Jul 10, 2016

Single-person company formation will be allowed in Thailand

Thailand Ministry of Commerce is about to submit a draft act on establishment of single-person company to the Thai cabinet for consideration.
After the cabinet approves, the draft act would go to the Council of State (Krisdika commission), and then to the parliament. It is expected to become law before the end of this year, 2016.
This is aimed to facilitate easier establishment of new SME and help them access to funds. Only
Thai nationals will be allowed to file for setting up single-person companies and measures will be set up to prevent against nominees of foreigners. The Ministry hope to double the number of registered companies to 1.2 million within 2 years after the law is passed.

There are 12 other countries which allow formations of single-person companies.

Ref: Manager (in Thai)

Apr 23, 2016

Secure chat system launched by Thailand government

Bangkok, April 22, 2016

Thailand's Prime Minister just said that a new system for LINE-like application, but with high security,  has been set up for government use. The so called G-Chat system would be useful for integrated collaborative works among government agencies. He said users can set up private conversations, or group conversations, vdo conference calls, as well as sharing of location. Thailand's Electronic Government Agency (EGA) has already launched the service.

Ref: Matichon (Thai language)

Dec 23, 2015

Thailand to put 3.755 Billion Bahts for digital economy drive

Thai cabinet authorized 3.755 Billion Baht budgets for digital economy drive projects as proposed by ICT Ministry.

6 facet of the objectives are
    ⁃    promote use of digital technology in SMEs, in e-tourism cluster and new start-ups
    ⁃    support quality society for the people to use digital technology wisely and responsibility, toward digital society, and access to media and knowledge and government's e-services
    ⁃    develop e-services for digital government, transforming work flow into digital one, facilitate government service by reducing steps, making the process quickly, transparent, availability for auditing.
    ⁃    develop  computer and network infrastructure to be updated, stable, can respond to crisis situations, and support integrated-service in the future, expanding broad-band links to serve needs in suitable (affordable) price.
    ⁃    develop cities / areas to bring digital technology to apply in improving quality of life for the people, and socioeconomic aspects (smart city)
    ⁃    develop human resource for digital world (digital age workforce).

Examples of projects are
    Project to develop community digital network
    Project to develop basic computer and network infrastructure
    Project to build quality society with digital technology
    Project to promote use of digital technology in SMEs
    Project to develop digital service in government
    Project to develop human resources for digital work
    Project to develop smart city
    Project to support management of projects to drive digital socioeconomy.

Translated from Blognone

May 9, 2015

Grand Challenges for research and development

The Grand Challenges Thailand initiative for researches will be funded by the Royal Thai Government under the framework of Thailand Research Organization Network (TRON) whose members include สวทช. National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), สกว. Thailand Research Fund (TRF), National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI), Agriculture Research Development Agency (ARDA), Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT).

Ref: Impatient Optimists

Mar 31, 2015

Chief Justice of Thailand's Administrative Court suspened duty

Bangkok, March 30, 2015. A meeting of the justice commissioners of the administrative court voted 8:3 to suspend duty of the Chief Justice of the Administrative Court, pending further investigation, based on the case when a former Secretary Genereral of the Administrative Court was accused of sending a private request note to a former Police Department's (Director General) Commander recommonding a promotion of a junior police officer.

Ref: Matichon newspaper

Mar 30, 2015

PM: current Thai government worked a lot to solve human trafficking problem

Current Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha gave an interview today arguing critics who criticized that the current Thai government had not done enough to solve problem of human trafficking and exploitation. He said his government has done a lot. A bill against human trafficking has been passed through the parliament.  Almost 70,000 fishing boats have been registered. Alien workers have been registered to prevent illegal exploitations. He also ordered that workers jailed in foreign countries be assisted. He said we are trying hard, as if picking up each pebble. He does not want to blame who caused our lowered ranking of Thailand into the US list of tier 3 countries.

Ref: Matichon

Mar 27, 2015

Thai cabinet approved 8 year 1.9 trillion Baht infrastructure plans

Deputy Spokesman of the Office of the Prime Minister announced that the Thai cabinet has approved 8 year plan for development of transportation infrastructures, 2015-2022.
The total investment would be 1.9 trillion Bahts, in following areas:

1) highway constructions for 620 billion Baht
2) dual train tracks for 490 billion Baht
3) city electric trains for 570 billion Baht
4) ports and travel destinations for  100 billion Baht
5) expansion of airports for 50 billion Baht
6) road networks in Bangkok's proximity areas for 65 billion Baht

Ref: Prachachat newspaper