BANGKOK, 31 July 2014  - The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) under the Finance Ministry has predicted that the Thai economy would grow by 2 percent for the entire year of 2014.

FPO Director-General Kritsada Jinavijarana revealed that the Thai economy is in a recovery mode for the latter half of 2014, as a result of the political clarity and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s swift actions to implement long-term economic stimulus measures. For this reason, the Thai economy could expand by 4.3 percent in the second half of 2014.

However, the political tensions that took place earlier have caused the Thai economy to contract by 0.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Even though the second quarter showed signs of improvement, the Thai economy still had an overall contraction of 0.4 percent in the first half of this year.

Exports have grown by 1.5 percent in the first half of 2014, and are expected to improve by the second half of the year due to a recovering global economy. Nonetheless, exports could grow more than 2 percent if the ruling military is able to expedite the budget disbursements of the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years.

YALA, 31 July 2014 - The Yala's fruit and livestock festival , now underway, is offering agricultural know-how to visitors.

Held under tight security, the event kicked off yesterday at a park in downtown Yala, where so many kinds of fruit and food were available at reasonable prices as well as for free tasting.

The Agriculture Extension Office also held sessions providing agricultural knowledge and tips for local residents. The highlight of the sessions is how to nurse the renowned Montong Durian, which fetches growers high prices in the market.

The event runs until August 3.

Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:22

Rice inspection is nearly completed

BANGKOK, 31 July 2014  - The Prime Minister’s Office stated the inspection of rice stockpiles nationwide is nearly completed. 

Buriram, 30 July 2014 – The Director General of the Community Development Department, Kwanchai Wongnitikorn has presided over the launch of the Buriram OTOP Fair. It is expected to generate at least 40 million baht. Taking place daily up to August 4th, over 300 entrepreneurs are expected to attend the Fair providing food, beverage, cloth, accessories and furniture for sale.

He also said that holding the regional OTOP Fair is to increase distribution channels and allow innovations to develop and be exchanged. After the commencement of the AEC, it is anticipated that even more tourists will travel to Thailand. So, it is a good opportunity for Thai OTOP entrepreneurs to sell products that reflect local wisdom and know how.

BANGKOK, 30 July 2014 - The Ministry of Commerce is preparing to distribute rice with the auction method in August this year. It has confirmed the rice has good quality and meets standards. Permanent Secretary for Commerce Chutima Boonyapraphatson said the ministry would continue with its plan to distribute 200,000-500,000 tons of rice in government warehouses from August to September 2014. The rice distribution would be delayed during the period when the produce was abundant in order to prevent effects on rice prices in the market, said Ms Chutima. Ms Chutima stated further that she expected that the Department of Foreign Trade would be able to arrange an action for the rice from the beginning of August to September this year. She also confirmed the rice had passed quality inspection and forecast that Thailand would be able to export ten million tons of rice this year.

BANGKOK, 30 July 2014 –The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has approved about 6,000 million baht in financial aid for rubber tree growers. 

CHACHOENGSAO, 30 July 2014  - The Permanent Secretary for Interior, Wiboon Sanguanphong, and his team visited the Chachoengsao Provincial Operations Center which was established to learn about people’s concerns and complaints and to distribute information and advice to the public. His team was welcomed by Chachoengsao Governor Anukul Tangkananukulchai at the center, which is located on the third floor of the city hall.

Permanent Secretary for Interior has ordered the establishment of Provincial Operations Centers in every province nationwide according to the NCPO order. The centers are operated from city halls or proper venues to serve the people with effective services. Every province is opening their own centers while the Main Operations Center will be opened at the Wang Chaiya (Nang Lerng) People Service Center on September 4.

RANONG, 30 July 2014  - Mrs.Jirada Deechaiya, Director of Radio Thailand, Ranong has welcomed a delegation from a Myanmar broadcasting station on the occasion of a visit to Ranong Province to exchange experiences and create connections among mass media authorities of the two countries.

The Burmese delegation observed the production of ‘Mingalaba Ranong’ broadcasting through FM 107.25 MHz covering Ranong Province and Kawthaung Township of Myanmar.

This program has been produced for 2 years, and aims to tighten the relationship between the two countries.

The Chief of the Myanmar broadcasting station has also suggested collecting news from the Myanmar government website www.moi.gov.mm in order to gain accurate information about Myanmar government activities.

Moreover, they have expressed their pleasure over the Thai-Burmese bilingual program since it will strengthen the relationship of the two countries in business, investment, and tourism.

BANGKOK, 30 July 2014 –The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) is set to officially launch its latest 4.5 km biking routes at Makhamtes Lake and Sakaengam Samduen Lake on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday, August 12th, according to the BMA's permanent secretary Ninnart Chalitanon To address floods in Klong Sam Wa and Nongchok areas, two lakes were built to reserve about 180,000 cubic meters of water which could then be released into public canals. The landscaping of the two lakes is now improved to include new parks and biking routes. In addition to the new routes, bathing rooms, restrooms and an administration office have been built and big trees planted. Moreover, the route is also designed for mountain bike riding.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 18:37

Mae Hong Son opens Damrongtham Center

MAE HONG SON, 30 July 2014  - The Governor of Mae Hong Son’s has presided over the opening of Damrongtham Center in order to receive complaints from and offer advice to the locals in the area.

Mae Hong Son governor Surapon Panusaumpol yesterday chaired the opening of Damrongtham Center at the Mae Hong Son old city hall. The Center serves as a channel for local residents to lodge their complaints on all issues.

In accordance with the NCPO's pursuit of national reconciliation, the Center's main objectives are to receive complaints from the locals, provide them with useful information, and offer advice to the people in the area as well as playing a crucial role in bringing locals’ opinions and suggestions to the authorities' attention.

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