Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:34

Japan is ready to boost trade with Thailand

BANGKOK, Sept 22 A top Japanese trade official is seeking Thailand's support for trade negotiations under the framework of the ASEAN Plus 6 and JTEPA groups.

Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said Japan's First Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Daishiro Yamagiwa met her and said that Thailand's support for resuming trade negotiations under the ASEAN Plus 6 framework would boost trade among the countries in the grouping.

Mr Yamagiwa emphasized facilitating products and product origins. and Ms Apiradi said that Thailand was ready to support such negotiation.

The Japanese vice minister also persuaded Thailand to resume Thai-Japanese trade negotiations under the framework of the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA).

Negotiations have been suspended for about five years due to unreadiness in both countries, especially their internal political problems.

Ms Apiradi said that resuming trade negotiations could boost Thai-Japanese trade.

The Japanese vice minister expressed concern regarding the status of the present Thai government.

Ms Apiradi said that although her government was not elected, it obeyed laws and had clear guidelines to promote investment.

BANGKOK, Sept 18 -- Thailand and China have agreed to increase their bilateral trade and investment as the Thailand-China Joint Trade Committee will soon meet in Beijing and Thailand, said Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula today.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:22

52 foreign firms allowed to invest in September

BANGKOK, Sept 19 -- A total of 52 foreign firms with a combined investment of about Bt44 billion have been allowed to invest in Thailand in September, said Pongpun Gearaviriyapun, director general of the Business Development Department.

BANGKOK, Sept 18 -- More than Bt51 billion is expected to change hands during Thailand's upcoming annual Vegetarian Festival, said Thanavath Phonvichai, director of the Thai Chamber of Commerce University's Economic and Business Forecasting Center.

CHIANG MAI, Sept 19 -- China and Thailand have agreed to extend the contract lending pandas Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang to Thailand for another 10 years as Panda Ambassadors. They are expected to renew the agreement in November.

SURAT THANI, Sept 19 -- Police on Friday continue hunting for the murderers of two British tourists on a southern Thai island resort after DNA tests on the female victim identified as Hannah Victoria Witheridge did not match any of the suspects police interrogated earlier.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:42

Flooding remains in many Thai provinces

CHIANG RAI, Sept 19 -- A border market in Mae Sai district here is temporary closed due to flooding while many other provinces are still inundated.

The Sai River in Chiang Rai bordering Myanmar rose rapidly, overflowing commercial areas in Thailand and Myanmar yesterday. 

BANGKOK, Sept 17 -- Thailand plans to ask both Myanmar and the Lao PDR to sell more electricity to Thailand during an ASEAN Energy Ministers meeting  to be held in Vientiane next week, senior officials said today.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:47

Autopsy shows British tourists died from blows

BANGKOK, Sept 17 -- The two British tourists whose bodies were found on a beach in southern Thailand earlier this week died from hard objects hitting their heads.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:44

NLA approves 2015 gov't budget

BANGKOK, Sept 17 -- Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the government's Bt2.5 trillion deficit budget bill for Fiscal 2015, which begins October 1.

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