Southern oil palm farmers complain of falling prices

Oil palm farmers in Thailand’s southern provinces are complaining that the prices they are getting for their crops have nosedived to an average of five baht per kilogram, which they claim is below their costs, given the high price of fertiliser.   The average 5 baht/kg is not, however, as low as the about 3.11 […]

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Chunghwa Telecom Announced the Success of its 5G Private Network Deployment Project for DELTA Thailand with Joint Efforts of National Telecom Thailand and The White Space

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom announces the successful deployment of the 5G Private Network for DELTA Electronics (Thailand) Bangpoo factory (Plant 1) this year, following the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 5G private network collaboration by National Telecom (NT), The WhiteSpace (The WSP), and DELTA Electronics (Thailand) and Chunghwa Telecom in 2021.   Partnered with NT […]

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Cambodia increases minimum wage to U.S. $200 per month

Authorities in Cambodia have set the country’s 2023 minimum wage to U.S. $200 per month, but labor leaders told RFA the $6 increase is not enough to keep pace with inflation.   The Minimum Wage Council decided on next year’s salary in a meeting held Wednesday. Cambodia’s unions asked for a minimum wage ranging from […]

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Tourism rebound lays foundation for Thai economic recovery

The recent recovery in tourism, as reflected in the rapid rise in foreign arrivals, is offering Thailand’s ailing economy a lifeline in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The government and the private sector have both placed high hopes on the recovery of the tourism sector to serve as an engine for growth of […]

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Investors shun Thai government plan for development zones in north-eastern provinces

The Thai government’s ambitious plan, announced about seven years ago, to transform some north-eastern provinces bordering the Lao PDR, into economic development zones has not been realised.   So far, not a single investor has shown keen interest in the projects in Nong Khai, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom or Bueng Kan provinces.   For the project […]

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Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific

Most of the disaster displacement recorded globally has taken place in the Asia and Pacific region. An estimated 225.3 million internal displacements—or forced movements—were recorded during 2010−2021. Large-scale storms and floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions keep displacing millions of people every year across this vast region that is home to most of the […]

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Toyota Motors (Thailand) ordered to pay ฿10bn in outstanding import taxes and fees

The Thai Supreme Court Division for Tax Cases has upheld the Appeals Court order for Toyota Motors (Thailand) to pay about 10 billion baht in customs duties and fees for the import of parts for the assembly of Toyota Prius hybrid cars in Thailand between 2010 and 2012.   The court ruled that the parts, […]

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