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The Ministry of Labor revealed that the eighth ASEAN Symposium on Labor Inspection, under the topic Creating Valuable Work in the Fisheries Sector through Labor Inspection in ASEAN, had recently taken place at the Century Park Hotel in Bangkok. The symposium aimed to promote and develop cooperation mechanisms among the ASEAN Member States for protecting labor rights in the fisheries sector. The ministry also stated that Thailand is ready to encourage Member States to ratify the Convention for concrete actions to protect labor rights and continue to create valuable work in the fisheries sector. (25/12/2019)
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The Ministry of Culture will be holding a celebration on the occasion of traditional Thai massage being added to UNESCOs Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. The celebration, from December 2019 to August 2020, includes dissemination of knowledge of Thai massage and the promotion of local community participation, such as on-tour activities, cultural markets, exhibitions of Thai massage, and much more. (24/12/2019)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to promote 50 restaurants in Chiang Mai province that are recommended by the Michelin Guide 2020. There are 17 restaurants recognized with the "Bib Gourmand" rating, and another 33 restaurants have been certified as "Michelin Plate." This will help to attract more tourists to northern Thailand and raise the value of Chiang Mai province as a gastronomy destination. (24/12/2019)
Members of the public are welcome to visit sunflowers farms, covering 700 rai of fields, which are blooming in Lopburi province from now through January 2020. Visitors can appreciate the simplicity of the beautiful scenery, enjoy a cool, relaxed atmosphere, and help to promote local tourism with eco-friendly activities. For further information, please call TAT's Lopburi office at 036-770096-7 (24/12/2019)
A great number of people have participated in walking and mini-half marathon activities around the country in honor of His Majesty the King, and on the occasion of the coronation of King Rama X. These activities have encouraged people to exercise more and be more concerned about their health. There are more than a thousand participants in several provinces nationwide, such as Uthai Thani province, Lopburi province, and Phatthalung province. Routes include four kilometers for the fun run, and 10.5 kilometers for the mini-half marathon. (23/12/2019)
On 22 December, the Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, presided over the activity Walking Street @Silom, on Silom Road, in downtown Bangkok. The principal aim of the activity is to promote tourism, as well as stimulating product consumption and expenditure in Bangkok, where the activity has received a very good response from product sellers, tourists, and the general public. In addition, every province nationwide is now holding the activity jointly, from 22 to 31 December, from 18.00 hr onwards. (23/12/2019)
Thailand's Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) has launched a campaign to protect migrant workers from human rights abuses, and is urging the public to call the Government Help Line on 1300 if they suspect workers' rights are being abused. (23/12/2019)
The Ministry of Labor revealed that the Social Security Office (SSO) has implemented urgent payments for medical service fees and specified the arrangement for making disbursements on time, helping hospitals in the SSOs network achieve financial liquidity. The ministry also stated that there are no accounting problems, so insured persons will receive medical services that are convenient and fast. Out of the 239 hospitals in the Social Security Office network nationwide, 160 are public hospitals and 79 are private hospitals, and there are over 13 million insured persons. (21/12/2019)
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The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) plans to attract more investors to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The measures are expected to expand target industries and businesses in the area and improve corporate income tax benefits. The campaign will operate from 2 January 2020 to December 2021. (20/12/2019)
In order to promote tourism and the sale of cultural products, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) will be debuting the activity Cultural Street, accompanied by the Walking Street activity in every province. The opening ceremonies for the Walking Street will be held jointly nationwide on 22 December. Moreover, after the success of its first contemporary art biennale in Krabi province this year, MOC, in cooperation with Nakhon Ratchasima province, will reprise the event and host the second Thailand Biennale 2020, from November 2020 to February 2021. (20/12/2019)
The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion is cooperating with television stations to inform the general public about its campaign for reducing the use of disposable plastic bags, as well as promoting the use of cloth bags, instead. In support of the campaign, some television stations, such as ONE31, Channel 8, GMM25, MCOT, and NBT have signed an MOU on Censor Plastic Bags, in order to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags at their stations and on their programs and to accomplish the campaigns goals together. (20/12/2019)
The Department of Trade Negotiations disclosed that Thai fruit is increasing in popularity, making Thailand the sixth-largest fruit exporter on the global stage. The significant export fruits are mostly tropical fruits, such as durian, mangosteen, and longan, which are famous for their taste and quality. Thanks to their popularity, the value of Thai fruit exports reached at least three billion US dollars in 2019. (20/12/2019)
The Government has launched a project to reduce and prevent road accidents, in accordance with the Moscow Declaration, which proclaimed the Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020. The policy aims to reduce the number of road fatalities to no more than 21 victims out of every 100,000 people by next year. (19/12/2019)
The Government has revealed New Year's activities for the public to join. A chanting ceremony on New Year's Eve will be held at Buddhist temples nationwide. The Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, national museums, and historical parks will also open from 28 December to 1 January, free of charge. The Government also encourages the public to send e-cards instead of the traditional paper ones by downloading them at (19/12/2019)
In order to stimulate tourism and celebrate the upcoming New Years Eve, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be holding the event Amazing Thailand Countdown 2020 in Bangkok and other provinces nationwide, from 28 December 2019 to 1 December 2020. The six other provinces are Sukhothai, Lop Buri, Ratchaburi, Sa Kaeo, Kalasin, and Phatthalung. The theme of the event this year is to save the world, be eco-friendly, and hold on to the values of Thai culture and identity. (19/12/2019)
The Ministry of Public Health has launched clinics at 10 major hospitals located in provinces affected by air pollution, in a bid to provide treatment to those suffering from pollution-related respiratory illnesses. The clinics are currently operating out of hospitals in Bangkok and other central provinces including Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Saraburi, Ratchaburi, Nonthaburi, and Nakhon Pathom. Clinics have also been opened in the northeastern provinces of Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima, as well as the upper central province of Nakhon Sawan. (18/12/2019)
The Ministry of Public Health disclosed that research is being carried out using an artificial intelligence (AI) robot project, which would help the elderly in terms of mental health and memory. The research under the project has been conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, which received financial aid from the Government for the research. (18/12/2019)
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The Thai Rights and Liberties Protection Department and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have officially unveiled the first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP). Thailand has become the first country in Asia to adopt UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights or UNGPs, and officially launch the national plan and framework on Business and Human Rights. The NAP covers labour, the environment, human rights, and investment. (17/12/2019)
Museum Siam has launched the Thailand Museum Pass that allows holders to visit 64 museums across the country for free. The Pass is available from now through December 31, 2020 for 299 Baht and is valid for one year from date of activation. It is on sale at 38 museums nationwide and online from the museums website and through the Museum Thailand app. (17/12/2019)
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Thai massage was added to Unescos list of intangible cultural heritage on 12 December 2019. Nuad Thai or Thai massage involves the manipulation of energy inside the body and has become popular all over the world. The list was announced after the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bogota. (17/12/2019)
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