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  • Thailand News

    Thailand investment budget hits nearly 40% in third quarter

    Government investment budget disbursement in the third quarter of this fiscal year surged to almost 40%, nearly doubling the set target due to accelerated disbursement measures, according to Finance Minister Pichai Chunhavajira. After chairing a meeting of the Budget Disbursement and Public Spending Acceleration Committee, Pichai stated that the swift allocation of the government investment budget has facilitated a quicker…

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    Thailand extends control on 57 items to protect consumers

    Government spokesperson Phumtham Wechayachai announced the extension of control over 57 products and services for another year to regulate essential goods and services for consumers, effective from today, June 12 onwards. The deputy prime minister and minister of commerce reported the decision following a meeting of the Central Committee on Prices of Goods and Services (CCP) held yesterday. The meeting…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Phayam fears Land Bridge project will disrupt island’s harmony

    Koh Phayam, located 17 kilometres off the Andaman Sea coast, is known for its unspoiled forests and pristine beaches, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking peaceful recreation and the charming lifestyle of local fishers. Covering a 35km² area, it stands as the second largest island in Ranong Province. In recent years, Koh Phayam has garnered attention as a…

  • Thailand News

    Wissanu returns to review PM’s defence in Pichit appointment case

    Prime Minister Srettha Thaivisin’s newly appointed advisor Wissanu Krea-ngam faces the first challenge of scrutinising the PM’s defence in the contentious case of appointing Pichit Chuenban as a PM’s Office minister. This role marks Wissanu’s return to Government House, where he has over three decades of experience. Wissanu attended the Cabinet meeting yesterday, confirming his task to review the PM’s…

  • Education

    Factors influencing literacy rates in Thailand

    The need for continuous learning and innovative teaching methods has never been more vital. This is particularly true in Thailand, where the focus on building engineering skill self-efficacy among students is gaining momentum. The influence of structural factors on the self-efficacy of engineering skills is a topic that’s sparking interest. A recent study involving a survey of over 1300 engineering…

  • Business News

    Tipco Asphalt profits plummet 99% due to delays

    Tipco Asphalt Plc (Tasco), listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), faced a challenging first quarter with reduced earnings and profits due to delays in state budget spending and low global asphalt prices. Despite this, the company remains optimistic about returning to normal growth levels within the year. The company reported a significant revenue drop of 37%, falling to…

  • Retire in Thailand

    Perks of retiring from a Thai government job

    Retirement from a position within the Thai government is accompanied by a distinctive array of benefits, which significantly enhance one’s retirement years. For those approaching retirement or contemplating a career in the Thai government, an understanding of these advantages provides insight into the future that awaits. These benefits encompass financial security and comprehensive healthcare provisions, each tailored to ensure a…

  • Thailand News

    Trillion-baht gamble: Deputy minister defends Land Bridge project

    In a heated defence yesterday, Deputy Transport Minister Manaporn Charoensri championed the government’s ambitious 1-trillion-baht Land Bridge project, which she claims has sparked considerable interest from foreign investors. Her statement came in response to sharp criticisms from former Democrat leader Samart Ratchapolsitte, who cast doubt on the project’s cost-effectiveness and feasibility. Despite his scepticism, Manaporn insists the initiative is attracting…

  • Business News

    Government’s financial burden increases with digital wallet project

    The government’s financial burden, expressed as the ratio of interest to estimated government revenue, is expected to rise from the current 8% to 11% in the coming year. This projected increase is due to the implementation of the government’s flagship digital wallet handout. An anonymous source from the Finance Ministry revealed that the present 8% ratio aligns with an A…

  • Thailand News

    Government orders nationwide inspection of chemical warehouses

    Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke announced yesterday that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin mandated an immediate inspection of all chemical warehouses across the nation. The directive follows a string of fires reported in recent weeks, the latest being at President Chemical Co Ltd’s warehouse in Bangkok’s Chom Thong district in the Bang Mot neighbourhood. Locals reported the fire yesterday at 2.10am, noticing…

  • Thailand News

    Government promises relief from Rama II Road traffic nightmare

    Government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke assured the public that the torment of perpetual gridlock on Rama II Road would soon become a distant memory, with all construction projects scheduled for completion next year. Chai’s declaration came hot on the heels of a heated exchange on social media with Bangkok’s Move Forward MP, Rukchanok Srinork, who had raised concerns about the dire…

  • Thailand News

    Emergency water distribution in Hua Hin amidst drought concerns

    To combat the severe drought gripping Hua Hin, Mayor Nopporn Wutthikul spearheaded a meeting with local government officials to discuss immediate relief and long-term fixes for the parched populace, especially in Khao Takiap. Joined by Deputy Mayor Atichat Chaisri and a cadre of civic bigwigs, the summit centred on the dwindling water levels at the Hua Na reservoir. These plummeting…

  • Economy News

    Thai government’s Ofos project to create 20 million jobs from June

    The Thai government has plans to set in motion the One Family One Soft Power (OFOS) project in June, hoping to generate 20 million employment opportunities with a minimum yearly wage of 200,000 baht according to Paetongtarn Shinawatra, Head of the National Committee on Soft Power Development and leader of the Pheu Thai Party. Paetongtarn shed light on the forthcoming…

  • Business News

    Tourism sector divided over elected versus appointed governors

    The debate over elected provincial governors versus appointed heads is intensifying, revealing a divide among tourism operators. This issue gained momentum during last year’s general election, when several political parties, including Pheu Thai, proposed allowing locals to elect their governors, a practice already in place in Bangkok and Pattaya. Pheu Thai’s coalition government, during its policy announcement, introduced a CEO-governor…

  • Business News

    Thai government profits from increasing Philippine rice imports

    As the Philippines’ demand for rice imports swells, the Thai government is capitalising on this increasing requirement. The Southeast Asian country is set to import more rice this year than previously estimated, providing a lucrative opportunity for Thailand’s rice export market. Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai has thus instructed the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) and the commercial attaché in the…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand suspends TM 6 immigration forms to boost tourism

    The Government of Thailand has put a halt to the obligatory TM 6 immigration forms for foreigners arriving in the country via land or sea, effective from April 15 to October 15. This resolution, approved by the Cabinet on April 9, is a response to a suggestion by Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, according to ministry spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. This pause…

  • Thailand News

    Dusit International urges government to boost quality tourism in Thailand

    Dusit International Vice Chairman Chanin Donavanik urged the government to focus on enhancing the quality of tourism and encouraging exploration of lesser-known destinations to boost the industry. Chanin believes the government’s existing tourism promotion policies, including visa-free schemes and luxury tax reductions, are effective. Chanin, who also serves as the executive committee’s chairman, highlighted several areas for the authorities to…

  • Thailand News

    Beachside business caught red-handed with Pattaya city floats

    Pattaya officials swooped in on a beachside entrepreneur’s operation, seizing floats that were allegedly repurposed from government property for commercial gain. Residents raised eyebrows at the brazen use of what appeared to be city-owned pontoons for private enterprise on Krating Lai Beach in north Pattaya. The Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, Manot Nongyai, spearheaded a team of city officials yesterday…

  • Thailand News

    Lottery Office unveils digital lottery ticket platform for vendors

    The Government Lottery Office (GLO) announced the imminent launch of its digital lottery ticket platform, set to transform the way vendors sell tickets. GLO Director Lieutenant Colonel Noon Sansanakhom revealed that the eagerly awaited website will go live this Sunday, offering registered vendors the opportunity to sell tickets for the April 1 draw. Lt. Col. Noon detailed the key features…

  • Thailand News

    Thai security academic calls for transparency in government assets

    An independent security academic, Panitan Wattanayagorn, recently suggested a closer examination of the assets of military and government agencies in Thailand. His proposal aims to enhance transparency through regulated financial accounts and the disclosure of expenditures. Panitan, who specialises in security and foreign affairs, expressed his concerns, highlighting the ministries of Education, Higher Education Science Research and Innovation, and Finance…

  • Thailand News

    Corruption potential in the 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme

    Despite potential warnings from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), the government has confirmed plans to proceed with the 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat agreed to let the digital wallet policy committee begin work next week. The focus of the forthcoming meeting will be on the potential for corruption during the handout…

  • Thailand News

    World Songkran Festival to last from April 1 to 21

    In an exciting announcement, government spokesman Chai Wacharonke yesterday revealed that plans were underway to organise World Songkran Festival activities nationwide. This decision comes hot on the heels of UNESCO’s recent recognition of the Songkran festival as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has formally acknowledged the significance of the Songkran…

  • Thailand News

    Hong Kong introduces diagonal crossings in Sha Tin

    The Hong Kong government rolled out a measure allowing diagonal pedestrian crossings at selected intersections. The first pilot project, initiated yesterday, January 31, can be found at the bustling junction of Sha Kok Road and Yat Tai Street in Sha Tin. This move, aimed at streamlining foot traffic, has garnered applause from citizens eager to slash their waiting time at…

  • Business News

    Thai government and central bank clash over interest rates

    The ongoing discord between government officials and central bankers regarding interest rate adjustments is creating uncertainty for local banks and could potentially trigger further foreign investor withdrawals. Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, along with key advisors, is advocating for a reduction in rates by the Bank of Thailand (BoT) to stimulate an economy the Thai PM describes as being in…

  • Thailand News

    Delayed launch of Thailand’s 500 billion baht digital wallet rattles government

    The much-anticipated 500-billion-baht (US$14.3-billion) digital wallet initiative, a flagship policy of the Pheu Thai-led government, has hit a snag. The planned rollout for May has been deferred, according to Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat, delivering a blow to Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin’s coalition government, which has been promoting the scheme as a lifeline for the faltering economy.…

  • Thailand News

    PM Srettha seeks extension to visa-free countries list for Thai passport

    Currently boasting entry to 34 nations without a visa, the Thai government is seeking to extend this list for Thai passport holders. In a recent Cabinet meeting, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavasin announced his pursuit of a much more powerful Thai passport that will extend the list of visa-free countries. Applauding recent expansions, including visa-free access to China, Russia, and…

  • Business News

    Potential lithium reserves discovered in Phang Nga for EV industry

    The Department of Primary Industries and Mines has identified potential lithium reserves in Phang Nga’s Takua Thung district, which could be instrumental in catering to the growing demands of the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Initial surveys indicate the presence of the element in the Ruangkiet area, where pegmatite, a rock from which lepidolite is derived, was discovered. Lepidolite is a…

  • Economy News

    Thailand PM urges cautious monetary policy amid economic recovery

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin urges the Bank of Thailand to consider the potential risks to the country’s delicate economic recovery when making decisions regarding monetary policy. He expressed concern that the decade-high borrowing costs, currently standing at 2.5%, could potentially impede the nation’s economic revival and affect the populace adversely. During a parliamentary budget debate, PM Srettha revealed that the…

  • Thailand News

    Thai government’s budget bill for 2024 fiscal year under scrutiny

    The Thai government’s budget bill for the fiscal year 2024 is under scrutiny as Sanphet Boonyamanee, a Democrat MP for Songkhla, raises concerns over major budget cuts and potential misrepresentation of off-budget funds. He reveals that despite the government’s request for 3.48 trillion baht (US$ 99,917,725,200) for the 2024 fiscal year, state agencies had initially asked for up to 5.8…

  • Thailand News

    PM’s festive fashion fiasco: Srettha Thavisin’s Christmas socks surprise

    In a yuletide twist at Government House, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin turned heads yesterday, December 25, sporting eye-catching red and green Christmas socks that left reporters questioning their powers of observation. The festive saga unfolded when the prime minister breezed into the reporters’ room, bearing gifts of decadent Italian panettone, each weighing a generous 10 kilogrammes. The sweet and buttery…