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  • July 31, 2014

    Reform, the only way out of political conflict for Thailand'

    ... growth. Relatively weak small and medium-sized enterprises need capital facilities and other assistance to enable them to benefit fully from the Asean Economic Community. Innovation is needed for Thai industrial production. Proper programmes to assist farmers, particularly rice farmers, have to be devised...

    Opinion
  • July 31, 2014

    TCC offers staff chance to stay on during renovation

    ... hotel. The new facility is expected to benefit from demand from international markets, and especially for meeting and convention business after the Asean Economic Community comes into effect next year.

    Business
  • July 31, 2014

    Call for phase-out of import duty on luxury fashion goods

    ... such a measure would help the Kingdom become No 1 within the region in retail and tourism, which was important in light of the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) next year. Thailand currently imposes a high import duty of between 30 per cent and 60 per cent on luxury fashion brands...

    Business
  • July 31, 2014

    SCG resigned to wait for sales recovery

    ...-cent contraction in domestic demand and continued low pulp prices, although the packaging and kraft paper business line is performing well and its Asean sales increased by more than 10 per cent. Kan said he would submit to the company's board of directors a revised investment plan for the next five...

    Business
  • July 31, 2014

    Exim to keep supporting SMEs, investment in Asean

    ... an accumulated loan-approval total for this segment at Bt14.05 billion. In the corresponding period, Thai investment overseas, particularly in Asean markets, was supported by loans of Bt51.99 billion in international project finance. Of that total, 83 per cent was earmarked for Thai investment projects...

    Business
  • July 31, 2014

    'Increase in investment to keep driving SET in H2'

    ... noted that government spending had been back on track under the military's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), while exports to China and Asean countries, especially CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), were improving. However, the recovery of domestic consumption will be slow because...

    Business
  • July 31, 2014

    Looking behind the certain uncertainty of tax collection

    ... a significantly less competitive place to do business than Hong Kong (78 hours) or Singapore (82 hours). Even when measured against its nearest Asean competitors, Thailand fares badly, with Malaysia (133 hours), the Philippines (193 hours) and Indonesia (259 hours) all ranking higher. Almost as unhelpful...

    Business
  • July 30, 2014

    Resources in South China Sea 'complicating issue'

    ... Force Academy, told delegates that Vietnam had tried its best to negotiate with China through dialogue, but to no avail. Thayer suggested that Asean should negotiate with China over the issue, calling on the group to unite in this issue, noting that some members had taken a neutral position. He also...

    Aec
  • July 30, 2014

    'Thailand up and moving again, ready for reforms'

    ... aboutBt400 billion worth of projects in the pipeline. The interim administration has laid down strategies and plans to participate actively in the Asean Economic Community that is to come into being at the end of 2015. It has adopted measures to attract more tourists; reviewed major infrastructure projects...

    Opinion
  • July 30, 2014

    TCEB expands education of world-class MICE professionals

    ... to 27 more vocational colleges. To prepare Thailand's MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) professionals for expansion in the Asean region, it is also initiating a "MICE Career Day" to offer career opportunities for new graduates. TCEB president Nopparat Maythaveekulchai said the...

    Business