Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn chaired a meeting of the committee on implementing the rabies prevention program.

The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has instructed relevant officials to set up a committee to eradicate poverty. Gen. Prayut insisted that his work focuses on bringing happiness back to the people and has no political agenda.

The northern province of Chiang Mai has upgraded business venues that meet the required standard, with an aim to boost the confidence of Thai and foreign tourists.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has coordinated with 65 provinces prone to wildfires to prepare preventive measures and work proactively, using administrative and legal

The number of foreign visitors entering Thailand made a new high in December 2017 at 3.5 million people, contributing more than 190 billion baht in revenue.

The Prime Minister visited Mae Hong Son in bid to solve poverty in the northern province and delivered books on how to do business to selected community members.

Rayong province organized a meeting to get prepared for an upcoming roving cabinet meeting on 5-6 February 2018.

The Board of Investment plans to offer Smart Visas for foreign researchers and workers in 10 selected industries in Thailand. Application for such visa will open from 1 February.

A survey on food prices at Suvarnabhumi airport has been conducted with the Airports of Thailand planning to set up a committee to inspect the sales of food and beverages and see to it that they will be sold for prices provided in the contracts.

The Airports of Thailand has assured that the service fee for departing passengers remains unchanged at 700 baht for each international passenger and 100 baht for each domestic passenger.

Aksara Kerdpol, adviser to the Prime Minister and head of a peace talk unit for the southern border provinces called on civil sector to support the peace talk process and help stop all acts of violence.

Military units have continued providing assistance to villagers affected by cold weather in the North.

The Thai labor minister discussed with the Myanmar ambassador to Thailand the legalization of migrant workers from Myanmar in line with the official protocols.

The National Village and Urban Community Fund Office has joined hands with the Department of Business Development in a campaign to upgrade village funds throughout the country and to introduce indigenous goods to Pracharat Hybrid shops.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Transport are promoting less popular tourist destinations as well as shops selling inexpensive food and beverages in Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is inviting the public to visit Phu Lom Lo in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park and enjoy the spectacular sight of wild Himalayan cherry flowers, which would be in full blood in the middle of this month.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Thailand has been removed from the 2017 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets list.

The government is ready to support rubber planters and business operators in compliance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, focusing on rubber plantations in legitimate areas. The government aims to expand export markets and raise rubber prices.

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