Muslim Uighurs refugees detained in Thailand

Some 15 ethnic Muslim Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang region were detained in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo intending to emigrate to Turkey. A joint border patrol operation of Thai soldiers and police discovered a group of 15 Muslims refugees, 10 of whom were children, hidden in a forest 200 metres from the Thai-Cambodian border […]

Thai, Malaysian collaborative effort in search operation for #MH370 jet

HTMS Pattani is taking part in the search and rescue operation following the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 early on Saturday morning. The ship began taking part in the search from 6am Monday in the Straits of Malacca. Navy chief Adm Narong Pipattanasai on Sunday instructed the Navy Operations Centre that HTMS Pattani, […]

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 […]

Thailand, Vietnam: Building Stronger Strategic Partnerships

Thailand and Vietnam have enjoyed their relations over the past three decades. This year both sides have decided to bring their relationship to a higher level by establishing an agreement to assist each other in the areas of economy, politics, culture, national security, and regional cooperation. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen […]

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 […]

Vietnam’s Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong to visit Thailand

Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is scheduled to have a bilateral discussion with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and meet the Thai Parliament President and House Speaker, Senate Speaker, political party leaders and representatives from the local private sector. The Vietnamese official’s visit is scheduled for June 25 to 27, in which his […]

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.

ACMECS: Promoting Balanced Development in the Sub-Region

The Ayeyawady – Chao Phraya – Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) is a cooperation framework amongst Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to utilize member countries’ diverse strengths and to promote balanced development in the sub-region. The principle objective of setting a joint economic effort is to promote the roles of members to the […]

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 […]

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 […]