BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 - Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapagorn has received Cambodian foreign minister Hor Namhong during the latter's official visit to Thailand and discussed trade, investment and tourism collaborations with his counterpart.

General Tanasak and Mr. Namhong discussed the collaborations during the latter's visit to Thailand on July 10-12. Some of the collaborations included joint development of the shared border and improvement of border points. The two parties also signed an agreement on Thai-Cambodian border crossing, which would allow citizens of both countries who live along the shared border to make regular commutes across the border. This development would allow both countries to fill the labor demand of regular and seasonal businesses along the border area, contribute toward curbing alien workers' illegal migration, and contribute toward the development of both countries' border areas.

Thailand and Cambodian also declared their intention to open a new permanent border crossing point at Chong An Ma in Ubon Ratchathani, which links to Preah Vihear Province in Cambodia

Saturday, 11 July 2015 15:10

MFA to hold seminar on AEC vision tomorow

BANGKOK, July 2015 - The Department of ASEAN Affairs and Prince of Songkla University will hold a seminar next tomorrow on the people's vision for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Organizers highly encourage public participation. The event is aimed at gathering people's thoughts and opinions on the AEC, in order to establish a collective vision towards the regional union.

The seminar will be held on campus at Prince of Songkla University, on July 13th from 08.30 – 12.00 hrs. Those interested in joining the seminar can call 0-7428-9211 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

BANGKOK, 11 July 2015, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked trawler operators nationwide to strictly follow regulations.

According to the PM, the government is committed to solving the problems of the Thai fishing industry demanded by the European Union’s illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. General Prayut disclosed that doing so would prevent labor and human trafficking issues in the fisheries sector, as well as preserving the nation's maritime resources .

Fishing-related trades, exports and businesses generate more than 200 billion baht of income annually. According to the Prime Minister, maritime resources management must be done to maintain the balance of aquatic animals in the Thai waters. He reiterated that the administration would work to the best of its ability to address the issue, in order to create a stronger fishing industry.

The Prime Minister also stressed that the government would provide assistance to fishing boat operators as much as possible, especially small-scale fishermen. He said all trawler operators must operate legally and do so without affecting natural resources. Related agencies have already been instructed to help addressing the issue.

PATTANI, 11 July 2015 - Farmers in many parts of the country have begun rice cultivation after continued rainfalls.

In the Southern province of Pattani, local rice growers have started to grow paddies after the provincial irrigation office declared that the current water supplies in reservoirs were ample for farming. Officials are surveying areas along the irrigation routes to estimate the number of farmers before arranging the seed and water distribution.

In the Northeastern province of Buriram, parched paddies have begun to revive thanks to the cloudbursts over the past two days. Agriculturists living outside the irrigation zone are also preparing their soil for the seasonal farming.

The coming of rainfalls not only brought the dying crops back to life but also saved other economically important plants. In the central province of Phitsanulok, longan growers whose outputs were damaged by the prolonged dry season now have the opportunity to make some profits as badly-needed rain waters have given a boost to their orchards.

The Irrigation Department earlier confirmed the rainy season would begin in August.

BANGKOK, 11 July 2015 - The Department of Water Resources has arranged a seminar and exhibition on Thailand’s water management strategy and given updates on the drought situation.

Representatives of the department said in the seminar that the national water management strategy had the objective to promote public participation and create awareness on how the government managed the country’s water resources. This year’s average rainfall at the beginning of the rainy season was lower than normal due to El Ni?o and Indian Ocean Dipole.

The department has forecast that the 2015 average rainfall would be lower than 7-10%. From August - September 2015, more rain is expected across Thailand.

The department said the important thing was to discharge water from reservoirs according to cultivation. It stressed that the country needed to follow the national water management strategy which covered six aspects, such as water consumption, wise use of water, improvement to reservoirs and water security in the production sector.

BANGKOK, 11 July 2015 - Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha stated the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit, which was held in Japan from July 2nd - 4th, has been a success.

The Prime Minister thanked the Japanese government for the warm hospitality, and said Thailand asserted to the meeting its role as one of the committed partners in developing and defining the Tokyo Strategy 2015 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation.

One of the highlights in the strategy is the sustainable development which prioritizes disaster risk reduction, climate change, conservation and water resource management.

General Prayut also signed a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar and Japan on promoting investment in the Mekong southern sub-region, which is being call ‘Thailand 1’.

The talks also entailed the proposal to create agricultural cooperation and establish agricultural markets for Thai products in Mekong member nations. The development of skilled labor and occupational training exercise cooperation has also been included in the discussion.

BANGKOK, July 2015 - The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are expected to enforce stricter control of medicines to prevent their abuse.

BANGKOK, July 2015 - The Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research) has revealed that the local KR Household Economic Condition Index (KR-EIC) was at 43.8 in June, its lowest point in 11 months.

It attributed the drop to the increasing cost of living, while revising down the KR-EIC figure in the next three months to 45.2 from 47.7, which if realized, would be the lowest figure in 13 months. The grim projection is backed by the fact that employment and income rates are still recovering, while the personal debt rate continues to rise. The center indicated that the factors holding back the household sector are increasing commodity product prices, with decreasing income and household savings.

Despite the inflation rate being maintained during the first half of 2015, the private sector's spending has not yet fully recovered as the household sector still has diminishing purchasing power while living expenses continue to rise.

Household debt had a slower growth rate in the first quarter, as consumers became more cautious in their spending, and financial institutes hardened their lending policies. Spending in the real estate sector grew only 1.7 percent over the quarter, while K-Research expected the figure would reach 2 percent. The lower-than-expected figure is due to the decreasing public purchasing power and the subdued economy.

BANGKOK, July 2015, The English language TV programs of NBT World will soon be relayed through the Thai TV Global Network (TGN).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the matter will soon be signed between TGN and the Department of Public Relations' National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT). The development came after a meeting of the two agencies, during which TGN expressed particular interest in the NNT's English programs aired on the 'NBT World' channel.

TGN and NNT have agreed to study the details of the content to be relayed through TGN, signing an MOU to seal the deal.

TGN was the first satellite TV station in Thailand and is operated by the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Station. It provides a wide array of content from news to documentaries and entertainment programs to viewers across the globe. Its mission is to reach all Thais residing in 177 nations around the world as well as to give foreigners a clear picture of Thailand.

BANGKOK, July 2015 - The National Broadcasting Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has instructed digital TV service providers to finish integrating their digital TV broadcasting systems on time.

NBTC committee member Supinya Klangnarong has joined a meeting with all service providers, which include Mass Communication Organization of Thailand, Thai PBS, the Royal Thai Army and the Public Relations Department. The meeting briefed all parties on the progress of their digital broadcasting systems.

The NBTC committee member has said that the digital TV signal distribution has been successful, but some households have experienced disruptions due to incorrect installations.

More digital TV stations are expected to be established this month. There will be a total of 39 stations by the end of next year.