BANGKOK, Nov 21 --  Two groups of Lao officials will arrive in Thailand early next month to help the Thai labour ministry in the nationality verification identification for Lao people working in this country, said Pichit Nilthongkum, director of Labour Ministry’s Office of Foreign Workers Administration.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:51

Six southern Thai provinces impacted by floods

TRANG, Nov 21 --   A number of Thailand's southern provinces are now under severe floodwater, with the Meteorological Department issued warnings that heavy rain is expected to continue to batter the region.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:49

Thailand eyes becoming regional trade centre

BANGKOK, Nov 21 -- The Thai government is amending laws aimed at persuading foreign businesses to set up their regional operating headquarters in Thailand, a move which would enable the kingdom to become a regional trading centre like Singapore, Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said on Friday.

BANGKOK, Nov 21 --  Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said a Deputy Minister for Finance and a Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, were appointed to help working and to ease the workload at the two ministries.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:42

Thai Army chief to attend ACAMM in Hanoi

BANGKOK, Nov 21 -- Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr next week will attend a five-day ASEAN Chiefs of Armies Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM) in Hanoi, aimed at strengthening army relations among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Deputy Army Spokesperson Col Sirichan Nga-thong  said today.

LABUAN, Nov 21 - Trade and investment among BIMP-EAGA member countries have been increasing annually since the sub-regional grouping, comprising Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Indonesia, was established in 1994.

Chairman of BIMP-EAGA Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Bakar said connectivity and environmental issues are BIMP-EAGA member countries' main objectives in efforts to narrow the development gap in the sub-region.

"The four countries are promoting long-term cooperation by encouraging more private sector companies to explore potential business ventures," he told reporters after the BIMP-EAGA Transport Ministers' Meeting and Retreat here Thursday.

Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli said Labuan, being the regional oil and gas hub and financial centre, is prepared to receive investments from the BIMP-EAGA member countries.

"We hope there will be an economic spillover from the investments," he said, adding efforts are being made to get port players to transform Labuan into a transshipment port within BIMP-EAGA.

HANGZHOU, Nov 21 - Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba group, described on Thursday how the company is exploring ways to help small businesses not only in China, but all around the world.

The three-day First World Internet Conference opened on Wednesday in the scenic river town of Wuzhen with roughly 1,000 Internet professionals,from more than 100 countries and regions in attendance. It was in this beautiful setting that Ma said, "traditionally, all we think about is how to sell products to others and how to get money out of the pockets of consumers.

"The internationalization of Alibaba's business requires us to ponder the issue of how to help others sell their products to us. China's rapidly rising middle class is posting a huge demand for foreign products."

In February, Alibaba launched Tmall International dealing mainly in commodities produced or sold in overseas markets and in September the company was the source of the world's biggest initial public offering.

Ma believes that in the global village, old trade modes will be transformed, and, within the WTO framework, the rules of game are set by the governments. The market is frequently at the mercy of international relations.

The internet has made it possible for a business world built by the entrepreneurs themselves to evolve on the basis of the market economy and unencumbered by political squabbling.

CHIANG MAI, Nov 20 -- Residents of Fang district in Thailand's northern Chiang Mai province have been besieged by winter temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius for the past two weeks and have asked the provincial office to declare the district as a winter stricken zone, to be provided urgent help. 

BANGKOK, Nov 20 -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives through its Department of Livestock Development plans to include the Ebola virus disease in the Animal Epidemics Ac BE 2499 to improve control on the disease that animals may carry.

BANGKOK, Nov 20 -- Protection and preservation of Asia's priceless cultural heritage is the focus of a UNESCO-sponsored international forum involving government officials, historians, archaeologists from across the region which ends tomorrow.

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