1. Panels to deal with hospital price gripes : The government is setting up panels to receive complaints about unusually expensive treatments, to make private hospitals’ medical treatment fees more accountable. Bangkok Post
  2. Carmakers ready to help Thailand become hub for electric vehicles in Asean : Local and international car manufacturers are racing to cash in on the government’s policy to promote the growth of electrical vehicles (EV) in the local market and Thailand’s goal of becoming the production hub of EVs in Asean. Speaking at the forum “Electric Vehicles: Technology that changes the world”, held recently by the Krungthep Turakij newspaper ,Sanpetch Tangsawapark, vice president for corporate planning, marketing and sales strategy at Nissan Motor Thailand, said in the near future, the world of vehicles will be better The Nation
  3. King Power wins regional duty-free bid : Duty-free giant King Power yesterday won the bidding to run duty-free shops in three regional airports, marking another victory for the firm which previously swept two licences to operate duty-free shops and the commercial zone at the country’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport. Bangkok Post
  4. Thailand seeks restart of trade negotiations with EU : Talks expected to begin in second half of year as officials seek new markets . Thailand is ready to resume negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) once the new government is established, as officials seek to offset the decline in global trade, according to a leading trade official. The Nation
  5. First channels go black Aug 16, get B1.18bn : Spring News 19 and Spring 26 (formerly Now 26) will be the first batch of digital TV channels going off the air Aug 16, receiving a combined compensation of almost 1.18 billion baht from the telecom regulator 60 days after shutdown. Bangkok Post
  6. New government faces tough policy choices : FPO says B100bn needed to fulfil vows . More than 100 billion baht a year is needed to fund welfare schemes vowed by the new government, according to Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) estimates. Bangkok Post
  7. Guangdong investors plan digital park to cooperate with GBA : An investor group from Guangdong has expressed interest in investing in a new digital park facility in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), as the Chinese province seeks to bolster cooperation in industry investment and tourism development. Bangkok Post
  8. Need to double tech graduates to 40,000 annually by 2022: DEPA : The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) will focus on building local talent and on doubling the number of fresh graduates annually to 40,000 by 2022 as it seeks to support the rise of five new technological industries. The Nation
  9. Hanoi pledges to crack down on tariff-beating fraud : ‘Made in Vietnam’ labels put on goods repackaged from china before applying for certification of origin to avoid trade war measures . The government will adopt stricter penalties to prevent foreign goods being exported to other markets under Vietnamese labels to avoid tariffs. The Nation
  10. Gasohol, biodiesel subsidies targeted : EFAI floats overhaul of motor fuel pricing . The Energy Fund Administration Institute (EFAI) is considering terminating price subsidies for gasohol and biodiesel within three years because the existing structure interferes with the stability of local fuel prices. The Nation

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