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Thailand: Minimum wage to rise next month

The national wage committee agreed on Friday to increase the minimum daily wage by 5-6 baht, from 308-330 baht to 313-336 baht, and will propose the rise to cabinet for effect from Jan 1. Unskilled workers in most provinces will be entitled to 315-320 baht a day. Suthi Sukosol, permanent secretary for labour, said the […]

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Myanmar wants mobile user biometrics

People in Myanmar will be required to give their biometric data, including thumbprints, when buying mobile phone services under a controversial government plan to store private information on a central database. A tender document issued last month and seen by The Myanmar Times invites bids for a “national database to store and manage biometric mobile subscriber registration […]

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Bangkok 20th on expat city list

Bangkok ranks 20th on a list of expat-friendly cities in a survey conducted by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with more than 3.5 million members. The city gets high marks for affordability but its ranking was dragged down by poor scores for environmental quality and political stability. Twelve Asian cities are featured in the Expat […]

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ICAEW: Malaysia’s 2020 GDP growth may slow to 4%

KUALA LUMPUR: The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has forecast that Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 may slow to 4% from 4.4% expected for this year. Economic advisor Sian Fenner said the cautious outlook was primarily driven by the moderating household spending. “Household spending is still going to remain quite […]

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