KHON KAEN, 9 November 2014 - Mr. Simon Roded, the Israeli Ambassador to Thailand visited Khon Kaen, a northeastern province of Thailand, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of friendship between Thailand and Israel.

Monday, 10 November 2014 13:58

PM urges for speedy budget disbursement

BANGKOK, 9 November 2014 - Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has urged all government units to expedite their budget disbursement for economic stimulation, stressing that they must spend their money in a transparent manner.

Deputy Government Spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the premier had told the government units to urgently help and take care of the people before he traveled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in China. Gen.Prayuth added that urgent budget disbursement would help stimulate the economies of local communities, said the deputy spokesman.

The PM also asked his deputy Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan to work in his capacity and preside over the Cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday 12 November, instead of Tuesday, while he is in China.

BANGKOK, 10 November 2014 - Thailand is to address the inclusiveness of the FTA agreement in the APEC summit, while pressing for guidelines of agricultural product development at the ASEAN summit, said an official.

The Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs (DIEA) Chutintorn Gongsakdi has said in the national televised program about the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has led Thai officials to attend in Beijing, China.

He said that the APEC summit is a crucial meeting with participants from 21 economic zones around the world. The APEC covers 47 percent of the global trade and aims to enhance the economic cooperation with highlight features through voluntary partnership.

The APEC members aim for a goal of creating a free trade zone for developing countries within the year 2020, which is after the integration of the ASEAN community.

For the 25th anniversary of APEC, China has purposed the Asia-Pacific free trade agreement to be established within 2025. For this topic, Thailand will make a point that any free trade agreement must be inclusive to all sectors and to help diminish inequality, with all countries benefiting from it.

The Prime Minister will emphasize on this mutual development plan in parallel with free trade agreements, said the DIEA director-general.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs (DAA) Attayut Srisamut spoke about the 25th ASEAN summit, which will be held from 9-11 November 2014 at Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

He said that this is a very important meeting ahead of the ASEAN community integration next year. This meeting brings ASEAN leaders and leaders of five economic superpowers together to promote cooperation in various aspects.

According to the DAA director-general, the Prime Minister will meet with ASEAN country leaders and will emphasize on support and enhancement of agricultural product values, which will raise the competitiveness of the main profession in ASEAN.

The Prime Minister’s attendance of both the APEC and ASEAN summit will be essential for a broader cooperation agenda for Thailand and ASEAN member countries.

BANGKOK, 10 November 2014 - Members of the National Reform Council have agreed that tackling the problem of social inequality is one key element to achieving reforms.

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and King Prajadhipoks’ Institute jointly organised a special seminar on the NRC and its role reforming Thailand, which kicked off on Sunday and was joined by all council members.

On the first day of the seminar, NRC members discussed about Thailand’s politics in the past 50 years and their vision of the country in the next 20 years.

Most of the council members agreed with the need to tackle the problem of social inequality in order to allow Thai people to have equal access to education, public health service and natural resources.

The seminar also saw the NRC members expressing their wish to see peace and reconciliation in the Thai society, in which people have more participation in a more decentralised administrative system.

BANGKOK, 10 November 2014 - The President of the National Reform Council is confident all reform plans will be accomplished within the expected time frame.

NRC President Tienchay Kiranant said on Sunday that even though council members appeared to have different points of view, that should not be any hindrance to the reform process.

Mr. Tienchay also said that in order to implement all reforms, all ideas will be streamlined and put into action through restructuring under the guidance of the interim Constitution.

He is confident that the NRC will accomplish its reform mission within one year after he has seen the spirit of collaboration among all fellow members.

The NRC President went on to say that the public is also a key element to achieving the goals of reforms, so the council has set up a committee to collect information from people on the streets to be input into the reform process.

PRACHINBURI, 10 November 2014 - Drawn to the cold weather, thousands of tourists have flocked to Thap Lan National Park, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thap Lan National Park overlaps the boundaries of Prachinburi and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces. More than 5,000 tourists have gone down to the area for a nightly camping experience and to visit other attractions nearby including the Thap Lan Reservoir and the Keb Tawan Cliff, generating higher levels of income for business operators.

According to the Thap Lan National Park chief Mr. Taywin Meesap, the cold season is usually a time bustling with tourists. He also said the park is located near Wang Nam Khiao, which is a famous forested area in Thailand that ranks 7th in the world for having the best ozone levels.

Meanwhile, there are also other noteworthy attractions such as the Man Fah Waterfall and the Keb Tawan Cliff. The most striking feature of the national park is the scenic terrain of millions of Talipot Palm trees, which is where the park derives its name from. Apart from that, the park is also teeming with wild creatures such as elephants, gaurs, red bulls, and tigers.

BANGKOK, 7 November 2014 -  The Department of Industrial Works will waive the annual fee for three years for factory entrepreneurs as New Year presents for them.

Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works Phasu Loharnchun said there were 80,000 factory entrepreneurs who were entitled to the fee exemption for three years or from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2017. The department would lose 300 million baht/year by waiving the fee, said the director-general.

The department has projected a 5-10% increase in factories compared to 2013 with the investment value of 500 billion baht. It also forecast the same growth rate for 2015 following more stable politics and mega projects such as the eco-car 2 and the establishment of new factories in special economic zones along the borders.

The industries with the fewest new factories over the past ten months include garment, products made from plants, chemicals and metal. 1,200 factories, whose combined investment worth 27 billion, closed down, slightly more than the same period last year.

BANGKOK, 4 November 2014 - The National Council of Women of Thailand (NCWT) under The Royal Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen will hold a series of international conferences on women from 17th-20th November 2014 at the United Nations Building.

The conferences consist of three sessions, the first of which is on "Assuring Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges in Transforming Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific", which will be held in corporation with the Asia Pacific Regional Council-International Council of Women (APRC-ICW) with the participation of leaders from 18 countries.

Another conference will be organized by the NCWT in its capacity as chair of the ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organizations (ACWO). Participants will be female leaders from over 10 countries. The last one is the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing Plus 20 Review. It will be held in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and will be joined by members from 55 countries.

On this occasion, the Office of the Prime Minister on behalf of the Government of Thailand in cooperation with NCWT, will organize a dinner reception on 19th November 2014 at Santi Maitree building, Government House, in honor of the representatives joining these conferences.

Saturday, 08 November 2014 14:06

Bangkok signs an agreement with Mekong cities

BANGKOK, 7 November 2014 - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) today signed a mutual agreement that will enhance tourism and cultural development in three major cities in the Lower-Mekong region.

The Governor of Bangkok M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra presided over the signing ceremony of the agreement on tourism and cultural development with the mayors and governors of Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Vientiane today at the Shangri-La hotel, Bangkok.

The Bangkok governor said that tourism is an important sector needing cooperation. It should be promoted and developed, especially the tourist routes within the Lower Mekong region.

He said that this year’s Lower Mekong Tourism Cities Mayors Summit had established the mutual agreement in practical tourism promotion such as the preservation of culture, the establishment of tourism standards for restaurants, accommodation, attractions, along with security maintenance for tourists, and the improvement of connectivity through transportation.

This mutual development will allow the linking cities to become more prominent tourist destinations, and provide accommodation to the ASEAN Community, the Bangkok governor said.

The 4th Lower Mekong Tourism Cities Mayors Summit next year, will be held in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh, which will further strengthen the mutual development of tourism and culture in the Lower-Mekong region.

BANGKOK, 6 November 2014 - The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) has asked the National Legislative Assembly to include clear punishment terms in the animal welfare act. 

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