Thailand freezes former PM Yingluck’s bank account

The Secretary-General of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, Mr. Chaiprug Sereerak, said that the first measure involves a survey on the labor demand in ASEAN member countries in order to formulate a plan in response to the demand in the region. He said that the Office is now working with entrepreneurs in the industrial sector so that vocational students can be trained in various workplaces, so that they will have knowledge and work experience in line with the needs of the manufacturing sector. Cooperation with entrepreneurs also involves educational management to improve the quality of workforce. The second measure seeks to adjust curriculums for both lower and higher-level certificates of vocational education in line with those of ASEAN. The curriculum adjustment focuses on three major areas. The first area involves language skills, especially English, so that students will be able to communicate with foreigners for their careers. The second area seeks to improve skills in information and communication technology, while the third area involves skills in working with people of different cultures. Mr. Chaiprug said that the Sufficiency Economy and green technology concepts would also be added in the vocational education curriculum. These concepts will respond to the demands of both Thailand and other ASEAN members. Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayut Chan-o-cha earlier urged the Ministry of Education to place greater emphasis on vocational education in order to produce more trained personnel, who are now in short supply. He said that…... [read more]

The three districts include Nong Chik in Pattani, Su-ngai Kolok in Narathiwat, and Betong in Yala. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed that the model city project must be carried out by 2017. General Udomdej said that in his recent meeting with Narathiwat Governor Sittichai Sakda, he exchanged views with him on local development and learned about various obstacles and problems that would have to be dealt with. As for the Su-ngai Kolok city model, he said, emphasis would be placed on international border trade in order to stimulate the local economy. Projects to be implemented also include infrastructure development, such as the construction of the second Kolok Bridge and a product distribution center. Narathiwat province has proposed six projects involving a budget of 2,296.1 million baht for the development of the model city. Out of the projects, three were approved by the Cabinet. They involve a budget of 532.7 million baht and will be implemented in the 2017 fiscal year. Narathiwat has set up a committee to push for the model city project. The committee, during its meeting on 15 November 2016, agreed to improve and upgrade the Su-ngai Kolok Railway Station and support the construction of a warehouse. General Udomdej said that the Chairman of the Narathiwat Chamber of Commerce had given his views on trade promotion and suggested that local border trade checkpoints be improved. He also discussed the Yala model city with Yala Governor Doldej Padhanarath. Yala will carry out seven projects, involving a budget of…... [read more]

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on 25 November 2016 gave a keynote address to the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Bangkok. Deputy Government Spokesperson Lieutenant General Werachon Sukondhapatipak summarized the Prime Minister’s address. In his address, the Prime Minister said that the Government aims to promote business linkages and value chains, comprising "Super Cluster” and "Double S-Curve” policies. The objective is to attract investment in target industries, which will serve as the base of industries in the future. The Government has adopted international trade negotiations as a way to facilitate trade and ease obstacles to imports and exports. It has also moved to expand new markets and create an innovation society by increasing investment in research and development. Transport infrastructure has also been developed, along with energy management and science and technology development. Concerning labor management for greater efficiency and labor protection, the Government has focused on surveys to find out the labor demand and labor shortages in workplaces. Emphasis is also placed on enhancing the skills of Thai labor in response to the market demand, especially in the automobile and automotive industries, service sector, and tourism business, as well as hi-tech industries. In this regard, labor skill training centers have been developed to the professional qualification and national skill standards. A mobile application, known as "Smart Labor,” has been developed, so that the people will be able to have greater access to labor services through smartphones and tablets. The Government attaches great importance to the development of special…... [read more]

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam (Photo: Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on November 23 that the country's new government may not be formed by the end of the year 2017, despite the fact that the general election will definitely take place next year. Over the year, Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has repeatedly maintained that the next election will be held in 2017, following the post-coup road map for a return to democracy. However, Wissanu said “unforeseeable factors” could make it unlikely for a new administration to be formed within 2017. He added that it would take about two months for official election results to be announced after the vote. After the election results are announced, there will be a process concerning the opening of Parliament to select a new prime minister, he said. About the next year general election, Wissanu said that under the new electoral system, unprecedentedly, a single ballot will be used for both constituency and party-list MPs. “Due to the new voting and vote-count systems, the political party with the most votes will not be guaranteed to form the government,” the Thai Deputy PM said. As required by the new charter of Thailand, 10 organic bills must be completed within eight months after the charter is promulgated, with the key organic bills concerning political parties, the election of MPs, the appointment of senators and the Election Commission. According to Wissanu, once the organic laws are completed, the government…... [read more]

Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on November 15 congratulated US president-elect Donald J. Trump and his running mate Governor Mike Pence for their success in last week’s presidential election. In a statement published by Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Prayut said he truly believed that the relationship between Thailand and the US will be strengthened under a new US leadership. “Your victory is remarkable and clear evidence that the American people have placed their trust and confidence in you to lead the country forward”, he said. Prime Minister Prayut said Thailand and the US share a long history of friendship and cordial relations stretching back 183 years and their bilateral ties have been preserved and propelled by mutual interests in economic, security, social and regional cooperation. He recalled that Thailand is the first ally of the US in Asia and “our alliance has formed a bedrock of peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific”. The Thai leader also looked forward to working closely with the US president-elect “to reinvigorate” the mutually beneficial relationship between two countries and peoples, and advance the strategic partnership between ASEAN and the US. This was the second official statement of the Thai Government relating to the US president election on November 8. Last week, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a congratulatory message following Trump’s election as the 45th President of the US. After the victory of Trump, many analysts anticipated…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak discussed this issue with the founder and CEO of Alibaba Group, Mr. Jack Yun Ma, who paid a courtesy call on him at Government House on 11 October 2016. Mr. Ma visited Bangkok to attend the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Connect Business Forum. He also presented the views on the private sector at the second ACD Summit. In his meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ma shared his view that entrepreneurs must prepare to keep up with new technology and a new form of financial system in the next 30 years. SMEs must also adjust themselves, so that they would be able to compete in the world market. He also offered interesting proposals on cooperation with Thailand. For instance, Alibaba Group would help SMEs to have access to financial sources and create the Electronic World Trade Platform. It is also willing to share experience and expertise in order to promote Thai SMEs and startups. Mr. Somkid said that more than 90% of Thai exports came from SMEs. The Thai government attached great importance to the e-commerce business in order to enhance the competitiveness of Thai entrepreneurs, especially SME operators. He said that the Government’s policy of "Thailand 4.0” focuses on developing the country as a "value-based economy” through innovation and technology. Cooperation with Alibaba would contribute to this development. The Government will assign Minister of Science and Technology Pichet Durongkaveroj to discuss cooperation projects with Alibaba Group. Mr. Ma had also paid a courtesy…... [read more]

It would join all sectors of Thai society in organizing funeral rites and ceremonies with the highest honor accorded to the late King. He said that although His Majesty King Bhumibol had passed away, his concepts and principles would always remain in Thailand through his legacy. The royally initiated projects are classified into various categories, such as agriculture, water resources, the environment, occupational promotion, public health, public welfare, and communications. To achieve its aim, each of them is based on major principles suggested by His Majesty. The first principle is that the project should be able to ease immediate problems. The solving of traffic congestion and flood prevention in Bangkok are among these problems. Although they seek solutions to immediate problems, their effects can also be felt in the long run. The second principle is that the project should be carried out step by step in accordance with necessity and cost-effectiveness. The late King Bhumibol intended to assist people as necessary and appropriately, so that they could become self-reliant. In the third principle, emphasis is placed on self-reliance to tackle poverty among the people. For instance, the royally initiated projects of the Rice Bank, the Cattle Bank, and soil development were carried out to ease community problems and help local residents to be able to help themselves. The fourth principle is that the project should promote the use of knowledge and appropriate technology. His Majesty King Bhumibol said that it was necessary to have "a model of success” for farmers,…... [read more]

The health of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is "still unstable", the palace said late Wednesday, with the 88-year-old on a ventilator and battling a new infection as crowds gathered to pray outside his Bangkok hospital. Bhumibol is the world's longest-reigning monarch and beloved by many in Thailand, where he is seen as a rare unifying figure in a country riven by political rivalries. But he has not been seen by the public for nearly a year as he battles a series of ailments in a Bangkok hospital, a source of great anxiety for many in the kingdom. In a fresh palace health update released on Wednesday evening, blood tests on Tuesday showed the king's liver was working "irregularly" and that there was heightened levels of uric acid in his blood. Doctors prescribed antibiotics for an infection, placed him on a ventilator and are using Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) to help lower acid levels, the statement said. "His illness overall is still unstable," it added. The statement followed a similarly pessimistic palace health update on Sunday that triggered market jitters inside Thailand this week as well as public prayers for his well-being. By late evening around 300 well-wishers had gathered outside Siriraj Hospital where the king has spent much of the past two years. Many held aloft portraits of the king and were moved to tears by a week of grim news. "It feels like he is getting worse this time," said Somchit Naravichit, 58, tears welling in her eyes.…... [read more]

Deputy Commerce Minister Suvit Maesincee has given a policy briefing on Thailand 4.0 to a gathering of 58 directors of Thai Trade Centers in various countries. The policy will lead to the restructuring of the Thai economy. He pointed out that the global economic situation has changed significantly. The service trade has continued to grow and Thailand should push for further development of service trade. Thailand is moving toward an innovation-driven economy, under the Thailand 4.0 policy, through "Pracharat,” or the "Public-Private-People Partnership” mechanism. The results of the implementation of this policy are expected to be seen clearly in the next four to five years. Mr. Suvit also talked about Thailand 4.0 at a press briefing, organized by the Foreign Office of the Government Public Relations Department (PRD) on 8 September 2016 in Bangkok. Participating in this event were members of the foreign media, diplomatic corps, and international organizations. The objective was to create a better understanding of this policy, emphasized by the Thai government. The Government is taking serious steps to move the country toward "Thailand 4.0,” which is a new economic model, aimed at pulling Thailand out of the middle-income trap and developing it as a high-income country. From the past up to the present, Thailand has passed through three economic development models. In the first model, "Thailand 1.0,” emphasis was placed on the agricultural sector. The second model, "Thailand 2.0,” focused on light industries, which helped upgrade the country’s economy from the low-income to middle-income status. In…... [read more]

(L to R) Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, U.S. President Barack Obama, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and China's Premier Li Keqiang pose for photo before East Asia Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 8, 2016. Photo by Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun Says Beijing cannot ignore the ruling rejecting its sweeping claims to the flashpoint waters. U.S. President Barack Obama warned Beijing Thursday it could not ignore a tribunal's ruling rejecting its sweeping claims to the South China Sea, driving tensions higher in a territorial row that threatens regional security. The dispute has raised fears of military confrontation between the world's superpowers, with China determined to cement control of the strategically vital waters despite a July verdict that its claims have no legal basis. "The landmark arbitration ruling in July, which is binding, helped to clarify maritime rights in the region," Obama told Southeast Asian leaders at a summit in Laos. "I recognize this raises tensions but I also look forward to discussing how we can constructively move forward together to lower tensions and promote diplomacy and stability." The verdict by an international tribunal in The Hague said China's claims to most of the waters, through which $5 trillion in global shipping trade passes annually had no legal basis. It also said that a massive burst of artificial…... [read more]

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