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Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:02

Thai PM meets Brunei Sultan at ASEAN-ROK summit

BUSAN, 12 December 2014 – The Prime Minister of Thailand has met with the Sultan of Brunei during the ASEAN Summit in South Korea, emphasizing on the good relations of both countries. 

NAKHON PHANOM, 12 December 2014  The Governor of Nakhon Phanom has stated that the province is highly capable to set up the special economic zone due its short distance to both Laos and Vietnam.

The governor of Nakhon Phanom Adisak Thepart today attended the seminar on the topic of ‘The Investment Trend in the Special Economic Development Zone in Nakhon Phanom province’.

He said that Nakhon Phanom has a high potential to be developed as a special economic zone thanks to the third Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge which connects Thailand to Laos and further to Vietnam and Southern China.

In the 2014 fiscal year, the province has generated the border-area trade value at around 70 billion baht, which is increasing at a rapid rate of 100.73 percent when compared to the trade-value of the 2013 fiscal year, said the governor.

Nakhon Phanom is considered one of the key trading gateways of Thailand as it has the shortest route to the Phoukhyo specific economic zone and the Thakhek specific economic zone of Laos PDR, and connected to major economic zones in the central and northern part of Vietnam to the southern part of China.

The government of Thailand has approved the plan to develop Nakhon Phanom province as a special economic development zone during the second phase, of which the development procedures are expected to start by 2016.

Saturday, 13 December 2014 09:49

Thailand’s Reform through people’s dialogue

BANGKOK 11 December 2014 - King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI) has organized a seminar entitled “Thailand’s Reform through Participatory Dialogue” to encourage every Thai citizen to take part in the national reform process.

The College of Politics and Governance, King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI), and students of the Advance Certificate Course in Strengthening Peaceful Society together organized a public dialogue entitled “Thailand’s Reform through Participatory Dialogue” . The seminar was participated by eminent members of the National Reform Council, members of alliance networks in both the government and the private sectors, civil society groups across Thailand, international organizations and relevant persons, who discussed and shared opinions on reforming Thailand.

General Ekkachai Srivilas, director of the institute's peace and governance department and strengthened peaceful society program, presided over the opening and reiterated that the purpose of this seminar was to gather comments, advice and suggestions from the public and use them as a force to move the country forward.

BANGKOK, 11 December 2014 -The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is actively pursuing its goal to establish Bangkok as the Metropolis of Learning.

Ms. Pranee Sattayaprakob, Director of the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Department, said the BMA aims to encourage public participation in reading activities and cultivate reading habit among Thais.

Temples, mosques and churches in Bangkok will be promoted as centers of knowledge in each community where people come to observe religious precepts and read in their spare time.

At present, the BMA runs thirty-seven public libraries in the city, seven mobile libraries, and 159 community-based libraries in forty districts.

Although Bangkok has already passed on its title as the "2013 World Book Capital" to Nigeria, it still moves forward to increase the number of libraries and reading zones across all corners of the city.

BANGKOK, 11 December 2014 - The spokesman of the Constitutional Drafting Committee has revealed that one of the council’s sub-committees has proposed the setting up of a people’s council to inspect the works of the government.

CDC spokesman Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said that the eighth sub-committee overseeing the rule of law and court affairs, which is chaired by Mr. Paiboon Nititawan, has proposed a more active process to inspect the works of the government through the setting up of a council that is represented by Thais from 77 provinces.

The eighth sub-committee believes that a new people’s council will be instrumental in checking on local administrative offices or organizations and their chiefs.

It stressed that the addition of a new council will compliment the responsibilities of all independent agencies, the House of Representatives and the Senate that are already in charge of inspecting holders of political office and government officials.

BANGKOK, 11 December 2014 - The National Reform Council committee in charge of economics and finance has come up with a proposal related to taxpayers that they believe should be included in the new Constitution.

Chairman of the NRC committee on economic and financial reform Somchai Richupan said that the committee has resolved to endorse the proposal that the rights and the duties of taxpayers will be clearly stated in the new charter.

Mr. Somchai explained that, with more clarity in these areas, tax calculation and payment will be more justified and without prejudice.

He added that the committee also has other proposals, including the setting up of a national fiscal and tax policy committee which is represented by the private sector and in charge of analysis and measures to protect the rights of taxpayers.

Other suggestions are such as a new budget bureau under the Parliament to scrutinize government spending, and the drafting of a budget disbursement and revenue law to curb any ruling parties’ exploitation of populist policies for their own gains.

PHANG-NGA, 11 December 2014 - The southern Province of Phang-nga is to hold a series of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the Asian tsunami late this month to regain the confidence of overseas visitors on Thailand’s capabilities to deal with natural disasters.

Phang-nga Governor said the province was severely hit by the Tsunami in 2004, causing over 4,000 deaths including Thai and overseas tourists, and 1,000 missing persons. The government this year assigned the Foreign Ministry, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and the Thai Red Cross Society to hold a commemorative event and to show to the world that Thailand now has the necessary precaution systems and management skills to reduce risks of natural disasters.

The event will take place at two locations. First location is at Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park on 24-25 December which will include a storytelling about the tragic attack of the Tsunami, a seminar on the impacts on Tsunami victims and cultural shows.

On 26-27 December, a service will be held at the Police Boat 813 Memorial to remember those who died in the tsunami. It includes wreath laying and VDO presentation on the improvement of areas affected by the 2004 Tsunami as well as a candle-lit ceremony.

The event is expected to draw around 1,300 participants who are diplomatic representatives, members of international organizations and families of those injured and killed. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will preside over the opening ceremony to be held on 26 December.

PERU, 11 December 2014 - Thailand expressed her intention to the voluntary emission reduction of greenhouse gases in the energy and logistic sectors by 7-20% within 2020 in order to mitigate the effect of climate change and global warming.

The intention was made at the UN Climate Change Conference 2014 being held in Lima, Peru , during 1-12 December 2014.

Thailand took part in two sub-conferences: the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and the Tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10).

As the head of Thai delegates in the conference, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dapong Ratanasuwan gave a speech to show that Thailand has put great efforts on the issues and request developed nations to take leading role in reducing the greenhouse gas emission ahead of the next conference to be held in 2015 in Paris, France.

In his speech, Dapong also presented the philosophy of sufficiency economy initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as part of Thailand’s national plan emphasizing on the balance between economic development and environmental conservation.

It is interesting to keep an eye on the stance of nations with large-scale economy especially those of developing countries after they vowed to give financial subsidy to low-income nations for dealing with the global warming.

The promise to help is likely to be good sign which has been done during the 2014 conference and expected to be a milestone to the signing of a comprehensive global climate change agreement in 2015.

BANGKOK, 12 December 2014 - By royal command, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn left for Belgium yesterday to take part in a state funeral for Queen Fabiola, widow of King Baudouin.

The Bureau of the Royal Household said in an announcement last night that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will represent His Majesty the King at the state funeral of Queen Fabiola which will take place at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels on 12 December 2014.

Her Royal Highness yesterday afternoon proceeded to Suvarnabhumi Airport to board a Thai Airways International airplane amidst a large number of well wishers seeing her off. Among them were members of the Cabinet, high ranking senior officials and military officers, representatives of the Thai Red Cross Society and village scouts.

The Bureau of the Royal Household said Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will return to Thailand on Saturday, 13 December, at 1.05 p.m.

Queen Fabiola passed away last Friday at the age of 86.

TRAT, 12 Dec 2014 - Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Nuttavudh Photisaro has led a team of Foreign Ministry officials to observe the Thai-Cambodian border pass at Baan Tha Sen Village in Trat Province to look into a possibility of upgrading the border checkpoint.

Nuttavudh revealed that his visit followed an agreement between General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister, and his Cambodian counterpart during Gen Prayut’s visit to Cambodia in October this year, when the two leaders agreed to study ways to upgrade four border passes.

The four passes are those at Baan Thasen in Trat opposite Baan Tamorda in Bodhisat Province of Cambodia, Chong Arn-ma in Ubon Ratchathani opposite Chong-Aseh in Preah Vihear Province of Cambodia, Baan Khaodin in Sakeo opposite Cambodia’s Chong Phanomdai in Battambang Province, and Chong Sai-taku in Buriram opposite Chong Jupkoki in Oddar Meanchey province of Cambodia.

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