Capacity Assessment of Anti-Corruption Agencies

Writing about corruption in Thailand is never an easy feat. The overwhelming world of corruption was made popular by the co-leaders of neo-fascist group like People’s Democratic Reform Committee. They said, it is acceptable when corrupted practices are small in comparison to larger corruption. This is a blend of Thai acceptance of corruption where the […]

Entreprenurship: Supporting, buying local OTOP products

One Tambon One Product (OTOP) entrepreneurship program is very popular among lower income and Thais in the rural areas. In the Thai language, “tambon” is the local district-level government entity. The grassroot-based program aimed to support the locally made products of each tambon. The OTOP program encourages village communities to improve the local products’ quality and […]

What Will Happen to Thai Economy if Election was Postponed?

The strengthen and momentum of the Thai economy has weakened considerably since the start of the protest in early November 2013. The Ministry of Finance has conceded Thai economic growth will deteriorate to less than 3% GDP in 2013. I believe the Thai economy will “at best attain” a 2.8% GDP growth in 2013. Furthermore, […]

Rayong: Protection of biodiversity and tourism

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong to inspect progress made toward solving industrial pollution. On Wednesday morning, the PM was in the briefing on Map Tha Put’s solution on industrial waste and chemical residue contamination at the office of Map Tha Phut Industrial Estate. She later met with […]

Doing Business in Thailand

The World Bank has ranked Thailand in the 18th spot as the easiest in economy in a global report called “Doing Business 2014“. The World Bank has ranked #Thailand in the 18th spot as the easiest in economy in the world http://t.co/lUuDKOd5n2 pic.twitter.com/SQxdCh7Kur — Areva Aamy (@ArevaAamy) October 30, 2013      

China, Thailand on strategic cooperation in region

  China and Thailand have charted the course for their future cooperation, so as to further develop the bilateral relations. A joint document issued on Friday said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang‘s ongoing visit to Thailand is of milestone significance to further deepen the China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. The two countries agreed that their relations have […]

Thailand, China boost trade to $100 billion – Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang became the first foreign leader to address Thailand’s Parliament in more than a decade Friday as he began a three-day visit aimed at strengthening ties and seeking business for his country’s high-speed railway technology. Li’s speech underscored China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered […]

Cooperation between Thai drug agency and UNODC

Speaking on Monday at a workshop on drug suppression evaluation and plans, Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board Deputy Secretary-General Permpong Chaovalit acknowledged that his office has reached its target over the past two years by seizing three tonnes of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” and 180 million methamphetamine pills and brought more than 700,000 […]

Thailand 2nd place in ASEAN – World Happiness Report

A very very interesting piece in The Malaysian Insider about World Happiness Report 2013: Malaysians are no longer as happy as before, said a report released by the United Nations on Monday. The country dropped in its ranking from 51st place to 56th in the World Happiness Report 2013 – the second report of its kind. […]

Thailand trying to overcome the Abhisit factor

The National News Bureau of Thailand reports: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assured the United Nations of the government’s intention to promote and protect human rights and democracy.  During her official visit to Switzerland, PM Yingluck met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. The Thai Premier told the UN High Commissioner that […]

Tony Blair Supports Gov’t Reconciliation Process In Thailand

Visiting former British prime minister Tony Blair says that he is ready to fully support attempts to bring about national reconciliation in Thailand through shared experiences. Government Spokesman Thirat Rattanasewi told journalists that Blair expressed his intention during his private discussions with Thai Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra here on Monday morning, before […]

Working towards an AIDS vaccine

The Ministry of Health has convened a meeting to discuss development of the first-ever AIDS vaccine. Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong, along with Kristie Kenney, the current United States Ambassador to Thailand, and William Snow, the Director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, launched a conference on an AIDS vaccine. The conference was aimed at […]

Thailand‚ a critical component of Pakistan’s “Vision East Asia”

The President of Pakistan expressed the hope that the visit of Yingluck Shinawatra‚ the first democratically elected female Prime Minister of Thailand would further boost bilateral relations particularly trade and investment ties between the two countries. Asif Ali Zardari also appreciated Thai government’s recent financial support for rehabilitation of earthquake victims in Baluchistan in 2013 and […]

Thailand Prepares To Be Regional Economic Hub

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that the Thai government is further developing its customs duties, human resources and labor skills to promote Thailand as a regional business centre in the future, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. Yingluck made the remarks during a courtesy call by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JCCB) chairman, Susumu Uneno, at […]

Ayutthaya: Water Transport System Needs Upgrading

Cargo ship operators proposed that the Government consider using Ayutthaya as an extension of the seaport where customs procedures could be conducted and goods transported via the Pasak river to container yards. The effective utilization of water way and upgrading systems may further increase economical outcomes. More on this story at CNN iReport  

Visit to the largest Thai rice development center

Yingluck Shinawatra visited the Royal Umbrella brand rice development center, the largest and the most modern in Thailand. The center features a laboratory and a command room. The walkabout and inspection is crucial in restoring confidence to the industry as rumors spread by unscrupulous individuals about contaminated rice has proven to be false. The brief […]

Colombia Foreign Minister meets Thai PM Yingluck

On July 12, 2013, María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, Foreign Minister, Republic of Colombia paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Ivory Room of Government House. This visit of the Colombian Foreign Minister was to strengthen bilateral relations between Thailand and Colombia, as well as to expand trade and […]

Rumors, Drama in Thailand Inc

In April 2013, an investment company, Moody’s Investors Service said — in a credit analysis on Thailand — that a high degree of government financial strength, moderate levels of economic and institutional strength. In terms of economic strength, Thailand recorded nominal GDP of USD366 billion in 2012, making it the 29th largest economy in Moody’s […]