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Trafficked migrants intercepted in transit to Malaysia

Thai authorities intercepted 76 migrants, including six members of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya minority, while they were being transported to Malaysia in what is believed to have been a trafficking operation, as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson detailed the Kingdom’s anti-trafficking enforcement gains in a press briefing last week.
Thai authorities intercepted 76 migrants, including six members of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya minority, while they were being transported to Malaysia in what is believed to have been a trafficking operation, as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson detailed the Kingdom’s anti-trafficking enforcement gains in a press briefing last week. 
 
The migrants were detained after Thai law enforcement discovered them while inspecting a train traveling through the southern province of Nakhorn Si Thammarat.

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Measures to improve gender equality and child protection

Thailand continued to take steps to improve the lives of its women and children as last week the country’s charter drafters approved a measure to promote greater representation for women in government and a key ministry said it would strengthen laws to protect children.
Thailand continued to take steps to improve the lives of its women and children as last week the country’s charter drafters approved a measure to promote greater representation for women in government and a key ministry said it would strengthen laws to protect children. 
 
With the goal of increasing gender equality in government, the Constitution Drafting Committee approved a clause that requires political parties to apportion one third of all their party list memberships to women.

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Investment privileges for industries in special economic zones

The Board of Investment announced last week it will grant a full range of privileges for businesses in 13 industries if they locate in any of five special economic zones (SEZs) located along Thailand’s borders with neighboring countries.
The Board of Investment announced last week it will grant a full range of privileges for businesses in 13 industries if they locate in any of five special economic zones (SEZs) located along Thailand’s borders with neighboring countries. 
 
Establishing and granting privileges for the zones are designed to support both the spread of development and economic growth to border areas, and provide opportunities for legal work to migrants from neighboring countries who might otherwise fall into the hands of human traffickers.
 
The Board of

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Songkran - a Festival Soaked in Tradition

The Songkran festival marks the ancient Thai New Year’s Day and used to take place on the 15th full moon. Today the festival is celebrated for three days starting on the 13th of April with the official New Year’s Day moved to the 1st of January.
The Songkran festival marks the ancient Thai New Year’s Day and used to take place on the 15th full moon. Today the festival is celebrated for three days starting on the 13th of April with the official New Year’s Day moved to the 1st of January.
 
The first day is a day of cleaning during which Thais clean their homes, bodies, and soul, which symbolizes the washing away of sins in preparation for the New Year. Traditionally Thais will visit their families and pour scented water into the palms of their elders.

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Prime Minister vows to catch high-level human traffickers

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered his government to enhance coordination between police, prosecutors and the courts in the fight against human trafficking so that trafficking syndicate leaders can be brought to justice and a more systematic and effective approach to the problem can be employed.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered his government to enhance coordination between police, prosecutors and the courts in the fight against human trafficking so that trafficking syndicate leaders can be brought to justice and a more systematic and effective approach to the problem can be employed. 
 
The Prime Minister vowed to find and prosecute the leaders of human trafficking syndicates and file criminal charges against any government officials implicated in the nefarious activity.  National Police Chief Gen.

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Charter debates heat up; drafter says elections certain in 2016

Sharp disagreements emerged last week between members of the National Reform Council and the Constitution Drafting Committee about several elements in the charter being drafted by the Committee. The head of the charter Committee said, meanwhile, that elections would surely take place in 2016.
Sharp disagreements emerged last week between members of the National Reform Council and the Constitution Drafting Committee about several elements in the charter being drafted by the Committee.

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Government wants more private sector infrastructure funding

The government wants more public-private partnerships in funding its eight-year infrastructure upgrade that will require over US$60 billion in national investment, the Minister of Finance said last week, adding that non-state sources should make up approximately half the funds devoted to the various projects.
The government wants more public-private partnerships in funding its eight-year infrastructure upgrade that will require over US$60 billion in national investment, the Minister of Finance said last week, adding that non-state sources should make up approximately half the funds devoted to the various projects. 
 
The government plans on supplying half the funds for investment but will seek the remainder from state enterprises, infrastructure funds, public-private partnership (PPP) investments, and foreign banks, said Minister of Finance Sommai Phasee.

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National data center planned for digital economy

The government plans to enlist the private sector to help it fund and build a US$1.23 billion national data center to support the development of the digital economy, as a deputy prime minister vowed last week that every community would have high-speed Internet access by the end of 2016.
The government plans to enlist the private sector to help it fund and build a US$1.23 billion national data center to support the development of the digital economy, as a deputy prime minister vowed last week that every community would have high-speed Internet access by the end of 2016. 
 
Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula, who oversees the economic ministries, said the national data center would support the digital economy initiative by boosting Internet access nationwide, which in turn would boost the nation’s competitiveness.
 

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Police arrest ivory and drug smugglers

Thai police arrested a Malaysian and Thai man last week who they said were behind a major smuggling operation for African ivory to Asia, while separately police in Bangkok and Chonburi nabbed one Russian and three Iranians they claim were part of a drug smuggling syndicate specializing in crystal methamphetamines.
Thai police arrested a Malaysian and Thai man last week who they said were behind a major smuggling operation for African ivory to Asia, while separately police in Bangkok and Chonburi nabbed one Russian and three Iranians they claim were part of a drug smuggling syndicate specializing in crystal methamphetamines. 
 
The arrests were further evidence of the current government sustaining Thailand’s commitments to fight transnational crime syndicates.

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Nielsen sees growth in Thai market

Research firm Nielsen Company says it sees strong growth potential in the Thai market and so will continue to invest in new products in the Kingdom despite a decision not to compete for a government contract to become the official television ratings agency, an area in which it specializes.
Research firm Nielsen Company says it sees strong growth potential in the Thai market and so will continue to invest in new products in the Kingdom despite a decision not to compete for a government contract to become the official television ratings agency, an area in which it specializes.
 
“We will continue to spend more in Thailand as there is huge room to grow in this research market.

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