BANGKOK, 18 November 2014 -The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, has planned to develop the "One Tambon One Product" commodities commonly called OTOP goods, to boost their sales in the international market.
Mrs.Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, DITP director-general said her office would select the most competitive four- star and five-star OTOP products to participate in the product development program to be held throughout 2015.
These products would be displayed in various exhibitions in Thailand and abroad including the Top of OTOP exhibition during the year, said Nuntawan.
The DITP's program focuses on product-design development and marketing channels to make them precisely fit the orders of international consumers. The program is expected to increase Thai exports' earnings and generate more income to local people.
BANGKOK, 18 November 2014 -The government has presided at a five-party meeting, during which all participants affirmed to drive forward the reform roadmap in a timely manner.
Members of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the Cabinet, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the National Reform Council (NRC) and the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) have come together for the first time, with a view to following up on each body’s work progress and exchanging opinions on related subjects.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed all sides to take more concrete steps to accelerate their reform efforts. The premier urged the 18 reform committees to propose any urgent matters directly to the NCPO or the government so as to put them into action as quickly as possible while noting that other issues to be made into laws should be submitted promptly to the NLA or the Cabinet for approval.
The NRC and the CDC, meanwhile, were told to push ahead with their compilation of public input concerning the new permanent constitution within the framework allowed by the martial law.
Moreover, the five bodies agreed to establish a new subcommittee to be in charge of drafting organic laws in a bid to ensure the new charter’s practicality and success in paving the way for the next general election.
BANGKOK, 19 Nov 2014, To improve students' O-Net test performance, the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC), plans to give out Pre-O-Net test sheets to students so they can practice before sitting the real exam..
According to Secretary General of the OBEC, Kamol Rodklai, his agency has set January 31st to February 1st as the dates for six- and nine-grade students' O-Net tests, and February 7th-8th for twelfth graders' .
Mr. Kamol said the Office would, prior to the tests, give out Pre-O-Net test sheets for students to practice, saying that the move would help improving or at least maintaining their scores.
The OBEC has instructed schools to analyse the examination results in order to devise plans to improve their students' performance, he said. He added that the Office is planning to group schools with higher overall O-Net scores together, saying these schools could help the OBEC developing a concrete education improvement roadmap later on.
BANGKOK, 19 Nov 2014, The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has reported that the nation's national commercial banks made 53.8 billion baht in profits during Quarter 3.
BoT's senior director of the payment systems, Policy Department, Jaturong Jantarangs, said the figures represented a 5.6% increase on-year, which is considered a slow growth rate in both regular business and consumer lending.
According to him, the quarter's business lending growth is relatively close to the previous quarter's, due mainly to the fact that some major companies have opted to issue bonds instead of taking out loans from commercial banks. The quality of loans during the quarter also dropped slightly.
Non-performing loans (NPL), rose to 2.34% from the second quarter of 2.28%. He attributed the rise to the increase in consumer lending, which rose to 2.54% from 2.4%.from the quarter before.
The commercial bank sector remains stable, however, said Mr. Jaturong, adding that the sector's net profit in the third quarter was reported at 53.8 billion baht, a slight dip from Q 2's.
BANGKOK, 19 Nov 2014, The Department of Land Transport has urged van operators who have not registered their names with either the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) or the Transport Company Limited, to do so within December or they may loose their licenses.
BANGKOK, 19 November 2014 -The Cabinet has approved the inheritance tax bill and favorably agreed to a cooperation project to develop dual-track railways between Thailand and China.
Among other items proposed to the Cabinet for consideration yesterday, China is expected to purchase agricultural products from Thailand as part of the New Year’s gift for the Thai people and to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Cabinet also approved the draft inheritance tax law, which will be carefully reviewed within a period of six months before being sent to the National Legislative Assembly.
Deputy Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the Cabinet also approved in principle the Public Assembly Bill. According to the draft bill, those involved in public gatherings are required to notify the government one day in advance about the exact time and location of their rallies.
Protestors and those involved in public gatherings are also prohibited from making movement during night time or a public speech after 10:00PM. They are strictly prohibited to gather at important places such as the Government House, government offices, and airports.
BANGKOK, 19 November 2014 -Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-ocha has offered his condolences to the families of the nine soldiers killed in the recent helicopter crash in Phayao on the evening of November 17.
He has also ordered the Army Chief to provide full military assistance to the deceased. The premier said that although the helicopter was old, it had been properly maintained. The Army has more than 40 helicopters of this type in its service.
Deputy Army spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong revealed that the Army Chief has ordered that the families of the crash victims be well taken care of. The nine officers will be posthumously promoted up to 9 ranks and will be entitled to receive a retirement fund 7 levels higher than their current ranks.
Meanwhile, the Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr, yesterday presided over the royal bathing rite for the deceased at Wat Khuha-sawan in Phitsanulok province. A nightly requiem will be held at the monastery until November 24th and a royally-sponsored cremation ceremony is scheduled for November 25th.
TRAT, 18 Nov 2014, A number of rubber farmers in Trat Province have been lining up to open new accounts at the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) in anticipation of the government’s price support of 1,000 baht per rai, with a maximum of 15,000 baht for each grower.
According to officials, the payment process will be transparent and can be accounted for, adding that the province has appointed committees at sub-district, district and provincial levels to oversee the process.
Authorities have urged eligible para rubber planters who have not registered for the scheme to do so before the deadline, December 15th.
BANGKOK, 18 November 2014 -The Energy Policy Committee has come up with a resolution to lower benzene and gasohol fuel prices down by another 60 satang today after world oil prices have declined continuously.
BANGKOK, 18 November 2014 - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has insisted that the Thai economy is improving as the government has effective economic stimulus measures in place.
BoT Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said the Thai economy has been recovering compared to the first and second quarters. The growth was in contraction of 0.6 percent in the first quarter and recorded a positive rate 0.1 percent in the second quarter. It is expected to expand beyond the 0.1 percentage in the third quarter.
The Governor said the improvement is the result of a better political climate. He added that the current monetary policy is flexible enough to allow the economy to grow. It has also been developed to deal with impacts from the global economy and the internal factors.