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Wharton dean says West underestimates Southeast Asia

The rise of the middle class and the anticipated influx of investment in infrastructure will make Southeast Asia one of the most important drivers of the global economy, but many in the West don’t recognize the significance of the region, the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania said in Bangkok last week.
The rise of the middle class and the anticipated influx of investment in infrastructure will make Southeast Asia one of the most important drivers of the global economy, but many in the West don’t recognize the significance of the region, the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania said in Bangkok last week.

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Thai police capture notorious blacklisted fishing vessel

Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.
Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.
 
Maritime police seized the 625-ton Taishan on March 6. The vessel is believed to have changed its name, flag and registration number several times in recent years.

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Passport forgers and traffickers arrested in Rohingya case

Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.
Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.
 
Maritime police seized the 625-ton Taishan on March 6. The vessel is believed to have changed its name, flag and registration number several times in recent years.

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Public providing input on draft charter at forums

Members of the public have provided several useful suggestions for what the Constitution Drafting Committee should include in the new national charter during a series of seven public forums held around the country, the head of the Committee’s panel on public participation said last week.
Members of the public have provided several useful suggestions for what the Constitution Drafting Committee should include in the new national charter during a series of seven public forums held around the country, the head of the Committee’s panel on public participation said last week. 
 
Thawilwadee Bureekul, head of the panel and member of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), said she hoped that public input into the document would produce an “organic democracy,” that would have a high degree of immunity to the forces and factors that cause democrac

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PM Prayut briefs Ban Ki Moon on progress to democracy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha briefed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Thailand’s progress towards building a sustainable democracy during a meeting in Japan last week that ended with Ban inviting Prayut to attend the General Assembly meeting in New York in September.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha briefed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Thailand’s progress towards building a sustainable democracy during a meeting in Japan last week that ended with Ban inviting Prayut to attend the General Assembly meeting in New York in September. 
 
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the U.N.'s Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on 14 March.

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Thailand Focus March 16th, 2015: Thailand chairing U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Thailand opened the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, serving as the chair country for the central policy-making body within the U.N. dealing with illicit drugs and is the governing body for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

 

 

 

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Thailand hots meeting on ASEAN 'open skies'

Thailand hots meeting on ASEAN 'open skies'
With the launch of Southeast Asia’s free-trade area just months away, Thailand hosted a meeting last week of more than 100 aviation experts to spur progress on integrating the aviation market and creating “open skies” among the 10 nations of the region.
 
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) will create a united market of over 620 million people.  As barriers to trade, investment and labor fall, the already increasing air travel within the region and among neighboring countries is likely to grow exponentially.

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Charter drafters aiming to increase the power of citizens

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), working on Thailand’s new Constitution, has proposed the creation of five new bodies designed to increase the power of citizens and reduce social inequality and corruption, leading drafters said last week. The five new bodies include an ethics assembly, a citizen’s council and a civic scrutiny council. The CDC is due to present the first draft in April. The drafting of the Constitution must by law be completed by September – paving the way for holding of elections in early 2016.

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), working on Thailand’s new Constitution, has proposed the creation of five new bodies designed to increase the power of citizens and reduce social inequality and corruption, leading drafters said last week. The five new bodies include an ethics assembly, a citizen’s council and a civic scrutiny council.  The CDC is due to present the first draft in April.

 

 

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Statement by Deputy Prime Minister ane Minister of Foreign Affairs during the High-Level Segment of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council

Human rights are integral to our lives. They belong to each and every one of us. Respect for human rights must begin at home, in school, in the workplace, in the community, in public space, in fact, everywhere. What we must take into account, however, is that each society has its own contexts, ones which are not easy for insiders to untangle, nor for outsiders to understand. Therefore, we must be careful not to take human rights for granted.
Mr. President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am honoured to be here at the United Nations in Geneva and to address the Human Rights Council for the first time on an issue to which I attach high importance and is one of the top priorities for my Government.
 
Mr. President,
 
Human rights are integral to our lives. They belong to each and every one of us. Respect for human rights must begin at home, in school, in the workplace, in the community, in public space, in fact, everywhere.

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Thai company creating jobs in Indiana

Royal Interpack North America, a Thai company that makes food packaging from recycled materials, announced last week it will open a manufacturing plant in Indiana at a cost of over US$11 million that will create 135 new jobs for Americans by 2018 and help boost the local economy.
Royal Interpack North America, a Thai company that makes food packaging from recycled materials, announced last week it will open a manufacturing plant in Indiana at a cost of over US$11 million that will create 135 new jobs for Americans by 2018 and help boost the local economy. 
 
“Indiana is a key strategic location in our expansion plans due to its proximity and logistical access to target markets,” said Visanu Chawla, chief executive officer of Royal Group, the Thailand-based parent company of Royal Interpack North America (RPNA).
 

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