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All eyes on the Thai baht’s value this week as the Bank of Thailand acts against speculation in the currency

All eyes on the Thai baht’s value this week as the Bank of Thailand acts against speculation in the currency

July 14, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Left unchecked with the probability at this stage of some interest rate cut the United States, the strength of the Thai baht will only grow.… Read More ›

Thailand’s tourism industry finds itself in stormy weather as a falloff in visitors spooks trade

Thailand’s tourism industry finds itself in stormy weather as a falloff in visitors spooks trade

July 13, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

The strong baht and emerging competition from Cambodia and particularly Vietnam are key factors. However, some leading tourism figures also put the blame on political… Read More ›

Redshirt leader calls on supporters to be patient as he predicts the new government will be short-lived

Redshirt leader calls on supporters to be patient as he predicts the new government will be short-lived

July 12, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The redshirt leader and former MP, Jatuporn Promphan, was jailed for defamation of ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2017. He struck a pragmatic and responsible tone… Read More ›

New Thai cabinet attains royal approval as military rule is dismantled in Thailand by orders

New Thai cabinet attains royal approval as military rule is dismantled in Thailand by orders

July 11, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Civil rights groups are pointing to the retention of some provisions allowing for individuals to be detained for 7 days by security forces for questioning… Read More ›

World Bank fears political problems in Thailand as it still eyes 3.5% growth for 2019 in latest bulletin

World Bank fears political problems in Thailand as it still eyes 3.5% growth for 2019 in latest bulletin

July 9, 2019

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

Thai government’s public expenditure programme will have a significant bearing on the economy this year says the World Bank. The Secretary-General for Thailand’s Eastern Economic… Read More ›

Senior bank figure suggests an interest rate cut in Thailand can not be ruled out to tackle economy

Senior bank figure suggests an interest rate cut in Thailand can not be ruled out to tackle economy

July 5, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The underlying financial good health of Thailand’s currency and a continued flight of capital into the country will pose a growing dilemma for the soon… Read More ›

New Thai cabinet finalised as government set for July launch, PM to retain old hands at the helm

New Thai cabinet finalised as government set for July launch, PM to retain old hands at the helm

July 4, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Legal expert and government insider Wissanu Krea-ngam this week refused to comment on how long the new government would last but compared it to an… Read More ›

Apology by Thai PM also contains a warning about the ‘old solutions’ to political deadlock meaning a coup

Apology by Thai PM also contains a warning about the ‘old solutions’ to political deadlock meaning a coup

July 2, 2019

Crime, More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Apology by the Thai prime minister was made directly to the Thai public over the unsightly bickering and wrangling that has broken out in the… Read More ›

Thai industry must adapt to new technology, a big factor in a new, more competitive world economy

Thai industry must adapt to new technology, a big factor in a new, more competitive world economy

June 27, 2019

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

The candid analysis by the Thai Prime Minister at a Bangkok seminar on Monday was refreshing. It shows that Thailand is, at least, preparing to… Read More ›

Crunch for Thai economy as exports dive. Fears that Thai baht has become a focus of speculation

Crunch for Thai economy as exports dive. Fears that Thai baht has become a focus of speculation

June 23, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

The effects of the US-China trade war has been nothing short of devastating for Thai exports so far. Thailand has found its manufacturing base pulled… Read More ›

Caterpillar pest a threat to Thai farms and if not tackled, could lead to higher food prices – experts

Caterpillar pest a threat to Thai farms and if not tackled, could lead to higher food prices – experts

June 21, 2019

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

The fall armyworm pest has already arrived in 50 out of 76 Thai provinces. It is a timely reminder of why farmers still need to… Read More ›

Thailand’s new democracy cannot claim victory as old strifes open up against a weak government

Thailand’s new democracy cannot claim victory as old strifes open up against a weak government

June 18, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

New cabinet, once it is sworn in, will replace the National Council for Peace and Order which has been in power since 2014. It is… Read More ›

Fate of key ministries will be the opening indicator on how the new Thai government proceeds from here

Fate of key ministries will be the opening indicator on how the new Thai government proceeds from here

June 11, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Some within the Democrat and Bhumjaitai parties seem to have forgotten that this new parliament is operating under a very different constitutional dispensation. A difficult… Read More ›

Prayut wins vote to be Thailand’s Prime Minister in marathon 12 hour session of parliament in Bangkok

Prayut wins vote to be Thailand’s Prime Minister in marathon 12 hour session of parliament in Bangkok

June 5, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The 29th Thai Prime Minister now moves on to form his second government which will face a very different political environment to the last one… Read More ›

Thailand could introduce tourist tax or levy next year as expert group begins to examine plans

Thailand could introduce tourist tax or levy next year as expert group begins to examine plans

May 30, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Japan this year introduced a tourist or ‘Sayonara’ tax of ¥1,000 in January or $9 or ฿300 approximately payable on leaving the country. This does… Read More ›

Thai parliament in session as Thailand begins a new political era with a surprise for Pheu Thai

Thai parliament in session as Thailand begins a new political era with a surprise for Pheu Thai

May 26, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

It is reported that the vote on Thailand’s next Prime Minister will take place in the next week as the  existing government supporting parties look… Read More ›

Economic threats the biggest challenge now for Prayut as he seeks to form new Thai government

Economic threats the biggest challenge now for Prayut as he seeks to form new Thai government

May 23, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

As the new Thai parliament opens, figure out this week show Thailand’s exports declined in the first quarter by up to 2% and the rate… Read More ›

Thailand’s high tech eastern corridor faces a shortage of skilled technology workers in the next five years

Thailand’s high tech eastern corridor faces a shortage of skilled technology workers in the next five years

May 21, 2019

Economy, More News from Thailand, Personal, Thailand:

The Chairman of the Human Resource Development Centre for the Thai government’s flagship project has called for more Thai students to pursue vocational training as… Read More ›

PM to be elected Prime Minister under key constitutional provisions by the end of May as new era begins

PM to be elected Prime Minister under key constitutional provisions by the end of May as new era begins

May 15, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The 2017 Constitution provides for the election of a Prime Minister under Section 159 and Section 272. The charter provides for an exception within 5… Read More ›

Election results confirmed: premiership of Prayut looks likely as opposition faces a steep climb

Election results confirmed: premiership of Prayut looks likely as opposition faces a steep climb

May 8, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s new senate is due to also be confirmed shortly as its 250 handpicked members get ready to play a new, more powerful role under… Read More ›