Government to Roll Out Slew of New Year’s Gifts21 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has said it will roll out new campaigns as "New Year’s gifts" to stimulate public consumption and the economy in 2023.Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said the stimulus measures include the Shop Dee Mee Khuen tax rebate program, under which consumers can claim income tax rebates on up to 40,000 baht of purchases made between January 1 and February 15 of next year, with paper or electronic invoices as proof.Purchases that will not qualify for the rebates include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, automobiles, motorcycles, boats, newspapers, magazines, tour guide fees, hotel accommodations, public utilities, tap water and electricity fees, internet services, and long-term service fees as well as non-life insurance ordered outside of January 1 through February 15, 2023.In addition, Rachada said the Cabinet slashed the land and building tax by 15%, decreased property transfer fees from 2% to 1%, and reduced mortgage registration fees from 1% to 0.01% for the following year. The reduction in transfer and pledge registration fees will apply to amounts less than 3 million baht only for new and pre-owned residential properties.The deputy government spokesperson added that a proposal has also been approved to reduce the excise tax on jet fuel for domestic flights from 4.72 baht per liter to 0.2 baht per liter from January 1 to June 30, 2023, to encourage tourism and aid the post-pandemic recovery of the airline industry. In addition, license payments for dealers of alcoholic beverages, tobacco and playing cards will be eliminated for the entire year for all existing vendors.Various banking institutions and other government bodies have also announced their intention to roll out new incentives for the general public, with additional information to be released in the coming days.
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Health Ministry Reaffirms Opposition to Extended Hours for Night Venues21 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has moved to reassure civic groups that it is adamantly opposed to extending the operating hours of entertainment establishments until 4 AM.Supporting the ministry’s opposition to unlimited access to alcohol, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reiterated that public health professionals share the fears of campaigners that the longer opening hours will encourage binge drinking and drunk driving, which would lead to more road accidents.Although such a move would generate added revenue for businesses, Minister Anutin added that extending the operating hours of venues is not a sustainable method of stimulating the economy. Thai law permits the sale of alcoholic beverages from 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to midnight for vendors and until 2 AM for nighttime entertainment establishments.Businesses in tourist areas have proposed that the government allow them to stay open until 4 AM, but the campaign has been criticized by various advocates and government bodies. These included the Office of the Alcohol Control Committee, which cited a potential rise in vehicle accidents due to increased alcohol consumption as grounds for rejecting the plan.The proposal is expected to be considered by the committee, chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, on December 22.
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Minister Thanakorn Gives Out Policies To PRD, Emphasizes Two-Way Communication16 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prime Minister’s Office minister has given his policies to Public Relations Department (PRD) personnel, asking for the PRD to perform an added role in coordination. In this way, public plights may be swiftly relayed to state agencies and action can be taken to resolve problems quickly.Prime Minister’s Office Minister Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana delivered his policies to PRD personnel at the department’s headquarters in Phayathai district, Bangkok. The policy brief was part of an activity to foster understanding among PRD personnel about current public communication guidelines. The day’s activity was also partaken in by PRD Director-General Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd and Prime Minister’s Office Permanent Secretary Teerapong Wongsiwawilas. PRD executives and personnel from headquarters as well as provincial offices were in attendance to hear out the policies.Minister Thanakorn commended the PRD for having brought about changes and performing as an agency the public could rely on. In keeping with present-day communication demands, he said accuracy, conciseness, and target matching are needed. He is emphasizing two-way communication between the government and the public. This would enable public input to be fed back to the government. He also emphasized constructive communication and the relay of facts, which will enable bodies of knowledge to be fostered among the public. The hope is to facilitate people’s capacity to make analyses of information.The minister also placed importance on online communication. He asked the PRD to take government policies and initiatives and use them to create awareness for the public. This would especially be true for public complaints, where the PRD would now perform as a coordinating agency. Relaying public plights to the responsible agencies would then enable assistance and remedies to be issued swiftly.Mr. Thanakorn noted he is familiar with the PRD director-general as the two worked together when he was the government spokesperson. He said this gave him confidence that changes in the PRD’s performance will be in a positive direction.
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PM Meets European Leaders at ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit15 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s Prime Minister has met with leaders from the EU and European private sector as part of his visit to attend the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit in Brussels. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday took part in a high-level meeting with executives of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, together with Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh and President of the Philippines Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.The Thai Prime Minister on this occasion welcomed the opportunity to meet with leaders from the European Union and executives from leading European companies to gather suggestions and exchange views on trade and investment between Southeast Asia and Europe, as well as sustainable post-pandemic economic recovery.Gen Prayut urged all to collectively promote sustainability in all aspects, as the world faces several challenges that range from inequalities and the inflation crisis to environmental degradation, food crisis, and the energy crisis, which have been worsened by climate change.With similarities between the European Union’s Global Gateway initiative and Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic model, the Thai PM expressed his hope for increased sustainable infrastructure investments by the EU in Thailand and Southeast Asia, that shall help modernize ASEAN’s energy, transport, and digital networks.He also wished for increased cooperation between the EU, the ASEAN, and Thailand, to help elevate the standards of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations closer to those of the EU, which shall benefit future Free Trade Agreements between the two blocs.The Prime Minister then met with President of the European Council Charles Michel at the Europa building, where he pointed out this important period for Thailand and the EU to establish the Thailand-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), and Thailand’s preparedness to become EU’s partner.The European Council president on this occasion congratulated the planned signing of the Thailand-EU PCA draft, admired Thailand’s leading roles in the region as the EU’s important ally, and expressed his hope for both sides to further tighten their relations with mutual interest.
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Gen. Prayuth to Join Ceremony Welcoming 10 Millionth Arrival of 202209 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to preside over a ceremony at Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday (Dec 10) to welcome the 10 millionth visitor of the year and mark Thailand’s milestone in achieving its tourism goal.According to a report, the premier will personally greet the 10 millionth passenger arriving on a flight from Saudi Arabia. The gesture is part of the "Amazing Thailand 10 Million Celebrations" event organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to celebrate the country’s achievement of its visitor arrivals goal for the year.Following the country’s borders reopening earlier this year, coupled with the lifting of strict health measures against Covid-19, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the tourism industry has been steadily gaining momentum.From January to December 5, Yuthasak stated that 9.78 million tourists arrived in the kingdom. He noted that this is evidence of the country’s success in reviving its tourism industry, one of the most important industries in the kingdom. The Amazing Thailand 10 Million Celebrations event — also held at Don Mueang, U-Tapao, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, and Samui airports, as well as border checkpoints in Nong Khai and Sadao in Songkhla — is a way of thanking tourists from around the world for visiting Thailand and demonstrating their trust in the country’s tourism industry.
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Royal Society of Thailand Lauded for Outstanding Performance08 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Royal Society of Thailand has been praised for its outstanding performance and commitment to becoming one of the country’s preeminent academic institutions.During his recent visit to the organization and units under its supervision to discuss their current operations and campaigns for the fiscal year 2023, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Anucha Nakasai made these remarks to Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister Thatchayanat Jianthanatkanon, Deputy Secretary-General of the Royal Society of Thailand Santi Phakdikham, and other executives.Minister Anucha also took the time to personally thank all Royal Society employees for their dedication to serving the country to the best of their ability, resulting in the organization achieving all performance goals in 2022.Through cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Digital Government Development Agency, the Royal Society of Thailand has tasked its personnel and related units with promoting government policy and providing the public with additional information on its role as a civil serving unit using more digital content throughout 2022 and the following year.To achieve optimal operational results in 2023, the Royal Society of Thailand will also prioritize establishing standards for the use of the Thai language, providing academic services to government agencies, state enterprises, independent units, public organizations, and other government branches, and disseminating a correct understanding of its work and responsibilities within the government among Thai citizens.
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Deputy PM Inspects Mukdahan Water Projects05 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan recently visited Mukdahan province to inspect local water management projects, as areas in the upper part of Thailand start to transition into the dry season.His trip began at the construction site of the Huai Bang Eee water discharge gate in Don Tan district and the solar-powered groundwater extraction station in Dong Mon sub-district.The deputy premier also received a briefing on the progress of these projects, and asked the Royal Irrigation Department and the Department of Groundwater Resources to ensure the construction will conclude without delay.The two water management facilities will play important roles in the area, with the Huai Bang Eee water gate capable of helping to divert rainwater in order to mitigate flooding, as well as conserve water for the dry season. It can also help prevent water from the Mekong River from overflowing into farms.
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