Friday, 12 September 2014 17:08

Dutch man is free of Ebola virus

BANGKOK, Sept 12 -- Thai physicians said today that a Netherlands national who was under examination to determine whether or not he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus, is now in the clear, as tests showed he only has the flu.

BANGKOK, Sept 12 -- Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha today delivered his government’s policy statement covering 11 areas which his military-dominated interim administration planned to reform to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

BANGKOK, Sept 11 --  The Social Development and Human Security Office in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram joined forces with 60 agencies in the province in combating human trafficking and violence against children and women.

A signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the Buriram Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office and 60 other agencies was held at Thepnakorn Hotel yesterday to mark their cooperation to prevent and otherwise combat violence against children and women and all forms of trafficking in persons as well as to provide human rights protection, professional assistance and support to the victims.

According to report, violence against children and women, domestic violence and human trafficking increases every year. The agreement demonstrates a commitment to reduce such crimes which violate the rights of people and affect both individuals and society as a whole.

Participating agencies include the Office of Provincial Public Prosecution, Office of Provincial Juvenile and Family Litigation, Office of People’s Rights Protection and Legal Aid, Office of Provincial Legal Execution, leaders of civil service offices and educational institutions, local administrative organizations and other concerned agencies.

Friday, 12 September 2014 17:01

Thailand resuming peace talks with insurgents

BANGKOK, Sept 12 -- Thailand and Malaysia have agreed on resuming peace talks between the Thai authorities and insurgent groups operating in deep southern Thailand where violence has renewed slightly more than a decade ago, said Thawil Pliensri, secretary-general of National Security Council (NSC).

BANGKOK, Sept 11 -- Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha will deliver his government's policy statement covering 11 areas it has targeted for reform to the National Legislative Assembly tomorrow. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:03

Germany promotes skilled labour in GMS

BANGKOK, Sept 10  - Thailand and Germany have addressed the skilled labour deprivation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region through the promotion of the “Dual Vocational Education” scheme by providing in-company trainings to vocational students.

Thai Office of Vocational Education Commission in cooperation with German International Cooperation (GIZ) opened the first workshop on in-company-trainer development in Bangkok starting from today and closing on Friday.

Effective in-company training is believed to help graduates from vocational schools shape their practical skills, matching the demand of the industrial sector.

The quality of the company trainers is very important as they are responsible for transferring functional knowledge and skills to students, helping make them more productive members of the workforce.

The project intends to develop a "Regional Minimum Standards for In-Company-Trainers." It involves all stakeholders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the Philippines including related governmental organisations, vocational schools, the private sector and in-company trainers.

The workshop will gain input from to participants and it will be used to assess the current demand for trainer competency as the first step to achieve the goal. Three other workshops will be held by February 2015.

GIZ Regional Director Christian Stüer said at the opening ceremony that the ultimate goal is to develope an In-Company-Trainer Certificate with a Training and Certification System for the private sector, starting in Thailand and Vietnam and later throughout the Mekong Region.

BANGKOK, Sept 10 -- Japanese local government representatives from Aichi prefecture and Thailand's Department of Industrial Promotion signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today to jointly promote small and medium-enterprises here.

Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura said that 284 companies from Aichi operate 416 factories in Thailand as Japan sees plenty of business opportunities because Thailand is the centre of Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Community will soon be implemented.

Surveys found that Aichi investors considered Thailand as their most favourable destination.

He said the MoU should encourage SMEs in Thailand and Aichi to cooperate more with each other because Thailand is a good investment destination and its GDP per capita was rising and would thus expanding consumption.

Mr Omura also said that Aichi opened its overseas industrial information centre in Thailand and the overseas opening was the first in ten years of Aichi.

He hoped that the centre will facilitate Aichi investment in Thailand and the Thai government would create promising atmosphere for its investors.

Atchaka Sibunruang, director-general of the Department of Industrial Promotion, said Aichi was the sixth local government unit in Japan to sign such an MoU with the Ministry of Industry.

She expected four more Japanese prefectures to follow suit by the end of the year, which would raise the number of local Japanese governments cooperating with the Thai ministry to 10 prefectures.

Aichi is a central prefecture and a metropolis, smaller only than Osaka and Tokyo.

The preThere are automotive, aviation, textile and ceramics industries. Toyota Motor Corp is located there. Aichi is also Japan's biggest aircraft parts production base in Japan.

BANGKOK, Sept 10 -- National flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) will not ask the Government Savings Bank (GSB) for a loan to increase its liquidity, according to a senior THAI executive.

BANGKOK, Sept 10 -- The Thai lawyer of Mitsutoki Shigeta who hired 12 Thai women as surrogate mothers to give birth to his children presented the information to the Thai police and asserted that his client really wanted to have many children.

BANGKOK, Sept 10 -- Thailand's National Research Council is setting out to review the Eighth National Research Policy and Strategy to meet changing situations in the country.

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