Daily Highlights Week 35 (24-28 August 2020)

28 August 2020

‘Long-term foreign residents and foreigners with permanent residences in Thailand stranded overseas will receive priority when seeking to return to Thailand, under strict disease control measures, the head of a panel under the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1975751/ccsa-names-groups-that-can-return

‘The Industry Ministry will stimulate domestic car sales by working with the Finance Ministry to launch trade-in coupons, worth 100,000 baht each, for individual car owners who can also use their expense to reduce tax.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1975855/trade-in-coupons-to-kick-start-car-sales

The new Bank of Thailand measure, the debt consolidation will allow borrowers to bundle their credit card, personal and mortgage loans into one sum.

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30393628?utm_source=homepage_hilight&utm_medium=internal_referral


27 August 2020

2 billion baht budget has been approved to the Energy Conservation Fund (Encon) by the Energy Ministry to support increasing clean, renewable energy projects.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1975255/encon-allots-b2bn-budget

Due to the limited overseas facilities production, Thailand has to postpone its human trials for coronavirus vaccine for several months.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-thailand-vaccine/thailand-delays-human-testing-for-coronavirus-vaccine-idUSKBN25M13I

Thailand’s first-ever plastic waste management bill is now in progress. The Department of Pollution Control (DPC) aims to have 100% recycled plastic waste in our country by 2027.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1975191/zero-plastic-waste-closer

The manufacturing production index (MPI) has gradually increased after its downturn during the lockdown period. The situation is returning normal due to the reopening of businesses.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1975351/suriya-worst-over-for-manufacturing-sector

Top official from the Department of Health Services Support hopes the Covid-19 procedures will be eased to allow more foreign patients access to medical treatments in hospitals in Thailand.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-thailand-medical-t/thailand-eyes-more-foreign-patients-as-hospitals-urge-easier-access-idUSKBN25N1GK

UPDATE 1-Swedish government foresees milder downturn in 2020

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/sweden-economy/update-1-swedish-government-foresees-milder-downturn-in-2020-idUSL8N2FT563


26 August 2020

‘The Thai Hotel Association (THA) has demanded that the government reopen the country to foreigners, especially since occupancy in hotels is almost zero, with some small operators being forced to close up.’

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30393484?utm_source=homepage_hilight&utm_medium=internal_referral

The cabinet has approved a budget of one billion baht to support the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1974535/b1bn-set-aside-to-beat-covid

The Transport Ministry plans to expand Bangkok’s mass-transit network and inter-province expressways to connect the nearby provinces and the nation’s eastern seaboard to Bangkok.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1974803/transport-ministry-turns-to-faster-road-and-rail-spending-to-prop-up-economy

‘The Commerce Ministry has set a goal to raise Thailand’s international trade value to Asia’s top five by 2027, up from eighth in 2019, by focusing on value-added industries such as digital, food and healthcare.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1974591/commerce-ministry-eyes-asian-top-five-trade-ranking


25 August 2020

The “villa quarantine” scheme is now waiting for approval from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). This plan will allow international tourists to enjoy wellbeing treatments during their quarantine period in hotels.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1973787/department-of-health-service-support-plans-villa-quarantine

The Ministry of Industry plans to reduce taxes on purchases of new cars to boost car industries after the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/auto/30393448?utm_source=homepage_hilight&utm_medium=internal_referral

The government is giving the green light to discussing constitutional amendments after the coalition partners seek to revise Section 256 in the constitution. The amendment draft will be submitted to the House Speaker next week.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1973747/govt-talks-up-charter-change

The Prime Minister led an opening ceremony of a new motorway from Bangkok to Ban Chang, Chonburi and from Pattaya to Map Ta Phut in Rayong. This route is Thailand’s first-ever inter-city motorway connecting land, water, and air transportation systems.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1973767/prayut-applauds-crucial-new-bangkok-motorway

The Cabinet approved an extension of the state of emergency to 30 September to control the Covid-19 outbreak as the nation seeks to prolong its streak of going three months without local transmission.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1974363/cabinet-approves-extension-of-emergency-for-another-month


24 August 2020

The Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Center for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) with the task to handle the economy which is suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1973323/centre-of-attention

‘Thailand has to risk reopening borders to tourists with a pilot project in October acting as a decisive point for the inbound market in the upcoming high season, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1972519/tat-takes-a-gamble-promoting-phuket-model

The BTS Gold Light Rail Line running through Bangkok’s Thonburi district is ready for the commuters to be tested before the official opening on 29 October.

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30393430?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral

An active monsoon caused heavy rains in the North, the Northeast, the Central and the East of Thailand. Severe conditions such as flash floods and water runoff may occur.

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30393411?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

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