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Thailand: Cash relief for civil-servant farmers vetoed

The Finance Ministry has turned down the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s proposal to offer 5,000 baht in cash relief to 91,000 civil servants farming for supplementary income, saying they are unqualified because they earn salaries. Civil servants with employment income are not qualified for handouts, said Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana. He plans to discuss the […]

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Thailand: NSC eyes Stage-3 lockdown lift

A shorter curfew period, inter-provincial travel and a trial of school reopenings with a reduced ratio of teachers per schoolchildren will be considered for the next stage of lockdown easing as coronavirus infections continue to fall. Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday endorsed a recommendation to extend the state of emergency […]

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Thailand: Baht, stability key to recovery

The government needs to manage the local currency to become more competitive and ensure political stability, two key tools to help reboot the virus-hit economy, says Boonsithi Chokwatana, chairman of consumer goods conglomerate Saha Group. “If the government wants the economy to recover within one year after the pandemic ends, the baht should weaken to […]

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Thailand to remain key producer for Panasonic

Thailand will remain an important production base for Japanese electronics company Panasonic, although the company has decided to shut down its washing machine and refrigerator plants in Chachoengsao and move to Vietnam. Sirirat Yongcharoenchai, general manager for corporate communication at Panasonic Management (Thailand), said top executives in Japan and Thailand have discussed closing the 41-year-old […]

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