ASEAN Competitiveness and Regional Logistics Hub

During a seminar on future of Thai economy in ASEAN community, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand has high possibility to become logistics hub of the region. She said Thailand has the geographical advantage as it borders with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Recommended Read: Thailand 2020 – Spurring the Economy […]

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. […]

ASEAN Foreign Ministers in Bangkok

Thailand hosts an informal meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members in Prachuap Khiri Khan province Wednesday to prepare topics for a special Asean-China meeting in Beijing. The Asean-China meeting is set to be held in Beijing from Aug 28-30. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Surapong […]

Thai Chamber of Commerce urging investments in Myanmar

The Thai Chamber of Commerce has urged local businesses in the southwestern border province of Ranong to expand their investment opportunities in Myanmar, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. Chamber of Commerce vice president Surin To-tap-tiang said during a seminar titled ‘Directions of Ranong’s Economy’ here Monday that Ranong province could potentially become an important trade […]

Road Quality: Phillipine on par with Indonesia but behind Thailand

MANILA – About 73 percent of national, provincial, city, municipal and barangay roads nationwide remain unpaved, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. Despite this, the DPWH has noted a slight improvement in the quality of Philippine roads following the “adoption of new construction design specifications like the increase in concrete pavement thickness […]

ASEAN Economic Community

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has emphasized the importance of raising awareness about the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) among Thai people and the media’s roles in presenting truthful information. In her statement at the recent 65th World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok, the Prime Minister put emphasis on promoting knowledge about the AEC from the grass roots […]

ASEAN Economic Community Week

The Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with the public and private sectors will organize ‘ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Week’ during 20-29 May to pave the way for trade opportunities in the international arena. Department of International Trade Promotion Director-General Srirat Rattapana revealed that various activities would be organized as part of the AEC week with […]

Quick Peek at ASEAN Economy

604.8 million Estimated Asean population as of 2011 $2.339 trillion Estimated GDP of Asean in 2012 $2.4 trillion Total Asean trade in 2011 2015 Target year for Asean Economic Community (AEC), which envisions free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and labor throughout the region 5.3% or $69 billion Estimated increase in Asean economic welfare, relative to […]

22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei

22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei All ASEAN leaders will sit down for a summit on Thursday to discuss the progress in the preparation for the ASEAN Community in 2015, while Brunei, as the host country, will also emphasize a call for people’s participation in driving the 10-member Southeast Asian bloc into the future.

2013 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX: Thailand and ASEAN

2013 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX: DASHED HOPES AFTER SPRING “The Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders does not take direct account of the kind of political system but it is clear that democracies provide better protection for the freedom to produce and circulate accurate news and information than countries where human rights are […]