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  • AWS plans to democratise generative AI as global fight heats up

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud computing division, unveiled its plans to make technology and generative artificial intelligence (AI) readily available. This initiative comes as the global generative AI sector becomes increasingly competitive. Jaime Valles, AWS Vice President of the commercial sector for Asia-Pacific and Japan, highlighted the transformative influence of cloud computing in granting global access to technology and…

  • Thai banking industry faces hurdles amid high auto loan rejections

    Last year’s robust profits from the Thai banking industry stirred debates, as critics pointed to excessively high interest rates. The sector witnessed a 17.8% surge in net interest income (NII) to 727 billion baht (US$20.2 billion) in 2023, up from 617 billion in 2022. The five biggest banks by assets contributed significantly to this rise with an increased net interest…

  • Bangkok airport battles congestion with tech amid tourism recovery

    Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand’s busiest, is facing daily traffic congestion as vehicles compete for parking spaces. The problem is compounded by long queues at immigration and baggage claim areas due to inoperative kiosks and staff shortages. Tourist complaints prompted an unannounced visit from Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who has since ordered airport authorities to quicken procedures to under…

  • Fuel dispensers’ accuracy standards to tighten in Thailand

    The Internal Trade Department of the Commerce Ministry is set to tighten the accuracy standards for fuel dispensers at petrol stations. The new directive seeks to lower the margin of error to ensure that consumers receive fair and accurate fuel measurements. The department expects to enforce the new criteria within the next one to two weeks. Chakra Yodmani, the department’s…

  • Thonburi Healthcare Group expands operations in Myanmar

    Thonburi Healthcare Group Plc (THG) is set to broaden its hospital operations in Myanmar in response to the rising demand for medical treatments. The executive chief, Tanatip Suppradit, disclosed that a feasibility study on the new investment is currently underway with results anticipated imminently. In 2021, THG opted to postpone new investments due to the political upheaval caused by the…

  • Foreign trade dept tightens inspection of tapioca chip imports

    Tightened inspections of tapioca chip imports are being enforced by the Foreign Trade Department, following the discovery of a dozen importers smuggling in substandard chips. Ronnarong Phoolpipat, the department’s director-general, revealed that the department had increased inspections at national border areas since November, being the peak sales period for tapioca chips. The operations aim to address a persistent smuggling issue…

  • Revenue department develops data analytics to combat tax invoice fraud

    The Director-General of the Revenue Department, Kulaya Tantitemit, announced the development of a data analytics system aimed at helping entrepreneurs integrate into the tax payment system and fight against falsified tax invoices. This announcement was made during a press conference alongside the Economic Crime Suppression Division. Five gangs responsible for the production of fake value-added tax (VAT) invoices have been…

  • Thailand’s BAAC to launch blockchain-based e-commerce platform for farmers

    The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) in Thailand announced its plans to establish an e-commerce platform. The platform will be built on the foundation of blockchain technology to ensure transparency and fairness, according to 42 year old Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat. The deputy finance minister highlighted the prevalent issue in the country where the majority of profits…

  • Thailand boosts data protection following massive elderly PII leak

    In a bid to combat personal data leaks, the Thai authorities pledged to strengthen protective measures. Next month, 85 organisations, each handling over 100,000 personal datasets, will face on-site audits. Half of these audits are expected to be completed by August, as confirmed by the Secretary-General of the National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA), Amorn Chomchoey. A recent report from cybersecurity…

  • Thailand allocates 50 million baht for foreign tourist insurance

    The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry has allocated a budget of 50 million baht (US$1.38) for the fiscal year of 2024 to financially aid foreign tourists in the event of accidents or death. The ministry stated that this amount is likely to cover its expected influx of 35 million foreign visitors this year, in accordance with the average annual claims…

  • Baht falls to three-month low as US inflation delays rate cut

    The Thai currency hit a three-month low against the US dollar yesterday, February 14, slipping below 36 to the dollar. This was attributed to higher-than-anticipated US inflation, which led the market to predict a delay in the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate cut, initially expected in May. Quoting Kasikorn Research Centre, the baht was valued at a low of 36.13 against…

  • Thailand and Cambodia discuss joint petroleum exploration in Gulf

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Thailand and Cambodian counterpart Hun Manet have instigated discussions about the potential for joint petroleum exploration and production in the Gulf of Thailand. The overlapping claims area (OCA), an area of 26,000 square kilometres that is believed to be rich in fossil fuels, is the focal point of these negotiations. The OCA is considered a…

  • Charlton Media Group acquires Singapore’s Brand TD and expands into travel and tourism

    Charlton Media Group, a leading name in business information, has officially announced its expansion into the travel and tourism sector. This strategic move comes with the acquisition of Brand TD from the reputable online news platform Travel Daily Media, known for its extensive coverage of the travel industry in Asia and beyond. Charlton Media Group, a leading provider of business…

  • Thai consumers riding high for sixth straight month

    Consumer confidence in Thailand has been on a steady rise, marking its sixth successive month of growth last month in January. Levels have reached a high unseen since March 2020, attributed to the government’s strategic stimulus measures, including spending boosts and reductions in electricity and fuel prices. Yesterday’s report from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) revealed…

  • Steel dreams: Thai infrastructure boost sparks sector revival hopes

    Hopes of a revival in the stagnant steel consumption sector in the country are being pinned on the government’s impending infrastructure development projects. The fiscal 2024 state budget, yet to be approved, is anticipated to propel these initiatives, according to Chaichalerm Bunyanuwat, the president of the EAF Long Product Steel Producers Association. He noted that the steel and iron industry…

  • Thai stock exchange to tighten short sales and program trading rules

    The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is set to introduce stricter regulations on short sales and program trading, aiming to mitigate securities price volatility and bolster the long-term resilience of the market. This decision follows a comprehensive study conducted by an external advisor, which found the SET’s market surveillance system to be on par with regional standards, as per a…

  • Over 1,000 digital platform operators register with Thailand’s ETDA

    Digital platform service (DPS) operators in Thailand are flocking to register with the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) system, with over 1,000 already signed up. This comes in response to the DPS law implemented on August 21 last year, aimed at creating transparency and enhancing consumer protection in the digital space. The ETDA is set to issue its ETDA DPS…

  • Most Thais plan online Valentine’s Day shopping, reveals Visa survey

    Almost four out of five people in Thailand are planning to buy Valentine’s Day gifts online, a recent survey by YouGov for payments company Visa reveals. The study aimed to assess Thai consumers’ spending habits during the romantic holiday, along with the factors influencing their decisions, and the most effective ways to win their partners’ hearts. The survey presented an…

  • Bitcoin hits US$50,000 milestone, crypto market on a digital rollercoaster

    Bitcoin, the largest digital asset, oscillated around the landmark value of US$50,000, a level it hadn’t touched in over two years. This marks a remarkable resurgence following the various cryptocurrency scandals and industry wipeouts that had previously cast a shadow of uncertainty over the sector’s future. Yesterday, in the United States, Bitcoin’s value soared to an impressive US$50,328, and it…

  • CRC projects 9-11% revenue growth driven by tourism boost

    Central Retail Corporation (CRC) is expecting revenue growth of 9-11% in 2024, with the primary drivers being a resurgence in tourism and increased consumption. However, concerns have been raised about a potential influx of inexpensive imported goods. Yol Phokasub, CRC’s chief executive, articulated that despite the sluggish economic growth, the overall spending confidence in Thailand remains above average for the…

  • Oil Fuel Fund in Thailand faces 84.3 billion baht loss

    A confidential source from the Energy Ministry revealed that a meeting is scheduled this week to address the considerable loss of 84.3 billion baht (US$2.35 billion) incurred by the state Oil Fuel Fund due to its oil and gas subsidy programmes. Despite the substantial deficit, the fund’s financial status is deemed manageable. The discussion will be spearheaded by a subcommittee…

  • Thailand’s Q1 2024 government revenue exceeds target by 0.3%

    The Fiscal Policy Office announced that government revenue collection for the initial quarter of fiscal 2024 surpassed its target by 0.3%, equating to 1.62 billion baht (US$45 million), according to the director-general, Pornchai Thiraveja. Pornchai, who also serves as a spokesperson for the Finance Ministry, disclosed that the government’s net revenue collection for the initial three-month period of fiscal 2024,…

  • FTI urges protection for SMEs against cheap Chinese imports surge

    The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is advocating for enhanced protection of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) against the surge of inexpensive Chinese products. Kriengkrai Thiennukul, FTI chairman, revealed that the importation of these products has caused certain local manufacturers, predominantly SMEs, to cut their production by 50%. The FTI asserts that some imported goods require comprehensive inspection, as they…

  • Thailand’s digital deficit weighs heavily on tech industry

    The digital deficit in Thailand, estimated to be around 200 billion baht (US$5.56 billion) per year, is a major concern for tech industry leaders. The former president of the Thai e-Commerce Association, Pawoot Ponngvitayapanu, highlighted this issue to Parliament’s economic steering committee, urging them to address the deficit and informing the finance ministry. The deficit stems from Thailand consuming more…

  • Thailand’s DES ministry to propose cell broadcast emergency system plan

    A plan to introduce a cell broadcast emergency warning system will be submitted to the Cabinet next month by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES). Major mobile operators are expected to invest approximately 300 million baht (US$8.3 million) each to establish their cell broadcast centres, while the ministry may need around 400 million baht (US$11 million) to set…

  • Indonesia reassures no rice shortage despite retail restrictions

    The Indonesian government affirmed today that there is no shortage in the country’s rice stocks, despite increasing restrictions on sales in mini markets and supermarkets that have been in place since the close of 2023. Arief Prasetyo Adi, the Head of the National Food Agency (NFA), made this assurance following a coordination meeting with the president. He also highlighted the…

  • Japanese to invest 10 billion baht in Thailand’s S-curve industries

    Two Japanese corporations are set to inject a total of 10 billion baht into Thailand’s S-curve industries, according to the Thai Industry Ministry. This initiative encompasses 12 industries earmarked for development by the Thai government, including smart electronics. Air and compressor manufacturing are the sectors that have particularly piqued the interest of the two firms, said Industry Minister Pimphattra Wichaikul.…

  • Thai govt to set up asset management firm to tackle household debt

    Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today announced that an asset management firm is to be established by the Thai government in the first quarter of the year to address the persistent issue of high household debt. The initiative confronts numerous challenges, including the reluctance of some creditors to participate in the process. With 90.9% of its GDP equalling household debt…

  • Carabao Group earns spot in Sustainability Yearbook 2024

    The Carabao Group gained recognition for its superior sustainable business practices, earning a place in The Sustainability Yearbook 2024. This accomplishment highlights the company’s vision of World Class Product, World Class Brand, demonstrating its exemplary sustainable management across environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) areas. Out of over 9,400 participants in the S&P Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) for the year…

  • Chin-a new look: CGS-CIMB now CGS International after takeover

    Following the complete acquisition by China Galaxy Securities in December 2023, CGS-CIMB Securities (Thailand) has rebranded to CGS International Securities (Thailand) (CGSI). The move solidifies China Galaxy Securities’ regional presence. Backed by the Chinese government, China Galaxy Securities is the second-largest securities company in China, boasting over 500 branches nationwide. The rebranding is a direct result of China Galaxy Securities’…