FINANCE MINISTER STILL PUSHING FOR LAND TAX

Economy March 17, 2015 01:00

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Finance Minister Sommai Phasee yesterday insisted he would continue pressing for the real-estate tax.



“Regarding the prime minister’s comment about delaying the land and building tax, I understand that he did not mean everything would be cancelled. 
“I’m still pushing ahead with this land and building tax and overall tax reforms,” he said. “So this thing isn’t over until I’m out of the post.”
 
POWER USE INCENTIVE
The Energy Regulatory Commission has introduced a “demand response” measure that will grant a subsidy of Bt3 per kilowatt-hour to users who can cut their power consumption during specific times and dates next month.
The measure is aimed at helping the country reduce the amount of electricity that will have to be generated by diesel power in April when two natural-gas fields in Myanmar are due for a scheduled shutdown, the ERC said in a statement. 
The target is to cut electricity demand by a total of 500 megawatts between 10am and noon, 2-5pm and 7-8pm on April 10, 17, 18 and 20. 
 
SUB-PANEL RESHUFFLE
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is planning to reshuffle subcommittees of the broadcasting committee to boost cost efficiency and transparency.
Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC, said yesterday that the broadcasting committee had agreed to slash the number of its subcommittees from 22 to 10. 
The new subcommittees will be directly overseen by the five members of the broadcasting committee, with each one possibly chairing a subcommittee.
The five key roles of the subcommittees – licensing processes and content regulation, broadcasting technology, legal affairs, economic expertise, and consumer-rights protection – will remain unchanged.
The restructuring proposal will soon be submitted to the NBTC for approval, Supinya said.