BANGKOK- The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has held an information seminar for various ambassadors and international organizations in Thailand, regarding the national reform process.
BANGKOK - The Ministry of Public Health has rejected rumors that a new strain of Dengue Fever was found in the country. However, authorities are expressing concern over an increasing risk of an outbreak of the disease.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha stated during his weekly televised address to the country, “Returning Happiness to the People”, that the government has been stimulating private investment in a bid to improve the economy.
The government has been speeding up measures for projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Fast Track to reform the working process, as well as decrease the investment period for various infrastructure projects. The approval time for PPP projects, which roughly stood at 2 years previously, has now been reduced to an estimated 9 months.
The government has plans to invest in many other infrastructure projects, worth over 347 billion baht, in an effort to stimulate the short and medium term economy. Meanwhile, the government confirmed that PPP Fast Track will not include the period spent on considering, inspecting and selecting private investors. The government ensured that the process is being conducted transparently, thoroughly, fairly, and in accordance with the 2013 Public Private Partnership Act.
Many projects have already entered the PPP Fast Track, such as the pink rail line project on Khae Rai-Min Buri route, yellow rail line project on Lat Phrao-Samrong route and blue rail line project between Bang Sue and Tha Phra.
Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraporn said the Foreign Trade Department will sign on behalf of the Thai government a G2G contract with the Indonesian government, in which the latter will purchase 500,000 tons of rice from Thailand.
BANGKOK – The Ministry of Culture and several other agencies will jointly organize Loy Kratong festival on November 25.
Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat said those agencies which will organize the yearly floats festival include the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, the Ministry of the Interior, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, the Royal Thai Police and Public Relations Department and the Ministry of Culture.
BANGKOK - The Airsport Federation of Asia has been established, with its headquarters based in Thailand and Group Captain Veerayuth Didyasarin elected as its first President.
BANGKOK - The Embassy of the United States in Bangkok organised a welcome reception for the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Thailand on the evening of the 10th of Novemeber.
H.E. Glyn T. Davies is the new U.S. Ambassador to Thailand after being nominated by President Obama to the position on April 14.
Important Thai government officials were in attendance such as Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, M.L. Panadda Diskul, and Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra as well as other ambassadors from various countries.
H.E. Mr. Davies gave a speech expressing his appreciation to Thailand for giving him such a warm welcome. He has been stationed in Thailand for seven weeks now and so far the Ambassador has visited six provinces including Chiang Mai, Trat, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Petchaburi and Ratchaburi. The ambassador said that he has learned a lot and has gotten to know Thailand much better since coming here and he can see that Thailand and the United States have many things in common and that Thai people have a deep affection for Americans.
The ambassador spoke of the high regard that the United States holds for Thailand and the deep relationship between the countries for nearly two centuries, collaborating on a wide range of issues. He specifically highlighted joint efforts to advance regional security, trade and investment, enhancing public health, while assisting refugees and displaced persons. He also mentioned the collaborations in fighting against the spread of illegal drugs, wildlife and human trafficking and transnational crimes and working to protect the environment. The ambassador said that he would like to see the United States and Thailand’s activities in these areas to continue.
The ambassador expressed that he would like to see Thailand become stronger, more prosperous, and to move forward on the path to achieving true democracy, and that Thailand will continue to play a leading regional role as it has since the middle of the last century.
BANGKOK - The Department of Land Transport will revise its public and private automobile policies in a bid to increase the public’s confidence in the country’s land transportation policies and services.
Sanit Promwong, Director-General of the Department of Land Transport, spoke today of the department’s 2016 policy which will emphasize fast and efficient services.
He said the department aims to enhance its automotive engineering industry to match international standards to ensure the safety of public transportation vehicles. The department will also install GPS navigation systems on public vehicles and clearly display the identification cards of the drivers.
As for private vehicles, the department will enforce inspection policies of vehicles and enhance the credibility of driver licenses by revising the content tests and the standards of driving schools.
CHIANG RAI - Myanmar nationals have begun returning to Thailand after traveling to participate in the country’s first free elections in 25 years.
At the Mae Sai border crossing in Chiang Rai province, which connects to the Myanmar town of Tachilek, Thai immigration authorities reported a daily average of 6,000 Myanmar nationals crossing the border to cast their votes, most of whom have already returned to Thailand.
BANGKOK - The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has called on the public not to use sky lanterns during festival this year. Those who need to use one must inform the AoT in written form seven days in advance.