BANGKOK, - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomed the Vice President of India during his official visit to Thailand to promote bilateral ties.

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived in Thailand with his wife, Salma Ansari, and Indian foreign officials. Both Gen Prayut and Mr. Ansari inspected a military formation at the Government House.

They were later scheduled to discuss the possibility of further cooperation in areas of tourism, trade, culture, academia, defense and security. Gen Prayut and his wife, Naraporn Chan-o-cha also hosted a dinner party for the Vice President and his delegation.

This marks first time in 50 years that Thailand has had a visit from an Indian vice president. Next year, the two nations will celebrate their 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

BANGKOK - Minister Attached to the Office of Prime Minister ML Panadda Diskul has urged unity between public and private agencies to solve the country’s problems. 

BANGKOK, – The northern and northeastern regions of Thailand are likely to face a new set round of cool weather due to a strong high pressure, while the public are urged to keep themselves healthy. 

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN – Prachuap Khiri Khan Province has constructed dikes to slow water flow in drought affected areas, in an attempt to retain more water for consumption and irrigate water into the remote areas. 

TEHRAN – The Deputy Prime Minister gave remarks promoting investment in Thailand in front of businessmen at a forum in Iran, aiming to increase trade between Thailand and Iran by ten times from the current volume. 

BANGKOK – The Prime Minister has confirmed his intention to see the new draft charter passed in the public referendum.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said this week that although he may disapprove, criticism of the draft constitution is a basic right of the people. He said that he has not reviewed any suggestions from the Constitution Drafting Commission but he is glad that the new draft constitution was completed and released to the public.

The Premier added that he wants the latest draft charter to pass the public referendum as planned. He went on to say that should the draft charter fail to receive public endorsement, a contingency plan has been prepared.

When asked what could delay the planned general election, the Prime Minister said that it could be the draft constitution’s failure to secure the people’s support or political conflicts.

A working committee has been set up to further advance a tourism development plan in five southern provinces.

Tourism related officials have been summoned to a meeting in Phuket to review the government’s strategic plan to boost tourism in the southern region of Thailand especially in five major provinces including Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, and Satun.

The government’s tourism plan was formulated according to the National Tourism Policy Act, B.E. 2551 and was later incorporated into the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ tourism development plan.

The meeting also resolved to form a committee which will be responsible for the implementation and the mobilization of the tourism development plan. The committee will also be tasked with assessing the outcome of the scheme.

The Ministry of Transport is exploring the possibility of building a rail route connecting the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Coast.

Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Cheewapruek and his delegates have visited Phang Nga Province to survey a site for the construction of railways on Surat Thani – Phang Nga and Phang Nga – Phuket routes.

The Ministry of Transport earlier conducted a feasibility study of the Surat Thani - Phang Nga route and is preparing to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment report which will be submitted to the cabinet for approval. The private sector has been assigned to calculate the payback period.

According to Mr. Omsin, the new railway project will make trips between the Andaman Coast and the Gulf of Thailand much easier, thus benefiting tourism, transport and trade in the South.

Meanwhile, tourism-related agencies in Phang Nga have proposed that a commercial airport be built in the province to cope with a growing number of tourists and to ease the congestion at Phuket Airport.

BANGKOK - Thai Smile Airways, a regional subsidiary of Thai Airways, launched its new route from Bangkok, Thailand to Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor temples, according to the company’s press release.

The new Bangkok-Siem Reap flight, using Airbus 320-200, will be operated five days a week and two flights a day, it pointed out.

Woranate Laprabang, CEO of Thai Smile Airways Co., Ltd, explained his company's decision to launch this direct service between the Thai capital and Cambodian tourism province by the growing number of tourists to Siem Reap, the biggest tourism hub in Cambodia and home to the UNESCO-listed Angkor temples.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:09

Kanchanaburi holds OTOP fair to welcome AEC

KANCHANABURI, - Kanchanaburi province is holding an OTOP fair from now until Sunday, welcoming the era of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Kanchanaburi Governor Sak Somboonto said the event is part of the shared administrative strategy between the provinces of Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, and Kanchanaburi. The strategy seeks to empower OTOP manufacturers and operators and prepare them for the challenges that come with the establishment of ASEAN Community.

The governor said the fair would enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of OTOP items made with traditional techniques. Participating OTOP manufacturers and operators would develop their management skills in the AEC environment, find additional distribution channels for their products, and generate more income.

The fair is being held at Kanchanaburi provincial stadium from February 1 - 7, from 9:00am to 9:00pm. There are five zones categorized by types of OTOP items, including food & drinks, garments, tools & souvenirs, herbal products, and exhibition zones.

Event-goers will be treated with a wide range of well-known OTOP products, OTOP manufacturing demonstrations, and entertainment performances.

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