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The Community Development Department disclosed that OTOP Midyear 2018 will be held 9-17 June 2018 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT, in Bangkok. It aims to support the unique, locally made and marketed products from all over Thailand, which cover a large array of local goods, including handicrafts, cotton and silk garments, pottery, fashion accessories, household items, and food products. (07/06/2018)
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives opened an annual conference on agriculture to promote innovation in agricultural manufacturing processes and to grant awards for excellent research in 2017, at the Rama Garden Hotel in Bangkok. Eight hundred participants came to discuss research and innovations that would help improve the country's agriculture sector. The concrete implementation of agricultural research will help improve the quality of agriculture, playing a vital role in the development of the national economy and improving crop sustainability and income security for farmers. (06/06/2018)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to remove the tangled overhead cables along the city's streets by 2021. The plan has been approved in principle by the National Digital Economy and Society Board. The BMA will construct a network of tunnels with facilities to house wire cables, and now they are seeking a license from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to operate the facilities, before submitting the final plan to the infrastructure committee for approval. (06/06/2018)
The Ministry of Public Health has begun a campaign to inspect cosmetic factories, in keeping with the new quality control regulations to ensure consumers' safety. The new inspections will help ensure that all cosmetic products registered with the Food and Drugs Administration are manufactured from facilities complying with manufacturing standards. Factories found adding prohibited chemicals to the products will be closed down immediately. (05/06/2018)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is cooperating with the Ministry of Public Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the dairy industry to increase the country's annual milk consumption. Currently, Thai people drink about 18 liters of milk per head per year, which is relatively low compared with people in Japan, Europe, and the United States; therefore, the campaign's goal is to increase consumption to 25 liters per head per year by 2026. Besides, milk consumption is not only good for people's health but also supports dairy farmers. (04/06/2018)
On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is holding a waste reduction campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of environmental impacts and promote cooperation between the government, the private sector, and the general public in reducing waste and the use of plastic. (04/06/2018)
The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board has announced that Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded to 4.8% in the first quarter of 2018, which is the highest point in the past 20 quarters, or five years. The expansion comes from the growth of economic mechanisms in consumer purchases, the private sector, tourism, government investment, and more. (04/06/2018)
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation has visited Maya Bay to assess ecological damage and plan rehabilitation measures for implementation between 1 June and 30 September 2018, during which the attraction will be off-limits to all visitors. The department has decided on the closure in response to severe environmental impact from tourism activities in the area, including an oil slick and breakage of coral and beach subsidence. During the four-month period, all tourism activities will be prohibited at Maya Bay. However, boats will still be allowed to anchor outside the buoy line. (01/06/2018)
The Ministry of Industry disclosed that Alibaba, China's e-commerce leader, plans to spend 11 billion baht on a "smart digital hub," complete with a fully automated warehouse, in Chachoengsao province. The ministry is working to develop the EEC zone with advanced manufacturers and technology companies turning out high-value-added products. (01/06/2018)
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The Ministry of Public Health has initiated cooperation with various agencies to promote regular vaccinations to intensify the effort being taken against rabies. The ministry now is working with Thammasat University, the Livestock Department, Bang Ken District Office and the Thailand One Health University Network to disseminate knowledge on rabies and encourage pet owners to vaccinate their animals annually and to report any suspicious animal deaths. (31/05/2018)
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is gathering input on a water tourism blueprint designed to make Thailand the center of tourism in Southeast Asia. The blueprint serves as an action plan for concerted efforts and the effective distribution of income to 55 secondary provinces and their communities. In addition, Thailand is ranked in the top 50 worldwide and top seven in the Asia Pacific region for income generated from water tourism, with the rapid expansion of tourism activity and transportation. (31/05/2018)
The Ministry of Labor is drafting a plan to produce more skilled workers for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in the short run after a number of investors expressed their concern about the lack of a sufficiently skilled workforce. The plan is now being developed by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Education. After the plan has been drafted, the Ministry of Labor will set up public hearings with local communities before making a presentation to the Cabinet. (31/05/2018)
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports disclosed that international visitor arrivals to Thailand rose 9.38 percent in April 2018, with total visitor numbers hitting 3,092,725. The top 10 visitors are from China, India, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Russia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the US, and the UK. (31/05/2018)
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The Ministry of Labor has reminded employers to complete all processes for the registration of their foreign workers before 30 June 2018. So far, there are 360,222 foreign workers that have been documented in the initial stage. After the deadline, each illegal foreign employee would face deportation, as well as a fine of 5,000-50,000 baht, while the employer would be subject to a fine of 50,000-200,000 baht per worker. (30/05/2018)
The Government revealed that Thailand will host the 8th Ayeyawady Chao Phraya Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit from 15 to 16 June 2018 in Bangkok. Under the theme "Towards an Integrated and Connected Mekong Community," the eighth ACMECS aims to reduce economic inequality between Thailand and its neighboring countries by promoting border development and production connectivity. (30/05/2018)
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The Thai Niyom Yangyuen campaign has entered the fourth operation phase, where local issues and demands have been collected, and knowledge on the civil contract, reconciliation, the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, and democratic values have been passed on to the general public. The data collection and evaluation will be performed after the fourth phase, while the action plan for projects will not be altered, as they reflect the needs of the public. (28/05/2018)
Thailand will host the 8th Ayeyawady Chao Phraya Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit from 15 16 June 2018 in Bangkok. Interested media representatives are advised to register through ACMECS website at www.acmecs2018.org under the banner "Registration" from 25 May - 7 June 2018. (26/05/2018)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has advised the general public to consume drinking water from dispensers with a quality assurance sticker that ensures contamination-free water. The BMA revealed that data from the inspection of drinking water dispensers in Bangkok shows that only 143 out of 6,329 vending machines have a proper sales permit. Therefore, the general public should consume water from quality assured dispensers that have a BMA issued sticker on it, along with a QR code that can be scanned to show a guide on how to check for a good water vending machine. (25/05/2018)
The Industry Minister has stated that Thailand is in the process of transitioning into 4.0 industries that are driven by innovation and technology, with an emphasis on strengthening the domestic economy to ensure comprehensive and sustainable growth. Thailand 4.0 brings about investments in new industries that add value through technology and innovation and enhance connectivity with the region and new markets across the globe. The Eastern Economic Corridor Act will assure investors that Thailand is the best place for their investment. (24/05/2018)
The committee on wildlife protection has opened a seminar about preventing wild monkeys from harassing people in many provinces. The plan aims at relocating wild monkeys to a more secure location away from communities and lowering interaction between them and humans. Signs will be put up in Krabi, Trang, Phuket, and Amnat Charoen to tell people not to feed them or enter their natural habitats. In Bangkok, Chonburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, and Satun, where the animals live close to communities, they will be neutered and located to a new place in an effort to keep their population under control. (24/05/2018)

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