1. Ministry restores rights for scheme : Some 1.1 million deprived registrants to receive rebate . The Finance Ministry has reinstated rights for the cash rebate to 1.1 million deprived registrants from the Taste-Shop-Spend scheme’s first and second phases in an effort to boost spending and economic growth. Bangkok Post
  2. UTCC: Confidence lowest in 67 months : Consumer confidence continues to slump, with the latest index falling to the lowest level in 67 months in November. Bangkok Post
  3. SRT sets rail bids timetable : B200bn projects to be offered next year . The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will call bids for rail construction projects worth more than 200 billion baht, including high-speed train and doubletrack rail projects, next year. Bangkok Post
  4. FFP fate hangs in the balance : Poll agency rejects political bias claim. The Future Forward Party’s (FFP) fate hangs in the balance related to its loan controversy, now that the Election Commission (EC) has rejected the party spokesperson’s claim that the case is politically motivated. Bangkok Post
  5. Rustling up deals with 16 countries : Commerce Minister orders sales pitches. Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has declared he will act as the country’s salesperson, planning to team up with the private sector on trade missions in 16 countries and forge regional trade and cooperation agreements with local governments in China and India to boost export growth in 2020. Bangkok Post
  6. Community scheme to start next year : The Energy Ministry plans to begin the Energy for All community-owned power project scheme in 2020, granting power-generating licences to the first group of applicants with a combined investment of 70-80 billion baht. Bangkok Post
  7. Lower credit line sought : Card issuers offer to reduce interest rates. Credit card issuers have proposed the Bank of Thailand lower the credit line of cardholders joining the central bank’s new refinancing scheme and waive loan-loss provision requirements for participants in return for an interest rate cut to 7-12%, says a source in banking circles. Bangkok Post
  8. Ministry to seek cabinet nod for new stimulus deal : The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to seek economic cabinet approval for a new tourism stimulus package including multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists, reduced landing fees for airlines and increased airport slot times. Bangkok Post
  9. Filing for land tax to be delayed until August : Although the land and building tax will be implemented at the beginning of next year, tax filing for the measure will be scheduled for August instead of April because of some uncompleted organic laws, says the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO). Bangkok Post
  10. S&P upgrades sovereign rating outlook : S&P Global Ratings has upgraded its outlook on Thailand’s sovereign credit rating to positive from stable, but it cautions that a return to political stability will not be enough to spur an economy beset by external challenges. Bangkok Post

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