KANCHANABURI, 26 March 2015 - The western province of Kanchanaburi has kicked off the Thai - Myanmar-China trade fair aiming to boost trade and tourism ties among the three countries.

The Thailand-Myanmar border trade fair kicked off at a sport stadium in Kanchanaburi's downtown on the evening of March 26. The event is aimed at boost relationship between the public and the private sectors from the two countries as well as to promote markets and trade opportunities for small entrepreneurs.

Top quality products from Kanchanaburi and other provinces in Thailand, Dawei in Myanmar, and Guang Xi, China, will be on display at 340 booths during the six- day event.

Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:24

Poll: NCPO remains popular among Thais

BANGKOK, 28 March 2015 - The performance of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) since it took the helm of the country ten months ago remains popular among Thai people, according to a recent survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University.

The survey shows that as high as 85 percent of the respondents still have a positive attitude towards the NCPO. According to the respondents, the most outstanding traits of the NCPO are its commitment to solving the country’s problems and boosting tourism, its decisiveness and tough stance against corruption.

When asked what they regarded as the biggest challenge for the NCPO, most of them picked the economic and the political reform issues. The problem they want the NCPO to fix urgently is the high cost of living. They also suggested that the NCPO heed suggestions from all sectors.

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015  – The Metropolitan Police Bureau has tightened security measures to ensure safety of visitors to the Red Cross Fair 2015 to be held between Mar 30 and Apr 7.

Metropolitan Police Chief Pol Lt-Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul called a meeting of police officials assigned to the mission covering crime prevention and traffic management during the fair.

According to Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj-Gen Chonasit Wattanavrangkul, about 700 policemen have been assigned to patrol on foot around the Red Cross Fair in Dusit area while some will standby at the Joint Security Operations Command to receive crime notifications and conduct primary investigations. One-hundred-and-fifty more traffic policemen will be deployed to deal with traffic flow.

More than 100 CCTV cameras have been installed to monitor all over the event to help police detect crimes.

During the fair, three roads will be closed as follows: U-Thong Nai Rd. from U-Thong Nai Intersection to Dusit Palace Plaza which is normally known in Thai as Lan Phra Ratchawang Dusit, secondly Sri Ayutthaya Rd. from Wat Benchamabophit Intersection to Phon 1 intersection, and lastly Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd. from Suan Mitsakawan Intersection returning to Lan Phra Ratcha Wang Dusit. For more information on traffic management, please call 1197.

The police also requested all visitors not to drink alcoholic beverage, or bring weapons and fireworks into the fair. Hawkers will be denied access. Parents wishing to take children to the fair are advised to make sure the latter carry ID cards and parent's telephone no. in case they get separated.

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015 - Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Kumchaya will be proposing imposition of punishments on wrong-doing politicians and policy makers in the laws regarding state procurement at the upcoming meeting of National Legislative Assembly (NLA) members.

Gen Paiboon said he had already discussed the matter with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and the Council of State before deciding to put the idea forward with the NLA. If approved, the proposed penalties should be incorporated in the state procurement laws within this year.

Apart from legal actions, the Justice Minister said he would map out a preventive system hindering rogue politicians or officials seeking to exploit their power. Anti-corruption campaigns will be launched to raise public awareness and disapproval of corrupt practices which will in turn prompt policy makers to be more fearful of consequences of any dishonest deed.

Gen Paiboon said he is planning to establish a national anti-corruption operation center which will be supervised by secretaries general of major graft-busting bodies such as the Auditor General of Thailand, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission. The new agency will be tasked with scrutinizing activities of state agencies and reporting the results directly to the premier.

ROI ET, 26 March 2015 - Although Thailand has experienced a sluggish economic growth in recent years, the province of Roi Et has shown its confidence to strike a two digit growth this year.

According to Governor Somsak Jangtrakul, the province expects a 15.1 per cent growth in 2015 due to concerted efforts by all sectors to drive the provincial economy ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community, plus a 30 per cent increase in budgetary support from the central government.

Moreover, he said Roi Et has strong economic fundamentals given its world renowned organic Hom Mali rice and abundant fruits and vegetables. The provincial administration has also worked to help farmers reduce cost of production and increase productivity per rai, using modern technologies.

The governor revealed that the province’s economy was experiencing a brighter prospect following a dramatic surge in its revenue from air transport. In February, air passengers at Roi Et Airport were recorded at 16,487. As of 25 March, the number surged to 21,000.

The governor indicated that he would soon ask the central government to approve projects to expand the provincial airport and establish an industrial settlement to cushion expanding aviation businesses. All these projects constitute his plan to make Roi Et the capital of central Isan (northeastern) region.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 27 March 2015 - The mobile Cabinet meeting in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province has been concluded with approval given to many issues, one of which is the opening of a special temporarily permitted trade area at the Singkhon border pass.

BANGKOK, 28 Mar 2015 - Mr. Apichart Prasert, Director of the Knowledge Management and Projects, Office of Knowledge Management and Development, revealed that the most demanded OTOP products in 180 markets around the world are processed food & drinks, household utensils, decorative & souvenir products, garments & accessories.

The director said that healthy snacks, such as dried vegetables, organic rice are most popular in the U.S. According to him, food exports generated a total of 24 trillion baht in 2013. He speculated that the sector would grow 2.18% in 5 years.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s OTOP household utensils, decorative and souvenir items are making a big hit in Japan with sales of 2.7 billion baht last year, an increase of 0.68% from the year before. Mr. Apichart said the Japanese favor these products because of its superb quality and design.

OTOP garments and ornaments, on the other hand, receive high popularity in Singapore, Mr. Apichart said, pointing out the products generated 197.3 billion baht in 2014. He expected the sales of these exports would grow 2.28% this year.

BANGKOK, 28 March 2015 - The government has successfully brought home 21 Thai fishery workers who were abused by human traffickers on Ambon Island of Indonesia while assuring that help is underway for other groups of victims.

CHIANG MAI, 27 March 2015  The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Chiang Mai Office is expected to take serious action against drunk drivers during Songkran Festival this year.

According to the DDPM, the ‘Drink, Drive and get Arrested' campaign has been organized with an aim to reduce road fatalities in Chiang Mai.

The measure comes on the heels of the province recording the highest road death toll in the country during the recent New Year celebration period. The campaign, which begins from April 1st, will be enforced more stringently from April 9th until April 15th, the last day of the festive season.

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related agencies will be holding a welcome home activity at Donmueang International Airport for Thai fishermen who have just been released from Ambon Island in Indonesia.

The 21 freed fishermen are scheduled to arrive in the country at 8.15 p.m. today on Air Asia flight QZ252. The rescue of Thai people lured into becoming labors overseas is one of the main missions the Thai government has tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with.

Since October 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has secured the release of 146 Thai workers from Indonesia, 70 of whom were fishermen stranded on Ambon Island.

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is in charge of assisting those workers.

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