Overdue rice payments to be settled

The Ministry of Commerce will expedite the disbursement of 20 billion baht this week after the Election Commission (EC) approved the budget and will start distributing 500,000 tons of rice on 10 March. Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisarn said he had received a letter from the EC approving the central budget of 20 billion baht to finance […]

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 […]

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 […]

Accountability: Thailand’s Rice Mortgage Scheme

The Cabinet has decided to form a committee to inspect rice stock in warehouses participating in the rice mortgage scheme after receiving different numbers on the quantity of rice left in the warehouses. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said after the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the Cabinet had acknowledged that the rice mortgage scheme had […]

Thailand and Japan in Economic Partnership

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met with her Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. The leaders have agreed on a mutually beneficial economic and security partnership between the two countries. The Japanese Government expressed an interest in Yingluck’s high-speed train project. Thailand plans to build four high-speed train lines – from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, to Nong Khai, to […]

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand

Fertility of Crops His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Sunday, May 12, was delegated by His Majesty the King to represent him at the state ceremony of Phuetchamonkhon Jarod Phranangkan Raek Na Khwan (พืชมงคลจรดพระนังคัลแรกนาขวัญ), better known to foreigners as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. The Sunday ceremony which preceeded the actual royal ploughing ceremony […]

Extended Rice MoU with Bangladesh

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry had signed an amended Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Bangladesh, extending an agreement on sales of Thai rice. The existing MoU requires Bangladesh to import up to one million tonnes of parboiled rice from Thailand from last year to this year. The change will extend the deadline to import the rice […]

Vietnam and Thailand Strengthening Tourism and Trade

Vietnam and Thailand Strengthening Tourism and Trade VIENTIANE, 13 March 2013 (NNT) – Thailand and Vietnam are set to further their strategic partnership while collaborating more in the areas of rubber, rice and tourism. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, on Tuesday, met on the sidelines of the 5th ACMECS […]

Thailand’s Green Initiative: Cement

Cement is one of the most basic building materials used in construction today, from small buildings and stairwells to roads, bridges, runways and entire office complexes. Our modern infrastructure is simply unthinkable without cement. But the downside is that it’s also a major climate killer: it’s estimated that five percent of global CO2 emissions are […]