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BANGKOK, 9 Dec 2014 - Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his satisfaction with the Kingdom’s improved transparency rating which is now ranked 3rd among the ASEAN member countries.

Speaking at a talk on “Transparency in the Management of Thai Organizations”, the Prime Minister said creating national transparency is one of the agendas his administration is promoting, in a bid to create foreign confidence.

General Prayut disclosed the Government is adjusting the bureaucratic mechanism nationwide by firstly creating transparency at the low-ranking operational level. Towards that goal, the government is compiling their needs which will then be made known to the management who will then allocate the budgets for their needs.

The Prime Minister stressed that his Government is promoting Good Governance principles which require cooperation from all units. He reiterated the need to improve the operating procedure in the bureaucracy and develop human resources in order to achieve the noble goal.

He also asked the private sector to help in the effort to bring transparency to the nation, while calling on all sides to practise the Buddhist precepts of Hiri and Ottapa that teach all to have a sense of shame when committing sinful acts.

BANGKOK, 9 Dec 2014, The Commerce Ministry is to join hands with the private sector in efforts to achieve an exports growth of 4% next year, while devising plans to gain a foothold in the international markets for Thai products.

After a meeting with the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Thai Industries yesterday, Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraphon disclosed that the ministry and the two bodies had agreed to promote Thai exports in both the existing and the new markets in an effort to achieve the targeted growth of 4% in 2015.

To achieve that goal, the ministry will come up with measures aimed at strengthening Thai industrial and agricultural products and services, while seeking new markets by finding out demands of growing cities and providing them with appropriate supplies. Russia, for example, where demand for goods is generally high should give Thailand the chance to offer her products there as the republic is joining the Eurasian Economic Union, she said.

She added that Thailand should also pay attention to nations from Africa, South America, and South India as potential trading partners.

Meanwhile, President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Issara Wongkusonkit, pointed out that the private sector should focus on making Thai brand products more acceptable in the international market, while forging cooperation in such a way that the entire production process contributes to export growth, such as adding value to rice by using it in cosmetics or diet supplement ingredient.

BANGKOK, 7 December 2014 - The Royal Thai Police has already stepped up measures to boost road safety and traffic convenience for holiday makers ahead of the New Year Festival. 

Monday, 08 December 2014 14:56

EC chairman ok with shorter office term

BANGKOK, 7 December 2014  Chairman of the Election Commission (EC) Suphachai Somcharoen has said he has no problem with the reduction of the EC's term from seven to five years.

Mr Suphachai said the shorter office term had not been finalized yet and he believed a new EC would be able to start working immediately if the current one had to go. He added that the matter depended on the National Reform Council and the constitution drafting committee.

The EC chairman added that the EC had the duty to arrange elections no matter what a new election system would be.

BANGKOK, 7 December 2014  – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports have launched a campaign to motivate travelers to travel Bangkok longer after statistics showed that a number of travelers in the capital city was declining.

Deputy Governor of Bangkok Amonkit Chawengkun said the campaign had the goal to make travelers spend more than 3-4 days in Bangkok. The BMTA and the ministry were working together in creating a travel calendar so that travelers learned about tourism activities in Bangkok in each month. There were tour packages grouped by the types of tourism activities with highlights such as cultural performances and street food which was Bangkok’s outstanding characteristic, said the deputy governor.

Mr Amonkit added that the BMA would continue to make the travel calendar every year and organize sport activities to attract tourists

NONTHABURI, 8 Dec 2014, The goods fair held by the Commerce Ministry as a New Year's gift has been well received by the public.

The fair, organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion at Impact Arena Muangthong Thani, came to a close yesterday. It attracted a large crowd seeking to secure various items at discounted prices.

According to the organizer, popular items were garments, shoes and scarves, which were on offered at 50-70% off their original price tags; home decorating items, silverware and health related items were also favored by buyers.

Items being offered at the fair included leather products, gems & jewelry, souvenirs, toys and OTOP products.

LAUSANNE, 8 Dec 2014,  Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Thanasak Patimapakorn yesterday presided over a candle lighting ceremony held in Lausanne, Switzerland to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday anniversary.

The ceremony, part of the ‘King of Heart’ campaign, has been organized by the Thai Embassy in Bern and Thai community in Europe to pay tribute to the King on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 87th birthday anniversary on December 5th, 2014.

Lausanne has been picked as the site for the event due to the fact that His Majesty spent his early life in the city. Similar events have also been held simultaneously in various European cities such as London, and Paris.

All of the participants, reportedly donning yellow, came in droves to offer their well wishes to the beloved King on his birthday.

CHIANG RAI, 8 Dec 2014, Cold weather conditions have continued to attract tourists to the field of flowers in Petchaboon and the sea of fog in Chiang Rai’s famous Mae Fah Luang District.

The average temperature in Chiang Rai has currently dropped to 15 degrees Celsius in the morning, triggering sea of fog on hillsides of Phucheefah, and Phuphatang, as well as at the 12th kilometer mark of Mae Fah Luang District, a popular sightseeing spot in Chiang Rai.

Meanwhile, in Petchaboon, the province has been holding a campaign promoting its famous tourist attraction-- a large garden in BN Farm in Khaokor(เขาค้อ) District-- where a sea of fog can be seen all year long. The venue has been selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as one of the 12 not-to-be-missed tourism spots in Thailand.

The campaign offers fine foods and quality agriculture products. It also features a pavilion exhibiting the history of Khaokor and other Petchaboon’s tourist attractions.

BANGKOK, 8 Dec 2014, The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has said the nation’s garment exports will grow significantly next year.

Vice President of the FTI and Advisor of the Thai Garment Manufacturers Association Wallop Wittanakorn attributed the predicted growth to the recovering U.S. economy.

The US recovery will likely lead to the nation's placing more garment orders from Thailand, offsetting the declining demand from Japan, according to Mr.Wallop, adding that demands from South Korea and Hong Kong would also increase on-year. However, exports to the EU might take a dip thanks to the expired Generalised System of Preferences(GSP), which reverts the reduced export tax of 2.4% back to 12%.

The FTI Vice President also predicted that women's dress shirts, shirts with environmental messages printed on, highly ventilated clothing, and clothes made from recycle materials would be in trend next year.

BANGKOK, 8 Dec 2014,  Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is ready to attend the 5th Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit on December 19th - 20th.

The conference, which will be hosted by Thailand this time, aims at discussing cooperation and developing the potentials of the GMS member nations.

According to Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Seehasak Puangketkeaw, the summit will be held at the Shangri La Hotel in Bangkok, adding that cooperation among the member countries, especially creating network among their people, tops the meeting agenda.

He said the discussion would also focus on the construction of the routes linking the North and the South to the East and the West, the improvement of Routes number 8-12 as well as the R3A to better facilitate the growing economy in the sub-region.

Mr. Seehasak added that the conference might also bring up the issue of logistic codes revision in order to establish a One-Stop- Inspection service to simplify customs clearance procedures.

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