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Corporate September 16, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

UK embassy seminar enables matchmaking on smart cities

The department for international trade of the British embassy in Bangkok will host a seminar and matchmaking programme for UK and Thai companies on “UK Capabilities in Sustainable Smart Cities” next Friday.

The seminar will run parallel with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society’s “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017”. The seminar will be held from 9.30am-5.30pm at Impact Muang Thong Thani. The main speaker at the seminar, Alan Fletcher from KMI Open University, will share his experiences on collaboration of best practices between countries for innovative solutions to support sustainable growth of cities.

The match-making programme is an opportunity to meet directly with representatives of the 15 UK companies that will be attending Digital Thailand Big Bang. Panel discussions will include how to make the most out of Thailand’s huge tourism sector and how to help businesses predict trends and prepare for the future use of Internet of Things.

For more information about the event, see the British embassy’s Facebook page.

Mini Thailand unveils promotion for 58th birthday

Mini Thailand has teamed up with authorised Mini dealers nationwide as part of celebrations for Mini’s 58th birthday for a zero-interest offer for up to five years plus a three-year service package.

The promotion applies for all models, ranging from the Mini Cooper 3-Door Hatch, the 5-Door Hatch and the Clubman to the Convertible. Additionally, customers purchasing the Mini Cooper Countryman, Mini Cooper S Countryman and Mini Cooper S Countryman Hightrim are entitled to receive free first-class insurance. All offers are available from September 30.

The promotion applies at German Auto (Bangna, Chaengwattana and Pattaya), German Auto Studio (Central Plaza Rayong), Millennium Auto (Rama 4, Ekkamai, Siam Paragon, Ubon Ratchathani, Hat Yai and Phuket), Sky Autohaus Khon Kaen and Mini Nithiboon Phitsanulok.

Harvard-backed workshop |highlights rule of law 

The Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) is collaborating with Harvard Law School’s Institute of Global Law and Policy (IGLP) to hold the “TIJ Workshop for Emerging Leaders on the Rule of Law and Policy” and the “IGLP Workshop.” 

The two programmes under this collaboration aim to strengthen the capabilities of personnel and agencies involved in justice systems in Thailand, Asia, and the international community through a curriculum designed by professors and experts from the Harvard Law School and the TIJ network. Both programmes will take place from January 7-12.

Prof. Dr. Kittipong Kittayarak, executive director of the Thailand Institute of Justice, said: “This programme is the first and only course in Asia focused on the rule of law in collaboration with the Harvard Law School. The curriculum has been developed to cover related laws and various aspects of the judicial process to support the successful application of the rule of law, which is crucial to ending inequality and injustice in society.

“This will help lay a foundation for sustainable development in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, which is one of the 17 SDGs. It connects the rule of law with sustainable development, and also develops human resources and connects people to a network of change agents who can creatively develop society in line with the Thailand 4.0 policy.”

Singapore’s oBike rolls into Hong Kong

oBike, Singapore’s first homegrown station-less smart bike-sharing company, has announced the launch of its operations in Hong Kong. Currently the biggest bike-sharing operator in Southeast Asia, the company’s latest launch marks a milestone in its growth plan to expand its presence to 80 cities by the end of 2017. 

The company will deploy 1,000 of its bicycles, with this number expected to increase to address growing demand for the oBike service. Apart from the main residential areas including Lamma Island and Yuen Long, oBike’s bicycles will also be located in strategic locations like Ma An Shan Park and Tseung Kwan O, where there are cycling lanes built to support the strong cycling community in these areas. 

The launch in Hong Kong aims to promote bike-riding as an alternative form of exercise in Hong Kong. It complements the active lifestyle of the people, and provides ease and convenience in their everyday commute, the company said.

Thai Habel Industrial wins PM’s Industry Award

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently presided over the Prime Minister's Industry Award 2017 ceremony at Government House.

Thai Habel Industrial Co Ltd, a specialised manufacture and distributor of altron TV won the Prime Minister's Industry Award. . Narindej Thaveesangpanich, deputy managing director of Thai Habel Industrial, was presented with the award by Prayut.


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