BANGKOK, 10 February 2016 - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will participate in a United States - ASEAN summit in California, the U.S., during February 14-18, 2016. 

BANGKOK – The Ministry of Interior is set to hold a meeting to explain the development plan for rural areas in accordance to the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, enhancing the strength of villages and communities.

The Deputy Permanent-Secretary of Interior Ministry Chayapol Titisak has revealed the Ministry will be holding a conference to elaborate the rural areas development plan in accordance with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, to ensure direct communication between the working officials on 11 February 2016.

Deputy Permanent-Secretary of Interior Ministry Chayapol Titisak.

The conference will be streamed to all provinces, while the Ministry of Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda will give the policy on the operational integration to push forward the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy's practicality, and to answer any questions that may arise from the local public.

NBT station will also be broadcasting the conference live during 2pm-4pm.

The Ministry of Interior has been working with the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board and related agencies to encourage development in rural areas and the agricultural sector using the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy under the 4 year plan (2014-2017).

BANGKOK– Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Khumchaya has presided over the ceremony to hand out seed money at the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

Seed money was handed to a drug withdrawal club as well as 65 former addicts who have successfully completed the ONCB’s drug rehabilitation program. 

NONTHABURI, 10 February 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has instructed it provincial offices to ready themselves for the mosquito extermination campaign.

Permanent Secretary of Public Health Sopon Mekthon has convened a teleconference with the chiefs of provincial public health offices across the country to discuss preparations for the campaign to eliminate mosquitoes.

The MOPH has heightened its disease control measures in response to the recently confirmed case of the Zika virus. Mosquitoes are blamed for several viral diseases such as dengue fever, Zika fever and Chikungunya. Dr. Sopon has ordered all hospitals and public health offices nationwide to strengthen mosquito elimination in their workplaces and nearby communities from February 14 until April 13.

Dr. Sopon has also urged public health officials to concentrate surveillance measures on risk-prone groups, including pregnant women, children, visitors from countries with known outbreaks of Zika fever, and those exhibiting symptoms including fever, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis.

CHONBURI - The Ministry of Transport has revealed that the construction of a motorway linking Pattaya to Map Ta Phut will begin later this month.

Transport Minister Akom Termpittayapaisit presided over the agreement-signing ceremony for the extension of Special Highway No. 7, also known as Motorway Route 7. It will be 31 kilometers long from Pattaya municipality to the town of Map Ta Phut. 

Bangkok – The Prime Minister has promoted the government’s mosquito combating campaign and voiced a desire to see ASEAN wide cooperation to stem disease transmitting insects. 

BANGKOK – More fundamental economic stimulus measures under the civil-state policy is set to be approved with a budget of 35 billion baht in a conference on 12 February, says Village and Urban Community Fund chief. 

BANGKOK- Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Somsak Akksilp, MD, chaired a workshop on developing and improving a system for purchasing medicine and medical equipment.

The workshop suggested that the most optimal way to purchase medical supplies is to group up hospitals and place an order together, which would give the group the upper hand in negotiations over the suppliers. The workshop was in line with the National Anti-Corruption Commission's guidelines and the Cabinet's policies.

In addition, a talk on using "e-bidding" to purchase medical supplies online was held by Associate Professor Kitti Pitaknitinan, the President of the Pharmacy Council of Thailand.

The workshop was attended by about 400 representatives from general hospitals, community hospitals, provincial hospitals, inspectors general, regional senior medical officers, and other related authorities.

SUKHOTHAI – Sukhothai Province is promoting the blooming marigold field in the province as the latest “unseen” tourism attraction, a TAT official says.

Sukhothai Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Office’s Director Patsarin Sawetrat has revealed that TAT Sukhothai is now inviting tourists to come and enjoy the beauty of blooming marigold in vast fields located in Pak Khwae Subdistrict, Sukhothai Province. 

Bangkok – The Prime Minister has called for each of the ministries of the cabinet to draft plans in line with the government’s 20 year Digital Economy strategy.

Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has chaired a meeting of the commission established to transition the nation’s economy and society to the digital era at Government House. At the beginning of the meeting, the premier made known he wants all ministries of the government to outline clear plans based on the 12th National Economic and Social Development Board blueprint, which outlines a 20 year plan for national development. He asserted that the plans are needed to ensure that once general elections take place, the new government will be able to move forward with national reforms.

Among the meeting’s agendas was the presentation of a master plan for the development of a digital society and economy and a plan proposed by Electronic Government Agency Plc (EGA). Both adhere to the government’s 20 year plan, which is divided into 5 year phases.

The first phase of the plan utilizes proposals by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and Ministry of Education to create networking infrastructure. The Information Ministry is to set up 10 thousand high speed internet relays to give the public wider access to Free Wi-Fi. Relevant laws to implement the plan are to be concluded within this year.

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