Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

New cabinet lineup in Royal Gazette but economic damage now extending into parts of the property market

New cabinet lineup in Royal Gazette but economic damage now extending into parts of the property market

August 6, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Thai government is heavily constrained in its ability to manage this economic challenge driven by a lengthening range of negative factors such as Covid… Read More ›

Warning signs in new banking and employment reports as virus crisis hits Thailand’s bottom line hard

Warning signs in new banking and employment reports as virus crisis hits Thailand’s bottom line hard

August 2, 2020

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

With Thailand’s foreign tourism sector closed and stasis at the top driven by virus fears, the economy’s industrial and domestic base is also being ravaged.… Read More ›

Cabinet reshuffle with six new ministers sent for the King’s approval this week by Prime Minister

Cabinet reshuffle with six new ministers sent for the King’s approval this week by Prime Minister

August 1, 2020

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

New lineup sees only two sitting Palang Pracharat MPs and one ex-MP elevated to a ministerial role. It is also coming at a time of… Read More ›

Facebook under investigation over translation blunder as minister criticises the social network

Facebook under investigation over translation blunder as minister criticises the social network

July 31, 2020

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

Minister for Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, criticised Facebook this week for offering ‘little cooperation’ to Thai authorities in removing material requested under current… Read More ›

Lowering of US flag in Chengdu is a wake-up call for foreigners living in Thailand and with close ties here

Lowering of US flag in Chengdu is a wake-up call for foreigners living in Thailand and with close ties here

July 28, 2020

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

The escalating tensions between the US and China are now at unprecedented levels. It is time for foreigners in Thailand and those with ties to… Read More ›

Army chief Apirat calls for restraint in the exercise of free speech and unity as the kingdom faces the virus crisis

Army chief Apirat calls for restraint in the exercise of free speech and unity as the kingdom faces the virus crisis

July 27, 2020

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

Protest leader, Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree, denies a suggestion by the army chief that there are forces behind the student protests in Thailand. He accused General Apirat… Read More ›

June export figures show a 23% decline on last year but the economy will recover by end of 2021

June export figures show a 23% decline on last year but the economy will recover by end of 2021

July 24, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Dismal set of figures from the Ministry of Commerce on exports just adds to the economic woes facing the Prime Minister’s proposed new economic team… Read More ›

Prime Minister indicates that the cabinet reshuffle will be complete very shortly with no problem

Prime Minister indicates that the cabinet reshuffle will be complete very shortly with no problem

July 23, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The names of new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle, brought about by the resignation of six ministers in the last week, have been finalised. The… Read More ›

Police investigate flash student protests over the weekend, top activist calls for urgent legal action

Police investigate flash student protests over the weekend, top activist calls for urgent legal action

July 20, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Political experts in Thailand are not holding out much hope for the flash protests staged on Saturday evening and Sunday organised by a body calling… Read More ›

PM facing a political challenge from within the ruling party which put him into power in 2019 over cabinet plans

PM facing a political challenge from within the ruling party which put him into power in 2019 over cabinet plans

July 18, 2020

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

A flurry of phone calls and approaches to top business and financial executives in the past week has been made as Prime Minister Prayut Chan… Read More ›

Economic team led by Somkid quits government in a shock move as rumours spread of a new lineup

Economic team led by Somkid quits government in a shock move as rumours spread of a new lineup

July 16, 2020

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

Wednesday’s shock resignation of the non-aligned economic team will lead to a cabinet reshuffle at an earlier stage. It may also lead to political infighting… Read More ›

Thailand may have to live with the virus but can recover in two years says outgoing central bank chief

Thailand may have to live with the virus but can recover in two years says outgoing central bank chief

July 15, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Outgoing Bank of Thailand boss, Veerathai Santiprabhob, says economic recovery may mean having to live with up to 30 infections per day as the government… Read More ›

Somkid ready to bow out of government as September cabinet reshuffle seems to be on the cards

Somkid ready to bow out of government as September cabinet reshuffle seems to be on the cards

July 12, 2020

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

Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha has revealed that he has already approached some economists to take up a role in his new government but that… Read More ›

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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, 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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Personal, Thai World, 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, Personal, Politics, 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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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 ›