Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar hold talks on trade issues
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) Officials from Thailand,
Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar have held a discussion addressing trading
issues, prior to the integration of the ASEAN Community at the end of
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai chaired the
meeting reviewing the development of the East-West Economic Corridor, at
the St. Regis Hotel in Bangkok, along with the Lao Vice Minister of
Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, the Myanmar Deputy Minister of
Foreign Affairs Thant Kyaw, and the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of
Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son.
The meeting discussed facilitation and troubleshooting on behalf of
multinational transportation utilizing the East-West Economic Corridor
for trade, investment, tourism, and personal transport at a sub-regional
level, prior to the integration of the ASEAN Community at the end of
The meeting regarded the infrastructure improvement
projects along the East-West Economic Corridor such as roads, bridges,
and border posts as successful. The meeting also agreed to expedite the
introduction of regulations and practices that will facilitate the cross
border transport of goods and passengers.
World Milk Day set for June 1st
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The Department of
Livestock Development, Dairy Farming Promotion Organization and Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are gearing up
World Milk Day on June 1.
Director-General of Department of Livestock Development Ayuth
Harintharanon said World Milk Day would be held on the ground floor of
Future Park Rangsit shopping mall. This year’s activities are based on
the theme "Milk: Nutritious Food since Ancient Times."
In the event, visitors will be able to watch an
edutainment exhibition on milk production, dairy products, music shows
by popular artists, as well as shop for healthy products selected by
local dairy producers.
Aside from launching World Milk Day, the Thai government spends a budget
of over 13 billion baht a year on the distribution of fresh milk to more
than seven million school children. The project also benefits over
17,000 households of dairy producers.
The FAO designates June 1 as World Milk Day to highlight the importance
of milk and publicize activities connected with the dairy industry. Over
40 countries will also launch similar activities to mark this special
The Ornamental Plants and Fishes Festival to be held on 5-28 Jun near Govt House
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The government is to
organize "the Ornamental Plants and Fishes Frstival" from 5-28 June 2015
at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market next to the Government House.
Deputy Director-General of the Fisheries Department Juadee Pongmaneerat
said that the festival will be held under the theme "Creative Aquarium
Worth Your Time".
"The festival will offer a wide range of ornamental fish aquarium
arrangements that are easy and convenient for urban lifestyle. Fish
lovers will find all kinds of equipment for salted and freshwater
aquarium arrangement directly from suppliers," said Ms.Juadee.
Highlights of the event are the display and sale of expensive and rare
ornamental fishes including Albino Pearl Ray, Black Diamond, and Jumbo
fishes such as Platinum which was developed by Thai breeder. Prices
range from a hundred thousand to 7-digit sums.
Also exhibited at the festival will be "Ornamental Plants for Urban
Lifestyle". Director-General of the Department of Agriculture Extension
Olan Pituck said that it provides urban residents with a variety of
quality plants such as plants for absorbing toxins in building as well
as blooming cold-climate plants.
Moreover, the Department also provides demonstrations and training in
flower arrangement and gardening in house and condominium by experienced
professionals. The trainings are open to all who are just interested.
Government Lottery Office to impose harsher penalities for retail violations
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) – The Government Lottery
Office (GLO) has announced that it will spare no effort to bring to
justice sellers who have overpriced their lottery tickets, adding that
it will dispatch special teams to search for rogue operators.
GLO Chairman Major General Apirat Kongsompong confirmed that lottery
tickets for the June 16 drawing, which will be available on June 2, must
be sold at 80 baht per pair. Those caught in violation of the price
regulation will face a jail term of one month and/or a fine of 10,000
The GLO has appointed ten fact-finding teams consisting of personnel
from the army, police, Revenue Department and Department of Special
The ad hoc teams, are deployed across ten major cities. They have been
assigned to track down lottery retailers that violate the price
General Apirat disclosed that the GLO has received incriminating
information on major lottery agencies and is prepared to impose harsher
punishments, such as seizing assets.
Singkhon border upgrade yields opportunities, says Chamber of Commerce
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 21 May 2015 (NNT) Singkhon
border post's upgrade into a special border crossing will provide
opportunities for Thai entrepreneurs to invest in Myanmar and reduce
their transportation costs, says the Prachuap Khiri Khan Chamber of
According to the Honorable Chairman of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Chamber
of Commerce Nipon Suwannava, the Singkhon special border crossing
upgrade is considered a successful cooperation effort between the
government and the private sector, as it will help increase the border
He has said that this upgrade will provide more opportunities for Thai
entrepreneurs to invest in Myanmar, especially in the businesses
regarding electricity, hotels and accommodations, construction material,
and infrastructure improvements, which are still lacking in Myeik,
The Prachuap Khiri Khan Chamber of Commerce's Honorable Chairman added
that road improvements, on roads 200 meters, along the Singkhon border
post to Myeik in Myanmar will help facilitate trade and investment as it
will help reduce the time and cost of transportation.
NLA approves of plan to make Thailand the aircraft hub of ASEAN
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) has approved compliance with the 8th ASEAN air transport
agreement, in a move to make Thailand the region’s aircraft service and
The Protocol to Implement the Eighth Package of Commitments on Air
Transport Services under the ASEAN Framework was signed by ASEAN
Transport Ministers, including Thailand's ACM Prajin Junthong.
Compliance with the protocol is part of ministry efforts to expand the
quality and scope of transportation infrastructure and servicing in
NLA members commented that the protocol requires a revamping of the
country’s servicing and customs standards, as well as establishing a
clear action plan towards making Thailand the region’s aircraft
servicing and maintenance hub.
ACM Prajin responded that his ministry has unveiled phase two of
expansions to Don Mueang International Airport, which will commence in
2016. The Ministry of Finance has been tasked with updating its customs
policies, while airlines undergo strict inspections to meet
As for an action plan to make Thailand the region’s air transport hub,
the Ministry of Transport has established a committee to determine the
most suitable airport for international servicing and maintenance. It
has allocated funding for aircraft service and maintenance training.
After deliberations, the NLA approved of the protocol that complies with
the 8th air transport service agreement under ASEAN guidelines with 191
votes with none in opposition and 6 abstentions.
Phuket to hold major event later this month to boost halal-based tourism
PHUKET, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The "Phuket Andaman Halal
Tourism 2015" festival is to be held during 28-30 May to promote the
Year of Thainess and assure worldwide Muslim tourists that Phuket is
“Muslim Friendly Destination”.
Director of Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO)
Soratham Jinda said at a press conference that the festival is to be
held for the seventh year under the cooperation of three local
organizations - PPAO, the Central Islamic Council of Thailand and the
Office of the Sheikhul Islam or “Chularatchamontri” in Thai.
“The campaign is aimed at promoting halal-based tourism industry in the
province in line with the government policy designating 2015 as the year
of Discover Thainess,” added Mr.Soratham.
Activities in the three-day festival are divided into two sections. The
first one features academic seminars on “Thai Muslim Way of Life 2015”
to be held during 28-29 May. Surin Pitsuwan, a former Secretary-General
of ASEAN, will be one of the guest speakers to explore the Andaman Sea
as attractive tourism zone for Muslims. The second section is “Phuket
Andaman Halal Expo 2015” which will take place on the last two days of
this month, 29-30 May.
Prime Minister: Thailand handles Rohingya issue with UN standard
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has
affirmed that Thailand is complying with the United Nations’ principles
regarding its actions to the Rohingya refugees.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said during a speech about the
2016 budget allocation, regarding the solution for the Rohingya
refugees, that the nation's management on the matter is in line with the
principles drawn by the United Nations’.
He has insisted that Thailand will not set up any more refugee camps.
Refugee camps have already been established in border areas while the
government has been providing care and educational services. He affirmed
that all decisions have not breached international procedures.
The PM has requested the media to help present factual information
regarding the government’s solution to the matter, and asked the Thai
public to refrain from actions that would escalate the border area
He also addressed that Thailand is willing to cooperate with the
international community in all aspects, to facilitate a cooperative
environment in the border areas, while the ASEAN Community will not
interfere with individual political matters in member countries
Operation center ordered to keep watching daily social problems
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Social
Development and Human Security has reiterated to all of its units to
keep monitoring social problems and provide acute assistance to affected
people as well as less fortunate members of the society.
Minister Adul Saengsingkeaw told a workshop of the MSDHS operations
center today that the center must monitor social problems in Thai
society and record them daily for use in future analysis and working out
short- and long-term solutions to the problems. These problems include
human trafficking, domestic violence, unprepared pregnancy, aging
society as well as poverty.
Officers of the MSDHS center hold a meeting every morning to discuss
emerging problems and formulate solutions and prevention for each of the
problems on a timely basis.
Not only the operation center, the ministry has also established "One
Stop Crisis Center” or OSCC which people can inform social problems
through hotline 1300 around the clock.
Ranong keeps close eye on 2,000 Rohingya migrants trying to enter Thai sea
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The national security
department in Ranong province has instructed local authorities to
monitor the illegal migration situation after it was informed that more
than 2,000 Rohingya people would enter the Thai territorial sea from 29
May to 3 June 2015.
Deputy Director of the Ranong Internal Security Operations Command Col.
Suthiphong Chingphakdi said he had asked all relevant units in the
province to adhere to the government’s policy on Rohingya migrants and
human rights. Rohigya boat people must be prevented from entering the
country and denied entry immediately, the official added.
The Thai authorities would discourage them from trying to come ashore
and provide them with food, drinking water, medicines and fuel so that
they would be able to travel to the third country, the deputy director
On 29 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand will host the special meeting on
irregular migration in the Indian Ocean. The meeting will be attended by
18 countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar,
Vietnam, the U.S. amd Switzerland and relevant international
organizations such as the UNHCR, IOM and UNODC.
BMA proposes raising risk allowances for firefighters
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) Deputy Bangkok Governor
Police General Asawin Kwanmuang says he has planned to seek approval
from the Bangkok Metropolitan Council for its proposal to boost risk
allowances of firefighters working under the Bangkok Metropolitan
General Asawin said BMA legal officials would be assigned to study laws
and regulations regarding wage increase and to look for new budget
sources to cover future expenses. He explained the idea of giving BMA
firemen a pay rise was brought up as result of the higher cost of living
and the dangers of their jobs.
If the idea is approved, risk allowances for firefighters will be
adjusted from 5,000 baht to 8,000 baht per month. Risk allowances for
BMA firefighters have remained unchanged since 2003. Those who work over
12 hours per day are unable to receive overtime payments.
The BMA currently spends 7.5 million baht on risk allowances for its
1,500 firefighters per month. If the proposed 8,000-baht allowance is
approved, the expense will rise to 12 million baht per month.
Thailand joins six other FPGH countries in drug resistance discussion in Geneva
GENEVA, 21 May 2015 (NNT) Thai Public Health Minister
Ratchata Ratchatanawin attended on Thursday a meeting with his
counterparts from six other members in the ‘Foreign Policy and Global
Health’ initiative, at the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) 2015 in
The Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) initiative comprises seven
countries, namely Brazil, Indonesia, France, Norway, Senegal, South
Africa and Thailand. They formed the group in 2006, hoping to improve
world health through the multilateral cooperation in foreign affairs
According to Mr.Ratchata, four issues discussed in the meeting were
related to the building resilient health system, the international
health crisis management, as well as health in the post 2015 Sustainable
Mr.Ratchata also attended the Parallel Meeting on Antibiotics Smart Use
to boost serious effort to reduce opportunity of drug resistance in the
future after latest World Health Organization (WHO) report in 2013
indicated several antimicrobial drug resistance including urinary tract
infectious bacteria, pneumonia and Tuberculosis.
Around 20% of old patients with Tuberculosis and 3.5% of new patients
become drug resistant. 480,000 new patients who are infected with
Tuberculosis are residing in 100 countries. This has urged all countries
to put more efforts on the control of the drug resistance in order to
prevent loss of medical expense and deaths of patients.
Mr.Ratchata confirmed that Thailand has continuously provided support to
the FPGH initiative. The Thai government aims to promote the
cross-ministerial integration in improve sustainable public health
Energy Minister launches LED Expo to promote energy saving
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Energy has
kicked off the LED Expo Thailand 2015, with an aim to encourage people
to help conserve power by opting for LED lamps.
While presiding over the opening ceremony for the LED Expo Thailand 2015
at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee gave
an address to participants, saying his ministry has prepared a
comprehensive policy on energy resources management and conservation. He
stated that the policy was designed in accordance with the 20-year
Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which targets to reduce power consumption
by 25 percent.
The minister said an important aspect of the policy is the promotion of
the use of energy-efficient devices, including LED lamps. Therefore, the
LED Expo Thailand 2015, the largest of its kind in ASEAN, is being
organized by the Energy Ministry in cooperation with the Electricity
Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to introduce LED products and
other power-saving innovations to the public.
The event will be open from now until May 24 between 11 am and 6 pm
daily. According to EGAT Governor Soonchai Kumnoonsate, the first three
days are reserved for business negotiations while the general public
will be welcome on the last day. With huge discounts being offered by
over 350 exhibitors, he believes more than 18,000 people, both Thai and
foreign, will be visiting the fair.
MRT has helped ease traffic in Bangkok during 11 years in service
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) Transport Minister Prajin Juntong
today opened the “11th Anniversary of MRT” celebration held at
the Thailand Cultural Center Station under the concept “Welcome
Back to School with Happiness”.
The celebration was held to mark 11 years of service of the
Metropolitan Rapid Transit Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line in 2015.
Prajin said that greater numbers of passengers have been using
the MRT, resulting in less traffic congestion. He thus invited
Bangkok residents, especially parents, children and students, to
use the MRT during school semester in order to avoid traffic
He also revealed the progress of the Purple Line construction.
He said that Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand
has expedited the construction, hoping to operate the first
trial run during Jan - Mar 2016 and expecting to provide
official service some time during Apr - May 2016, four months
earlier than the schedule.
Pattani authorities meet to tackle IUU fishing
PATTANI, 20 May 2015 (NNT) The Sea Fishery Worker
Management Center in Pattani Province called a meeting of all provincial
authorities today at the Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Office
to mobilize their force to eliminate IUU fishing following the
The Pattani’s center comprises police, military, representatives from
the Second Naval Area Command, the Special Investigation Operation
Center for Southern Border Provinces, as well as units affiliated to the
Pattani is one of the 22 coastal provinces of
Thailand claimed to be sites of IUU fishing. Pattani deputy governor
Luechai Charoensap who presided over today’s meeting revealed that the
meeting clarified scope of responsibility for each unit and approaches
for the joint inspection of working conditions as well as human
trafficking in the entire fishery sector.
“Responsibilities of the Sea Fishery Worker Management Center cover the
registration of fishing vessels and inspection of those vessels while
operating off the coast. Information sharing system among state agencies
and the establishment of Port in - Port out Checkpoint are also parts of
its mission,” said Mr.Luechai.
He expected that Pattani Province would be able to deal with the problem
of illegal workers in the fishery sector and control other problems such
as child labour and forced labour. He was confident the province would
be able to shut down human trafficking in parallel with improvement of
working conditions in order to ensure safety for all workers in the
Landscape adjustment campaign held to boost tourism in Krabi
KRABI, 20 May 2015 (NNT) “Krabi: The City of Beauty
and Clean Water” campaign has been officially launched in which
electricity and phone cables and transport routes in the province will
be rearranged to improve its landscape.
Krabi Governor Songpol Sawastham who launched the campaign on Wednesday
said that it would be implemented with the help of Krabi’s Provincial
Electricity Authority and related government units.
“It is to boost tourist perception of Krabi as a year-round tourist
destination that can be revisited any time of the year. The province has
more than the sea to surprise tourists,” said Mr.Songpol.
The campaign is one of the twelve agendas for 2015-2016 the province has
set up to push forward its new positioning. Among other agendas is the
"One Distirct One Route for Bigger Smiles” project.
All those projects will not only benefit local tourism, he added, but
also development of local communities. All sectors in the province have
been encouraged to contribute to the improvement of the city’s
cleanliness and the control of disease carriers. At the same time, they
were told to study self-preparations for natural disasters. These
activities will help promote good relationships among officials, local
administrators, and the business and civil sectors.
According to the Governor of Krabi, the campaign demonstrated the effort
of provincial authorities to take care of public well-beings in line
with the government policy to return happiness to the people.
MFA affirms Thailand has long been helping Rohingyas
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has responded to international calls for Thailand to assist
Rohingya migrants, saying the Kingdom has already been doing so.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai echoed the Prime
Minister’s statement that Thailand is not being indifferent to the
plight of the Rohingyas as humanitarian aid has continuously been
extended to them. Similar to neighboring countries, he said Thailand has
been reaching out to the migrants as necessary while those entering the
country illegally have been treated appropriately in compliance with the
Mr Don indicated that the international community’s request for
Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to jointly take care of the Rohingyas
was understandable and was not a surprise. Nonetheless, he affirmed
Thailand has already been doing its part, especially after the
imposition of Section 44 which has led to more serious suppression of
In regard to the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian
Ocean to be hosted by Thailand on May 29, a total of 17 countries and 3
international organizations have confirmed their attendance. Mr Don said
there will be discussions on all issues related to Rohingya migrants,
from the assistance of those stranded at sea to the provision of
shelters for those arriving on the shore as a short-term solution and
the search for long-term solutions to stop their migration.
Krabi to regulate placement of billboards for better landscape
KRABI, 20 May 2015 (NNT) Krabi Province is to
regulate placement of expired and worn-out billboards while city trees
will be given pruning to improve the landscape of Krabi as a famous
Krabi Governor Songpol Sawastham revealed that the move was part of
“Krabi: The City of Beauty and Clean Water” campaign, one of the twelve
provincial agendas for 2015-2016.
“Provincial authorities in Krabi are called to help in the removal of
worn-out billboards. They are from Krabi’s Highways District Office, the
Department of Rural Roads, local administrative organizations, community
volunteers, police and military personnel,” Mr.Songpol said.
The operation will take place on six specified days in different
locations across the province. Billboards located from the Krabi
Technical College Intersection to Krabi-Khao Thong Road were already
cleared on Wednesday 20 May 2105. The rest of the operations are
scheduled for 21st, 25th, 26th, 27th, and 29th May.
The Governor has also called on the public to render cooperation in
carrying out the new regulation to success.
Transport Ministry reviews Suvarnnabhumi’s 2nd Phase development plan
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Transport
is reviewing the development plan of Suvarnnabhumi International
Airport, says Airport of Thailand (AOF).
According to AOT Chief Executive Officer, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, the
plan earlier drafted by the AOT and submitted to the ministry last
month, needs to be revised, as the ministry deemed the multi-terminal
project did not belong to the development plan; besides, an
Environmental Impact Assessment is needed before it can be further
forwarded to the Cabinet.
The ministry stated that both underground-related and building
construction projects should be integrated into one single scheme,
adding that the former should start in March 2016, and the latter in
March 2017. An entire plan should be completed in 2019.
Mr. Nitinai said the construction of a second passenger building and a
walkway connecting the existing passenger building to the monorail
station will be included in the new project, of which the draft is
expected to be completed in 3-6 months' time before being submitted to
the Cabinet for approval next year. Once approved the construction is
expected to be finished in 2020.
Foreign investors interested in government's infrastructure projects
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015, (NNT) Stock Exchange of
Thailand (SET) President Kesara Manchusri has said foreign investors are
interested in the Thai government’s infrastructure projects.
According to her, both foreign and local investors have been following
these projects closely, as 29 percent of registered companies in the SET
would benefit from them. Most of the firms are those in the
construction, information & communication, energy, public utility,
transportation and logistics industries.
She also said the survey of registered companies' chief executive
officers, conducted by the SET last month, indicated that government
policies and projects would play a crucial role in spurring the growth
of the local economy and the industrial sector in the latter half of
this year. The CEOs also viewed that solid transportation infrastructure
linking Thailand to its neighboring countries would in the long run make
Thailand an investment hub in the region.
Plans for the construction of 2 high speed railways should be completed in the next 2 months
BANGKOK, 21 May 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Transport
has said the plan for the construction of 2 high speed railways linking
Bangkok to Pattaya and Bangkok to Hua Hin should be finalized in the
next couple of months.
According to the Transport Minister, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Janthong,
the details for both railway projects will soon be outlined, finalized
and ready to be proposed to the Cabinet in July.
Initially, the construction cost for the Bangkok - Hua Hin route is
estimated at 90 billion baht, whereas the Bangkok - Pattaya route will
cost approximately 100 billion baht.
Both project would take 2-3 years to complete, said ACM Prajn, adding
that both deals would be offered to local contractors first. A few local
construction companies have already expressed interest in the deals so
far. Foreign companies from Germany, China and Japan have also shown
interest in the second projects.
Prayut explains strategies to boost Thai competitiveness in global rice market
NONTHABURI, 20 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-o-cha emphasized serious cooperation among the government,
private sector and farmers to push forward the country’s strategic plans
and policy in rice trading. The Prime Minister made the speech while
presiding over the opening ceremony of Thailand Rice Convention 2015
held on Wednesday at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi.
Gen Prayut said that the government policy seeks to increase the
competitiveness of Thai rice in the global market as well as in ASEAN.
He mentioned the need to study the trends of demand and supply of Thai
rice in order to develop a proper plan of rice-based products.
He explained that seven action plans have been formulated to push the
Thai rice strategy, including a plan for sustainable rice development,
improvement of fairness in rice trading system, standardization of rice
production, promotion of rice-based innovations as well as the use of
strict control and inspection at all stages of the rice production and
The Thailand Rice Convention 2015 was opened on 19 May and is to end on
Thursday 21 May 2015. It is part of the government’s efforts to convey
outstanding royal contributions to rice development of HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn on occasion of her 5th cycle birthday on 2 April 2015.
Chiang Mai volunteers trained in anti-drug operations
CHIANG MAI, 20 May 2015 (NNT) Security authorities
and health officials in Fang district of Chiang Mai province have joined
hands in a special training exercise aimed at enhancing the skills of
anti-drug campaign volunteers.
The opening ceremony was chaired by chief of the district’s Drug
Prevention and Suppression Operation Center. More than 200 volunteers
across the district have participated in the program.
The volunteers will be educated by security authorities and health
experts on essential skills and best practice when it comes to
performing duties in risk-prone areas. These include search and seizure
of illegal items, entering a suspect’s home, club operations and
Participating agencies included Fang district police, Volunteer Defense
Corps, border patrol police and Fang Hospital. The training exercise was
prompted by a report that over 100 villages in Fang district are
susceptible to drug-related crimes.
Drug problems have been a major concern for the National Council for
Peace and Order (NCPO). The NCPO last year declared drug prevention and
suppression part of the national agenda.
Justice Minister joins drugs suppression meeting in Vietnam
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) The Minister of Justice
departed to Vietnam today, to join a meeting on drugs suppression.
The Minister of Justice Gen Paiboon Koomchaya traveled to Vietnam today
to participate on a meeting to discuss narcotics suppression efforts. He
said that so far, drug suppression operations have shown much progress.
The Justice Minister said that the solution to the narcotics issue will
require cooperation with neighbouring countries in the Golden Triangle
Group including China, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Wider cooperation
will see the inclusion of the Greater Mekong Subregion countries, and
the ASEAN member countries. He said global scale operations with the
global community will also be necessary.
He said that funding will be required to support the farmers in Laos and
Myanmar to stop them from cultivating plants used in drug production.
A long term plan with adequate timing will be required to solve this
issue. The demand for narcotics must be reduced in order for the
suppression plan to succeed, and a draft for this plan will be required.
Samut Songkhram launches anti human trafficking campaign for immigrants
SAMUT SONGKHRAM, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Samut Songkhram's Provincial
Employment Office held a training course for immigrant workers today, to
prevent them from becoming human trafficking victims.
The Vice Governor of Samut Songkhram Praphass Malakarn today presided
over the opening ceremony of the anti trafficking training course for
immigrant workers in Samut Songkhram province. The training course was
organized by the Samut Songkhram Provincial Employment Office.
An official from the Provincial Employment Office Ataya Umnongpho
delivered a report to the Vice Governor that the project aims to create
an understanding of the rights, duties, regulations, customs, and even
the local traditions the immigrants in the province should follow, in
order to prevent them from becoming human trafficking victims.
She said that the province has faced a shortage of basic labor,
especially in the fisheries business. Immigrants from Myanmar, Laos, and
Cambodia have been traveling to work at Samut Songkhram province. Some
of these laborers are unaware of the law, regulations, and their own
basic rights. This often leads to illegal employment, deception, and
Participants in this training course includes 60 immigrant workers. The
number of immigrants working in Samut Songkhram province is at 14,319
persons, 13,272 from Myanmar, 498 from Laos, and 545 from Cambodia.
Cabinet agrees to use Section 44 to solve aviation problem
19 May 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has decided to resort to Section 44 of the
interim constitution to rectify safety deficiencies in Thai aviation in
the wake of concerns expressed by the International Civil Aviation
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd,
the Cabinet members agreed to the proposal to amend aviation-related
laws through the enforcement of Section 44 to be in accord with the ICAO
Standards and Recommended Practices.
The law will also be used to restructure the Department of Civil
Aviation, which will likely be divided into two separate organizations,
namely the National Civil Aviation Institute and the Department of
Airports. In the meantime, the number of personnel within the Department
of Civil Aviation will be increased by 48.
During the meeting, all ministries were urged to present any pending
draft laws at hand to the Cabinet for consideration as soon as possible.
For any time-consuming matter, Section 44 might have to be applied in
order to grant initial approval before official enactment is pursued
National Reform Council House of Representatives present donations for Nepal quake victims
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council and the Secretariat of the House of Representatives have
presented their donations to help victims of the Nepal quake.
NRC’s 2nd Vice President Tassana Boontong together with her fellow
council members presented 1.5 million baht in donations for the Nepal
quake victims to Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L.Panadda
Diskul, who accepted the sum on behalf of the government.
The Thai government has created the “Hua Jai Thai - Song Pai Nepal “ or
“Thai Hearts for Nepal” project to collect donations for the
According to Mrs. Tassana, the NRC has recognised the plights of the
people of Nepal and collected donations from all members as well as
holding an auction of a painting by Emeritus Prof. Preecha Thaothong,
who is also a member of the committee on the reforms of social values,
arts, culture, ethics and religion.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the House of Representatives Charae
Panpruang also presented donations collected from officers, employees
and workers of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, totaling
94,200 baht, to M.L. Panadda.
M.L. Panadda thanked all who had made donations and said that all
donated money would be sent to Nepal through the United Nations, the
World Health Organisation and UNICEF.
NLA vice president: 60 days enough to campaign for draft charter awareness ahead of referendum
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) – Sixty days should be
enough time for awareness of the draft charter to be raised in preparing
the public for a referendum on the draft, according to National
Legislative Assembly (NLA) vice president Surachai Liengboonlertchai.
Mr. Surachai on Tuesday expressed his belief that 60 days of campaigning
to create public awareness of the draft would prove sufficient, if a
referendum on the charter draft is to be called. He noted, however, that
a longer time frame may also be allocated, if the Constitution Drafting
Committee deemed it as appropriate for covering the vast amount of
details in the draft.
Mr. Surachai also spoke of the deliberation session for the fiscal year
2016 budget bill, which will take place on Thursday (May 21), during
which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will report the details of the
budget bill to the National Legislative Assembly. The session will be
televised live through the Parliament TV channel and NBT Channel.
Tesco Lotus helping shore up prices of fruit by purchasing directly from cooperatives
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce
is collaborating with grocery and merchandise retailer giant Tesco Lotus
in preventing low fruit prices, by having the latter buy fruit directly
from farmers' cooperatives for its stores.
Ministry of Commerce deputy permanent secretary Vuthichai Duangratana
presided over the opening of the event 'Tesco Lotus returns fresh, sweet
happiness via delicious Thai fruit', which was a project under the
ministry's scheme to promote the consumption of Thai fruit and OTOP
products. The project facilitates linkages between seasonal fruit
producers and the market, by having Tesco Lotus buy rambutan,
mangosteen, longan, salak and langsat from select cooperatives. Some 10
million kilograms of the fruit will be purchased from the cooperatives
to be sold at roughly 1,800 stores operated by Tesco Lotus in Thailand.
Mr. Wutthichai said that this year, the ministries of commerce and
agriculture have been implementing a system-wide management of produce
since the beginning of the fruiting season, in order for the produce to
be released in provinces that do not grow the fruit as well as in
Collaboration to improve healthcare for migrants in Thailand
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health has entered into a collaboration with the International
Organization for Migration in improving the healthcare system for
Dr. Surachet Satitramai, acting permanent secretary of the public health
ministry, and Jeffrey Labovitz, Chief of Mission of the International
Office of Migration (IOM) in Thailand have signed a collaboration
agreement on the improvement of healthcare for aliens in provinces close
to the border. The collaboration will see to the development of a
healthcare system for aliens in 31 provinces with large numbers of
migrants, such as Tak, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Sa Kaeo and Ranong.
Provincial public health offices and public hospitals have been tasked
with providing basic healthcare service for migrants. The service is to
cover minor illnesses as well as serious cases, as well as to promote
the prevention of contagious diseases. The IOM will, throughout all
three years of the collaboration, provide funding to participating
hospitals and health offices.
General Chatchai instructs officials to watch out for agro-products oversupply problems
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015, (NNT) The Ministry of Commerce
has instructed provincial commerce offices nationwide to be on the
lookout for agricultural products oversupply problems.
During yesterday's meeting of regional commerce officers, Commerce
Minister General Chatchai Sarikalya ordered them to closely monitor the
prices and supplies of agricultural products as well as other market
movements. The General also instruct the officials to make sure that
growers do not harvest their crops prematurely, in order to maintain the
quality of the products.
According to the Commerce Minister, the measures are necessary to
prevent agricultural product prices from falling too low affecting
farmers’ income, while urging officials to quickly lend a hand to
farmers facing difficulties.
He also instructed the regional officials to implement the ‘One-Roof’
policy in their respective offices. The scheme integrates public
services from provincial government agencies related to internal
trading, business development, foreign trading and intellectual property
into the provincial commerce office.
General Chatchai said the campaign would simplify, speed up, and improve
National Legislative Assembly ready to streamline referendum amendment
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) has expressed its readiness to consider a constitutional
amendment to stipulate a public referendum on the new constitution, if
proposed by the current administration.
NLA First Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai said that if the
Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) agree that
the country should hold a referendum, it must submit an amendment
proposal to the NLA in accordance with Section 46 of the 2014 interim
The NLA must vote on the proposal within 15 days of receiving it, and
cannot make revisions to the amendment without the government and the
Mr Surachai revealed that the 15-day timeframe would require a
streamlined process involving the establishment of a committee to review
all three phases of deliberation along with full attendance from the
assembly. NLA members must be given ample time to thoroughly study the
Mr Surachai also revealed that a public referendum would require various
public forums to hear public opinion and inform people of the new
constitution. These hearings may require the NCPO to consider relaxing
its restrictions on political gatherings.
303 Rohingyas treated in Protection Center
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) 303 Rohingya refugees
caught by Thai Police in the Southern part of Thailand are now being
held in the Protection Center for Human Trafficking Victims , the
Protection and Career Development Center in the South of Thailand and
the Child and Family Shelter Center .
According to Wichian Chaowalit, Permanent Secretary for Social
Development and Human Security, the Rohingya migrants are normally
separated into two groups, namely Human Trafficking victims and illegal
There are 190 Human Trafficking victims and 113 illegal migrants who
were identified recently
The Ministry and its local units are in charge of treating the Human
Trafficking victims, while illegal immigrants are the Immigration's
However, some of the undocumented immigrants can be placed under the
care of the Centers before being sent to Immigration, he adds.
Environmental group calls for revision of community forest bill
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) An environmental group has
urged the National Reform Council (NRC) to revise the community forest
The Assembly of NGO’s for the Protection and Conservation of Environment
and Natural Resources has delivered its petition to NRC member Prasarn
Marukpitak, calling for the community forest draft act to be revised.
The group argued that the current bill lacks key elements that would
make it an impacting law, and that the bill’s provisions do not allow
for public participation in the implementation of the law.
The group has, therefore, requested that a committee be established
comprising experts from various backgrounds in order to redraft the
community forest bill. The bill must be approved of by all sides,
allowing communities to participate in the management of natural
resources at the community level.
Phitsanulok farmlands to be irrigated one month early this year
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives is opting to address the problem of flooded
paddies in Phitsanulok by discharging water from reservoirs one month
ahead of the regular discharge time.
According to Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, the minister of agriculture
and cooperatives, farmers on the plains of the Yom and Nan rivers
frequently have to endure the problem of flooded paddies toward the end
of the harvesting period. In order to address this problem, water
discharge will be made one month sooner so that farmers can work on
their paddies one month in advance. Consequently, harvest will likely
take place in September.
The Royal Irrigation Department has been discharging water to farmers in
Phitsanulok since April. 1.94 million cubic meters of water is expected
to be discharged from Naresuan Dam during the rainy season. It is
expected to benefit approximately 95,750 rai of farmlands.
Irrigation Department officials indicated that, with the earlier
discharge of water, farmers should be able to harvest their crops before
the flood season arrives in September.
Prime Minister’s Minister visits Tak special econ zone to observe progress
TAK, 18 May 2015 (NNT) Minister to the Prime
Minister’s Office Suwapan Tanyuwattana has paid a visit to Tak province
to follow up on the progress of the special economic zone’s development.
While in the western border district of Mae Sot, Tak province, Mr
Suwapan chaired a meeting with concerned officials on the endeavor to
establish the Tak special economic zone. The attending officials
included the governor of Tak, the mayor of Mae Sot Municipality, the Mae
Sot district chief and heads of local state agencies.
The Prime Minister’s Office Minister stated that his visit was aimed at
making sure the Tak special economic zone would be fully functional in
time for the official opening of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end
of this year.
On this occasion, Mr Suwapan observed preparations for the construction
of the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Mae Sot district.
According to him, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to
preside over the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new structure
The minister also witnessed the improvement of state-owned lands, basic
infrastructure and public utilities in preparation for the expansion of
investment in the area.
Sommai: Thailand needs to develop its bourse
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015, (NNT) Thailand needs to better
develop her stock market after joining the Sustainable Stock Exchanges
(SSE) initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development (UNCTAD), said the Minister of Finance, Sommai Phasee,
The comment was made after a seminar on the “SSE Regional Dialogue
Southeast Asia,” during which he told the participants that he was
satisfied with the current state of the stock market development.
However, further development must be ensured once Thailand joins the SSE
initiative, in order for the nation to gain recognition from local and
foreign investors, according to Mr. Sommai.
He said the effort is possible but it requires cooperation from all
The Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative is a peer-to-peer learning
platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors,
regulators, and companies, can promote responsible investment for
Government to sell 2 million tons of rice in two months
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) The government is
preparing to release another 2 million tons of rice within the next two
months, in order to minimize effects on the new rice crop due this
Chutima Bunyapraphasara, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of
Commerce, disclosed after Monday's meeting of the rice management and
policy committee that the meeting had discussed the release of 16
million tons of rice in the government's stockpile. Of the figure, 5
million tons are high-quality rice. Two million tons have already been
sold, and another two million will be sold within two months.
Meanwhile, more than 10 million tons of rice in the stockpile are of low
quality. The Ministry of Commerce will have surveyor companies inspect
this portion of rice to determine whether the rice can be used as human
or animal food. If not, this portion of rice will be sold to ethanol or
The Ministry of Commerce expects to fetch about 200 billion baht from
the sale of all 16 million tons of rice in stock, which was acquired at
a cost of about 600 billion baht during the past government.
The government has been able to sell 3.4 million tons of rice since the
start of the year. The commerce ministry expects to sell the rice at
between 8,200-8,500 baht per ton
Government asserts there is long-term plan to allocate land to the needy
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha asserted on Monday there is a long-term plan to allocate land
to underprivileged people who needed land to make a living out of.
General Prayut explained that although the government intends to
allocate land for some 300,000 poverty-stricken people, he could not yet
say which method of allocation will be employed. He added that the
allocation will be a long-term process, and succeeding governments will
need to adhere to this process.
The prime minister also noted that the government does not have the
resources to allocate as much land as demanded by those in need.
General Dapong Ratanasuwan, the minister of natural resources and
environment, revealed after Monday's meeting of the national land
allocation committee that the meeting resolved to reduce the fee for
exploitation of land under the committee-sponsored projects to 25 baht,
from 50 baht. The committee also agreed to allocate land at another
site, following the success of its first round of allocations. The
second round of allocations will involve 9,164 rai of land and 1,862
Health activists call for retention of “clear, fair medical & medicine charges” clause in new Constitution
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) A group of health
activists has asked the National Reform Council to retain a clause in
the draft charter that will protect patients across the country.
NRC President Thienchay Kiranant on Monday met with Police
Sub-Lieutenant Treesusan Pichai, who represents a network of the public
health reform monitoring, who visited the Parliament to submit a letter
asking for the retention of a stipulation in the draft Constitution.
The part of the new charter that the petition would like the NRC to make
sure it will not be removed is Article 295(4), which the council’s
public health reform committee is reportedly planning to propose it be
The clause that has become an issue of concerns reads “The prices of
medicines, the medical service fees and related charges must be
controlled to ensure that they are suitable and fair for people who
receive such services.”
Mr. Treesusan said that this clause, written by the Constitution
Drafting Committee, is already good and any plan to remove it should be
Mr. Thienchay has promised to bring the issue to the attention of the
committee on public health reform and the CDC to consider.
NRC President unveils new website to facilitate direct communication with public
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) The President of the
National Reform Council has unveiled a new website that has been
designed to help facilitate direct communication between the reform
council and the public.
NRC President Thienchay Kiranandt along with his vice president Tassana
Boontong and chairwoman of the reform public relations committee On-usa
Lamliengpol, chairwoman of the subcommittee on internal communications
and image promotion Pattareeya Sumano, and some of the council members
yesterday joined in a news conference on the introduction of a new
website called “Siang Pa-ti-roop”or Voice of Reform.
The new website is hoped to help promote among the public the works and
the achievements of the NRC.
According to Mr. Thienchay, the newly-introduced website is a new PR
engine of the reform council, which has been created by the subcommittee
on internal communications and image promotion.
This new tool was introduced after it had been found that the people
were hardly aware of what the NRC had been doing, he added.
CDC Chairman : No plan to abolish village-Tambon chief positions under new charter
BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 (NNT) – The Chairman of the
Constitution Drafting Committee has assured that there is no part in the
new charter that calls for the abolition of the positions of local
CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno on Monday accepted a petition from a
network of local and community administration associations, who wished
to show their support for the charter drafting process, particularly
regarding the decentralization of power and the setting up of a large
local administrative body with full authorization to manage their
Mr. Borwornsak thanked the representatives of the network for their
support and said that he believed a strong local community would play an
important role in driving Thailand forward.
He also took the opportunity to calm upset village and Tambon chiefs who
had earlier come out to protest the draft Charter as they believed their
positions would be abolished when the new Constitution took effect.
The CDC Chairman assured them that there was no such a stipulation in
the upcoming charter at all.
Transport Min unveils progress in tackling aviation safety issue
BANGKOK, 18 May 2015 (NNT) Minister of Transport ACM Prajin Juntong has
revealed that his ministry has submitted to the Prime Minister a
progress report on its work related to the improvement of aviation
safety in Thailand.
Following the expression of concerns by the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) over Thailand’s aviation safety standards, ACM
Prajin affirmed that the restructuring of the Department of Civil
Aviation (DCA) is underway and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has
already been informed of related developments.
The Transport Minister added that the premier has been requested to
consider using Section 44 of the interim constitution to adjust the
roles of the DCA and increase the number of personnel within the agency.
If approved, all details pertaining to the DCA’s new structure could be
publicized within this month.
As for the safety evaluation of Thai airlines, ACM Prajin disclosed that
the manual used as reference in the process has been updated in
accordance with ICAO’s guideline and it will be put to use on June 1.
Four Thai carriers, namely Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways,
Thai AirAsia and Nok Scoot, will begin to be evaluated on June 20 for
approximately 20 days. The security checks on all other airlines will
soon follow and are expected to be completed within early August.
Trang airport to receive major upgrade improving passenger capacity
TRANG, 18 May 2015 (NNT) Trang airport is now
undergoing upgrades on improving passenger capacity to accommodate for
more flights, says the Trang airport director.
The Trang airport director Thaworn Saengamphai has revealed that many
facilities of the airport are now being upgraded to accommodate the
expected increase of passengers with the new terminal building, set to
be constructed in the future.
He has said that the ongoing upgrades for aircraft aprons and the
taxiway are now 90 percent complete. The completed projects will
increase parking capacity from 2 aircrafts to 4 aircrafts, while the
province's airport is expected to begin the pre-construction process of
a new passenger terminal in 2016, with a 12.5 million baht budget from
the Department of Civil Aviation.
The airport has also received the approval for a 12 million baht runway
expansion project that will extend the runway length an width to 3,000
meters and 60 meters respectively.
Trang's airport director has said that the number of passengers this
year is expected to reach 600,000. Therefore, all flights must be
scheduled within a 1 hour gap between one another for the convenience of
New flight schedules between Bangkok and Trang by Thai Lion Air carrier
are set to commence in June, with the frequency of 3 flights per day.
This will add up to at least 9 flights, to and from Bangkok from a total
of 3 airlines, daily.
Dusit reports Thai hotels succeed abroad, suffer domestically
Dusit International has announced that 62 Thai hotels
around the world have been well-received by foreigners, and the
situation has improved for the domestic hospitality sector. However, the
industry as a whole has not hiked prices for the past eight years,
despite neighboring countries increasing rates by 100-300 percent.
Mr. Chanin Tonawanik, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of
Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, claimed there are four standout Thai
hoteliers abroad. These include Dusit Thani Group, Minor International,
Centara Group, and Onyx Hospitality Group.
These major players both invest and manage hotels abroad that have
gained recognition for their brand of Thai hospitality. This hospitality
has distinguished Thai hotels from those managed by Japanese and Chinese
companies, which have been met with limited success. On the other hand,
Singapore and Hong Kong hoteliers have continued to prosper abroad.
Domestically, the industry has failed to show growth, which Mr. Chanin
attributed to political instability last year. Despite normalizing this
year, the hospitality sector has been unable to raise room rates since
This is in sharp contrast to the situation in neighboring countries.
During the same eight-year period, Singapore hotels have increased
prices by 200-300 percent, while Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Vietnam have
all increased by 100 percent.
Factors that will affect future growth include the Department of Civil
Aviation’s recent downgrade by the International Civil Aviation
Organization. If the department is unable to rectify the issue, the loss
in air traffic will affect tourism in the Kingdom. Indonesia suffered
similar repercussions from a civil aviation downgrade five years ago.
Thai National Shippers’ Council :Government handling of Rohingya may affect international trade
BANGKOK, 18 May 2015, (NNT) The Thai National
Shippers’ Council (TNSC) has said that the
government’s handling of Rohingya people could
affect the nation's international trade and
President of TNSC, Nopporn Thepsittha, yesterday
voiced his opinions on the administration’s
measures dealing with the Rohingya people. He
said although the government is sincere in
solving the problem, it needs international
cooperation in order to solve the problem.
He also said the United Nations should be the
organization responsible for the stateless
Rohingyas, referring to the U.S.’s comment that
Thailand should set up a permanent shelter for
Although the issue has yet to affect the
economic sector, the council urged the
administration to tread carefully when dealing
with the problem, as it may affect the
international trade and ties.
NLA’s 1st vice president confident ‘Five Rivers’ can solve conflicts in Thailand
BANGKOK, 18 May 2015 (NNT) A vice president of the
National Legislative Assembly is confident that all bodies set up after
the coup last May will be able to help pull Thailand through all
NLA’s 1st Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai said that he
believes that the Five Rivers, which include the NLA, the National
Reform Council, the Constitution Drafting Committee, the Cabinet, the
National Council for Peace and Order will be able to help Thailand
overcome all problems and go through a perfect development process.
Mr. Surachai’s comment was heard during his participation in the
ceremony to mark the 23rd year of the May 1992 political uprising.
He stated that such missions are for the interest of the people and
never for the benefits of any political groups or parties.
Mr. Surachai also called on all Thais to work together to bring Thailand
towards real democracy.
CDC: Many articles of draft charter likely to be changed
BANGKOK, 17 May 2015 (NNT) - The Constitution
Drafting Committee expects quite a number of articles of the draft
charter to be changed.
Member of the National Reform Council Niran Pantharakit, who is also the
secretary-general of the subcommittee in charge of preparation of
suggested changes of the draft charter, said that he personally believes
there will be a lot of changes to the first draft of the Constitution.
Mr. Niran said that the expected changes can be the removal of the
entire article or parts of the some.
He added that, for instance, there should be a study on the suggested
electoral system which the references of both the British system and the
American system have been included and seem to be impractical in
Poll: 42% would vote for charter draftt
BANGKOK, 17 May
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Thailand to meet with 17 countries on Rohingya problem
BANGKOK, 17 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs has invited 17 countries in the
region to a meeting on the problem of Rohingya
illegal immigrants on 29 May 2015.
Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sek
Wannamethi said Minister of Foreign Affairs
Thanasak Patimapagorn had confirmed to U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry that Thailand had
taken care of Rohingya refugees in line with
humanitarian principles. Thailand would not
force them out of the country, the spokesman
Thailand provided food, water and petrol oil for
a group of Rohingya people straying in the sea
on 15 May 2015 off Satun province, said the
spokesman. The immigrants told Thai authorities
that they wanted to travel to another country.
Mr. Sek aded that Thailand was ready to take
care of Rohingya immigrants and allow them to
stay at temporary refugee camps. Thailand needed
to abide by its laws otherwise other immigrants
might try to enter the country illegally.
The spokesman expressed his belief that all 17
countries would send their representatives to
attend the meeting where they were expected to
learn about concrete guidelines to tackle the
problems of Rihingya illegal immigrants and
One month interest-free loans offered at the new government pawnshop
BANGKOK, 17 May 2015 (NNT) The new government
pawnshop (25th branch) opens at 73 Phet Kasem
Alley, on Phet Kasem Road, in Nong Khaem
District, Bangkok with one-month interest-free
loans offered to celebrate its opening as well
as to relieve financial burdens of parents with
low income during a new school semester.
According to Wichian Chaowalit, Permanent
Secretary for Social Development and Human
Security, there are 29 government pawnshops
throughout Bangkok, nine more branches in
Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan
Provinces and 1 pawnshop in Rayong Province.
The Ministry has plans to open more branches, as
well as move some existing branches to new
locations. This newly opened 25th branch is one
of those under removal plans due to their
limited space making them unable to improve
service for customers. All new branches will be
equipped with modern systems to provide faster
The Ministry’s pawnshop expansion policy is
being imposed to create easier access to the
government financial service for Thais and to
prevent them from turning to unconventional
creditors or other financial institutions which
impose high interest rates.
Low-interest loans are now offered at government
pawshops nationwide with the lowest interest
rate of 0.25 percent per month for loans not
exceeding 5,000 baht.
Government stresses Thailand’s standpoint in irregular migration issue
BANGKOK, 17 May 2015 (NNT) – The Thai government
will comply with humanitarian principle and
national security regarding the issue of
irregular migration of Rohingya refugees, while
a multinational meeting scheduled for next week
will seek to solve this issue, says a spokesman.
Prime Minister’s Office Deputy Spokesman Maj Gen
Sansern Kaewkamnerd has said that Thailand is
willing to cooperate with other nations to solve
the issue of the irregular migration of the
Rohingya refugees. A portion of the refugees are
believed to be victims of human trafficking.
He said that all nations must cooperate to solve
this issue, which Thailand will be providing
humanitarian aid that does not conflict with
Thai laws and internal security directives,
while upholding the national agenda of taking
care of the Thai nationals.
The spokesman said that these refugees are
considered illegal immigrants who violated Thai
laws and must be prosecuted and face deportation
to the country of origin or the third country
based on the person’s preference. The Thai
government will not permit residency to the
Regarding a suggestion proposed by a third party
organization that Thailand should provide
shelter and employment for the refugees, the
deputy spokesman stated that the idea is not a
proper solution and might might violate Thai
laws and compromise internal security.
He has said that the proper solution for this
problem is for international organization to
help regulate refugees from their country of
Thailand is set to host a special meeting on
Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29
May 2015 in Bangkok with participants from the
15 affected nations such as Australia,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,
Vietnam, and Bangladesh. International observers
such as the United States and other
international organizations will also
participate in exchanging useful information at
the meeting as well.
Malaysia confident Thailand will eventually conquer corruption
BANGKOK, 17 May 2015 (NNT) Malaysia has expressed confidence
that Thailand will, one day, be successful in conquering the
problem of corruption.
The National Reform Council has recently joined the National
Anti-Corruption Commission in hosting a seminar on the fight
against graft and the promotion of ethics.
In addition to members of the NRC and representatives from
various private organizations, the organizer has invited Datuk
Paul Low, Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
to attend as an honorary speaker.
Mr. Low has shared with participants of the seminar that he does
not consider the problem of corruption in Thailand as critical
He also noted that the prevention or the clampdown on graft in
each country requires different approaches due to differing
settings although all solutions must always take into
consideration the aspects of economics, society, politics and
the promotion of moral and ethics among the people.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also showed his
confidence that Thailand will soon find an appropriate solution
to such a problem in an efficient and timely manner.
Co-signing of MOU to boost potential of rubber industry
SONGKHLA, 17 May 2015 (NNT) The Prince of Songkla University,
the Department of Agriculture and the Federation of Thai
Industries (FTI) have co-signed an MOU on rubber development in
a latest bid to strengthen the country’s rubber industry.
Under the MOU, the three agencies will undertake different tasks
to boost the potential of Thai rubber industry. The Prince of
Songkla University will act as the provider of academic
knowledge for personnel or agencies through the launch of short
courses and general ones in line with the needs of the FTI.
The Department of Agriculture will meanwhile be responsible for
research and development which will be integrated into the
curricula offered by the Prince of Songkla University. The FTI
will then apply the knowledge and technologies to rubber
The MOU is expected to improve the production and processing of
rubber, thus enabling the country to expand its processed rubber
market and rubber prices to go up.