Mar 17, 2013

Prominent economist suggested Thailand to avoid joining TPP

Nobel laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz suggested that Thailand avoids the mistakes of western countries. He also suggested that Thailand had better not join the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP), as invited by the US President.  The forum was being lobbied behind the door by big US pharmaceutical industries and Thais would have to pay expensively for new drugs patented by the industry despite the basic researches were paid for by the public and American taxpayers.

Ref: Nation Multimedia

Mar 13, 2013

Thailand National Archive Act B.E. 2556

Thailand now has National Archive Act B.E. 2556,  (2013) or พระราชบัญญัติจดหมายเหตุแห่งชาติ พ.ศ. ๒๕๕๖ in Thai. Mostly it covers government documents produced by various agencies.

Link to the PDF document is here.

Mar 10, 2013

Thailand to revise primary school education curriculum

Advisor to Thailand's Minister of Education recently gave a talk indicating that the core school curriculum of B.E. 2551 (2008) is based on the basic curriculum of B.E. 2544 (2001) therefore quite outdated. A revision committee will spend 6 months revising it. An aim is to reduce the time students spent in classes. Currently, Thai primary school children study on average 1000 hr per year in classes which is too high. UNESCO study suggested that only 800 hr per year would give better result.  Subjects taught would also be adjusted to suit age groups.  More emphasis will be on students' project works and self-learning. A 5 prong strategy will be used, curriculum improvement, teacher improvement, setting up of STEME (science, technology, engineering, math, English) in every province, use of ICT in education, structural reforms.

Deputy Prime Minister said in another speech that an emphasis will be on thinking ability, and reducing number of hours in classes.

Ref: Thai Post

Mar 7, 2013

Bidding for construction of new Parliament proceeded

Sino-Thai construction has submitted a lowest bid for a construction a new parliament for Thailand at a cost of 12.9 Billion Baht.  The lowest bid was still higher than the planned budget and price-negotiation will be conducted.  In the past few years, members of parliaments have voiced their desire to get a new location of the parliament, to be constructed over the left bank of Chaophraya River in north Bangkok.
Some scholars have earlier opposed to the idea citing more severe floods in the future and had suggested any new development located out of the central low plain, but the idea went unheard.

Ref: Manager News

Mar 5, 2013

Local merchants stunned at ill-behaved Asian tourists

Local merchants in Chiang Mai complained about some ill-behaved Asian tourists who recently visited en masse the northern Thailand province.

Some of the tourists did not flush toilets after use, violated traffic laws, excessively bargained for prices, jumped queues, smoked in non-smoking areas in violation of laws, spit frequently in places, made loud noises in hotels thus disturbing other guests, shop-lifted goods, excessively search and unwrapping for merchandises then not purchasing.

They suggested that Thailand Tourism Authority create a pamphlet of do and don't for them.

Ref: Manager web board

Thai government plan to take a 2.2 trillion Baht loan

A former Finance Minister has criticized the attempt by the government of Yingluck Shinawatra to issue a 50 year bond of 2.2 trillion Baht for infrastructure development projects. This might be under a special law to be passed through the Puea Thai party-dominated parliament, and not through the regular annual budget laws which means a lack of check and balance system and prone to recklessness.

Ref: Manager News

Rule of laws and Karma on an elite

A finance company successfully repossessed a Mercedes car from a government party's MP.  The car was under leasing by a former owner who did not pay later installments and had disappeared and NOT paid annual license tax for the past 5 years.  The car is currently impounded in Nakhon Pathom.

Ref:- Manager News

Mar 1, 2013

Thai SMEs shrank in Q3 of 2012

TDRI revealed that number of small and middle size firms in Thailand for Q3 of 2012 shrank by 110,000 due to the new 300 Baht minimum daily wage.  Since then Thailand has around 930,000 SME firms remained.  Nevertheless, around 5 million workers in Thailand still agreed to accept older wage below the new minimum wage due to their mutual agreement with their employers.

Ref:- Manager Online