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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai recently stated that the decision by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to boycott Qatar over accusations of supporting extremism will not hamper Thai-Qatari relations, as the matter does not concern Thailand. However, he noted that the move has affected some Thai exports and Thai citizens residing in Qatar because air and land travel between the country and the four Middle Eastern nations have been banned. (06/06/2017)
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has commanded that a new book of Buddhist chants be published for the merit-making ceremony in memory of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and for the chanting of holy mantras for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on 9 June 2017, starting from 18.00 hr. The book will add nine chants, making 37 chants and 94 pages in total, including a picture drawn by the King Maha Vajiralongkorn. It will be distributed to the ceremony attendees and officials from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health, National Office of Buddhism, and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. (06/06/2017)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Tourism Promotion Association of Koh Samui, along with the members of the private sector, will jointly organize Thailand Travel Mart 2018 to promote tourism on Samui island. This event also responds to the government's policy to promote tourism in each community and to support entrepreneurs with business-matching opportunities. It is expected to raise billions of baht in revenue from tourism. (06/06/2017)
The Ministry of Industry revealed that the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand is assigned to develop the Rubber City project, located in the Southern Region Industrial Estate of Hat Yai. The project is expected to attract investors who want to develop the rubber-processing industry and at the same time, increase the value of rubber products in Thailand, while encouraging employment. (06/06/2017)
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Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha urges all 77 provinces to establish their own Geographical Indication (GI) products to create value-added recognition to their locally-made goods, as well as to promote marketing efforts on the global stage. The premier added that GI registration also provides a kind of intellectual property protection. Currently, Thailand is home to 75 GI products spread across 70 provinces. (05/06/2017)
The award committee for Thailand's best Hom Mali jasmine rice has selected Phayao's Hom Mali rice strain as the best Hom Mali rice for the 2016-2017 production year. The campaign, held by the Commerce Ministry, is aimed at promoting the cultivation and development of Hom Mali jasmine rice, which is in demand in both the domestic and international markets. (05/06/2017)
Chantaburi province is holding the Fruitpital Fair 2017 event from 3 to 11 June 2017. The fair aims to bolster confidence in Chantaburis fruit production. There are many activities, such as cultural performances in the city, a fruit contest, and distribution of agricultural and OTOP products. Moreover, there is an exhibition to commemorate His Majesty the late King. (05/06/2017)
According to the Ministry of Industry, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and the four ministers from the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Commerce, and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society are scheduled to visit Japan on 4-8 June 2017 in order to discuss the progress of the economic cooperation between the two countries on rail, high-speed trains, and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). (05/06/2017)
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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is inviting the public to watch reports on its progress in solutions to major problems of the country over the past three years on the special episode of Thailand Moves Forward Program on all TV channels airing every Sunday after the national anthem at 6:00 p.m. The program starts today, Sunday, June 4, 2017, featuring ICAO Red Flag and Thai Civil Aviation Problem Solving. (04/06/2017)
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research Mr. Thanavath Phonvichai announced yesterday that Thai economy is expected to grow by 3.6 percent this year from contributions in the two final quarters: The expansion in the tourism and agriculture sectors where 34-35 million tourists are expected to visit the country, would generate some 1.4 trillion baht revenue. The export sector is expected to expand by 2.5-3 percent from the global economic recovery. However, the government must focus on the development of the grassroots economy and the distribution of income to rural areas in order to encourage investments and employment. (04/06/2017)
As the United Nations has announced that 5 June of every year is World Environment Day, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, will organize World Environment Day 2017. The event is at Siam Paragon Center on 5 June 2017 from 08.00 hr. until 20.00 hr. The aim is to urge people to be aware of the worlds environmental crises and search for ways to solve the problems. The theme is Connecting People to Nature: Im with Nature. (02/06/2017)
The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be the President of the opening ceremony of Trafficking in Persons Day 2017, organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, on 5 June 2017 at Santi Maitri Building, Government House from 13.30 to 15.00 hr. He will give awards to officers, organizers, and distinguished media who work for anti-trafficking. Moreover, he will present commemorative certificates and awards to competitors in the youth painting contest on the topic Thailand is safe from trafficking in persons. (02/06/2017)
A product exhibition and distribution fair from agriculturists across the country, "Thailand's Best Local Products," kicked off on 1 June 2017 at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market beside Government House. This year's highlight is "Healthy Nature," which includes organic rice, vegetables, and fruit. The event will run until 24 June 2017. (02/06/2017)
The Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health, has changed the original paper receipt to be an electronic receipt, which will reduce the time and operational steps for payers, from 1 June 2017 onward. Payers can check their electronic receipt immediately by the QR code that appears on it. It is expected to facilitate and increase the competitive potential for private sector businesses. (02/06/2017)
The Ministry of Defense disclosed that the 23rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2017) between the Royal Thai Navy and the U.S. Navy will be held in Chon Buri, Thailand, on 29 May 6 June 2017. The CARAT aims to enhance interoperability between participating forces, and develop sustained naval partnerships with nations across South and Southeast Asia. CARAT 2017 consists of eight days of shore-based and at-sea training events in multiple warfare areas. The training features surface warfare maneuvering tactics, small-boat operations, manned and unmanned helicopter flight operations, and communication exercises. (02/06/2017)
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Today, Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha expressed his satisfaction towards Thailand's improved competitiveness ranking as announced yesterday by the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Center in Switzerland. This year, Thailand's ranking rose to 27th from 28th in 2016. He also praised all sectors that contributed to three straight years of increasing competitiveness. The competitiveness ranking illustrates that since 2014, Thailand has made progress and exceeded the global average in 2015. The Prime Minister took the report as concrete indication of the governments determined attempts in pushing the country forward. (01/06/2017)
Phetchaburi is joining hands with Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram to hold a food festival at Phetchaburi Vocational College to increase the efficiency and safety of food production. The event will include various activities, such as activities in honor of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, OTOP presentations, and civil-state performances. It is expected to bring in more income and work for Phetchaburi's local residents. The festival will begin on 14 June 2017 and end on the 18th. (01/06/2017)
In cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) has recently launched the Eight Shrines and Spiritual Attractions campaign, offering a tourist walking route connecting eight holy shrines in the Ratchaprasong area. This campaign aims to attract 20-30 percent more spiritual travelers from around the world. (31/05/2017)
The Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology, will follow the National Strategic Plan to move the country toward Thailand 4.0 by promoting the use of Thai Medical Device Innovation. By the end of this year, the DentiiScan 2.0, a 3-D dental X-ray machine that has been researched and developed in Thailand by Thai researchers, and which has received ISO certification, will be used in six hospitals. (31/05/2017)
The Ministry of Commerce plans to launch fruit sales online, in the Offline 2 Online @Chanthaburi project, at Chanthaburi province has been chosen for the pilot project because of its reputation among foreign buyers and its border with nearby Cambodia. It is expected to increase the distribution channels of fruit for entrepreneurs and become a direct medium between consumers and farmers. (31/05/2017)

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