Update September 16-17, 2017
PM approves cancellation of arrival/departure card for Thai citizens
BANGKOK,(NNT) - According to the
Government spokesperson, the Prime Minister has approved the exemption of
Thai travelers from having to fill in the arrival and departure card. The PM
used provisions of Section 44 of the interim charter to effect the change,
which will take effect this month.
Government Spokesperson and acting Director-General of the Public Relations
Department, Lt. Gen. Sansern Keawkamnerd said today that the decision came
following a joint meeting between the Cabinet and the National Council for
Peace and Order. Their discussions indicated that cancellation of the TM6
document for citizens, would significantly shorten the time taken for
processing at the immigration office. The new regulation allows Thai
citizens to present only their passports when traveling in and out of the
country, without the need to fill in an arrival and departure card.
However, Lt. General Sansern stressed that foreign travellers still need to
fill in the TM6 form.
The policy is expected to be issued in the Royal Gazette today.
Thai, British ministers discuss security, defense ties
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Thailand and the
United Kingdom have discussed plans to strengthen bilateral security and
The Ministry of Defense released a statement summarizing Deputy Prime
Minister/Defense Minister Pravit Wongsuwan's visit to the UK during 12-15
September 2017 saying that he held talk with his UK counterpart Sir Michael
Fallon about the enhancement of security and national defense cooperation in
such areas as military training, education, intelligence exchange, amended
military logistics, peacekeeping operations, and defense industry.
The British defense minister praised Thailand for its participation in the
UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, and in arranging a Panther Gold
military exercise between both countries which will be launched for the
first time during 30 October - 1 December 2017 in Kanchanaburi.
The Thai defense minister reassured Thailand is willing to extend the
cooperation with the UK in all aspects as both countries have long enjoyed
Business Traveller Awards 2017 names Bangkok Best Leisure Destination in Asia Pacific
Bangkok,TAT – The Business
Traveller Awards 2017 named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure Destination in the
Asia Pacific‘ for the second straight year, marking a record sixth time
Thailand’s capital city has received this prestigious international
Ms. Sarima Chindamat, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Hong Kong Office, was on hand to receive the award from the magazine’s
representative, Mr. Willian Tang Tat Chi, a Hong Kong-born veteran fashion
designer, at a ceremonial luncheon that took place on 8 September in Hong
Kong. Other awards for Thailand included The St Regis Bangkok that won the
Best Business Hotel in Bangkok honour.
According to Ms. Sarima, the Best Leisure Destination in the Asia Pacific
and the Best Business Hotel in Bangkok awards reflect the hard work and
close cooperation between Thailand’s private and public sectors plus an
ongoing commitment to the highest standards of service and product
Ms. Sarima said, “I am delighted that Bangkok has once again been rightly
recognised as the Best Leisure Destination in the Asia Pacific. We thank all
involved in this award. No one will be resting on our laurels. Even after
receiving the accolade for the sixth time, we intend to constantly strive to
improve for many years to come.
“Bangkok has superb hotels and improving mass transit infrastructure that
helps visitors conveniently move around the city. The destination offers no
shortage of entertainment options ranging from superb restaurants, excellent
shopping and unique Thai local experience.”
This marked the 26th edition of the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards.
Each year Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine confers the Awards based
on votes cast by its readers and subscribers. These include frequent
travellers who use airports, airlines and hotels services to visit a variety
of regional destinations.
Next year, TAT will continue to maintain the destination’s competitive edge
in line with its ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018’ marketing plan by
providing quality leisure offerings to travellers.
These include but are not limited to ‘Gastronomy Tourism’ highlighting local
Thai culinary experiences; ‘Ladies’ Journey’ focusing on the needs and
interests of female travellers and ‘Sports Tourism’ for adrenalin
enthusiasts who are keen on diving, running marathons or viewing Thailand’s
first MotoGP World Championship motorcycle races starting in October 2018.
Bangkok launches clean, cheap community food campaign
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a campaign for clean and
cheap food in four communities and may increase it to 10 within this month.
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang visited the clean and cheap food spot near
Lotus shopping center in Pathumwan district, which is one of the four
locations for the campaign started today.
The food markets are provided for street food vendors in designated and
regulated areas at Lotus shopping center in Pathumwan district, Lumpini Park
parking lot, in front of Koong Luang restaurant in Pinklao district, and ner
Somdet Chaophraya Hospital in Bangkok Noi district. The campaign is aimed to
help street food vendors currently affected by restrictions along the
Participating vendors are not entitled to any lease, but can only open their
stall according to the time limit at each location, and must ensure the food
of its quality and safety. The BMA aimed to open 10 more locations by the
end of this month.
A total of 8,007 street merchants are being affected by the street food
regulations, 6,334 of whom being food vendors, 681 clothes vendors, and 992
traders of other items. The affected vendors can register at respective
district offices to be able to trade at the designated locations.
PM Office Minister accepts cash aid for flood-torn provinces
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Prime
Minister’s Office has accepted aid funds for flood-torn provinces raised by
actors and singers.
On behalf of the government, Minister attached to the Prime Minister's
Office, Omsin Cheewapruek has received 501,107 baht in cash from Lt Pimdao
Panichsamai who represented the fundraisers involved in the donation
activity held in August at Siam Paragon shopping mall.
The donation will be added to the Office of the Prime Minister’s Disaster
Relief Fund and will be distributed to Sakon Nakhon and other flood-stricken
provinces in the Northeast. Minister Omsin has expressed thanks to all the
philanthropists, saying the cash would be disbursed in accordance with the
Thailand and Malaysia agree to step up joint border patrol
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The
Thailand-Malaysia Regional Border Committee has agreed to push for joint
border patrol by officers from the two sides to increase the efficiency in
tackling national security problems of the two countries.
Commander of the 4th Army Area Command Lt.Gen.Piyawat Nakwanit led Thai
officials to attend the 106th Thailand-Malaysia Regional Border Committee
meeting in Penang, Malaysia. The meeting followed up on Thai-Malaysian joint
operations and expressed satisfaction with solutions to border problems in
the regional level.
Apart from joint border patrol, the meeting agreed with Thailand’s idea to
send border patrol police officers to patrol the Thai-Malaysian border areas
with military officers. The meeting said it hoped that joint border patrol
will efficiently prevent border problems especially drug trafficking,
smuggled goods and cross-border criminals. The results of this meeting will
be submitted to high-ranking officers of Thailand and Malaysia.
Update September 15, 2017
Deputy PM Wissanu says election roadmap will be followed
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has expressed
confidence that organic laws relating to the election will be passed in time
to adhere to the election roadmap.
Dr. Wissanu disclosed today that the government has submitted three organic
acts for royal approval, which govern the Election Commission of Thailand,
political parties, and the judicial process for holders of public office. He
said that the Election Commission Act is now in effect, while the other two
are being deliberated by the National Legislative Assembly.
Dr. Wissanu expressed confidence that the acts will be passed in time and
will not delay the election timeline.
The deputy premier gave a talk during a seminar on reform, saying reform
efforts will be met with obstacles and will impact stakeholders. The
government must therefore compensate those who will be affected, and all
sides must exercise patience in order to see the agenda through to its
All reform committees must submit their preliminary plans to the government.
If the plan is rejected by the Cabinet or otherwise meets with opposition,
it must be revised. Dr Wissanu said he will follow up on the work of each
committee on September 30th.
Interior Ministry promises action if fraud found in Khon Kaen land use
KHON KAEN,(NNT) –The Minister of the Interior
has asserted action will be taken if any forging of documents is
discovered in the process that allowed private use of a public area in
Pa Huay Mek of Khon Kaen province, with local residents stating they had
filed opposition to the approval.
Chairman of the Community Council of Baan Dong sub district of Khon Kaen
province, Paiboon Boonla has confirmed the group filed a petition
against KTD Property Development using public land in their area for
business purposes. He pointed out the petition was passed onto
authorities in the district, at provincial and even ministerial level
with no tangible results. He has now presented the letter to Land
Department agents investigating the matter as well as the media.
Minister of the Interior, Gen Anupong Paojinda said today a panel of
investigators has been sent to the area to look over all documentation
and to see whether permission for the company followed due process. He
assured the residents that if any failings are found, the permission
will be revoked and punitive action will be taken against those
Long-endangered snow leopard upgraded to 'vulnerable' status
In this Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, photo, an
endangered snow leopard cub explores it's enclosure the Los Angeles Zoo, in
California.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
By Katy Daigle, Associated Press
BANGKOK (AP) — The elusive snow leopard — long considered endangered
— has been upgraded to "vulnerable," though conservations warned the new
classification does not mean they are safe.
The animals still face serious challenges including poaching and loss of
prey in their high Himalayan habitat.
"The species still faces 'a high risk of extinction in the wild' and is
likely still declining — just not at the rate previously thought," said Tom
McCarthy, head of the snow leopard program at the big cat conservation group
Snow leopards had been listed as endangered since 1972.
The reclassification announced Thursday by the International Union for
Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, followed a three-year assessment that
determined there are not fewer than 2,500 mature snow leopards in the wild,
and that their numbers are not in steep decline — the two criteria for being
Using improved methods for assessing the cats' population, experts estimated
about 4,000 live in the wild, though there could be as many as 10,000.
Scientists have managed to survey only a small fraction of the animal's
high-mountain range, an area covering some 1.8 million square kilometers
(695,000 square miles) crossing into 12 countries in Asia.
Doing the research "is difficult," said Peter Zahler, coordinator of the
snow leopard program at the Willdife Conservation Society, who was involved
in the multi-agency team's assessment. "It involves an enormous amount of
work in some of the most remote and inhospitable regions of the world."
New technologies, including camera traps and satellite collaring, are
"giving us better information about where snow leopards are and how far they
range," he said.
Some positive developments included an increase in the number of protected
areas, as well as stepped-up efforts by local communities to protect the
animals from poachers.
Communities were also working to prevent cases of local herdsmen retaliating
for lost livestock by building predator-proof livestock corrals, team member
Rodney Jackson of the Snow Leopard Conservancy group said in a statement.
Still, the animals are hunted for their thick fur and bones. They also face
declining numbers of wild prey, as domestic livestock have degraded
Whether they might be impacted by global warming remains uncertain. But
scientists agree the Himalayas are one of the world's most susceptible
regions to climate change.
"Saying snow leopards are now 'vulnerable' rather than 'endangered' doesn't
mean they're safe," Zahler said. "It doesn't take much to make large
predators disappear from landscapes. We've seen it happen over and over
again around the world."
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Update September 14, 2017
Nong Nooch Garden begins decorating royal cremation site with flora
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Plants of all
sizes are being put up in Sanam Luang by Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Pattaya
for the royal cremation ceremony in October.
Mr Kampol Tansajja, Director of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Pattaya, which
has been put in charge of gardening in Sanam Luang, stated that the agency
is currently in the process of planting large perennial trees around the
Royal Merit-Making Pavilion in accordance with the landscaping design by the
Fine Arts Department. The trees include 50 ebony trees and over 100 Siamese
rough bushes, which are species commonly found in palaces and temples around
Thailand. All of them are expected to be put in place within two days.
Small to medium-sized ornamental and flowering plants will be put in the
ground around the royal crematorium when the structure is finished,
expectedly in early October. Among the selected plants are golden leaved
liana, orange jessamine, marigold and ground orchid, most of which have
yellow leaves or flowers. Saplings have already been grown beforehand so
that the flowers will be in full bloom when they are brought to Sanam Luang
for the royal cremation ceremony.
Thailand promotes EEC project in CAEXPO 2017
NANNING,(NNT) – Prime Minister's
Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck opened Thailand's booth in the City of
Charm Zone at China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in China and promoted Thailand's EEC
project to Chinese investors.
The Thailand booth in the City of Charm Zone of CAEXPO currently opens in
He said Thailand has brought entrepreneurs in tourism and businesses to
participate, especially those in Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong, in
which the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project is located.
The Thai government is now providing great benefits to investors in the EEC
project, and plans to promote a special economic zone which is an epicenter
of industries and the government's effort to facilitate investors.
The PMO minister said many Chinese investors were keen to invest in heavy
industries, while the Thai government is working to improve the logistics in
Some 163 Thai entrepreneurs open their booths at the 14th CAEXPO, showcasing
a variety of products such as food and beverages, health and wellness
products, automobile parts, gems and orchids.
EEC well-received by Japanese investors
CHONBURI,(NNT) – Thailand’s
Minister of Industry Uttama Savanayana on Wednesday led Mr. Hiroshige Seko,
Economy, Trade and Investment Minister of Japan, and other Japanese
delegates to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to learn more about the
government’s policy and related measures to boost development in the area.
The delegation was briefed on the government's EEC development plan,
including updates on the government’s investment projects in the economic
zone, the overall investment situation, and the joint venture agreements
with large companies like Boeing and Airbus.
Following the briefing, the group paid a visit to Laem Chabang Industrial
Estate, Hemaraj Industrial Estate, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology
Development Agency (Public Organization) and Vidyasirimedhi Institute.
Minister Uttama said the Thai government was strongly committed to
propelling industrial reform, trade and investment promotion as well as
connecting Thailand with the world’s economic leaders. The EEC is used as a
key area to further develop the country’s economic infrastructure.
After the establishment of the EEC Office early this year, the development
of the area has become more consistent. The government has accelerated
spending on basic infrastructure projects to ensure that the EEC becomes a
prime location for strategic investment in Asia. With a supportive
ecological system, the EEC has tremendous potential to become a major
production hub of ASEAN with an extensive transportation network and
The five infrastructure projects currently underway to support the EEC are
the expansion of U-Tapao Airport; the Construction of high-speed train
system linking Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport and U-Tapao Airport;
the development of Laem Chabang – Sattahip – Map Ta Phut seaports; measures
to attract investments in the 10 targeted industries; and the eco-city
Update September 13, 2017
PTT employees grow 99,999 marigolds in honor of His Late Majesty
BANGKOK,(NNT) - A group of PTT employees have collaborated in growing
99,999 marigolds in honor of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
PTT Chief Executive Officer Tewin Wongwanich led a group of executives and
employees in a tribute activity for His Late Majesty, where they planted
99,999 marigold saplings in a garden in front of PTT headquarters.
The saplings, which were also arranged to form the Thai number nine, are
expected to bloom in time for the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty
King Rama IX, which is scheduled to take place from October 25th to 29th.
The CEO also said that provincial PTT offices will be encouraged to grow
marigolds in tribute to His Late Majesty.
Interpol releases fugitive Red Bull heir's 'wanted' listing
made from the website of the international police network, Interpol, shows
the "wanted" listing for the billionaire Thai heir to the Red Bull energy
drink fortune, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Interpol via
BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol has
released a "wanted" listing for a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink
fortune who is accused in a car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer
five years ago.
The international police network made the "red notice" for Vorayuth
Yoovidhya viewable to the public on Monday. Law-enforcement officials have
been able to access the listing since last month.
Interpol says a red notice is a request to police forces around the world
"to locate and provisionally arrest an individual, pending extradition."
Vorayuth, better known by his nickname "Boss," is wanted in connection with
a hit-and-run incident in Bangkok in September 2012, in which a Thai
policeman on motorbike patrol was struck and killed by a driver in a
He has avoided meeting prosecutors ever since, and his case has raised
allegations that Thai authorities are lenient with wealthy suspects.
Vorayuth left Thailand in April, days before authorities finally issued an
arrest warrant, and his Thai passports were later revoked. He went to
Singapore and then to Taiwan, but his whereabouts since early May are
The suspect originally faced three charges, but only one remains because he
has avoided authorities for so long. A speeding count expired in 2013, and a
hit-and-run charge expired early this month. The statute of limitations for
the last charge, causing death by reckless driving, runs out in 10 years.
Vorayuth's family owns about half of the Red Bull empire, which was
co-founded by his grandfather. For more than four years after the crash, he
lived a high-flying and even public life. Relying in part on public
social-media posts from his family and friends, the AP found that Vorayuth
had gone to Formula One races, snowboarded in Japan and cruised Venice,
often flying in private Red Bull jets, and all while failing to show up for
Thai villagers win 10-year lawsuit over mining pollution
BANGKOK (AP) — The lawyer for a group of villagers in Thailand who
won a 10-year lawsuit against a mining company for polluting their land and
water says he is prepared to take further legal action if the company does
not pay up.
Surapong Kongchantuk, the lawyer for 151 ethnic Karen villagers living near
Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi province, said Tuesday he is not confident that
Lead Concentrates Co. will pay the 36 million baht ($1.1 million) in
compensation ordered by Thailand's Supreme Court because its representatives
did not even show up for the court's verdict.
The court on Monday ruled in favor of the villagers, whose lawsuit charged
that the company's mining waste polluted the creek, contaminating soil and
harming villagers and aquatic animals. The lead mine and treatment factory
was established in 1967.
"According to the process, they (the plaintiffs) should be compensated
immediately but I'm not sure whether they (the defendants) will pay,"
Surapong said. "They have not cooperated with us. They did not even come to
The case against Lead Concentrates Co. was first filed in 2007, Surapong
said. A separate court ruling in January 2013 ordered the Thai government to
oversee the creek's rehabilitation and pay nearly $4 million in compensation
Surapong said the 2013 ruling instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment's Pollution Control Department to clean up the creek within
"But four years have passed now and the Pollution Control Department has not
even begun the rehabilitation process yet," he said.
An official at the Pollution Control Department, who works on the issue but
declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the
media, said department officials will go to the village, 300 kilometers (180
miles) west of Bangkok, later this month to inform residents how the
rehabilitation process will be conducted.
The official said the creek's rehabilitation has been delayed because of
Update September 12, 2017
Prime Minister hosts reception for Japanese investors
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Thai Prime Minister has presided over an official
ceremony to welcome the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment
and representatives of the Japanese business sector, who are on a three-day
investment trip in the Kingdom.
At Santi Maitree Building, Government House, Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha hosted the event to celebrate the 130th anniversary of
Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations. Among those attending the ceremony were
members of the Thai Cabinet, the Board of Investment of Thailand, and the
Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee, as well as Japan’s
Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment, trade organizations and nearly
600 Japanese investors.
In his address, Mr Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment
of Japan, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to meet the Thai
Prime Minister and government. He noted that Japan had maintained
long-standing cooperation with Thailand as the Kingdom was considered the
manufacturing hub of ASEAN. The Minister voiced his hope that this visit to
Thailand by the Japanese entrepreneurs would bring the existing relations
and friendship between the two nations even closer.
Prime Minister Prayut then gave his welcoming speech to the Japanese
businesspersons, referring to Japan as one of the closest and oldest friends
of Thailand. With a large number of Japanese investors joining in this
visit, he thanked them for their interest in Thailand, affirming that
Thailand as well as the rest of ASEAN would always welcome them with open
The Prime Minister insisted that the Kingdom placed importance on its
cooperation with Japan and had adopted various mechanisms to accommodate
Japanese investments, especially the Thailand 4.0 policy and the EEC
development project, which would be implemented over the long term in line
with the 20-year national strategy.
In addition, Gen Prayut cited Japan as a model for the development of SMEs
and startups and asked the country to consider transferring know-how,
technology and innovation to Thai entrepreneurs as they geared up for the
4.0 era. The premier also assured the Japanese businesses that they could
have confidence in the potential of Thailand and should not hesitate to
invest in the Kingdom.
Protective measures for women approved
A meeting of the national committee on
women's rights on Monday approved measures to protect women from sexual
abuse and workplace harassment and an action plan to eradicate violence
The meeting, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Narong Pipatanasai, was held
to follow up on the progress of the four-year national strategy for women
development (2017 to 2020). The resolutions will be submitted to the cabinet
In addition, the committee followed up on the convention on the elimination
of all forms of discrimination against women. The convention has been
developed to promote gender equality, improve women's quality of life, as
well as provide remedial measures.
Officials to look into 'zero-dollar' tours
Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn said he has not received
reports of "zero-dollar" tours - a scam where tourists buy inexpensive
package deals but will later be pressured to purchase overpriced products
from certain outlets introduced by their tour guides.
After Gen Thanasak discussed tourism development and confidence-building
with members of the Tourism Social Press Association (TSPA) on Monday, he
told reporters that officials in legal sector will look into the
"zero-dollar" tour issue and may take action if the tour operators have been
found to launder money, exploit tourists, and engage in corruption.
He said no complaints against "zero-dollar" tour operators have been lodged
with authorities at this time.
Update September 11, 2017
Upper North to hold third Unseen Lanna
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - Provinces of
the upper North are preparing to hold the third Unseen Lanna fair this month
to foster trade in the region.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, officials of the provincial
community development offices and representatives of the Chambers of
Commerce of Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lamphun have organized a press
conference on the third Unseen Lanna fair at Khum Khan International
Convention Center in Chiang Mai.
The fair, which will be held on the theme of HM the late King’s
self-sufficiency philosophy, will consist of an exhibition of 12 outstanding
self-reliant communities, a business forum, a display of industrial
innovations and award-winning products from the One Tambon One Product
The event will take place from 15th to 24th September at the International
Convention and Exhibition Center Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle
Birthday Anniversary in Chiang Mai.
Royally-designed piggy banks bestowed on students in Hua Hin
BANGKOK,(NNT) - His Majesty the King has graciously bestowed piggy
banks with royal designs to volunteer students in Hua Hin.
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has designated a royal
representative to present the piggy banks to 88 students from Wang Klai Kang
Won School, who have spent their days-off this year working in local state
offices as interpreters.
All the students have used their language skills to help foreigners, who
have visited any government office or the police station needing assistance.
HM the King also passed along a message of appreciation to all the students,
who have made use of their free time to help others, while hoping their
actions will inspire other students and youths to do good things for
Replicas of royal crematorium to be finished by October 15
THAILAND,(NNT) – Various provinces are building replicas of the royal
crematorium to be completed by mid-October.
Nakhon Ratchasima Governor, Wichian Chanthonnothai recently officiated at a
religious ceremony to inaugurate the construction of a crematorium replica.
The ceremony was witnessed by local government officers and members of the
public. The governor said the construction of a steel frame will take about
two days while the entire pyre will be finished by October 15th.
In Chumphon province, Governor Narong Pholla-iad recently led local
administrative officials, police officers, soldiers, and the general public
in a religious ritual to commence the construction of an exact replica of
the royal crematorium in Bangkok being built for the state funeral of His
Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26. The construction is
expected to be completed by October 8th.
In Chonburi province, Robinson Shopping Mall and Central Plaza are giving
away marigold trees for members of the public to grow at home. The city is
hoping to grow a total of 199,999 marigolds which will bloom during the
royal funeral. The yellow plants can be picked up at the two shopping
centers on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout September.
Update September 9 - 10, 2017
SESA 35 showcases research findings and innovations
LAMPANG,(NNT) - The Secondary Educational Service Area Office 35
(SESA 35) recently held the “Show & Share SESA 35” event, showcasing
research findings and innovations from secondary schools in the provinces of
Lampang and Lamphun.
The fair was staged on the first floor of Central Plaza Lampang, with the
deputy Lampang governor chairing the opening ceremony.
According to the SESA 35, all schools in the two provinces were encouraged
to present their academic achievements to the general public.
Participants in “Show & Share SESA 35” showcased interesting research
findings, and educational innovations related to science, food, environment
The organizers hope that event-goers will adopt what they've learnt to
improve their health and well-being.
Samut Sakhon EXPO 2017 promotes Thailand 4.0 agenda
SAMUT SAKHON,(NNT) - Samut Sakhon EXPO 2017 is now underway, showcasing
various goods and manufacturing innovations.
The exposition, the 8th of its kind, is being held in line with the
government’s Thailand 4.0 agenda, with a focus on the Industrial Economy 4.0
The event is being held from now until September 13th near Tha Chin bridge
in the capital district of the province.
According to the Samut Sakhon Governor, the event highlights cooperation
between provincial government units and private companies in the development
of the local economy through fisheries, tourism, handicraft products,
agriculture, and cultural activities.
The expo serves as a platform for goods distribution and the promotion of
There are more than 350 vendors and six different zones for visitors to
Pattani’s premium durians featured at Songkhla fair
SONGKHLA,(NNT) - The Pattani goods fair, which is being held at the
Central Festival Hat Yai shopping mall in Songkhla province, which concludes
on Tuesday, September 12th.
The highlight of the event is “Sai Khao” durians which are well-known among
Thai and foreign consumers for their soft golden texture, sweet taste and
aromatic smell. Sai Khao durians are also low in carbohydrates.
The fruit is grown in Sai Khao sub-district of Khok Pho district in Pattani
province and ranks among the top five strains of durian in Thailand.
The fair also offers other processed agricultural goods including organic
salted fish from Nong Chik district, which is a premium product with a hefty
price tag of between 1,500 - 1,700 baht a kilogram.
560 Japanese investors to visit EEC project next week
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Ministry of
Industry will lead some 560 investors from Japan on a tour to the Eastern
Economic Corridor project next week.
Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana said the Ministry of Industry is
welcoming the 560 Japanese investors led by Japan's Minister of Economy,
Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko, to visit Thailand during 11-13 September
The Ministry of Industry will led the visiting group to meet with Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to hear a briefing on the government's policy
to promote investment and the development in 10 key industries. The visiting
group will be attending the Symposium on Thailand 4.0 towards Connected
Industries held by the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Commerce at
the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Development Office and the Office of the
Board of Investment of Thailand on 12 September 2017.
The visiting Japanese investors will have the chance to meet with Thai
businesspersons for business matching, and the opportunity to visit the EEC
development site to observe the progress of infrastructure development to
Regarding the D5 meeting, the industry minister said that the group had
ordered the making of an action plan to attract investors from specific
countries in each industry, while legislation on the EEC project is expected
to be submitted to the cabinet for approval later this month.
Military steps up anti-smuggling measures along Thailand-Myanmar border
RANONG,(NNT) - The 5th Infantry Division Commander, Maj Gen
Sitthiporn Musikasin has instructed his troops to step up land and marine
security measures and to be on the lookout for illegal smuggling and illegal
entry into Thailand via Chumphon and Ranong provinces.
The commander’s order came during his visit to Ranong province. Officials
there are tasked with patrolling the 254-kilometers-long Thailand-Myanmar
border linking Thailand’s Chumphon and Ranong provinces and Myanmar’s
Tanintharyi and Kawthaung provinces.
According to the commander, there have been no reports of irregular
migration of Rohingyas from Rakhine State of Myanmar into Thai territory
over the past two years.
Nevertheless, the commander said, in case the issue resurfaces, strict land
and marine measures have been put in place to handle the situation.
Phuket takes traditional approach to Ghost Festival
PHUKET,(NNT) – Phuket province is celebrating its unique take on the
Chinese Ghost Festival by holding Por Tor activities.
Deputy Phuket Governor, Sanit Sriwihok and Phuket City Mayor, Somjai
Suwansupapana have led locals of the province in praising Por Tor Kong, a
deity revered by residents of Phuket with Chinese heritage.
The festivities in front of Muang Phuket’s Fresh Market 1 attracted large
crowds and received support from private agencies. The festival is an
expression of honor to ancestors and is observed during the seventh month of
the Chinese calendar, during the period more widely known as the Ghost
Festival. Locals in the area have been putting out offerings of Chinese
sweets, fruits, Chinese liquor and traditional Phuket desserts.
Mayor Somjai said that in addition to honoring ancestors, Phuket’s
interpretation of the festival also preserves its local traditions and
supports cultural tourism. She stated that by combining cultural tourism
with Phuket’s natural attractions, the province can maintain its status as a
world class travel destination.
New Excise Tariff Act to be enforced on September 16th
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Excise Department is set to propose new excise
duties on tobacco and alcoholic beverages to the Cabinet next week before
the Excise Tariff Act, B.E. 2560 is enforced on September 16th.
Excise Department Director-General Somchai Poonsawat has announced that
manufacturers of tobacco and alcohol products will be taxed on the product
prices and the alcohol content when the new legislation takes effect.
In the Meantime, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha believes vendors will try
to hoard the products until the enforcement day. Those who do, he warned,
will face legal consequences.
Gen Prayut added that the new excise tax collection, which will be carried
out in a step-by-step approach, would not benefit any particular group of
In response to a report that many cigarette and alcoholic beverage companies
would suffer a profit loss due to the new tax collection, Finance Minister
Apisak Tantivorawong said it is impossible to know if those companies will
encounter a loss in profit because the new rates have yet to be determined.
Tourism and Sports Min to boost sports industry
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has organized a
4.0 sports event to encourage people to exercise while planning to implement
its 2018 sports development strategy.
Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Pongpanu
Svetarundra, said today the 4.0 sports for people campaign was in line with
the 6th National Sports Development Plan aimed at making sports part of
More than 10,000 people in Bangkok have joined the campaign in which daily
group exercises are organized at various spots throughout Bangkok. Similar
events have also been held regionally where at least 50,000 people have
participated since its inception 12 weeks ago.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has also made 2018 the year of
traditional Thai tourism and is planning to boost the country's revenue
through sports activities.
Creative Lamphun Festival held to showcase province’s tourism appeal
Bangkok,-The weekend of 2 -3 September,
2017, saw the Creative Lamphun Festival take place in Lamphun, a key date
among regional events & festivals, which was aimed at showcasing the
Northern province’s appeal as a creative tourism destination and to
highlight some of the various activities and attractions on offer to
Ban on international flights complies with ICAO standards
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has
affirmed its ban on some airlines which are yet to be certified for
international flights is a normal policy according to the ICAO standards.
CAAT Director-General Chula Sukmanop said the prohibition to certain
airlines which are yet to pass evaluation tests for the Air Operator
Certificate (AOC) to operate international flights effective from 1
September 2017 complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization's
The ICAO will conduct an evaluation test in Thailand, for which the CAAT has
made preparations, during 20-27 September 2017.
He said nine Thai-registered airlines have so far received the AOC, with a
few more expected to follow in September, and a few others in October. The
flight prohibition comes from the incompletion of the evaluation process
which may have occurred due to delays in the submission of a case from the
affected airlines and the shortage of eligible officials.
The CAAT is now processing the AOC cases based on the number of passengers
the airline carried in 2016. The CAAT has ensured all airlines have
sufficient safety standards to operate domestic flights for the time being
and that measures for compensation to affected airlines will be issued after
the ICAO has removed the significant safety concern (SSC) status from
DLT issues smart driving licenses
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department
of Land Transport (DLT) is issuing new driving licenses encoded with QR code
with an aim to promote road safety.
DLT Director-General Sanit Promwong revealed that the DLT wanted to raise
the quality of driving licenses to a global standard. The QR code is added
to the card to prevent counterfeiting. This technology will be included in
new driving licenses nationwide.
The new smart cards are being issued to people applying for a driver's
license and will enable the DLT effectively promote road safety.
Samui Festival 2017 tops Thailand events calendar with action packed programme
BANGKOK,– This year’s ‘Samui Festival 2017’, which will be the
second time, highlights the 120th anniversary of the island’s founding in
1897 with two marque sport events – a full marathon and bike race –
headlining an action packed programme from 7 to 11 September.
Thailand’s Prime Minister H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha is personally
granting the trophies for both sport events, while the opening ceremony
duties will be handled by a Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Somkid
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s
(TAT), said that, “The high-profile presence of leading government officials
shows the Samui Festival 2017 is one of the most significant happenings on
the Thailand events calendar for this year. This is a celebration of
Southern Region culture and style.
“The grandeur and spectacle celebrates Ko Samui’s rich history and its
evolution into one of Asia’s top beach resorts, with TAT joining forces with
leading local public and private sector players jointly pitching in to help
organise the event.”
The five-day festival includes a diverse and family-friendly programme of
events, in addition to the sports events, that offers something for
It includes a traditional island-wide merit-making ceremony, an ‘Art Lane’
and cultural fair plus concerts by famous Thai singers and bands, and ‘Samui
Fight’ kickboxing matches.
In addition to the Samui Festival Marathon 2017 and Tour of Samui 2017 bike
race, there will also be many unique Thai local sports events and a
not-to-be-missed beach buffet that celebrates the Southern Region’s unique
These and other events will be at three of Ko Samui’s best beaches including
Nathon, Bophut and Chaweng:
*Opening procession: a ‘Flower Float’ parade almost two kilometres long on 7
*Marathon (42 kilometres, 10.5 kilometres and 5 kilometres) on 9 September.
*Bike race (25 and 50 kilometres) on 10 September.
*Art Lane showcasing work of Thai famous artists as well as local
*Food Street: Seafood and signature Thai dishes of Surat Thani (Southern
*A 2.5-kilometre-long beach buffet (free and open to the public).
*‘Samui Fight’ nights.
TAT supports ‘The Royal Delights – Pheasant Festival’ at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong District
Ms. Padari Bunnag, Head of Royal Project Cuisine
(left), Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing
Communications, Mr. Chai Srivikorn, President of Ratchaprasong Square Trade
Association (RSTA) (2nd right), Mr. Amorn Suvachittanont, Senior Vice
President, Retail Payment and Foreign Exchange Products Management
Department, Kasikorn Bank (right)
Bangkok, 31 August, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is
offering its support to the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) in
organising the ‘Taste it all 2017 @Ratchaprasong: The Royal Delights –
Pheasant Festival’ from now until 31 October.
This gastronomic event, also supported by the Royal Project Foundation, will
see top culinary arts presented by eight celebrity chefs from hotels around
Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong, using Royal Project ingredients to offer an
exceptional experience for food lovers. ‘Pheasant’, as the name of the
festival suggests, will be the key ingredient of the event’s signature
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing
Communications said, “In the TAT’s marketing plan 2018, Gastronomy Tourism
is identified as one of the key highlights to motivate local and
international travellers to discover the many unique Thai local experiences
around Thailand. Related food festivities; such as, the Taste it all
@Ratchaprasong, helps us in our efforts to promote the Kingdom as a
preferred destination for food lovers.”
Pheasant has been chosen as the highlight of this year’s Taste it all 2017
@Ratchaprasong due to its unique flavour and aroma. It is lean meat which is
chewy but tender, and the meat is quite dense while the bones are smaller.
When roasted, the skin is crispy and the meat is pleasantly chewy. It is
considered an excellent choice for health lovers. In some countries,
pheasant meat is only available at premium supermarkets.
In Thailand, the supply of pheasant in the market comes from the Royal
Projects, which began experiments with pheasant farming in 2004. Currently,
an average of 1,200 pheasants are raised for their meat every year and are
sold out quickly.
This year, all of the Royal Project’s pheasant meat will be used to create
signature dishes for the Taste it all 2017 @Ratchaprasong: The Royal
Delights – Pheasant Festival. The specially-created dishes, using pheasant
meat, are available at eight hotels in Ratchaprasong District including the
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Centara Grand at
CentralWorld, InterContinental Bangkok, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam,
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, The St. Regis Bangkok and the Paste
Bangkok at Gaysorn Village.
Taste it all @Ratchaprasong is an annual festal that celebrates its 14th
anniversary this year. Each year, from September to October, the festival
offers amazing dining experiences to local and international visitors and
helps the district earn its current popularity as being ‘The Best Dining
Destination’ in Bangkok.
Thais continue to mourn HM King Rama IX
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thais from across the country have journeyed to the
Grand Palace to pay their respects to His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol
Dusit Throne Hall welcomed Thais from all walks of life from Bangkok and
distant provinces such as Phayao, Ranong, Chumphon and Samut Songkhram. All
are united in their gratitude for His Majesty's dedication to his people
throughout his 70-year reign. Visitors received a framed image depicting His
Majesty King Rama IX as a memento of their visit, as well as food and water.
Meanwhile, people have begun volunteering for various functions during the
royal funeral. Citizens in the Kingdom can register at their local district
offices, while those living abroad can register with a Thai embassy or
consulate. Registration is open from now until September 30th from 8:00am to
4:00pm. Registrants must bring their national identification cards, while
children under seven years old can use their birth certificates.
In Yala province, officials from the provincial NBTC office have signed up
to volunteer during the province's royal funeral ceremony to provide general
services, accept funeral flowers, or serve in a public relations capacity.
In Uthai Thani province, local residents and government officials have also
registered at their local district offices.
Ministry of Industry partners with UNIDO to develop EEC to 4.0 standards
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Industry has invited UN organizations
to help modernize the country's industrial sector to satisfy its Industry
4.0 agenda and accommodate investment in 10 target industries in the Eastern
Economic Corridor (EEC).
The committee on developing the EEC has signed a memorandum with the United
Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to develop Thailand's
industrial sector to 4.0 standards.
Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana expressed confidence that the agreement
will bring about a positive development for the EEC program, which
emphasizes the efficient use of technology and innovations in industries
such as motor vehicles and robotics.
He said UNIDO is an organization with comprehensive knowledge in industrial
development and has experience working with technologically advanced
countries. The agreement also aims to promote environmentally friendly
development in the EEC.
Interpol issues Red Notice for Vorayuth Yoovidhaya
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Interpol has
issued a Red Notice for Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, who is wanted for reckless
driving resulting in the death of another.
Metropolitan Police Commander Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahataworn has provided an
update on Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, or Boss, an heir to one of Thailand’s major
energy drink producers who is wanted for fatally crashing into Thonglor
police officer Police Senior Sergeant Major Wichien Klungprasert in 2012. He
said that a charge of failing to stop his vehicle after being involved in an
accident and failing to notify authorities of a possible casualty has
reached its statute of limitations, leaving only the charge of reckless
driving resulting in the death of another standing.
Deputy Spokesman for the Royal Thai Police Pol Krisana Pattanacharoen
disclosed that Interpol has issued a Red Notice for Boss, enlisting help
from 190 nations worldwide to find him.
Foreign media recently indicated Boss was spotted in Taiwan, which has
mechanisms in place to apprehend and extradite him to Thailand.
Chao Phraya Dam prepares irrigation plan into the Gulf of Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Rainfall in the
northeastern region has caused flooding in the city of Bueng Kan province,
while the Chao Phraya Dam prepares to funnel water through the western and
eastern regions and into the Gulf of Thailand.
The Meteorological Department reported today that the southwestern monsoon
over the Andaman Sea and southern Thailand will result in higher
precipitation until September 7th. Heavy rainfall will occur in certain
areas of the northern, northeastern, central, eastern, and southern regions,
while waves in the Andaman Sea are expected to rise to 2 meters. Meanwhile,
Tropical Storm Marwar has made landfall in China, but is not expected to
affect weather conditions in Thailand.
In Chai Nat province, water has flowed into the Chao Phraya Dam at a rate of
1,876 cubic meters per second. The dam is maintaining its discharge rate of
1,498 cubic meters per second to prevent exacerbating the impact on
waterfront areas downstream of the dam.
The dam plans on channeling water into the Makhamthao-U Thong Canal and the
Tha Chin River, which will then flow through Suphan Buri and Nakhon Pathom
provinces into the Gulf of Thailand to the west. To the east, the dam plans
on channeling water into the Chainat-Ayutthaya Canal and the Chainat-Pasak
Canal, which will then flow through Lopburi and Pathum Thani provinces. The
water diversion plan will help reduce the effects on downstream provinces,
such as Sing Buri, Ang Thong, and Ayutthaya.
Meanwhile, Pathum Thani province is releasing water from Rangsit, Prem
Prachakon, Hok Wa Sai Lang, and Peerapat Yaek Tai Canals to facilitate the
drainage of water from the Chao Phraya River into the Gulf of Thailand.
In Bueng Kan province, persistent rain has caused flooding in the capital
district's communities and roads, some of which are 30-50 centimeters under
water. Flooding has also affected the staff homes of Bueng Kan Hospital
personnel, and Bueng Kan Pitak Suksa School. Military and hospital officials
have installed water pumps, which are expected to demonstrably relieve the
area within a day.
Launch of waste management learning center in Lamphun
LAMPHUN,(NNT) - The Department
of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) has opened a waste management
learning center in Ban Nam Phu Community in Lamphun province.
DEQP Director-General Sakol Thinakul presided over the opening ceremony of
the waste management learning center in Pasak sub-district. The ceremony was
witnessed by local government officials and residents.
Sakol said the objective of the waste management learning center is to
educate interested individuals and nearby communities about waste
management, and to reduce the amount of waste to zero.
There are 10 stations within the learning center where people can learn
about community rules, the work of the community financial institution, how
to recycle plastic, how to treat toxic waste, how to make fertilizers, and
how to produce alternative energy.
Royally-bestowed relief bags sent to flood victims in Nakhon Sawan
BANGKOK,(NNT) - HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
has graciously granted relief aid to residents of Nakhon Sawan, who had
earlier been affected by severe flooding.
The Tambon Bang Phra Luang Administrative Organization in Nakhon Sawan
Province, on Saturday welcomed the arrival of Maj. Gen. Suriyon Chiangtawan,
who HM the King has designated to represent the Ratprachanukhro Foundation
in the delivery of royally-bestowed relief bags and necessities to flood
Residents of Tambon Bang Phra Luang were among 25,248 households in Nakhon
Sawan, who were hit hard by severe flooding on May 7th of this year.
The floods hit 11 districts and damaged 325,000 rai of farmland, according
to Nakhon Sawan Governor Thanakhom Jongjira.
He said that the situation in some flood-hit districts has already returned
to normal while some low-lying farmland remains inundated.
In addition HM the King has instructed a mobile kitchen to provide meals to
all, who have arrived to receive the royally-bestowed relief aid.
Fine Arts Department in preparation for entertainment programs at royal funeral
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The Fine Arts Department has been planning the
entertainment program for the upcoming royal funeral.
For the royal funeral of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26,
the Fine Arts Department has prepared an ancient shadow puppet show as a
part of the program, which will be performed throughout the day.
Other entertainments include musical performances by various bands,
including the orchestras from all four armed forces as well as that of the
Fine Arts Department’s Office of Performing Arts.
Director of the Office of Performing Arts, Anek Artmangkorn has advised the
public that all entertainments and performances at the royal funeral will be
presented in the grandest way possible while adhering to traditional
According to Thai traditions and ancient culture, entertainments at the
royal funeral are intended to provide a welcome to everyone arriving to take
part in bidding a final farewell to the beloved King, who will rise to
heaven, and for all in attendance to adopt a festive attitude to end months
OIE pushes forward measures to develop robotics and automation industries
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Office of
Industrial Economics (OIE) has pushed forward measures to develop robotics
and automation industries in Thailand after receiving cabinet approval.
OIE Director Siriruj Chullakarat disclosed that the cabinet meeting on 29
August had approved the principle measures to pursue development in the
robotics and automation industries, assigning the Ministry of Industry to be
the main agency responsible for ensuring concrete results and the project's
In 2017, the OIE has also cooperated with various institutions to develop
robotic and automation industries within a budget of over 12 billion baht.
Currently, the robotics and automation industries in Thailand are in need of
development to accommodate the global changes, especially in terms of
However, the OIE has confirmed that it will support all target groups that
use the automation or robotics system, covering the agricultural, industrial
and service sectors to increase their manufacturing capabilities and to
develop the robotics and automation industries in unison.
Update September 2 - 3, 2017
BOT: Thai economy continues its expansion momentum
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Bank of
Thailand has reported that the national economy has continued expanding on
the back of exports and tourism growth.
Ms. Pornpen Sodsrichai, Director of the Economic Analysis Office at the Bank
of Thailand, said on Thursday that the Thai economy continued to expand in
July, when exports grew 8.0% from last year and tourism expanded 4.8%
However, Ms. Pornpen noted that private consumption grew at a slower pace as
falling farm product prices resulted in a contraction in farm income, while
spending on durable goods continued growing.
Meanwhile, private investment grew, as reflected by the increase in
construction material sales and permitted construction areas, and public
spending also rose as a result of higher disbursements of a provincial
development budget and constructions projects of the Department of Highways.
Thailand’s headline inflation was 0.17% in July, an increase from
minus-0.05% due to an increase in retail petroleum prices following the
increase in the global crude oil price, while the baht remained strong and
helped attract foreign investors into the local stock market.
More than 100 endangered pangolins seized in Thailand
customs official displays one of 136 pangolins and 450 kgs. (992 lbs.) of
pangolin scales it seized, estimated to be worth over 2.5 million baht
(USD$75,278) during a press conference at the Customs Department
headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai customs
officials have seized more than 100 live pangolins and 450 kilograms (990
pounds) of scales from the endangered animal in their latest action against
illegal wildlife trafficking, the customs department chief said.
The animals and animal parts were found this week in two pickup trucks after
authorities received a tip that they had been smuggled from Malaysia,
according to Customs Department Director-General Kulit Sombatsiri.
Pangolin scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine and contain
keratin, a protein also found in rhino horn, though there is no scientific
proof that they provide any medicinal value. Pangolin meat is considered a
delicacy in Vietnam and some parts of China.
Demand for pangolin scales and meat has led to rampant poaching that is
decimating populations across Asia. More than 1 million pangolins have been
poached in the past decade, threatening the creature with extinction,
according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
A U.N. wildlife conference last year approved a ban on trade in all eight
species of Asian and African pangolins.
In February, almost three tons of scales from endangered African pangolins,
hidden in sacks, were seized at Bangkok's main airport. In May, seven tons
of pangolin scales were confiscated in Hong Kong.
Kulit said his department has seized more than 2.9 tons of pangolin-related
items this year worth more than 29 million baht ($870,000). He said 34
arrests involving the smuggling of illegal wildlife have been made this
year, resulting in a total of 246 million baht ($7.4 million) worth of
The wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC recently expressed concern that
Malaysia appears to be a transit point for the illegal trade of pangolins
and ivory, with traffickers routinely moving their contraband through
Thailand remains world's No.1 rice exporter
BANGKOK – Thailand exported 6.4 million tons of rice during this
year's first seven months, keeping the country as the world's Number One
rice exporter, said Rice Exporters Association of Thailand (REAT) President
He revealed Thailand exported 986,839 tons of rice in May, worth 15.12
billion baht. The monthly export volume decreased 4.9 percent due to labor
The gross export volume during the first seven months of 2017 amounted to
6,409,702 tons, worth 80.05 billion baht, marking a 17.5 percent growth in
volume and 10.7 percent growth in value compared to the same period last
year. The figure keeps Thailand as the world's Number One rice exporter to
the global market, followed by India and Vietnam.
The REAT expects the export figure in August to drop to only 700,000-800,000
tons of rice due to a slow delivery pending the next harvest, while the
strengthened baht will hurt the competitiveness of the country's export
Rice exporters have purchase contracts earlier made to fulfill. The prices
of rice have increased, with 100% Hom Mali Rice currently selling for 1,029
US dollars a ton, which has increased from 835 US dollars. The situation
would help farmers sell their rice for an increased price, but would make it
more difficult for firms to sell the rice to foreign buyers.
New Excise Tax rates soon to come into effect
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Deputy Minister of Finance has confirmed that a
new Excise Tax will come into effect on September 16.
At a seminar entitled “Business Sector Adaptation to the New Excise Tax
Act”, Deputy Minister for Finance Wisut Srisuphan reminded businesses that
the new excise tax scheme will come into effect on September 16 but noted
that tobacco and alcoholic beverages may still have their taxation rates
altered by the Cabinet when it convenes on September 12.
He explained that the adjustment is being considered due to concerns of
hoarding of the two commodities but claimed that their new rates are not
much higher than current figures. He admitted that particular focus is being
placed on alcoholic beverages, with excise tax set to reflect the rate of
Excise Department Director-General, Somchai Pulsawad meanwhile indicated
that the Council of State is considering an excise on sweetened food items,
stating that fruit juice hawkers will not be affected. The new rate will
better comply with World Health Organization regulations as well as
recommendations by the National Reform Steering Assembly.
Industrial Works Dept rushes to eliminate industrial waste at abandoned factory in Rayong
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Department of Industrial Works is scrambling to
safely relocate up to 40,000 tons of industrial waste at an abandoned
factory in Rayong.
Industrial Works Department Director General Mongkhol Phruekwatthana said
that his department had received numerous complaints from the local public
in Rayong regarding the problem of industrial waste from the copper ore
plant in Phatthana industrial estate. Although the copper ore plant ceased
operations for over 10 years but about 40,000 tons of industrial waste
remains unaccounted for out in the open, which has caused public canals to
be contaminated especially during the rainy season.
The Department of Industrial Works has found that the properties in the
plant as well as the industrial waste currently belongs to the Legal
Execution Department, which has assigned the Rayong Provincial Office of
Industry to take care of the industrial waste.
The Department of Industrial Works has coordinated with the Rayong
Provincial Office of Industry to ensure that the industrial waste will be
taken care of in accordance with legal and academic principles.
Energy regulator begins studying pricing adjustments for next year
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Energy
Regulatory Commission (ERC) has begun studying new electricity pricing for
next year as well as investment plans for the nation’s three energy
ERC Spokesman Weeraphol Jirapraditkul stated after a forum on views towards
a backup electricity rate that the ERC has hired consultants to study
adjustments to the electricity pricing framework as new prices are to be
announced in 2018. The commission is looking for tighter control of the
nation’s three energy agencies as well as an adjustment to the current
energy service charge of 38.22 baht a month but has not decided whether the
rate will increase or decrease. The present base price for energy is 3.75
baht a unit.
The commission is also to discuss accommodating charging stations for
electric vehicles as it must maintain the rate as that used by the National
Energy Policy Commission when it piloted stations. The rate is currently
based on Time of Use and is 4.10 baht per unit during the day and 2.60 baht
per unit at night.
Opinions collected during the forum with focus groups are to be put to the
National Energy Policy Commission within this month.
Tourism and Sports Minister highlights plan for world heritage sites in 4 lower northern provinces
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Minister of
Tourism and Sports has highlighted on the cultural world heritage tourism
plan for four lower northern provinces, amplifying the local identity to
stimulate spending through community-based tourism.
Tourism and Sports Minister Korpkarn Watthanawarangkul has stated that the
strategic policy to drive tourism in Thailand is the distribution of
During her visit to the cultural world heritage development zone in four
lower northern provinces including Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphaengphet and
Tak, she found that both Thai and foreign tourists were interested in in
taking routes through three historical parks from Sukhothai to Kamphaengphet
and Si Satchanalai.
The statistics show that the revenue of the four provinces in 2016 totaled
18.114 million baht and 9.675 baht in the first half, up by 5.04 percent
over the same period last year and it is likely to grow at the end of this
year if tourists stay longer and spend more at world heritage sites and
The Minister of Tourism and Sports also delivered the tourism development
policy that will promote the development of local identities and the local
way of life. Income distribution from the main cities to other areas will
also be emphasized, she said.
Environmental problems on Si Chang island addressed urgently
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Pollution Control Department is urgently tackling
environmental problems on Si Chang island.
Director-General of the Pollution Control Department, Chatuphon Burutphat
and Director of the Chon Buri Provincial Natural Resources and Environment
Office Weera Thongpraphai on Thursday met with executives of the Si Chang
district office and other relevant units, to address environmental problems
on the island. Most of the problems concern pollution caused by ship-to-ship
transfer operations, waste from seagoing ships and on the island, as well as
waste water from residences and hotels.
The department will issue ministerial regulations to regulate ship-to-ship
transfer operations and push for international laws to tackle the problems
of waste from foreign cargo ships along with anchorage zoning.
Only six out of 10 tons of waste on the island are properly disposed of. The
government therefore urges people on the island to support a campaign for
waste separation, and regularly dispose of waste in incinerators. As for the
treatment of waste water, the municipality is considering the installation
of small waste water treatment systems across the island.
New study regarding facilites for elderly persons and the disabled on public transport
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of Transport is looking to provide
facilities in public transport systems for elderly persons and those with
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith presided over a seminar
designed to study the planned setting up of facilities for elderly persons
and those with disabilities in order to promote their better access to the
public transportation systems.
The seminar gathered information on planned regulations for such facilities
in each public transport option for the elderly persons and those with
disabilities in keeping with a 20-year public transport plan with respect to
inclusive and universal transport designs.
The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning will collect the
information from the seminar for use in the planning of the inclusive