Conclusion reached at a Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in Indian Ocean
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Permanent Secretary for
Foreign Affairs Norachit Sinhaseni, as a chairman of the Special Meeting
on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean today, has announced the
meeting's outcome seeking multilateral solutions to an "alarming level"
of migration challenge in the region. A number of proposals and
recommendations were adopted under the immediate, medium and sustainable
To provide an immediate response, the meeting agreed
that rescuing lives of stranded migrants be given high priority. The
delegates agreed upon intensifying search and rescue operations,
ensuring UNHCR and IOM (International Organization for Migration) an
access to migrants and their identification, taking a particular care of
vulnerable groups of migrants, strengthening information and
intelligence sharing mechanism to provide data on accurate migrants and
vessels' location at sea, circulating resources of the countries in
response with the appeals international organizations. On this occasion,
the 3-million-USD-worth pledge in response to the IOM’s appeal made by
the US as well as a 5-million AUD-pledge by the Australian Government to
assist Rakhine State of Myanmar and Cox's Bazaar of Bangladesh were
In order to tackle the long-term human trafficking
and human smuggling issue in the region, the delegates had suggested
that the countries need to strengthen an enforcement of the law of the
countries and legal cooperation under a framework of the United Nations
Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its
protocols, to establish a special investigation task force, specifically
in affected countries, to enhance the transparency in government
officials recruiting process, to prevent the trafficking and smuggling
crimes committed by government authorities, to develop regional
communication campaigns to convey a message about the danger of
migration and the threat of human trafficking and smuggling to migrants'
communities and also to impose legalization in migration, for example,
through bilateral employment MOUs.
Lastly, in order to address the root causes of the issue, proposals are
adopted on enhancing a quality of life of the people and creating
economic incentives in the at-risk areas in countries of origin through
various methods such as providing working skills training to the locals,
promoting trade and investment in the areas, developing infrastructure
and creating adequate access of people in the areas to basic rights and
services such as housing, education and healthcare.
The Permanent Secretary has also mentioned about an agreement of the
government of Myanmar to these methods of solution as well as its will
to work cooperatively with international community to improve livelihood
in affected areas, however, a nationality granting to the Rohingyas was
not brought up to the discussion.
Further dialogue on this issue will be pursued under related regional
frameworks including bilateral consultations; the Bali Process on People
Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (Bali
Process) whose Ministerial Conference is to be held this year.
NHSO's hotline 1330 earns popular vote as best agency dealing with public complaints
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Hotline 1330 of the
National Health Security Office (NHSO) received the highest popular
votes from consumers to become the Best Consumer Protection Agency in
2015 thanks to its efficiency in addressing public complaints, according
to NHSO Deputy Secretary-General Weerapat Phankrut.
The award was presented by the Independent Organization for Consumer
Protection (IOCP), which called on consumers to vote for a consumer
protection agency which could solve their complaints through website
platform of the Consumer Protection Foundation during 1 Dec 2014 - 20
Apr 2015. There were a total of seventeen candidate agencies for the
award. The NHSO hotline 1330 was ranked first with highest scores from
Mr.Weerapat said the NHSO has continuously developed the service of the
hotline to ensure it is an effective channel for receiving public
complaints and processing the inquiries of those who are insured under
Jumpol Cheanjitsiri, Vice President of IOCP, said that the IOCP has
cooperated with the Foundation for Consumer as well as the Confederation
of Consumer Organization to observe "Thailand Consumer Rights Day". That
day was the day consumers were invited to vote for best agency as a
moral support for them to pursue the efforts in protecting consumer
Alcohol sales banned on Vesak Day
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Interior
has instructed all agencies under its supervision to closely monitor
entertainment venues, hotels and liquor shops across the country to make
sure they abide by the alcohol-control law on Vesak Day.
According to deputy permanent- secretary of the Ministry of Interior
Apinan Suethanuwong, sales of alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited
during Vesak Day. The ban is in line with the alcohol beverage control
act BE 2551 (2008) which stipulates that sales or consumption of
alcoholic beverages are disallowed on important religious days. Those
caught having violated the law will be persecuted.
Vesak Day marks the days of birth, enlightenment and
passing of Buddha. It is traditionally observed by Buddhists in
different parts of the world. In Thailand, Vesak Day this year falls on
June 1. The Ministry of Interior plays a leading role in the celebration
of this important day by holding 12-day activities across the country
starting from May 29 until June 9.
Aside from joining the merit-making campaign launched by the Ministry of
Interior, Mr. Apinan said the general public could help improve society
by simply taking part in useful activities they prefer, such as doing
community work for the underprivileged or making donations.
Thai student teams to compete in 2015 World Robot Games
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Four student teams from
Thailand have been selected to compete at the 2015 World Robot Games in
Jakarta, Indonesia, aiming to integrate their in-class knowledge to
practical use, according to the OBEC.
The Secretary-General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission
(OBEC) Kamol Rodklai revealed that 4 student teams from Thailand have
been selected to compete at the 2015 World Robot Games to be held in
Jakarta, Indonesia during 1-3 June 2015.
The 4 teams, comprising of 12 students, have been selected from the
simulations and competitions hosted by OBEC during last year’s National
Student's Arts and Crafts Competition. The schools that qualified are
Anuban Nong Yai School from Chonburi province, Ban Na Tong Saharat Uthit
School from Sakon Nakhon province, Wiang Mok Witthaya School in Lampang
province, and Nong Bua School in Nakhon Sawan province.
The Thai contestants will compete in five different categories pf robot
building, Sumo Robot, Fire Fighting Robot, Line Tracing Robot,
Underwater Robot, and Innovative Robot.
The Secretary-General of OBEC said that the competition will provide an
opportunity for Thai students to demonstrate their capability in
robotics to solve designated tasks under simulated conditions. This will
allow the students to integrate their knowledge to design robots with
various kinds of tools.
He has said that this will encourage students to use the scientific
procedures and apply technology to create their work that could be
useful for the daily life. This opportunity will force students to adapt
their problem solving skills from the hands-on approach under the
guidance from their teacher.
Bank of Thailand states Thai economy still fragile in April
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) The Bank of Thailand (BoT)
has reported that the economy in April was seeing sluggish recovery as
people remained extremely cautious with their spending.
Ms Roong Mallikamas, Senior Director of the BoT’s Macroeconomic and
Monetary Policy Department, made a statement concerning the overall
economic condition during the month of April 2015, saying recovery was
still unsteady and was impeded by limited household and business
spending. Growth of private consumption dropped from 0.4 percent in the
previous month to minus 1.3 percent in April while people’s average
income decreased, both in the agricultural and non-agricultural sectors.
Despite a decline in the unemployment rate, the hourly wage was found to
be quite low, providing no boost to household purchasing power and
consumers’ confidence. Private investment expanded 0.9 percent, slightly
less than the previous month when it was 1 percent. Exports were also
down across the board, with the average growth standing at minus 1.7
Nonetheless, the Senor Director cited the weak baht resulting from the
policy interest rate cut and the rebounding tourism sector as two
outstanding positive factors.
The BoT is expected to adjust down its 2015 GDP growth estimate to below
3.8 percent during the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee on June
Employment Department hits back at fishing operators
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Director-General of the
Employment Department Sumet Mahosot has hit back at operators of fishing
trawlers to improve working conditions of their employees in order to
end labor shortage.
The suggestion was made to counter a complaint by an executive in the
Fisheries Association that the Employment Department was unable to solve
labour shortage in the sector, leading to continuation of the IUU
fishing. The operators also called on the government to give permission
for them to import migrant workers at any time to replace Thai workers
who did not want to work on trawlers as well as to revise the regulation
on labor registration.
The Director-General indicated that the root cause of labor shortage
actually came from low-standard working conditions on fishing vessels
and lack of incentives for workers.
He affirmed that the department was ready to cooperate with the
association to improve working conditions on fishing vessels. He also
suggested the operators to use modern technology to reduce use of human
He went on to say that the number of migrant workers who have registered
was currently 101,499, exceeding the demand of 60,000 migrant workers
that the operators claimed they were lacking. However, after the end of
the registration, if the operators still need to import workers, they
can send a request to the department. This can be done in line with MOUs
on labour cooperation Thailand has signed with other countries, the
Trang Police steps up anti human trafficking operation
TRANG, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Trang Provincial Police has
urged all agencies to speed up the crackdown of human trafficking
activities, encouraging the public to inform any cases through the 191
hotline, says the Trang Police Chief.
The Trang Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Jeerawat Udomsud
revealed that the Trang Provincial Police has appointed police officers
in 16 police stations to coordinate information with administrative
officials from the 10 district offices in the province, to maximize
human trafficking suppression operations.
He said that this measure has been initiated from the remark by Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, placing the human trafficking
suppression and prevention as a national agenda, and a central command
from the Royal Thai Police Commissioner General who has appointed all
agencies to eradicate human trafficking.
The Trang Provincial Police special forces are now following up on this
matter closely, while the public are encouraged to help monitor the
situation and report any suspicious activities to the police through the
The Trang Provincial Police Commander has also added that the public
should be aware that human trafficking activities, which mainly consists
of forced labour and forced prostitution of youths under 18 years.
NLA passes new Machinery Registration Act
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly (NLA) has approved of an amendment to the Machinery
Registration Act, to reflect the needs of a modern Thailand.
The legal body heard a report from a special committee tasked with
scrutinizing the bill. The legislation tasks private agencies with
monitoring the application process of machinery ownership licenses. The
special committee proposed that these agencies be certified according to
strict engineering practices.
The committee also called for relaxing previous regulations on machine
relocations, revising punishments for violations of the Act, and
adjusting associated licensing fees to be relevant to today’s economic
After the report, the NLA voted 161 in favor, with 5 abstentions.
Rice Dept to unveil 7 new breeds of rice
Thailand’s Rice Department will celebrate this year’s “Rice and Farmer’s
Day” by unveiling seven new strains of rice.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will inaugurate this
year’s ceremony and the department will unveil seven newly approved
breeds of rice. The new rice strains include indigenous breeds that will
soon be certified with Geographical Indicators as well as fast-growing
strains that can be utilized outside of the rainy season.
The department revealed that June 5 of every year is “Rice and Farmer’s
Day,” as well as the anniversary of the day when King Rama VIII, His
Majesty King Ananda Mahidol, and King Rama IX, His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej, visited the rice farms of Bang Khen district and sowed rice
seeds into the fields. It is an auspicious day for rice farming in
Thailand and honors all rice farmers in the Kingdom.
The department Secretary-General revealed that there are currently 60
million rai of rice paddies in the Kingdom, tended by approximately 17
million farmers. Rice exports have generated approximately 200 billion
baht in annual revenue.
Suvarnabhumi Airport restricts use of plastics & styrofoam on safety concerns
BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 (NNT) Suvarnabhumi Airport has
explained that its recent decision to ban airport staff from bringing
plastic bags and styrofoam containers into its airside luggage-sorting
area is based on safety concerns, a move that has generated controversy
over social media.
Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Sirot Duangratana revealed that the
ban on plastic bags and polystyrene containers was aimed at preventing
risk due to foreign object debris in the aircraft. However, staff are
still allowed to use reusable food containers, such as plastic or
stainless steel lunchboxes.
The General Manager said the new rule was announced on May 18. However,
staff working the night shift were temporarily exempt, given that many
food outlets are closed. Now that the airport has allocated a budget for
food shops to extend opening hours, all staff members regardless of
their shift must comply with the new policy.
The airport is circulating an employee memo to notify all personnel and
PM says Asia-Pacific nations must promote regional growth
BANGKOK, 28 May 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed cooperation between Asian Pacific nations
in creating social equality and driving economic growth in the region.
General Prayut spoke at the 71st Session of the Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He said that millions of people
live below the poverty line, without clean water and in poor living
He called on every country to join the effort to solve these issues.
Thailand strives toward making the economy grow sustainably within five
Thailand is also trying to strengthen the economy, social values and
environmental conservation. General Prayuth’s administration also
advocates equal access to public resources for all citizens and
developing effective water management.
Rohingyas to receive help and relocation support, ISOC Secretary-General sayss
BANGKOK, 28 May 2015 (NNT) The ISOC
Secretary-General has reiterated the Prime
Minister’s command to provide help to the
Rohingya refugees and support their relocation
to their destination.
The Internal Security Operations Command
Secretary-General Gen Chatchalerm Chalermsukh
has revealed that Thailand has been providing
shelter for 779 Rohingya refugees, excluding
those in the 9 war refugees centers along the
He has said that the Prime Minister has made his
remark on this issue, saying that Thailand must
provide humanitarian aid and support for the
refugees, allowing them to travel to their
He has also mentioned about the establishment of
the Rohingya association, saying that officials
have been appointed to verify the legitimacy of
Trat Chamber of Commerce & UTCC hold logistics seminar
TRAT, 28 May 2015 (NNT) The Trat Chamber of Commerce
and University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce have co-organized a
logistics seminar to prepare business operators for the establishment of
special economic zones (SEZ).
The seminar is aimed at informing local business operators on future
logistics development, so they can adapt to changes and challenges
related to SEZs.
Organizers also planned to use the meeting to hear local trade operators
and collect their opinions on development plans in their region.
The province’s trade logistics to neighboring Cambodia relies mainly on
land and sea transport. Land transport is becoming more important to the
province. However, the Trat Chamber of Commerce said province lacks the
infrastructure required to enhance border trade.
It urged the provincial administration to establish a comprehensive
trade center, expand roads and improve marine transport to facilitate
shipping to neighboring countries.
Cabinet approves border transport center project in Nakhon Phanom
BANGKOK, 28 May 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has approved
the 1.1 billion baht budget for the construction of a border transport
project in Nakhon Phanom that will help facilitate the logistics in the
ASEAN region, according to a spokesman.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office Deputy Spokesman Maj Gen
Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the Cabinet has accepted the principle budget for
the construction and operation of the border transport center in Nakhon
Phanom province. The construction will be carried out by the Department
of Land Transport under a 1.1 billion baht budget during a 4-year period
The project was first proposed as a scheme which the initial
construction will be carried out by the government, while the
management, and maintenance will be carried out by private companies.
The Prime Minister suggested that mutual investment between the
government and the private sector right from the beginning could also
save the project's costs.
The project will have to be submitted for Cabinet approval again, along
with the investment ratio and the expected investment returns, in keep
with the Private Investment in State Undertakings Act.
The border transport center in Nakhon Phanom province will be the
logistics center between Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Western China,
along the R12 Road. It will also operate as a One Stop Service Center
for import and export procedures. The center will be facilitating
connectivity between road and rail, and will support the establishment
of the Special Economic Zones.
The center will be built next to the existing Thailand-Laos border post
at the Third Mekong Bridge in Nakhon Phanom. It will feature the goods
transport facilities, passenger transport facilities, border trade
promotion office, road to rail transfer facilities, and trading
This project is expected to boost Nakhon Phanom's and nearby provinces'
economies with goods ranging from fashion, consumable, wood, industrial,
energy, and agricultural goods. Industrial goods are expected to be the
main imports, while agricultural industrial goods will be the main
exports passing through the transport center.
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Police make major drug arrest in Bangkok
BANGKOK, 28 May 2015 (NNT) Police in Bangkok
confiscated more than 21 kilograms of crystal
methamphetamine and two million methamphetamine
pills on Wednesday night.
Pol.Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen, deputy police
chief, said on Thursday that the drugs were
seized following a raid on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 110.
Two suspected drug traffickers were arrested
during the raid. They were identified as
Phuwadol Chindawong, 31, and Veerachart
Sangwanwong, 34. Both of them are from the
northern province of Chiang Rai.
Pol. Gen.Pongsapat said police had conducted
intelligence work for over a month and
discovered that the two suspects used the house
to store illegal drugs delivered from Thailand's
69th ASEAN COST backs Metrology to be base of sci-tech development in ASEAN
PHUKET, 28 May 2015 (NNT) The 69th ASEAN
Committee for Science and Technology (ASEAN
COST) has agreed to develop Metrology as the
fundamental of scientific and technological
development in ASEAN, said Science and
Technology Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj on
The committee has approved the initiative
proposed by Thailand as the host, to use
Metrology as the ground of all developments in
science, technology and innovation. They
expected that the Metrology would be an
effective tool to move ASEAN toward successful
single market. They would formulate a roadmap
and action plan to push forward the idea before
proposing the roadmap to the ASEAN Ministerial
Meeting on Science and Technology (AMMST) in
Apart from the Metrology agreement, Mr.Pichet
also presented Thai stance to formulate
operational plan for science, technology and
innovation during 2015-2020 as well as labour
mobility in the sectors, the management of the
ASEAN Science Fund (ABASF) and cooperation in
ASEAN COST was held to boost cooperations in
science, technology and innovations among ASEAN
member states. Sub-sessions of the meeting began
on the 21st of May 2015 with participation of
high-ranking provincial officials in Phuket and
representatives from ASEAN countries.
Thai FM calls for safe atmosphere to live in for all societies in Asia-Pacific
Thai FM calls for safe atmosphere to live in for
all societies in Asia-Pacific BANGKOK, 28 May
2015 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn backed
an establishment of suitable atmosphere in each
ESCAP member state where its people can live
with safety and in dignity.
He maded the call in his capacity as Thai
representative to the 71st Session of the
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
Pacific (ESCAP) held in Bangkok.
In his address, Gen Tanasak said ESCAP member
states were facing various forms of challenges
such as natural disasters, economic inequality,
and illegal migration. In order to handle the
challenges, all of them should establish the
atmosphere he had mentioned.
For Thailand, he said, sustainable development
is promoted through the use of sufficiency
economy philosophy. The concept aims to improve
the quality of life while facilitating
environmental conservation at the same time.
He continued to say that Thailand was putting
great efforts to build a low-carbon society by
raising environmental-friendly awareness among
Thai people and encouraging them to preserve
green areas. More investment in effective water
management and waste disposal systems were also
part of the efforts.
For the climate change, Gen Tanasak said
Thailand has installed pre-warning system in
order to reduce risk from natural disasters.
This was part of the government attempts to
develop the Thai economy and upgrade the quality
of life of people. The government believed that
moving Thailand towards agricultural society
would bring the country to the sustainable
Minister Adul observes self-reliance programs for hill tribes in Chiang Rai
CHIANG RAI, 28 May 2015 (NNT) Social Development and Human
Security Minister Adul Saengsingkaew visited the northern
province of Chiang Rai to observe self-reliance programs for
hill tribe people.
Pol Gen Adul met with the village chief and community leaders of
Ban Saen Suk in Muang District, Chiang Rai province to discuss
the progress of self-reliance programs. The Minister also gave
assistance funds worth 60,000 baht to local vocational networks
and offered scholarships to 30 school children there.
Pol Gen Adul then visited the local sufficiency economy learning
center where he presided over the opening of the service point.
Located at the village’s scenic spot, the service point is
equipped with facilities for tourists, including shops and a
Chiang Rai province consists of 1.2 million people. Nearly 20
percent of them are ethnic groups, with the Akha representing
the biggest percentage. To improve the wellbeing of ethnic
groups, the government in 1959 decided to launch self-reliance
and development programs in the northern province .
The Minister also expects that his visit to the village will
boost the morale of officials who have dedicated themselves to
All foreign tourists safe in truck - train collision in Hat Yai
SONGKHLA, 28 May 2015 (NNT) The Langkawi Express Train No.954,
which was a Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai transnational train, collided
with a cement mixer truck near Ban Rai, Moo 5, in Banpru area,
Hat Yai, Songkhla on Thursday afternoon.
The train driver and all passengers who were mostly foreigners
were safe while a 31-year-old truck driver was slightly injured
and now hospitalized at Songkhlanagarind Hospital.
According to preliminary investigation, the Songkhla-registered
truck No. 82-2970 operated by Warasiri Concrete Co., Ltd. was
running across rail track which usually had no traffic barrier.
He might not have a look carefully that the train was coming
with high speed, ending up with the collision. The truck was
knocked to the trackside ditch; however, there were no serious
injuries and deaths in the accident as the train hit with the
bottom of the truck.
After the accident, Hat Yai authorities had to replace the
damaged locomotive of the train with a new one so that the train
could take all passengers to their destination at Hat Yai