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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched the "Smart Village" campaign with the aim to encourage companies and organizations to choose to organize activities in other cities besides the usual five big provinces: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, and Khon Kaen. There are four potential communities that have been chosen to be the models. They consist of Suan Phueng Community in Ratchaburi, Pak Phraek Community in Kanchanaburi, Doi Mae Salong Nok Community in Chiang Rai, and Wang Nam Khiao Community in Nakhon Ratchasima. All of them are considered leading MICE destinations, with new experiences available to visitors. (14/12/2017)
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency has stated that SMEs can get a 200% tax exemption on software purchases from now to 2019. It is expected to create new market opportunities, enhance competitiveness, and expand the customer bases of computer program producers. Under the measure, SMEs that purchase Thai-made computer software can seek a 200 percent tax deduction of up to 100,000 baht from the Revenue Department. This measure not only provides software developers with an opportunity to enhance their business capability and competitiveness but also helps SMEs who buy or rent software programs. (14/12/2017)
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has prepared a plan to provide additional safety and convenience to subway commuters during the New Year holidays by extending the operating hours from 6:00 a.m. on 31 December 2017 to 2:00 a.m. on 1 January 2018. Its twelve parking lots will also extend the service hours from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 am. (14/12/2017)
The Ministry of Interior will organize the OTOP City 2017 on the theme New Year Wisdom Gift under the Pracharat Project during 17-25 December 2017 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Arena, Bangkok. The showcase aims to encourage OTOP manufacturers to present their quality products, increase marketing channels and generate incomes to local communities. The event will feature over 2,500 vending booths and be attended by OTOP entrepreneurs nationwide. (14/12/2017)
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The Office of Agricultural Economics hosted The Sixth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) between seven countries in South and Southeast Asia on 12-16 December 2017 at Chiang Rai. The countries attending are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The aim is to follow up the advances in facilitation of agricultural cooperation, upgrade the standard of agricultural products, and improve food chain supply development, information system management, and the development of human resource capabilities. (13/12/2017)
The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand will organize Ultimate SMEs Send Happiness, New Years Eve, and Good Impressions: Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market 2017 on 12-27 December 2017. This is the last event of its kind before the area is returned to the Government. The successful run of Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market will be the model of green markets throughout the country. It is estimated that more than 100,000 visitors will come to the event. This market will bring together high-quality products of more than 400 entrepreneurs. (13/12/2017)
The European Union, on 11 December 2017, issued a statement to resume political contacts at all levels with Thailand, including on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the road to democracy. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha emphasized that the Thai government has been working hard over the past three years. He also affirmed that a general election will be held in accordance with the Roadmap. (13/12/2017)
The Ministry of Culture is preparing a plan to develop a tourism route connecting three cultural heritage sites, including Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai, and Kamphaeng Phet historical parks. The tourism plan will promote local identities, create careers, and generate income for communities. The tourism route will be developed on the lines of the Ayutthaya Historical Park development plan. The historical parks have attracted many visitors, as more than 1.2 million tourists have visited Sukhothai in recent years. Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet provinces also have the ability to accommodate the tourists. (13/12/2017)
Thai people from across the country continue to visit the exhibition of the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King at Sanam Luang. Visitors get to learn about the life of King Bhumibol and his achievements during his 70-year reign. There is also an exhibition specifically designed for visually impaired visitors. Up to now, almost 3 million people have visited the exhibition. The exhibition will be open until 31 December 2017. (13/12/2017)
On 11 December 2017, the Foreign Affairs Council stated that the European Union had decided to resume political contact at all levels with Thailand, after putting relations on hold since 2014. The move aims to facilitate meaningful dialogue on issues of mutual importance, including human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the road toward democracy. The EU and its member states will make full use of such contacts to raise these issues of concern, according to its Foreign Affairs Councils statement. (12/12/2017)
The Government Public Relations Department of Thailand (PRD) is organizing a media youth camp called Dream ASEAN, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN, on 12-15 December 2017, at Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok. The event also aims to promote the roles and capabilities of ASEANs young blood entering the media trade by exchanging experiences and inspirational ideas on the future of ASEAN. (12/12/2017)
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, together with the Thai Chamber of Commerce and related agencies, will develop a community tourism database to boost the tourism and hospitality industry. Geographical and cultural information of each community will be collated in order to help related agencies make informed decisions when it comes to developing a campaign. The identity of each community will not be changed under any circumstances. More than a hundred communities across the country are now ready to welcome tourists, and around 100 more will be ready soon. (12/12/2017)
The Department of Business Development (DBD) and the Government are improving Thailand's Ease of Doing Business status, as it is a key factor in the decision-making process of foreign firms looking to invest in Thailand. The country aims to focus on facilitating the setting up of new businesses, reducing the time and steps needed to do business in Thailand, and lowering capital costs, all by utilizing technology. DBD has also created a Digital Department in line with its new approach. So far, it has registered 25,000 companies and issued credentials for businesses to seven banks, totaling 4,134 branches. (12/12/2017)
A joint public-private committee in Chachoengsao held a meeting to mobilize the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project in the province. The meeting talked about the need to raise awareness of the EEC development project among local residents to gain their support. Also, Chachoengsao is known as a destination for industrial, organic farming, and eco-tourism activities, so workers need to improve their skills for future growth. In addition, the governor stressed that all activities will be based on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's sustainability concept. (12/12/2017)
The Cooperative Promotion Department is organizing a New Years project under the theme Cooperative Gift Baskets for Care and Health, aiming to boost the sale of agricultural cooperative goods. The department revealed that New Year's gift baskets using goods from cooperatives generated close to 2 million baht last year, so the department will be reviving the sale this year. The baskets for 2017 will be available to buy from now until 12 January 2018. For more information, please contact 02 281 3095 ext. 157 or visit www.cpd.go.th (08/12/2017)
UNESCO has designated a collection of century-old royal photographic glass plate negatives and original prints recording the days of old Siam to be part of the "Memory of the World." The collection includes 35,427 glass plate negatives and 50,000 photographic prints from royal collections. They were previously preserved in three separate royal libraries of the original owners: King Chulalongkorn, King Vajiravudh, and Prince Damrongrajanubhab. The collection was given into the care of National Archive in Bangkok. Currently, 24,800 plates have been scanned for digital use, and 4,149 plates have been included in the national database. (08/12/2017)
Chiang Mai province is hosting the International Children's Content Rights Fair 2017, which is now taking place at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center until 9 December 2017. It is an important event in Thailand's push to become the hub of copyright and content of publishing media and technology, as well as other innovations for children and educational technology in ASEAN and eventually Asia. The event also offers a wider range of opportunities for Thai and ASEAN people in the education and publishing industry to develop their potential and competitive advantages in childrens content creation and other related technology. (08/12/2017)
Under the San Palang Pracharat public-private collaboration, the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with 14 public- and private-sector entities, has launched Technic Learning Academies (TLA), in order to develop the human resources for Industry 4.0, as well as to meet the needs of many industries. A TLA will be located in each industrial estate, to be a professional development center. (08/12/2017)
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The Government Public Relations Department will organize the Dream ASEAN workshop on 12-15 December 2017 at Swissotel Le Concorde hotel. The workshop will be attended by 24 representatives from ASEAN Member States, with resource persons and guest speakers from around ASEAN. The workshop aims to exchange good practices and build communication skills using new media platforms. (08/12/2017)
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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has scheduled a visit to Trang province this 8 December to follow up on the flood situation, which is impacting eight provinces of the southern region. The province has been one of the hardest hit, owing to its position south of Nakhon Si Thammarat and damage to its earth dyke. A high tide in the sea off of Trang has also slowed drainage of flood waters. The PM intends to find a remedy for the situation during his visit. (07/12/2017)

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