology
GISTDA represents Thailand in the "Space applications
for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific" program. Members of
the program are designated to support information to member states in
case a disaster happens. Nepal is a member of the program.
Government approves 460 million rice protection program
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - The Cabinet has
approved a 460 million baht rice protection program for the 2015
Finance Minister Sommai Phasee announced the program’s approval after
today’s cabinet meeting. He said he expected participating farmers would
increase to 1.5 million from last year’s 800,000.
Furthermore the Finance Ministry is planning to issue 10 and 20 year
bond notes totaling 300 billion Baht. Funds received from the issuance
would be used to repay the debt obligations of the State Railway of
Thailand, the rice pledging scheme and the social security fund.
NRC agree to support Thai operators to enhance trade value
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - The National Reform
Council (NRC) committee on agriculture, industry, commerce, tourism and
services has published a report on methods to expand market
opportunities and increase trade value for Thai operators.
The committee reported that Thailand has historically relied on foreign
investments and imported raw materials to drive its manufacturing
sector. Most of the export profits therefore belong to foreign
Meanwhile, the agriculture and tourism sectors not only produce
low-value products, but are also subject instability due to climate
change and political unrest. These factors have resulted in stagnant
The committee has proposed that small and medium-sized enterprises
across all sectors be strengthened in terms of innovation and diversity.
The reform panel added that businesses should be encouraged to expand
into new markets through a national strategic plan.
Most NRC members agreed to draft policies that would mobilize business
operators in agriculture, industry and service sectors to improve human
resources, management and investments.
Furthermore, the committee claimed that indigenous practices should be
incorporated into appropriate services and products in order to enhance
customer value added.
Public referendum on charter would extend NCPO tenure
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC)
has affirmed that the National Reform Council (NRC) will vote to approve
of the draft charter on August 6. However, the current military regime
may need to extend its tenure in the event of a public referendum.
CDC Chairman Prof. Borwornsak Uwanno revealed that the committee will
submit the revised draft charter to the NRC by July 23. The reform body
is scheduled to vote on August 6 whether it approves of the new
If the new constitution is approved, then it will be submitted for royal
approval by September 4. An election would be held between February and
March the following year.
If the new constitution is rejected, the whole drafting process must be
restarted, extending the tenure of the current administration and the
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
In order to hold a public referendum, the Cabinet and NCPO must give the
National Legislative Assembly permission to amend the current interim
constitution to include a public referendum on the draft charter.
This move would result in the election being postponed until May the
following year, thereby also extending the regime's tenure.
Dhamrongdham Centers nationwide accept donations for Nepalese survivors
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) – The Interior Ministry
has designated Dhamrongdham Centers nationwide to receive donations in
cash and kind for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal, according
to Wiboon Sanguanphong, Permanent Secretary for Interior.
The Interior Ministry’s top official said donations can be in the forms
of money and necessities for life especially instant food and warm
clothes to protect survivors from cold weather in Nepal.
“Dhamrongdham Center is a mechanism of the Interior
Ministry to ensure smooth and swift procession in compiling donations to
earthquake victims in response to the government’s policy and the Prime
Minister’s order”, said Mr.Wiboon.
He has also ordered the Offices of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in
all provinces to deploy their staff at the Dhamrongdham Centers and
promote the charity campaign through all channels in order to ensure
Thais know where they can donate and ask for the progress of the
situation in Nepal.
Result of the donation at all Dhamrongdham Centers
must be reported to the Interior Ministry on a daily basis until the
government order to stop the help mobilization.
The Interior Ministry invites people in Thailand to show sympathy to the
Nepalese by donating money and necessary items at nearby Dhamrongdham
Centers. More information is provided at Hotline 1567 around the clock.
Special report: Wang Phaya – Tha Thong Model Farm in Yala Province
Bangkok, 28 April 2015 (NNT)- Concerned about food
security, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has initiated model farms in many
areas of the country to teach local villagers how to be self-sufficient
with their food supply. Many model farms have been established in the
southern border provinces, and they have greatly benefited victims of
One example can be found in Wang Phaya subdistrict, Raman district, Yala
province, where almost 200 families used to feel hopeless. But their
lives have been transformed because of the benevolence of Her Majesty
the Queen, who helped establish the Wang Phaya – Tha Thong model farm.
Her Majesty was concerned over the villagers affected by unrest in the
deep South. Many of them have lost their family members in the unrest
and found it difficult to earn a living for themselves and their
dependents. She asked General Naphon Buntup, Deputy Chief Aide-de-Camp
General to Her Majesty, to find a plot of land to set up a model farm in
Yala in order to create a source of employment and income generation for
local residents, especially those affected by the unrest.
In response to the wishes of Her Majesty, General Naphon selected an
area in Raman district to establish the Wang Phaya – Tha Thong model
farm. This royally sponsored project was launched in 2006. Like other
model farms, it serves as a center for transferring knowledge on
agriculture to local villagers, based on the principle of self-reliance
and with an emphasis on the use of local materials.
The Wang Phaya – Tha Thong model farm covers an area of 98 acres, where
villagers plant many kinds of vegetables and raise such animals as fish,
ducks, chickens, and goats. Five mushroom farms and a goat milk
processing plant were also built.
About 150 farmers living around the area take turn working in the model
farm, where agriculture officials provide them with efficient techniques
for crop cultivation, animal husbandry, aquatic animal farming, and
forest conservation. They are paid for working and being trained at the
farm, as well.
The model farm has developed so well that local villagers can produce
crops for sale in the market and have enough food for consumption. Its
operations are based on His Majesty the King’s Sufficiency Economy
philosophy, which emphasizes sufficiency, self-reliance, and moderation.
In this model farm, people learn about making a living in a sustainable
way. The project has also brought officials and local people closer
together for better understanding.
Thailand is hosting APO aiming to increase economic productivity
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT)-The Thailand
Productivity Institute (TPI) is hosting the 57th
Asian Productivity Organization (APO) meeting
with the aim of promoting cooperation among
Industry Minister Chakramol Pasukvanich said the
conference will encourage members to achieve
their goals by 2020. Around 100 delegates
attending the event include high ranking
officials from 20 countries in Asia.
They include India, Japan, South Korea, Nepal,
Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Iran, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore,
Malaysia, Fiji, Mongolia, Laos, Bangladesh,
Cambodia and Thailand.
The APO was established in 1961 to increase
economic productivity in the Asia-Pacific region
with regional cooperation. The three day event
being held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, will
come to an end tomorrow.
Special report: Mobile Doctors Coming on Foot to Provide Medical Services for Residents in the Deep South
Bangkok, 28 April 2015 (NNT)- In remote areas in the
southern border provinces, many local people still find it difficult to
have access to modern medical services. Because of some conceptions, a
number of them do not want to seek medical treatment in hospitals or
clinics. Aware of the importance of medical care to improve local
people’s living conditions, the Internal Security Operations Command
(ISOC) Region 4 Forward has launched a project, known as Mo Doen Thao,
or "Traveling Doctor.”
Under this project, military doctors and health personnel travel on foot
without weapons to visit local people in various areas. They provide
them with free medical check-ups and primary health care, based on
humanitarian principles and medical ethics. If any sick people need
further treatment, they will be sent to the hospital.
The project began in 2008 in the three southern border provinces of
Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat, and it has proven very successful in
promoting better understanding between local people and officials, in
addition to easing a shortage of doctors.
Before traveling to a village, the mobile unit will coordinate with the
village head, or community leader, to get information about the number
of sick people and the security situation. The mobile medical team will
work with local leaders to survey the sickness situation in each
The mobile doctors sometimes meet injured persons, who have created
unrest in the southern border provinces. They provide them with
treatment and never refuse to accept them as patients. Apart from
providing health care, mobile doctors also arrange training on health
care for young people in various local schools. The project has received
a positive response from local residents. It has also reduced suspicion
between officials and people.
Mobile doctors are found to have played a significant role in winning
the hearts of local people in the deep South. They knock at the doors of
various houses to ask about the welfare of each family. A team of
security guards will provide protection for both local people and
officials, as well, during the operations of the mobile medical units.
The operations of traveling doctors are in response to His Majesty the
King’s royal advice to “understand, reach out, and develop.” The royal
advice is based on loving-kindness extended to all people wherever they
live and regardless of their faiths.
This mobile unit project is seen as a way to tackle southern problems in
a holistic manner. It is also an effective strategy to heal the wounds
and dispel mistrust in the deep south of Thailand.
Department of Mineral Fuels hold seminar onhow to handle tar balls
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT)-The Department of
Mineral Fuels is holding a seminar to educate the Thai public on the tar
balls phenomenon and how to handle them.
According to the Songkhla Governor, Thamring Charoenkul, SGS Thailand
Limited, an independent testing and analyzing company, will run the
seminar for Songklha residents and related agencies.
Tar balls are aquatic pollutant caused either by oil spills or natural
factors. Participants will learn how to collect these balls from the
beach through simple scientific methods.
The seminar will also enable them to help identify what type of oil
these balls contain. The seminar will take place at B.P. Samila Hotel in
Songkhla tomorrow, from 9.00 am – 1pm.
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Shortage of labour in Thailand likely to reach 300,000-600,000 in next 3-5 years
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) - Labour shortage
in the Thai industrial sector looms large in the
next 3-5 years with as many as 300,000-600,000
workers in need, Labour Minister Gen Surasak
Karnjanarat revealed on Tuesday.
Speaking after a meeting of the government
Committee on Labour Solutions, Gen Surasak said
the meeting saw it necessary for the government
to update the database of the National Labour
Information Center (NLIC) for use in the
planning of labour production among ministries
involved such as Industry, Education and
The meeting also emphasized the importance to
improve labor skills and the production of
workers. It suggested the use of technology in
workplace and tax privileges to be offered to
industrial entrepreneurs who provide internship
for vocational students.
The meeting acknowledged that it was necessary
to recruit more foreign workers if domestic
workforce was insufficient. The Board of
Investment reported to the meeting Thailand
would need more than 165,000 workers to fill in
jobs in new factories in the next 3-5 years.
At the meeting, the committee also discussed the
necessity of improving the qualityof migrant
workers in special economic zones in Thailand
and those working in Thai factories in
The Labour Ministry would use results of the
meeting in drafting an action plan involving
both short- and long-term approaches during the
next 3-5 years. The final draft of the plan will
be considered again in the next meeting of the
Government: Fisheries Act soon to take effect
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) – The government has reported that
the new Fisheries Act has been royally endorsed and will come
into force soon, pending an official announcement by the Council
Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd
disclosed that one of the topics discussed at the Cabinet
meeting this week was the eradication of illegal fishing in
Thailand. The meeting was informed by Deputy Prime Minister and
Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan that the Fisheries Act
2015, which had earlier passed the consideration of the National
Legislative Assembly, has received endorsement from His Majesty
the King and announced in the Royal Gazette.
Maj Gen Sansern said the Council of State has therefore been
assigned to draft an official directive authorizing the Royal
Thai Navy to integrate efforts with other relevant agencies,
including the Royal Thai Police, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of
Interior and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, in order
to combat illegal fishing more effectively.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has also been
tasked with drafting organic laws, which will become effective
within 60 days after the Fisheries Act was published in the
As a way to fix loopholes still left open by the new Fisheries
Act, the Deputy Government Spokesperson said a royal decree will
be devised separately to fulfill all requirements of the
European Union’s Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU)
Thai ambassadors and consuls-general are gathering in Bangkok for policy briefing
BANGKOK, 28 April 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
holds the “Annual Conference of Thai Ambassadors and
Consuls-General 2015" between 28 April and 1 May in Bangkok
under the theme "Driving Thailand Towards Stability, Prosperity
The conference is attended by 69 ambassadors and 29
consuls-general from worldwide. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
says the conference is held after an absence of three years. It
will keep the Thai diplomatic corps informed of the changing
global landscape in various aspects and the new foreign affairs
policy to deal with new chances and challenges on a long-term
The conference will lay emphasis on the enhancement of good
image and international confidence in Thailand, and the
promotion of economic diplomacy to increase Thailand’s
competitiveness. It will also cover the development of special
economic zones, the use of science, technology and innovations
to support digital economy as well as tourism promotion.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate the conference and
give his policy to the participants on 29 April at 10.30 a.m. at
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministers of Tourism and Sports, Transport, Energy,
Commerce, Science and Technology as well as representatives from
the government and private sectors are also invited to the
conference to share their opinions.