Politics

Prime Minister not concerned at plans for a street protest as Thanathorn issues a warning

Prime Minister not concerned at plans for a street protest as Thanathorn issues a warning

December 4, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

The Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Monday night met former Thai Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun after he made a speech at the Foreign Correspondents… Read More ›

Chaos as senior officials deny easing the chemicals ban announced by the Industry minister the day before

Chaos as senior officials deny easing the chemicals ban announced by the Industry minister the day before

November 28, 2019

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Extraordinary press conference saw senior officials of the Thai government question the briefing given to the media yesterday by the Minister of Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit… Read More ›

Shock parliamentary defeat exposes the weakness of the coalition already riven with tensions

Shock parliamentary defeat exposes the weakness of the coalition already riven with tensions

November 27, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

MPs walked out after the Speaker Chuan Leekpai called for a recount of votes following the surprising government defeat vote by 234 votes to 230… Read More ›

Chemical ban delay to cause a government crisis as shock move rebuts Bhumjaithai ministers

Chemical ban delay to cause a government crisis as shock move rebuts Bhumjaithai ministers

November 27, 2019

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The ban had been driven fiercely by junior agriculture minister Mananya Thaiset for whom today’s decision will be seen as a setback. The move also… Read More ›

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of international business investors

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of international business investors

November 26, 2019

Economy, Politics, Thai World:

Thailand’s flagship industrial project will require a lift in educational standards to attract the best firms worldwide if it is to succeed. Minister has also… Read More ›

Thaksin’s son off the hook on money laundering charges connected with KTB loan scandal

Thaksin’s son off the hook on money laundering charges connected with KTB loan scandal

November 25, 2019

Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Judge’s found that the monies given to Mr Panthongtae Shinawatra were advanced as part of a new business venture that never got off the ground.… Read More ›

Court ruling on Thanathorn shares opens other MPs to scrutiny and possible legal action

Court ruling on Thanathorn shares opens other MPs to scrutiny and possible legal action

November 23, 2019

Foreigners, Media, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Meanwhile, activists continue the relentless campaign against Mr Thanathorn and the radical Future Forward Party. The firebrand young leader is also facing further probes by… Read More ›

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grows as ministers look at 2020 

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grows as ministers look at 2020 

November 22, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

With the current trade friction and world economic instability likely to continue under the present US administration, Thailand still aims for 3% export growth in… Read More ›

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over media link

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over media link

November 20, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The decision is not the end of Mr Thanathorn’s legal woes as a number of other complaints have been filed against him. He could also… Read More ›

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures in one day

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures in one day

November 17, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The problem is not that the Thai government is trying to ‘spin’ the story but that there are genuinely two different ways of looking at… Read More ›

Dire warnings from farm experts on trade, output and the food chain as ban set to kick in

Dire warnings from farm experts on trade, output and the food chain as ban set to kick in

November 13, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Rice exporters support the ban and see it as a shift towards Thailand becoming an organic source of world agricultural produce. However, many predictions are… Read More ›

Fears for consumers with zero tariff alcoholic drinks in future European free trade deal scenario

Fears for consumers with zero tariff alcoholic drinks in future European free trade deal scenario

November 11, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand is pressing ahead with new trade deals and opportunities despite the challenging world economic environment and the see-saw speculation on US Chinese trade negotiations.… Read More ›

Biggest free trade pact in the world being readied for launch at the ASEAN summit on Monday

Biggest free trade pact in the world being readied for launch at the ASEAN summit on Monday

November 2, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

At a sideline meeting this weekend, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad was in no doubt that the ASEAN bloc was now being targeted… Read More ›

‘Real’ farmers reject ministry’s ‘organic’ vision as they seek injunctive relief in court from ban

‘Real’ farmers reject ministry’s ‘organic’ vision as they seek injunctive relief in court from ban

November 1, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Former senior Ministry of Agriculture official gives evidence to the court to support the injunction and suggests that farmers may later be forced to take… Read More ›

US coming to the ASEAN summit to talk business and trade as India delays news of a historic pact 

US coming to the ASEAN summit to talk business and trade as India delays news of a historic pact 

October 31, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s commerce minister had been reported as upbeat and hopeful for a historic breakthrough being announced at the summit on the launch of the Regional… Read More ›

PM readies his team to tackle the US withdrawal of Thailand’s preferred partner status on exports

PM readies his team to tackle the US withdrawal of Thailand’s preferred partner status on exports

October 30, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Moves to deal with the new threat to Thailand’s already depressed export performance come as the Chairman of Bangkok Bank expresses concern about the impact… Read More ›

US suspension of Thai preferential trade partner status part of Trump’s ongoing trade war

US suspension of Thai preferential trade partner status part of Trump’s ongoing trade war

October 28, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Kalin Sarasin, called on the government on Monday to urgently begin negotiations with the United States over… Read More ›

Shock removal of US duty-free status on Thai exports may be linked to the pesticide ban – Trumpian diplomacy

Shock removal of US duty-free status on Thai exports may be linked to the pesticide ban – Trumpian diplomacy

October 27, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Thai government stance on the pesticide ban has drawn support from many quarters in Thailand. The ban is seen by many as a health… Read More ›

Chemical pesticide ban will have a severe economic impact on Thailand say US officials who asked for delay

Chemical pesticide ban will have a severe economic impact on Thailand say US officials who asked for delay

October 25, 2019

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

A series of letters have emerged detailing a vigorous and comprehensive campaign by the US Department of Agriculture and embassy officials to alert the Thai… Read More ›

Thai Airways in peril – boss tells executives there is ‘not much time’ to save the airline from closure 

Thai Airways in peril – boss tells executives there is ‘not much time’ to save the airline from closure 

October 23, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The airline has confirmed it is reviewing every aspect of its operations including all routes as it scrambles to stem unsustainable losses with a viability… Read More ›