Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand leaves policy rate unchanged at record low

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) left its key interest rate unchanged at a record low for a second straight meeting on Wednesday, as widely expected, on signs of improvement in the economy after the easing of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The BoT’s Monetary Policy ...

SSO payments cut again to ease pain

Monthly social security contributions by employers and employees will be cut for the second time as a Covid-19 relief measure from September until November.Pissamai Nitipaiboon, deputy secretary-general of the Social Security Office (SSO), said the cabinet has approved the SSO board’s request for a reduced ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

'Safe and Sealed' plan brings hope for inbound tourism

Tourism operators are proposing a new inbound tourism plan, called Safe and Sealed, to replace travel bubbles and keep Thailand from realising a worst-case revenue scenario of 675 billion baht next year, down from 3.01 trillion baht in 2019.At Wednesday’s joint meeting of the Tourism ...

Narumon Kasemsuk

Rice strategy awaiting rejig

Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit pledges to speed up adjustment of the Thai rice strategy as quickly as possible as the industry faces a slew of challenges including a strong baht and rising production costs.Mr Jurin said after presiding over a Thai hom mali fragrant rice ...

Phusadee Arunmas

Covid-hit businesses get B884m boost

The cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for 884.62 million baht to be spent to fund 157 economic recovery projects in 57 provinces around the country that have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.Deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said the money would be allotted to ...

Mongkol Bangprapa

Cabinet nod sought for 2 new rail routes worth B153bn

The cabinet will be asked this month to approve two new train route extensions in the North and Northeast worth a combined 153 billion baht.The routes are Den Chai-Chiang Rai-Chiang Khong in the upper North and the Ban Phai-Mukdahan-Nakhon Phanom in the upper Northeast. Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Tourism chiefs mull ways to open safely

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says that if the country remains closed in the last quarter of the year, the number of foreign tourists will dramatically shrink to seven million for 2020.TAT deputy governor for tourism products and services Thapanee Kiatphaibool said while domestic ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Agencies told to find ways to mitigate Laos dam impact

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon urged authorities concerned to discuss and find ways to mitigate the possible environmental impact from the Sanakham Dam project in Laos in the upcoming scheduled public hearings.“[The committee] is concerned about the impact of the dam, as it is located ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

CAAT lifts entry ban on select foreigners

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has lifted an entry ban on four groups of foreign nationals, in line with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions.CAAT director Chula Sukmanop said the agency’s easing of travel restrictions for non-Thai ...

Mongkol Bangprapa

'Missing water' in dams spark fears of a drought next year

The government is facing a challenge of adding more water in 38 major dams across the country during the one-and-half month golden period of rainfall after realising that less water has flowed into the dams than expected.State agencies, including the military, are looking into the ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

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