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The Surin Elephant Roundup is being held from now until 22 October 2015 to promote tourism in the province with elephants.The event features a 200-elephant parade and the biggest buffet for elephants. (20/10/2015)
Thailand will host the second International Workshop and Conference on Alternative Development from 19 to 24 November 2015 in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok. Participants will be high-level policy makers, practitioners, international and regional organizations, international financial institutions, civil society and non-governmental organizations, academics, and members of the private sector. The event is aimed at advancing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Alternative Development and studying the progress of implementation. (20/10/2015)
From 17 October to 30 November, ASEAN Cultural Center, at the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok, is featuring exhibitions of ASEAN cultural heritage and ways of lives. On 17 and 18 October, it will also hold ASEAN cultural performances and shows on stage. For more information, please contact 09-2248-2429, 02-422-8943, and 02-422-8947. (16/10/2015)
The Halal Science Center has said that the Central Islamic Council and Religion Certifies, Halal Science Supports will help Thailand become a center for halal products. It is essential to develop small and medium-sized halal businesses, or SME Halal, in the southern provinces in order to help the people prosper. With the help of Brand Thailand, Thai halal brands will be known worldwide. (14/10/2015)
The Government announced that its SME policy is part of the national agenda, and the Ministry of Industry has plans for changing the Thai economy into a digital economy. If SME revenue increases by 1 percent, income in the whole system of SMEs may increase by 300,000 million baht in 2016. (14/10/2015)
The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Public Health and its provincial units to take care of the people after the recent outbreak of dengue fever, which has grown in the central and northeastern regions. The public are encouraged to take measures to eliminate mosquitoes, to prevent the contraction of dengue, through the destruction of its reproduction habitats, and to seek immediate medical attention when symptoms such as high fever, headache, nausea, and inactiveness occur. (13/10/2015)
The Cabinet has decided to extend public holidays in 2016.They are the Coronation Day holiday on5-8 May 2016, and Asalha Puja Day and Buddhist Lent on16-20 July 2016. The added holidays will enable the public to engage in recreational activities and to take trips to their favorite attractions around the country. (09/10/2015)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand ( SME Bank) has organized the event Best SMEs of Thailand on 2 -25 October 2015 form 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Klong Padung Krung Kasem, near Government House. The event includes shops offering the best products around the country such as Soft Fish Bone from Mae Klong , Hi-Tech Coconut from Samut Songkram , and Crispy Roti and Batong Noodle from Yala , as well as SME lending credit with low interest rate of 4 %. There also are a credit bureau examination without charge , job training , business writing, and loaning consultants. (07/10/2015)
A Suan Dusit Poll, conducted from 23 August to 1 October, indicates that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-chas trip to the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York was a success. More than 80 % believe that Thailands participation in the UNGA has created a better understanding of the situation in Thailand with the international community. (07/10/2015)
The Ministry of Culture announced that 25 films have been chosen as the national film heritage for 2015, on the occasion of Thai Film Day Festival at Thai Film Archive at Srisalaya Community Theater. (06/10/2015)
The Ministry of Science and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding on recording of discussions regarding Upgrading Research and Development (R&D) and Human Resource Development (HRD) of Thai Industries with the National Economic and Social Development Board; H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand; and Mr. Masayasu Hosumi, President of JETRO Bangkok and the Chairman of the Economic Research committee at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JCCB). The aim is to push Thailand to be the worlds automobile industry hub. (06/10/2015)
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has commanded its 8 emergency centers and 32 provincial offices to be on 24-hour alert and to be prepared with their rapid mobile units, mitigation equipment, and other tools in case of natural disasters. People living in coastal areas and hilly, sloping areas are warned that flash floods and mudslides can occur at any time they may call for assistance at the hot line 1784 around the clock. (06/10/2015)
The Government has planned to develop roadside stations (based on Japan's Michi-no-Eki) as government-operated rest areas in the 12 provinces that have been promoted as "hidden gems" of Thailand. The roadside station project aims to facilitate travelers, and to help promote local tourism and trade. The stations will consist of facilities for travelers such as parking, restrooms and information centers, as well as local restaurant and shops selling One Tambon One Product (OTOP) goods. (02/10/2015)
Thailand has been endorsed to be the Chair of the group of 77 developing nations (G-77), the largest intergovernmental organization of the United Nations' developing country members, for 2016-2017. This shows that the international community has confidence and trust in Thailand, and that Thailand is ready to serve as a bridge among G-77 members, and with other UN member states. (01/10/2015)
Mrs. Apiradi Tantraporn, Ministry of Commerce, Chairman of the Meeting of the Border Trade and Investment of Thailand Neighboring Countries Committee, said that the committee places stress on the important role of accelerating and solving the border trade problem. In order to reach the target of 1.5 trillion baht for Thailand trade in 2015, the Ministry will push for facilitation and trade development along the Thai-Malaysia border. (29/09/2015)
All members of the public are invited to help launch the project Thailand Eye, consisting of books and the exhibition of contemporary Thai Art created by Saatchi Gallery, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, on the 5th floor, BACC Auditorium. An important feature will be held on Tuesday, 29 September 2015, at 18.00 hr. There will be a lecture by Nigel Hurst, the Gallery Director and Chief Executive of Saatchi Gallery, on History of the Saatchi Gallery. (29/09/2015)
Suvarnabhumi Airport, with cooperation of King Power International Group Co., Ltd., gave three awards to restaurants in Suvarnabhumi Airport under the theme of Airport of Smiles, by asking 4,000 Thais and foreigners to vote for the Great Food Good Service Award 2015 in Suvarnabhumi Airport during the period 25 May to 31 August 2015. Golden Award was given to S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited. The Silver Award went to Mango Tree, and the Bronze Award to Silom Village. This is one of the projects to upgrade Suvarnabhumi Airport under the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program. (25/09/2015)
Thailand will soon grant multiple-entry visas to visitors to facilitate the forthcoming ASEAN Community and to boost Thailand's tourism industry. The multiple-entry tourist visa (METV), costing 5,000 baht, will grant travelers multiple entries during a 6-month period, for up to 60 days per entry. All foreign nationals are eligible to apply for METV. Thailand's METV will be available from 13th November 2015. (23/09/2015)
The Department of Consular Affairs, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is now operating a mobile passport issuance service at the Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Administrative Organization from 22 to 25 September 2015, for the convenience of the local public in obtaining their passports without travelling to Bangkok. (22/09/2015)
The Minister of Transport has addressed plans for Thailand to become the logistic hub of ASEAN and the Great Mekong Subregion (GMS). The plans include transportation infrastructure development, both within the country and with neighboring countries, and special economic zone (SEZ) development at border crossing points. The domestic infrastructure development involves several projects, such as intercity rail network projects, mass transit in Bangkok project, and the high-speed railway projects between Bangkok Rayong, and Bangkok - Hua Hin. (22/09/2015)

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