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Prime Minister asks USABC for increased U.S. investment

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told visiting business leaders from the United States that he would like to see a 50 percent increase in private investment from U.S. companies, during a meeting at Government House with a delegation from the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council last week.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told visiting business leaders from the United States that he would like to see a 50 percent increase in private investment from U.S. companies, during a meeting at Government House with a delegation from the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council last week. 
 
Executives from 34 major U.S. corporations attended the meeting with the Prime Minister, who brought with him Cabinet members representing ministries integral to the economy.

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Thailand and China: Building Stronger Connections

On November 9, on the side of APEC Summit in Beijing, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met with President Xi Jingping of the People’s Republic of China to discuss Thai-Chinese relations, touching on such topics as infrastructure, agriculture, and trade. Prime Minister Prayut expressed his appreciation to President Xi for China’s strategy towards developing R3A, the road-transport network linking the economic quadrangle of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and China.

 

 

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Local language revival can help peace in Deep South

Historians, academics and activists believe a pilot project designed to revive the local Arab-Malay script in the Deep South could help build peace in that troubled region through recognition and respect for local culture.
Historians, academics and activists believe a pilot project designed to revive the local Arab-Malay script in the Deep South could help build peace in that troubled region through recognition and respect for local culture.
 
The script, known as jawi, was banned many decades ago as rulers in Bangkok put pressure on the local ethnic Malay population to assimilate into mainstream central Thai culture and language.

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Government mulling building state satellite

The Minister of Information and Communications Technology instructed the Space Affairs Committee last week to conduct a feasibility study on building and launching a national communications satellite that would provide information and communications technology (ICT) services to the public.
The Minister of Information and Communications Technology instructed the Space Affairs Committee last week to conduct a feasibility study on building and launching a national communications satellite that would provide information and communications technology (ICT) services to the public. 
 
Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said the proposal for a national satellite was in line with the government’s policy of promoting the growth of the digital economy.

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World Bank says Thai business environment improving

Ease of doing business and the overall business environment in Thailand continued to improve over the past year, according to the World Bank in its annual Doing Business report, which was released last week and showed that Thailand remained in the top 30 countries globally for ease of doing business.
Ease of doing business and the overall business environment in Thailand continued to improve over the past year, according to the World Bank in its annual Doing Business report, which was released last week and showed that Thailand remained in the top 30 countries globally for ease of doing business. 
 
“Through its public service improvement program over the past 10 years, Thailand has implemented reforms to improve the ease of doing business,” said Ulrich Zachau, Country Director for Thailand, World Bank Group.

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Finance Minister planning new stimulus package

Thailand’s Minister of Finance said last week that he is designing a new package of stimulus measures to boost economic growth in 2015, as the Ministry of Commerce reported that exports grew more than 3 percent year-on-year in September after contracting the two previous months.
Thailand’s Minister of Finance said last week that he is designing a new package of stimulus measures to boost economic growth in 2015, as the Ministry of Commerce reported that exports grew more than 3 percent year-on-year in September after contracting the two previous months. 
 
Finance Minister Sommai Phasi told reporters he would unveil his stimulus package no later than December, although he declined to hint what measures it might include, saying he had yet to make any final decisions.

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Thailand aspires to vaccine hub, HIV response praised

The head of Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute has ambitions for the Kingdom to become the vaccine production leader in Southeast Asia and wants the government to provide more support for achieving that goal.
The head of Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute has ambitions for the Kingdom to become the vaccine production leader in Southeast Asia and wants the government to provide more support for achieving that goal. 
 
Medical research and public health systems are prominent among Thailand’s national strengths.

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Thai Movie Boom

Hundreds of foreign films have been shot in Thailand over the years as the country becomes ever more popular as a movie making destination. Global producers are drawn to the kingdom by its unique combination of beautiful natural backdrops, high expertise and low costs, according to the head of the Thai film industry.
Hundreds of foreign films have been shot in Thailand over the years as the country becomes ever more popular as a movie making destination.

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Cycling from Isan to stardom

The Thai BMX gold medalist in Asian Games 2014 is a media sensation in Thailand. The pretty Thai-American athlete Amanda Carr, born to Lamoon Pungpote and Darrel Carr, has been very interested in cycling since she was 5 years old. Ever since her first gold medal in cycling at 15 in UCI BMX World Championship in France, she has never looked back and grabbed many more medals in cycling competitions across the world. Recently in Incheon Games 2014 she secured a gold medal for her mother’s country, her 9th so far and a dream-come-true for her. Moreover, she is enthusiastically involved in other sports like weight lifting, tennis, soccer, soft ball and cross country training too.

Amanda Carr holding

 

 

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Foreign business approvals up 7 percent through October

The number of foreign businesses approved to open shop in Thailand increased by 7 percent through the first ten months of 2014, despite skittishness on the part of investors earlier in the year because of political uncertainties. Meanwhile, the government of Myanmar released statistics that showed Thailand is the second-largest foreign investor in its Western neighbor.
The number of foreign businesses approved to open shop in Thailand increased by 7 percent through the first ten months of 2014, despite skittishness on the part of investors earlier in the year because of political uncertainties.

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