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Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha disclosed that the Government commits to solve economic problems, arisen as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, through the implementation of various plans and projects under the Royal Decree authorizing the Ministry of Finance to seek a loan for COVID-19 affected economic and social problem solving, remedy, and rehabilitation (400 billion Baht), and through amendment of related laws. (10/09/2020)
The Prime Minister has said that Thailands economy has to be reconstructed by decreasing the focus on an export and tourism economy, and pushing the expansion of domestic investments. The PM said that the Government has been able to solve many economic problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government has taken numerous actions, such as approving projects under the royal decree on soft loans, as well as amending several laws. Last week, the PM invited three business groups, which included the Thai Real Estate Association, Thai Contractors Association, and a group of retail, e-commerce, and logistics businesses, to share their ideas on developing the economy. Avoiding staff layoffs was another topic of discussion. The Government promised to assist large companies with funds for maintaining payments to staff. (10/09/2020)
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The Department of Disease Control (DCC), Ministry of Public Health, received a report from the media about a South Korean man who tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving Thailand on 4 September 2020. The DCC is collaborating with International Health Regulations of South Korea on disease investigation and will search for information about his stay in Thailand. The conclusion of his case will be reported to the public as soon as possible. The DCC confirmed that it is maintaining the international process of disease control, by following the International Health Regulations 2005, including cooperation and exchanging information between countries. The DCC says that people should be assured of Thailands disease control standards. For more information, the public may call hotline 1422. (09/09/2020)
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According to the Thailand Insurance Commission, COVID-19 insurance for foreigners is approved to cover travelers who pass through immigration in Thailand. The insurance policies will also be sold online and offered jointly by sixteen co-insurance companies. There are two parts in the coverage, as follows: 1. In case of death caused by COVID-19, the company will pay compensation for the funeral and repatriation costs, up to 3.2 million baht (102,000 US dollars). 2. For medical treatment after the diagnosis of COVID-19 infection and necessary treatment, the company will pay compensation up to 3.2 million baht (102,000 US dollars). (08/09/2020)
The Ministry of Transport launches project to support the use of para rubber to promote road safety in Satun, which is serving as a pilot province because the production facility is located here. The cabinet ministers approved a 2.7-billion-baht budget to implement the project. The project has helped stabilize the price of para rubber. Recently, the price increased to 61 baht a kilogram. (08/09/2020)
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The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, is pushing for research to develop Thai herbs for health, after visiting exhibitions in the 17th National Herbs Expo. On this occasion, the Prime Minister drew attention to the medicinal properties of Thai herbal products. He reiterated that the Government supports research on Thai herbs, along with the development of modern medicine. For people who are interested, the 17th National Herbs Expo will be held from 2 to 6 September 2020, at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani. (03/09/2020)
Thailand has ranked in the top ten best countries to travel alone in 2020, reported by usnews.com. The 2020 Best Countries ranking draws from a global perception-based survey and ranks countries based on scores from a compilation of seven country attributes: culturally accessible, fun, friendly, pleasant climate, safe, scenic, and approachable. The ranking is based on a study that surveyed more than 20,000 global citizens from four regions to assess perceptions of 73 countries on 65 different metrics. (03/09/2020)
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Because the worlds demand for rubber gloves in 2020 has risen to 3.6 hundred billion, which is worth 40 billion baht, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has told the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) to promote Thailand as a Rubber Gloves Hub of the world under the support of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), using the MOAC Produce, MOC Promote model. As Thailand is the leading rubber exporter in the world, this policy will increase the supply of rubber products to target markets, and officials will search for new markets that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. RAOT already supports rubber product entrepreneurs by offering loans totaling about 25 billion baht for expanding and developing their business to serve the world market. (03/09/2020)
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The Ministry of Education has launched a Digital Education Excellence Platform (DEEP), which will be the largest online classroom in the country to provide education. It will allow all Thai students to be able to access knowledge in any area at any time and to meet lifelong learning needs. Parents and students can visit www.deep.go.th. As, there are many available courses, the learners can choose a topic according to the competency they want to develop. The platform is connected to the recruitment system for graduates so that they will have a job when they graduate. (03/09/2020)
Twenty-one government agencies and private sectors have now joined forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Thailand by 2022. Greenhouse gases have caused climate change and affected the livelihoods of people around the world. The Ministry of Industry has pushed for an industrial product standard for cement with a lower clinker ratio and low carbon concrete products in environmentally friendly public procurement under the Green Procurement Regulation which creates a market for high-performance products and helps reduce greenhouse gases.Cooperation under the concept of "Together for our World" aims to help our country achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission during the industrial process and the use of clinker replacement products aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (03/09/2020)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, are teaming up to support this years Amazing Thailand Grand Sale and boost tourism spending. Shopee users stand to win a car and various exciting prizes when spending 5,000 Baht on Shopee Mall from now until 9 September 2020. Winners will be announced on 17 September via Facebook and on the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 website. The partnership is one part of Shopees innovative 9.9 Super Shopping Day that has taken on greater significance, as Thailand steps up its recovery efforts while adapting to the new normal post-COVID-19. Find out more about the 9.9 Super Shopping Day onhttps://shopee.co.th/9-9. (02/09/2020)
To make airport users more comfortable and help them avoid heavy traffic, Don Muang Airport has relocated the bus stop for airport bus A1-A4 routes from Entrance No. 12 to Entrance No. 7 and No. 8 at the Arrival Hall level of Terminal 1 from 25 August 2020. Passengers can easily walk about 100 meters from the same bus stop to the new place, which has better facilities inside the air-conditioned waiting area, and it will help passengers travel from the airport to the city more quickly than normal. (02/09/2020)
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The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) announced that motorists may use two more tollways free of charge during the substitute Songkran holiday period from 3-8 September 2020, which are Burapavithi Expressway (Bang Na - Chon Buri) and Kanchanapisek Expressway (Bangplee-Suksawat). Meanwhile, the Chalerm Mahanakorn Expressway (First Stage Expressway), Si Rat Expressway and Udon Ratthaya Expressway (Bangpa-In - Pakkret) are waiving tolls on 4 and 7 September 2020. EXAT staff will be ready to serve the public with 24-hour service. Any enquiry, please call EXAT Call Center 1543 or inform emergency cases through the "EXAT Portal" mobile application. (02/09/2020)
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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has launched a campaign to support the new normal from community-based tourism and the Healthy Homestay campaign. It aims to help bring more revenue to local communities. Recently, the Minister of Tourism and Sports observed the model Healthy Homestay campaign at Ban Dong community and pointed out that local residents are now offering community-based tourism activities and accommodation, together with promoting health wisdom and herbal medicines. The Department of Tourism also stated that health and safety aspects should be incorporated into the services as part of the new normal. These enhancements will upgrade community-based tourism, which will attract more visitors to local communities. (02/09/2020)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has revealed that the first phase of the Gold Line project will start operating in October 2020 with a fee of 15 baht. The system is a monorail system with no drivers on board. Its first phase has three stations with a total distance of 1.7 kilometers: (G1) Krung Thonburi station, which is adjacent to the BTS station, (G2) Charoen Nakhon (ICONSIAM), and (G3) Khlong San station, which will connected to SRT Dark Red Line in the future. The second phase will be extended 1 kilometer to Pradjahipok, which will connect to the future MRT Purple Line southern extension. The monorail is the first rubber-tire, self-driving electric train in Thailand. With the Bombardier Innovia APM 300 automated people mover system and rubber tires, it can reduce noise and vibration levels. The train can travel at a maximum of 80 kilometers per hour. (02/09/2020)
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The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, presided over the opening ceremony of the Global Compact Network Thailand seminar and gave a special lecture on Leadership Thinking in Crisis Situations: Experience from the COVID-19 Situation. He emphasized that the success of the epidemic prevention came from the cooperation of all Thai people, the medical sector, and public health volunteers who have worked on it together. This crisis is a global crisis that has not happened in over a hundred years. It has caused everyone to adjust themselves and live in the "new normal" manner. Therefore, the leaders in every organization, including the government sector, must be ready to step into the new world together, as well. (02/09/2020)
The Road Safety Network at the provincial level, in cooperation with the Trauma and Critical Care Center of Khon Kaen Hospital, organized a safety program to communicate on the subject of advancing road safety in sub-districts. The program, which is joined by related networks, aims to decrease the number of road accidents throughout Thailand, especially in every sub-district. Statistics show that, in recent years, Thailand has lost up to 20,000 people per year in road accidents, but with this project, the losses may be decreased to only 2,000 people a year by the end of the program. One of the methods this activity will use is the closing of risk points, which includes checking that traffic lights and signs work properly. (01/09/2020)
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The Government will continue assisting the fishing sector. The Department of Fisheries has adjusted the rules and regulations to help the fishing sector in many respects, including making changes to the list of fishing gear and fishing zones, as well as the issuance of seamens registration books to deal with labor shortages. The Government is currently improving its vessel monitoring system (VMS) to facilitate safety, and it is looking into amending laws related to local and commercial fishing activities. In addition, the Government has approved a low-interest loan project, worth 10.3 billion baht in total, to improve the financial liquidity of entrepreneurs in the fishing sector. (01/09/2020)
The Department of Disease Control has urged the public to keep its guard up even though Thailand has had no report of domestic infection for over three months. Recently, Myanmar reported a new COVID-19 outbreak, so Thai authorities have tightened their disease prevention measures and are keeping a close watch on the borders for illegal border crossings to control the spread of the disease. (01/09/2020)
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The Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the Emergency Decree nationwide for the fifth time, from 1-30 September, 2020. According to the announcement published in the Royal Thai Gazette on 28 August, 2020, the government stated that the fifth extension of the state of emergency was still needed to enable authorities to enforce communicable disease control measures to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections. It noted that there are still no vaccines proven to prevent COVID-19. (01/09/2020)

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