‘Rose of north’ set to bloom: Jab rates way behind target as oct 1 launch for latest sandbox nears. From Phuket to Koh Samui, the country is nervously navigating its way through a reopening of the tourism industry. Chiang Mai could be next to roll out its carpet to welcome back visitors near and far. Bangkok Post
Country to rejig reopening model: Quarantine, sealed routes to be scrapped. Thailand is rethinking its reopening model as it will adopt the “One SOP, One System” (OSOS) policy, scrapping both mandatory quarantine and sealed routes for all pilot areas within this year and cutting Covid-19 test costs by half. Bangkok Post
Use tech to tackle debt, says BoT: Digital technology should be used to tackle household debt and make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access loans, said Bank of Thailand governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput. Bangkok Post
Government urged to tackle northeast’s water supply issue: The government is being urged to tackle water supplies to the farm sector in the northeastern region if it wants to go ahead with bioeconomy development in the planned Northeastern Economic Corridor (NEEC), which will be similar in form to the current flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Bangkok Post
Prawit calls on PPRP old guard to support PM: Deputy Prime Minister and Palang Pracharath (PPRP) leader Prawit Wongsuwon is asking party heavyweights to rally behind Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, amid an apparent shift in internal dynamics within the ruling party, a source in the government said. Bangkok Post
Bank pact aids expansion: Thai, Malaysia firms seek mutual growth. The Bank of Thailand and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) are prepared for crossborder business expansion under a bilateral Qualified Asean Bank (QAB) agreement. The Bank of Thailand announced yesterday an application for local banks to expand business operations in Malaysia under the QAB pact. Bangkok Post
The Cabinet’s approved tax cuts for companies’ purchases of antigen test kits for their employees to support virus containment measures.
NEB backs EIA on river diversion: The National Environment Board (NEB) yesterday approved an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study allowing water diversion from the Yuam River to Bhumibol dam, despite opposition from environmental activists. Bangkok Post
As SET mulls using 3 months average volume, excluding during trading alerts or cash balance, as a main criteria in selecting SET50/SET100, DELTA, NRF, PSL, and KCE risk getting booted out, as they have spent a lot of weeks trading under surveillance, 21, 18, 18, and 5 weeks respectively, Tabloid.
Domestic tourism stimulus (We Travel Together) phase 3 & Travel agent subsidy scheme (Tour Tiew Thai) open for public to sign up from September 24, campaigns kick-off mid-October.