Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Mini cabinet meets to focus on efforts to boost Thailand’s decimated post virus economy – May’s exports fell

Mini cabinet meets to focus on efforts to boost Thailand’s decimated post virus economy – May’s exports fell

July 10, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The move comes as Thailand’s economic leadership resumes regular meetings with dismal numbers emerging from the country’s industrial and export sector for May. Thailand’s exports,… Read More ›

Agony for stranded western foreigners as ‘Fast-track’ Chinese charter flight jets in from Shanghai

Agony for stranded western foreigners as ‘Fast-track’ Chinese charter flight jets in from Shanghai

July 9, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Recent Thai government regulations have granted ‘fast-track’ entry to Asian business people without quarantine extending to parties of up to 10 people. The arrival of… Read More ›

Thai economy has until October to rebound or bad debts will begin to weigh heavily on the banks

Thai economy has until October to rebound or bad debts will begin to weigh heavily on the banks

July 7, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Grim prediction and outlook for Thailand’s economy, battered even before the Covid 19 emergency by changing world trends and trade tensions, but now, to quote… Read More ›

UK PM’s partner targets monkey coconut trade as animal rights group gets Thai products removed in shops

UK PM’s partner targets monkey coconut trade as animal rights group gets Thai products removed in shops

July 6, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Boris Johnson’s partner applauds UK retailers for their ban on products using monkey labour linked with Thailand’s coconut farmers. Leading UK retailers turn their back… Read More ›

Prosecutors urge police to track down location of Red Bull heir to allow for extradition proceedings against him

Prosecutors urge police to track down location of Red Bull heir to allow for extradition proceedings against him

July 2, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

The heir to a family fortune estimated in billions of dollars underpinned by the world-famous Red Bull drink, Vorayuth ‘Boss’ Yoovidhya, is somewhere out there… Read More ›

IATA calls on countries like Thailand to think again over quarantine schemes and travel curbs costing jobs

IATA calls on countries like Thailand to think again over quarantine schemes and travel curbs costing jobs

June 30, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The airline industry body representing over 290 airlines calls for a global standard and response to kickstart international travel between countries as Thailand faces a… Read More ›

Election of a new ruling party leader, shifts focus now to the future of the economics czar Somkid and his team

Election of a new ruling party leader, shifts focus now to the future of the economics czar Somkid and his team

June 28, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The election last Saturday in Muang Thong Thani, just outside Bangkok, of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan as the leader of the ruling Palang Pracharat… Read More ›

Committee advises the government to extend the State of Emergency in Thailand to the end of July for safety

Committee advises the government to extend the State of Emergency in Thailand to the end of July for safety

June 26, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The move is seen as important to the oversight of the reopening of Thai schools and ongoing quarantine efforts for incoming passengers entering the kingdom.… Read More ›

Thailand’s closure biting harder as one airline gets ready to cease operations forever and lays off staff

Thailand’s closure biting harder as one airline gets ready to cease operations forever and lays off staff

June 25, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Country’s economy and firms are running out of money and time as one airline, NokScoot, is reported to be on the brink while the Thai… Read More ›

Only 2,000 foreigners have yet registered to be reunited with love ones as tourism to also reopen

Only 2,000 foreigners have yet registered to be reunited with love ones as tourism to also reopen

June 24, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Confusion and sporadic information from the network of Royal Thai Embassies worldwide sees only a small number of foreign spouses apply to come home to… Read More ›

Banks ordered to cease dividends and shore up balance sheets on fears of loan quality erosion due to slump

Banks ordered to cease dividends and shore up balance sheets on fears of loan quality erosion due to slump

June 21, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Outgoing Bank of Thailand boss wants banks to halt dividend payments to shareholders, a move that will not go down well on Thailand’s stock market… Read More ›

Foreign spouses can begin applying to go home to Thailand as ministry has released entry criteria this week

Foreign spouses can begin applying to go home to Thailand as ministry has released entry criteria this week

June 19, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The breakthrough last weekend allowing foreigners with spouses and residency to enter the kingdom has been followed up after Wednesday’s consultations with clear criteria now… Read More ›

Minister has 15 days as the Constitutional Court accepts a petition filed by the house speaker

Minister has 15 days as the Constitutional Court accepts a petition filed by the house speaker

June 18, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Court could remove the Deputy Minister of Agriculture as an MP under Section 98 (10) of the 2017 Constitution if it accepts that he was… Read More ›

Thai Airways probe into its low fare income for 2019 in move overseen by former met police commissioner

Thai Airways probe into its low fare income for 2019 in move overseen by former met police commissioner

June 17, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The clouds are darkening for Thai Airways as it attempts to fly through the storm caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, dwindling cash liquidity and… Read More ›

Marriage partners of Thai nationals prioritised for entry into Thailand but under strict controls to be announced

Marriage partners of Thai nationals prioritised for entry into Thailand but under strict controls to be announced

June 15, 2020

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday agreed to facilitate access to the country for foreigners married to Thai nationals as well as… Read More ›

Only hope for foreigners locked out of Thailand as easing continues with strict government controls on entry

Only hope for foreigners locked out of Thailand as easing continues with strict government controls on entry

June 13, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The pain and anguish being suffered by members of Foreigner Thai families, a larger community than first thought of before this crisis, at being denied… Read More ›

Thai economy in even greater peril as Covid 19 shutdown appears to have had a bigger impact than expected 

Thai economy in even greater peril as Covid 19 shutdown appears to have had a bigger impact than expected 

June 7, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The economic intelligence unit of one of Thailand’s major banks now predicts a 7.3% contraction in the Thai economy and at least a 72% dip… Read More ›

Election of Prawit as Palang Pracharat leader will see more grassroots politics in government 

Election of Prawit as Palang Pracharat leader will see more grassroots politics in government 

June 4, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

General Prawit Wongsuwan is tipped to lead the Palang Pracharat Party next month. The mass resignation of 18 executive members on Monday paves the way… Read More ›

Economic hole caused by virus pandemic yawns as Bank of Thailand flags large current account loss

Economic hole caused by virus pandemic yawns as Bank of Thailand flags large current account loss

June 4, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Coronavirus impact on the Thai economy begins to bite harder as current account surplus turns to a deficit in April as tourism stops. Predictions of… Read More ›

Baht again being targeted by big money piling even more misery on an already crippled Thai economy

Baht again being targeted by big money piling even more misery on an already crippled Thai economy

June 1, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Spike in the Thai baht has caused Bank of Thailand, Deputy Governor Mathee Supapongse to warn that the central bank will take action. He indicated… Read More ›