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The Ministry of Labor, in cooperation with TOT Public Company Limited, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), and King Mongkuts University of Technology, North Bangkok, has initiated the project named Thailand Digital Young Talent Development. The project aims to develop and produce manpower in Thailands digital industry, creating a new breed of high-performing and potential graduates in the digital field for the industry, towards becoming an S-curve industry. (06/02/2019)
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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports disclosed that foreign visitors from China and ASEAN member countries are highly interested in celebrating the Chinese New Year in Thailand. The ministry has organized Chinese New Year celebration activities in 16 major and second-tier cities to reduce congestion in key locations and evenly distribute revenue to the local populations. The ministry estimates that this years Chinese New Year celebrations will generate about 24 billion baht in tourism revenue. (05/02/2019)
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The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to proceed with the spectrum auction on the 26 and 28 gigahertz as well as 2600 megahertz ranges for preparing 5G wireless broadband adoption this year. Vendors are developing 5G tech through those standard ranges, with each 5G range developed as a complementary band for the existing spectrum band of 4G. (03/02/2019)
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Cherry trees have begun to blossom in Nan province and are likely to remain in bloom until the middle of February. Tourists have already begun to arrive to view and photograph the blooms. Authorities have created areas for visitors to enjoy seeing the flowers up close, but ask that visitors not attempt to pick them or climb the trees. (01/02/2019)
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The Ministry of Commerce revealed that Thailand has reached its rice export target by shipping 11.13 million tonnes, worth USD 5.62 billion, abroad in 2018. The government will increase export value and encourage farmers to grow high-quality and in-demand varieties to remain competitive in global markets in 2019. (01/02/2019)
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The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) is inviting the general public to observe a rare event when the waning crescent moon passes Venus on February 1st, 2019. The phenomenon will be visible from about 3.45 a.m. until dawn in the Southeast. Interested individuals can observe the phenomenon with naked eyes in all areas of the country. (01/02/2019)
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Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered all related agencies to develop short-, medium-, and long-term plans for tackling air pollution in Thailand. Government agencies have been assigned to educate the Thai public and foreign tourists about the causes of air pollution and how to protect themselves against PM2.5 particles while discouraging all burning activities during the Chinese New Year festival, such as the burning of incense sticks and joss papers. (31/01/2019)
The Ministry of Transport has sought cooperation from Airbus, Triumph Aviation Services Asia, Triumph Structures (Thailand), and Senior Aerospace (Thailand) to launch four training courses, described as aircraft maintenance, aviation communication, aviation structural mechanics, and ground equipment maintenance, hoping to produce 350 skilled technicians on a yearly basis by 2021. At present, the country is only able to train 180 aviation technicians a year. The move is intended to support the expansion of U-Tapao Airport and the construction of an aircraft maintenance and repair center in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). (31/01/2019)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand disclosed that Thailand has been named among the top 10 retirement destinations in the world and No. 2 in Asia, according to International Living magazine, in January 2019. The survey considered many factors, such as culture, weather, and living conditions, as well as reasonable rents and the choice of living both the high life and a modest life. (31/01/2019)
Thailand has won the "Best Foreign Destination 2019" Award at the South Asia Tours and Travels Exhibition (SATTE) 2019, in New Delhi. The event is one of India's most important travel trade shows. The annual awards are considered and selected by a panel of Indian tourism experts and executives in various categories, such as hotels, tour companies, online marketing sites, and bloggers. Thailand has shared the award with Australia from amongst a shortlist of 11 countries. (30/01/2019)
Airports of Thailand (AOT) and the Immigration Bureau held a ceremony to introduce its latest online service to streamline immigration procedures. Under the campaign, citizens of 20 countries are entitled to a visa-on-arrival fee waiver, which can be applied for online. The 20 countries eligible for the waiver include Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Citizens of these countries will be exempted from the 2,000-baht visa-on-arrival fee. (30/01/2019)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Embassy, is planning to hold a Chinese New Year festival in Thailand. This year marks the 44th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The celebrations for the Year of the Pig will be held in tourist attractions that are popular among young Chinese tourists, such as Siam Square in Bangkok, from 4 to 6 February 2019, and Yaowarat Road on 5 February, as well as Chiang Mai at the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center from 5 to 6 February, and Phuket at Central Phuket Floresta from 5 to 6 February. (29/01/2019)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has revealed measures to control the Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) pollution in Bangkok and its vicinity in four levels. First level: If the PM rate is less than 50 micrograms per cubic meter, all related agencies must be ready to contend with air pollution. Second level: If the PM rate is higher than 50-75 micrograms per cubic meter, trucks, buses, and public transports will be controlled, and construction sites and roads will be washed and cleaned. Third level: All factors that create pollution will be strictly controlled by law enforcement. Fourth level: Districts that have air pollution over the standard level will be controlled zones. (25/01/2019)
Burapha University has signed an MOU with the EEC Human Resource Development Committee to produce needed personnel for the special zone.The university features programs spanning automotive engineering, electronics, and food processing.The university is to become the lead provider of human resources for the EEC and will hold training sessions alongside full courses. (25/01/2019)
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As the chair of the meeting on following and implementing government policies, Lt. Col. Kitibodee Pravitra, Governor of Krabi province, revealed that Krabi province has initiated more measures assisting security in life and property of tourists, and covering all major tourist attractions. The measures include the improvement of CCTV cameras for use in public areas. Therefore, the province has followed up on the issue of upgrading the tour guide services in the tourist areas, as well. (25/01/2019)
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Seventy students from 10 ASEAN countries and Bhutan and Timor Leste are attending a seminar on incorporating the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy into their daily lives.The program was established by the Office of the Secretariat to the Prime Minister's Office to promote the principles of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in Thailand and ASEAN. This year, the attendees are visiting Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, and Buriram between 13 and 24 January to gain a closer look at the implementations of Sufficiency Economy so that they can learn how to apply its principles in their daily lives and among their peer groups. (24/01/2019)
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The Ministry of Transport has launched its first smart bus stop to facilitate travel for passengers. The new bus stop, which is located in front of the PTT Head Office on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, has a monitor telling passengers the arrival times of the buses, including bus schedules and routes. The ministry also plans to build four more smart stations on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road this year. (24/01/2019)
In line with the national e-payment strategy, the Customs Department signed an agreement with Siam Commercial Bank, Kasikorn Bank, Bangkok Bank, and Krungthai Bank, offering a bill payment service through online banking, counter service, and bank branches to facilitate tax payments. The new system will contribute to the reduction of operating costs for both the tax-collecting authority and taxpayers. (24/01/2019)
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The Fisheries Department has stated that, once Thailand has ceased involvement in IUU fishing, the department and related agencies are continuing to improve stability in the fishing sector by amending related laws and adjusting the management system. Meanwhile, they will also establish the Thai Fisheries Development Fund to oversee fishing-related legal cases. The fund will also provide compensation to those affected by such legal cases. (23/01/2019)
With regard to the issue of human resource development in Thailands Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the Ministry of Labor is going to manage the labor skill in the market, as well as creating new workers for the S-curve policy, consisting of 12 targeted industries. The ministry also stated that many types of workers are designed to match the flagship EEC scheme and the S-curve policy. These initiatives are expected to create roughly 500,000 jobs in the EEC. (23/01/2019)
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