Thai E-Newsletter 09-31-2012

Thailand Wants to be the Kitchen for a Hungry World, PM Yingluck says in USA Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra launched Thai Restaurant Week in New York yesterday to promote Thai food in the US and the policy of being the world’s kitchen. Thailand earns more than US$20 billion (Bt618 billion) from food exports annually and…

Thailand Wants to be the Kitchen for a Hungry World, PM Yingluck says in USA

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra launched Thai Restaurant Week in New York yesterday to promote Thai food in the US and the policy of being the world’s kitchen. Thailand earns more than US$20 billion (Bt618 billion) from food exports annually and the country is the world’s largest rice exporter due to its agricultural strength and advanced food-processing technology, she told participants at the event at a New York hotel. Yingluck was in the US for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Thai E-Newsletter 08-31-2012

ASEAN, Japan Map Out 10-Year Strategy ASEAN and Japan have drawn up a 10 year strategic plan to drive economic growth by emphasizing the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises. Ms. Srirat Rastapana, Director-General of the Trade Negotiations Department, said ‘The ASEAN-Japan Strategic Economic Cooperation Roadmap 2012-2022’ aims to increase cooperation in trade of goods,…

Thai E-Newsletter 07-25-2012

U.S. & Thailand agree to resume TIFA. July 17, 2012. The United States and Thailand officially announced the resumption of a formal dialogue under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. During a visit to Bangkok late last week, Assistant USTR for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Barbara Weisel reached agreement with her counterpart, the…

Thai E-Newsletter 06-22-2012

Industrial Confidence Rises, Sentiment Index Up Sixth Straight Month Industrial confidence remains high despite concerns the euro-zone crisis is beginning to weigh on Thai exports. The Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) rose for the sixth consecutive month, hitting 106 points in May from 104 in April. The confidence index has finished above 100 points for…

Thai E-Newsletter 05-22-2012

Thailand’s economic growth projected at 5.5% this year The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects that Thailand’s economic growth in 2012 will be 5.5 percent, but warned that significant downside risks still remain due to uncertainties from the global economy and the progress of flood-prevention measures, according to the Bank of Thailand (BoT). The BoT said…

Thai E-Newsletter 04-23-2012

Good progress on Thai IP rights awareness seen World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) director-general Francis Gurry talked to The Nation during his recent visit to the “Second Thailand International Creative Economic Forum” about the intellectual-property-rights situation in Thailand and Asean. Mr. Gurry noted that: Thailand has had very dynamic plans for managing violations of intellectual-property…

Thai E-Newsletter 03-20-2012

OCA Outreach to Arkansas in ‘12 The Arkansas World Trade Center recently invited the Office of Commercial Affairs to hold our Eighth outreach project in their home state – ‘The Natural State’ – of Arkansas. The briefing (March 3-7, 2012) proved to be our best attended yet, drawing a diverse audience from Arkansas businesses, government…

Thai E-Newsletter 02-24-2012

Deputy Commerce Minister Visits DC Deputy Minister of Commerce, Mr. Poom Sarapol, lead Thai delegations from the Department of Intellectual Property to Washington, DC during Feb 12-15, 2012 for the purpose of supporting the review of Thailand Intellectual Property Rights situation according to the Special 301 provision of 2012. The delegations had met with various…

Thai E-Newsletter 01-18-2012

PM Assures Investors of Proper Water Management BANGKOK (January 18, 2012, Nation Multimedia) — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra assured foreign investors of the government’s commitment to turn crisis into opportunity, as the US$11 billion investment set aside for water management should increase Thailand’s strengths in several front. In Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech to participants…

Thai E-Newsletter 12-23-2011

Japan’s Sharp to Continue Investing in Thailand, ‘We still have Trust, Confidence,’ Company says BANGKOK (Dec. 23, 2011, Bangkok Post) — Sharp, the Japan-based maker of electrical and electronic products, is shrugging off its hardship during the recent floods and insists it will continue its investment in Thailand in its next fiscal year starting April…