Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:28

Interior Min lays out 6-month achievements

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – The Ministry of Interior has publicized its achievements made during the past six months, with the upholding of the monarchy and the restoration of unity being some of the highlights. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015  – Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Thanasak Patimapagorn has attended a meeting with an Indonesian minister to discuss illegal fishing in an effort to improve the situation in Thailand. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – The Ministry of Commerce will consider adjusting down its annual export growth target this Friday, however, affirming that the rate will not be below 1 percent. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 - Labor Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat is taking stronger action against employers of fishery workers left in Indonesia, to prevent the employers repeating their mistake.

Peeraphat Pornsirilertkit, the Director-General of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare revealed that the department has been ordered to sue the offending employers on criminal charges even though they have paid compensation to workers. A document detailing the minister's official order will be sent to all provincial branches in Thailand to ensure the instructions will be attached to new contracts.

In fact, Thailand’s labor protection law authorizes officials to sue employers on both criminal and civil charges. However, in the past, the department hasn't taken criminal action as they thought the employers were not the culprits. Thus most cases ended up with just the employers paying compensation.

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has set April 23 for the opening of the impeachment case against former government officials involved in a government-to-government (G2G) rice agreement. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP), which is under the Ministry of Industry, is inviting Thai manufacturers of all sizes to fill out applications to be considered for a Prime Minister’s Industry Award, the annual honorary awards that are given to outstanding businesses in the industrial manufacturing sector.

The award is divided into two broad categories:


1. The Prime Minister’s Best Industry Award (for Overall Achievement)

2. The Prime Minister’s Industry Award (which is broken out into seven categories)

a. Excellence in Productivity

b. Excellence in Environment Quality Conservation

c. Excellence in Safety Management

d. Excellence in Quality Management

e. Excellence in Energy Management

f. Excellence in Small and Medium Industries Management

g. Excellence in Logistics Management

Interested businesses may apply for the selection process starting now until 30 May, by visiting www.dip.go.th to download the application form and send it to the Department of Industrial Promotion Rama VI Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400. For further information, please contact the Department of Industrial Promotion at Tel. 0 2202 4461, 0 2202 4522, 0 2202 4431 or Fax. 0 2354 3156 www.dip.go.th.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 21 April 2015 - "Hua Hin of Yesterday 2015" is to be held from 24 April to 3 May at Hua Hin Queen’s Park in order to promote tourism and local culture and also to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the 65th Royal Wedding Anniversary of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen on 28th April. 

BANGKOK, 21 April 2015 – Thai economy is on a better trend compared to the situation before the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration, according to NESDB secretary-general Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

Arkhom said that after a 5.4% economic growth in the Q1 of 2013, Thailand faced continuous slowdown with a 2.9% growth in Q2, 2.7% in Q3 and 0.6% in Q4, and then stepped into the first economic recession in nine quarters.

In Q1 of 2014, the GDP growth shrank by 0.5% due to economic slowdown in trading partner countries, and political unrest which damaged the confidence of the public, business and tourism sectors. Meanwhile, only 89% of 2014 annual budget was disbursed due to the lack of disbursement continuity, the lowest rate in fifteen years.

During the first six months of the incumbent government, urgent measures have been taken to restore foreign confidence in the Thai economy. The efforts have resulted in an economic recovery as seen from a growth in tourism and the industrial sector.

In parallel, the government has expedited budget disbursement to solve problems facing SMEs and farmers while launching investment in long-term infrastructural development projects.

BANGKOK, 22 April 2015, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his entourage, which include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Thanasak Patimaprakorn and Government Spokesperson Dr. Yongyuth Mayalarp , have arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the Asian-African Conference.

The Government Spokesperson has told the media that Thailand will forge cordial relations with the international community, especially in the aspect of arts and culture with ASEAN member nations and African countries.

According to Dr. Yongyuth, Thailand will propose the implementation of His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy in various development projects.

The spokesperson also said the Prime Minister would seek to secure bilateral deals with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on fisheries cooperation and rubber,as well as discussing investment opportunities with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi.

SAMUT PRAKARN, 17 April 2015 - Samut Prakarn provincial authorities have inspected fishing vessels to curb human trafficking ahead of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Boat owners have been encouraged to have their migrant workers registered for a new identification card.

The inspection team consists of officials from various organizations, including the Ministry of Labour, the Department of Fisheries, the Public Relations Department, the first Naval Area Command, police and other relevant agencies.

The inspection also ensures that Thai employers are aware that their workers are also entitled to certain benefits and fair treatment under the law.

According to the cabinet’s resolution, migrant workers will be able to stay in the Kingdom for another year, after completing the registration process by June 30.

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