THAILAND EXPRESS – NEWS: What to remember from the Thai news from March 21 to 27?

Gavroche has selected for you some important news from Thailand over the past week. An essential news review for anyone interested in this Southeast Asian country.

COVID-19

Here comes another two months of state of emergency in Thailand! The government has approved a proposal by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Management (CCSA) to extend by two months, from April 1 to May 31, the Covid-19 state of emergency, which was due to end on March 31. The extension of the state of emergency is officially intended to allow health authorities to effectively and continuously control the spread of Covid-19.

The survey shows that 77% of respondents believe daily infections will increase during the long Songkran holiday (April 13-17) as people return home to visit family.

Politics

The secrets of Thai politics often resemble a game of lying poker. MP and New Democratic Party leader Suritan Pichan predicts General Prayut will dissolve the House of Representatives before it meets again on May 22, leading to a June or July 2022 general election. a key position in the leadership of the recently revived New Economy Party, which on paper remains a supporter of the current government coalition.

The daughter of former Prime Minister Thaksin has been promoted to a higher position in the Pheu Thai party, but the latter, Phaeongtarn Shinawatra, declined to say whether she could eventually run as the party’s candidate for the presidency.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced his resignation on Thursday, March 24. Mr. Aswin confirmed on Wednesday (March 23) that he will submit his resignation letter to Home Minister Mr. Anupong Paochinda on Thursday (March 24) before the Electoral Commission formally sets the date for the Bangkok and Pattaya gubernatorial elections in this Friday in March. 25.

Sonthaya Khunplome announced on Thursday (March 24) her decision to step down as mayor of Pattaya, paving the way for Poramet Ngampichet to run in local elections in the resort town. Sonthaya said Thursday, March 24, was his last day as mayor of Pattaya after ruling the city since September 2018. He said his Cancer Pattaya group would nominate a candidate next week to challenge Pattaya’s unofficial May 22 vote.

Economy

The central bank said in a statement that by the second quarter of this year, it will publish guidelines for public hearings on the virtual banking licensing system and industry participation in digital business.

The Thai government recently approved a capital gains tax exemption for private investors in start-ups in 12 industrial sectors (notably smart electronics, tourism, agribusiness and robotics). Domestic and foreign venture capital and private equity funds should be fully exempt from taxation of profits from the sale of shares of local start-ups.

Thailand’s export sector recorded a strong 16.2% growth in February as the Ministry of Commerce is now working closely with private companies to deal with the fallout from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The Thai government will ban the use of cryptocurrencies as payment for goods and services, saying that the increased use of digital assets threatens the country’s financial system and economy.

Finance Minister Arhom Termpitthayapaisit insisted that Thailand maintain sufficient fiscal stability to allow the government to develop the economy despite rising food and oil prices driven by high demand and the war with Russia-Ukraine.

Society

Thailand ranks 61st in the annual Global Happiness Index but is the third happiest country in Southeast Asia, according to the 2022 World Happiness Report.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangbunkongchan said authorities would allow splashing while taking strict precautions to prevent transmission of COVID-19. These activities should be carried out in designated areas, avoiding the consumption of alcohol or the use of talcum powder. Water fights in public places are prohibited this year.

Transport Minister Saxayam Chidchob said three airports in Krabi, Udon Thani and Buri Ram provinces, which are currently operated by the Department of Airports (DOA), will be taken over by AOT. The move came after his ministry decided AOT could expand its capacity to become regional air transport hubs capable of receiving additional tourists.

A soldier and three volunteer rangers were injured in a bomb blast in the Si Sakhon district of Narathiwat province on Saturday evening, March 27. District Police Commissioner Colonel Chalong Rattanapakdi learned at around 6:50 pm that a bomb had exploded in the van driven by Captain Suphab Manichai. As a result of the attack, four soldiers were injured and the car was seriously damaged.

Tourism, culture, sports

At least 20 hoteliers in northern Thailand have yet to receive the 40% government subsidy planned for the latest phase of the Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together) tourism promotion campaign, La- Iad Bungsrithong. former President of the Thai Hotel Association (North Branch).

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose lifting all travel restrictions from June 1 if the Covid-19 situation improves. Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that if the number of Covid-19 cases drops during Songkran next month, the ministry will ask the cabinet and the Covid-19 Situation Management Center (CCSA) to allow foreigners to take ATK. tests on the first and fifth day of their journey from May 1.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said the Phuket Sandbox program has generated more than 50 billion baht since its launch in 2021.

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