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National Reform Council members selected

Two hundred and fifty men and women were named to Thailand’s National Reform Council (NRC) last week, and are expected to meet shortly to begin debate and deliberations on measures to restructure and improve Thailand’s political, economic and social systems. The NRC’s members include prominent academics, former politicians, business people, activists and personnel from the security agencies.
Two hundred and fifty men and women were named to Thailand’s National Reform Council (NRC) last week, and are expected to meet shortly to begin debate and deliberations on measures to restructure and improve Thailand’s political, economic and social systems.  The NRC’s members include prominent academics, former politicians, business people, activists and personnel from the security agencies.  
 
The formation of the NRC is an important step in the government’s roadmap to restore democracy in Thailand.

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EU Optimistic About Thai Economy

Institutional investors that met in Brussels for the executive discussion forum of the Thai-European Business Association (TEBA) came to the conclusion that Thailand’s economy and business climate has recovered, and has opportunities for the Eurozone’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with regards to trade and investment. The European Union is Thailand’s second largest investor and third largest trade partner.
Institutional investors that met in Brussels for the executive discussion forum of the Thai-European Business Association (TEBA) came to the conclusion that Thailand’s economy and business climate has recovered, and has opportunities for the Eurozone’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with regards to trade and investment.

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Thailand remains attractive for hotel investment

Thailand is still one of the most attractive countries for investments in the hotel industry and for foreigners seeking a second home, a leading global real estate consultancy said last week. The Thai hotel business remains “positive and healthy” despite political turmoil and military intervention in politics, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.
Thailand is still one of the most attractive countries for investments in the hotel industry and for foreigners seeking a second home, a leading global real estate consultancy said last week.  The Thai hotel business remains “positive and healthy” despite political turmoil and military intervention in politics, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.
 
Andrew Langdon, executive vice president of the hotels and hospitality group at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) said the reasons for the Thai hotel industry’s resilience were wide ranging.

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New army chief ready to deal with complex threats

The new chief of the Royal Thai Army said last week he was ready to continue countering threats to the nation that are becoming ever more complex, and that the Thai military would become a strong “army for ASEAN.”
The new chief of the Royal Thai Army said last week he was ready to continue countering threats to the nation that are becoming ever more complex, and that the Thai military would become a strong “army for ASEAN.” 
 
General Udomdej Sitabutr rose to the position of Army Commander in Chief upon the October 1 retirement of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who holds the post of Prime Minister.  He is a veteran commander of the Second Infantry Division known as the Queen’s Guard.  General Prayut had also served in that unit.

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Education and transport officials seek funds

Education officials are asking the government to provide nearly US$100 million for subsidies to students from poor families, while the Ministry of Transport said last week it will request $24.5 billion over 10 years for the upgrade and building of transport infrastructure throughout the Kingdom.
Education officials are asking the government to provide nearly US$100 million for subsidies to students from poor families, while the Ministry of Transport said last week it will request $24.5 billion over 10 years for the upgrade and building of transport infrastructure throughout the Kingdom. 
 
The funding requests came as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he wanted to expedite the disbursement of more than $3 billion from the existing 2014 government budget, and instructed all ministries to inspect their projects to find which ones had not been carri

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US predicts Thailand will be top rice exporter this year

Thailand will recapture the title of the world’s top rice exporting country this year according to a forecast issued by the United States Department of Agriculture last week. The USDA predicted that Thailand will export 11 million tons of rice in 2014, outpacing closest rivals India and Vietnam.
Thailand will recapture the title of the world’s top rice exporting country this year according to a forecast issued by the United States Department of Agriculture last week.  The USDA predicted that Thailand will export 11 million tons of rice in 2014, outpacing closest rivals India and Viet Nam.
 
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce and the USDA attributed strong shipments of Thai rice this year to more competitive pricing and robust efforts by the government to sell off existing stocks that had been accumulating over the past two-and-a-half years.

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Thai women inventors win international awards

Thailand’s growing reputation for scientific innovation was underscored last week when four women Thai scientists and researchers won awards and medals for their innovations in the fields of medicine and environmental protection at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva.
Thailand’s growing reputation for scientific innovation was underscored last week when four women Thai scientists and researchers won awards and medals for their innovations in the fields of medicine and environmental protection at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. 
 
More than 60,000 people attended the five-day exhibition in Geneva, which bills itself as the world’s most important annual marketplace devoted to inventions, new techniques and products.

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Thailand affirms commitment to eliminate forced labor

Thailand joined consensus to support a protocol against forced labor put forward by the International Labor Organization (ILO), as authorities arrested another Myanmar national for trafficking in persons. Meanwhile, the country’s largest agro-industrial firm disputed allegations in a British newspaper story that that its shrimp products are the result of forced labor.
Thailand joined consensus to support a protocol against forced labor put forward by the International Labor Organization (ILO), as authorities arrested another Myanmar national for trafficking in persons.

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Foreign business leaders express strong confidence in Thailand

Leaders of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) held a press conference last week to tell investors overseas that the Kingdom remains a safe, resilient and profitable place to do business, while an American-born business magnate urged international media and diplomatic missions to present a fairer picture of the situation in Thailand.
Leaders of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) held a press conference last week to tell investors overseas that the Kingdom remains a safe, resilient and profitable place to do business, while an American-born business magnate urged international media and diplomatic missions to present a fairer picture of the situation in Thailand.
 
“Our businesses have not been interrupted and our safety has been ensured. Thailand is a resilient country,’’ said Stanley Kang, chairman of the JFCCT and an advisor to the Board of Trade.

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Kantang Hospital has won an ASEAN Energy Award 2014

The Kantang Hospital has announced that the hospital had successfully competed in the 32nd ASEAN Energy Awards 2014. It entered in a bid to promote an energy saving campaign in the Small and Medium Building Category .
LAO, 30 September 2014 (NNT)-The Kantang Hospital has announced that the hospital had successfully competed in the 32nd ASEAN Energy Awards 2014. It entered in a bid to promote an energy saving campaign in the Small and Medium Building Category . 
 
The hospital won the first award at the ASEAN energy award ceremony which was held in Laos.

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