BANGKOK – The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation has named an American professor as the winner of the Prince Mahidol Award 2015 in the field of medicine and a British researcher as the winner in the field of public health.

BANGKOK, 28 January 2016 - Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB has revealed a three-dimension strategy in response to the government policy to help boost national economy.

For the first time, Thailand Extra Exhibition was launched at TIEEF 2016 with an inpiration to turn Thailand into a venue for international trade shows in the ASEAN region.

Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, vice president for Strategic and Business Development, TCEB, disclosed steps will be taken in 2016 to reinforce international trade show industry to help strengthen national economy through the implementation of the 3D strategy which refers to the increasing of revenue, enhancing of image and developing of collaboration between public and private sectors.

Mrs. Jaruwan Suwannasart, TCEB director for Exhibition and Event, added that TCEB has originally launched the 2016 marketing campaign for trade show industry entitled ‘Thailand Extra Exhibition...Expand Your Business Opportunities in ASEAN’ at Thailand International Exhibitions & Events Forum (TIEEF 2016). The event emphasized on the collaboration between domestic and foreign alliances with the aim to develop and create strength for Thai MICE industry. Four hundred entrepreneurs from domestic and international trade show industry attended the event.

TCEB has expected a 5% increase in the number of MICE travelers to international trade shows or numbering about 191,000 in 2016. That is speculated to generate up to 15 billion baht in earnings which would account for 17% of a total MICE revenue.

BANGKOK, 27 January 2016 – The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has initiated a free auto repair service, as part of their efforts to tackle youth gangs and student violence. 

BANGKOK - The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) has reported that Thailand was able to safely dispose of 1.3 million tons of toxic waste last year.

DIW Director-General Pasu Loharjun said the country was also able to get rid of 22 million tons of non-toxic waste in 2015. 

Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:06

New initiative to assist homeless people

BANGKOK, 27 January 2016,  - The Department of Social Development and Welfare has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on developing a system to protect vagrants, beggars and less-fortunate individuals in 30 municipalities.

Social Development and Human Security Minister Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew signed the MOU which aims at creating participation in implementing the 2014 act on protecting homeless people, reducing the number of beggars on the street and providing rehabilitation and job training programs to homeless Thai nationals.

Under this MOU, participating local administrations would regularly organize seminars on vagrancy and beggar prevention and reduction, hold discussions to exchange ideas on the matter among themselves and develop a system to look after local vagrants and beggars.

BANGKOK - The concept of “Pracharat,” or “state of the people,” has been adopted to mobilize support for peacebuilding in the southern border provinces.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN – Anti-human trade authorities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province have visited construction sites in the capital district as part of their crackdown on illegal labor.

The inter-agency task force inspected two housing estates and a car showroom. All foreign workers were found to have foreign worker ID cards.

However, some workers were found to be underpaid. The Department of Labor Protection and Welfare will later order their employers to comply with the labor laws and submit a report on staff remuneration.

The inspection was aimed at preventing and suppressing the use of illegal labor in Prachuap Khiri Khan province and to ensure that employers have the correct understanding of the labor laws and uphold the fair treatment of its employees.

BANGKOK, 26 January 2016  – Ministry of Industry deputy undersecretary Sakda Phankla said the ministry has promoted efficient water uses by industrial sector since 2010 under the principle of a triple R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

A manual of the ministry for the triple-R principle can be found on the website of the Water Technology and Industrial Pollution Management Bureau.

Mr. Sakda assigned the Department of Primary Industries and Mines to inspect water uses in nine mining areas in the North, Northeast and Central Plains regions in effort to save as much water as possible for public consumption.

BANGKOK - Three education agencies have signed an agreement with the Department of Skill Development (DSD) in an attempt to raise the standards of education and meet job market demand. 

BANGKOK - Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has paid an official visit to Iran to strengthen relations between the two countries.

The Thai Foreign Minister was invited by Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh to visit the Middle Eastern nation on the occasion of the Ninth Meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Commercial, Industrial, Technical, Agricultural and Scientific Cooperation between Thailand and Iran.

Mr. Don was asked to chair the opening ceremony of the joint meeting. He was later scheduled to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and discuss bilateral cooperation with Mr. Nematzadeh as well as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Both countries have agreed to help one another to fulfill their needs. Iran could export fuel to Thailand, providing energy security, while Thailand could export rice and rubber, providing food security and supporting industrial productivity. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is scheduled conduct an official visit to Iran from February 1 – 3 to observe the agreement signing ceremony after the joint meeting concludes.

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