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By Kaweewit Kaewjinda | AP March 28 at 10:07 AM

BANGKOK — Conservationists say they have evidence that the critically endangered Indochinese tiger is breeding in a Thai jungle, giving hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be less than 300.
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation along with two private organizations announced Tuesday they have photographic evidence of new tiger cubs in eastern Thailand, supporting a scientific survey that confirmed the existence of the world’s second breeding population of the tigers. The other breeding ground is in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in western Thailand.

The Thai agency, along with Freeland, an organization fighting human and animal trafficking, and Panthera, a wild cat conservation group, said only 221 Indochinese tigers are estimated to remain in two Asian countries, Thailand and Myanmar.

It is feared that tigers, which once ranged across much of Asia, are now all but extinct in southern China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and much of Myanmar, the groups said in a joint statement. Indochinese tigers are smaller than the better-known Bengal and Siberian tigers.

“Poaching for the illegal wildlife trade stands as the gravest threat to the survival of the tiger, whose numbers in the wild have dwindled from 100,000 a century ago to 3,900 today,” it said.

The statement noted the tigers’ ”remarkable resilience given wildlife poaching and illegal rosewood logging” in the eastern jungle.
“The Thai forestry department proved that with protection you can not only bring tigers back, but now the western forest complex, specifically Huai Kha Khaeng, is a global model of tiger conservation,” Alan Rabinowitz, chief executive officer of Panthera said in a video call from New York. “It is one of the best protected and best tiger areas left in the world. Thailand has shown that you can protect tigers and bring them back. They can do this now in the eastern forest complex as they’ve done in the western forest complex.”

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Source: Washington PostRoyal Thai Embassy, Washintgon D.C.

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Thai tourism ranked among top 10 for long term growth

Tourism has become increasingly important to Thailand’s economic performance in light of a sluggish global economy that has caused tepid growth in the Kingdom’s exports, the traditional driver of growth. Fortunately for Thailand, the long-term prospects for the country’s tourism sector are good, according to the Council.

Thailand’s infrastructure, experience, marketing prowess, niche diversification and its own growing prosperity all contribute to a robust outlook for its tourism sector.

“Over the longer term, growth of the travel and tourism sector will continue to be strong so long as the investment and development takes place in an open and sustainable manner. Enacting pro-growth travel policies that share benefits more equitably can foster a talent and business environment necessary to enable Travel & Tourism to realize its potential,” David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), wrote in the organization’s report Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2017 Thailand.

Among the key findings was that the sector directly contributed $36.7 billion to the Thai economy in 2016, equivalent to 9.2 percent of total gross domestic product (GDP). That figure is forecast to rise to 9.3 percent this year. Furthermore, the report forecasts that growth in the sector’s contribution will average 6.7 per year over the next decade.

Indirectly, travel and tourism’s contribution to GDP is even larger, estimated at $82.5 billion, or 20.6 percent of the national total in 2016. The report expects that to rise by 9.4 percent this year and average 6.5 percent growth per year during the coming decade.

The industry is a major source of employment, providing 5.73 million jobs, directly and indirectly, for 15.1 percent of total employment. Among countries in the world, Thailand is the seventh largest in terms of the number of jobs provided directly by its tourism industry. This year should see a large jump in tourism-related jobs, according to the report, with that total rising to 6.13 million, and 9.6 million by 2027.

Thailand ranked fourth in the world when it came to spending by tourists in 2016. According to the report, visitors spent $53.7 billion in Thailand last year, nearly three times as much as its closest regional competitors Singapore and Malaysia, and almost eight times as much as the global average of $7.6 billion.


Source: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.

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Thai researchers achieve biofuel breakthrough

Thailand has plentiful supplies of cassava, also known as tapioca. It is the world’s largest exporter of cassava and cassava products, accounting for about 60 percent of global market share. The plant is an integral part of the rural economy, is grown in 48 provinces and the Kingdom produces about 33 million tons of cassava each year.

The government has set a target of sourcing 25 percent of the country’s energy from green, renewable or alternative sources by the year 2036. The Kingdom is already the leader in solar and wind energy in Southeast Asia, but is still dependent upon imported oil, mainly from the Middle East.

Although cassava had been tried as a raw material for biofuels, the cost of production was much higher than for biofuels made from molasses, which is derived from sugar. Thailand is the world’s second-largest exporter of sugar.

However, researchers at the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research (TISTR) have developed a method of fermenting cassava that results in a much lower unit cost for biofuels. The method involves using a type of yeast named Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.

“Due to the quality of the yeast, we can use it in cassava-based ethanol production, resulting in ethanol with a quality and cost on par with that from molasses,” said Praphon Wongtharua, director-general for the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency.

Praphon said the yeast is perfect for ethanol production because of its resistance to high temperatures and it can grow with high concentrations of alcohol and sugar in the fermentation process.

“We are excited by the new discovery as it will give us more choices in using green fuels. What’s more, it will also help reduce the burden for farmers when cassava prices decline due to output gluts,” Praphon said.

The TISTR is operating a small pilot plant north of Bangkok to produce the biofuel and has also designed a new production process to make it more commercially viable so that it can be scaled up.

Thailand’s ethanol production in 2016 was 1.25 million gallons per day, made by 21 producers across the country, of which 33 percent use cassava and the rest use molasses or sugar cane juice.

Praphon said the TISTR would continue researching yeasts to find even more efficient strains for biofuel production.

Source: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.

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Government will use decree power to up ease of business

“The government is eager to tackle areas that need improvement and make it easier to do business here, creating a business-friendly environment in Thailand,” said Tossaporn Sirisamphan, the secretary-general of the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, who attended the meeting with the Prime Minister. “The goal is for the country to crack the top 30 for business-friendly destinations and attract more investment.”

Thailand was ranked number 46 among 190 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report last year. The Kingdom rose three places from number 49 in 2015, and ranked ninth in Asia. In Southeast Asia, Thailand trailed only Singapore and Malaysia.

The new rankings are usually announced by October, but the assessment period often takes place before mid-year. That means legal changes and amendments that help business need to be passed quickly to be in place before the upcoming assessment. Deliberations in the legislature can be time consuming and bills and amendments need to pass three readings before being sent on to the Council of State to ensure they are constitutional and then published in the Royal Gazette.

It is unlikely that the five laws the economic ministers and the business community would like to see amended would make it through the legislature in time to be considered in the upcoming World Bank review.

That prompted the Prime Minister to say he is ready to use Section 44 of the interim constitution to ensure they are enacted before the review takes place.
The Prime Minister has used the Section 44 sparingly and no dissent has been heard from ministers or the business community concerning him using it in this case.

The laws that the ministers and businesspeople are asking to be amended are the Civil and Commercial Code, the Labor Protection Act, the Social Security Act, the Public Limited Companies Act and the Electronic Transactions Act.

Source: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.

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Wild elephant numbers rising, major rhino horn seizure


Officials have observed a “steep rise” in the wild elephant populations in the western Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary and the eastern Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex, said Adisorn Noochdumr, deputy director-general of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. He made the announcement on Thai Elephant Day, which the nation marks every March 13.

“This is the outstanding outcome of our efforts to protect the forest ecosystem and preserve the wild elephants, since we have worked on reintroducing wild elephants into the forest and building food sources for elephants,” Adisorn said.

More than a century ago, an estimated 100,000 elephants roamed the Thai countryside. But the spread of human populations, agriculture and industry has eaten away at their natural habitat and caused their numbers to drastically decline. The Thai Elephant Conservation Center believes there are only 2,000 to 3,000 elephants left in the wild in the Kingdom.

Thai success in turning the situation around, however, comes with its own challenges. As the elephant population expands, the pachyderms are more likely to wander out of the sanctuaries in search of food, bringing them into conflict with farmers and other humans.

Adisorn said his department is educating farmers and villagers about how to handle the problem using tactics that will protect their crops but not harm the elephants.

“We have tried a new method to chase away the elephants that invade people’s farmland by raising honey bees on the fences between forest and farmland, and it has proven to be very effective. When the elephants try to cross the fence, the bees will attack them and they will learn not to disturb the bees again,” he said.

The farmers also benefit financially by harvesting and selling the honey from the bees.

Meanwhile, Customs officials at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok uncovered 21 rhino horns worth an estimated $5 million that were smuggled in on a flight from Ethiopia.

“It’s the biggest confiscation of rhino horns in 10 years,” said Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, director of Thailand’s Wild Fauna and Flora Protection division.

Freeland, a wildlife protection activist group, praised Thailand for going after allegedly corrupt officials suspected of involvement in the smuggling ring.

“It is rare to see governments target corruption,” said Steven Galster, Director of Freeland, “but wildlife poaching and trafficking on the huge scale we are seeing, especially with rhinos, cannot happen without the help of well-placed corrupt officers. We applaud the leadership of Thai Customs, the police and Attorney General for taking this courageous and important move by investigating the possible corrupt links behind this scheme.”

Less than 30,000 rhinos are still left in the wild in Africa, their homeland

Source: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.

]]> (Embajada de Tailandia) Global Press English Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:15:13 +0000
1400 fighters join 13th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony in Ayutthaya

During the afternoon, international Muay Thai fighters and other visitors were able to enjoy the historic environs of Ayutthaya Historical Park and experience traditions, such as, Yantra tattooing and lettering. There were also several Muay Thai exhibition fights as well as examples of other types of Thai martial art. There was also the chance for boxers to test their skill in fun contests and to meet their heroes, such as, renowned fighter Buakaw Banchamek.

The highlight was the moving ceremony itself during which the  1,400 fighters gave a traditional show of respect to Muay Thai masters and Thai Kings, including King Naresuan the Great.  Famous Muay Thai fighters Buakaw Banchamek, Samart Payakaroon, Anuwat Kaewsamrit and Saengmani Umkatongchiangmaiyim then led the boxers from 52 nations in the Wai Kru dance, which is an essential element of the Muay Thai tradition.

After the Wai Kru ceremony, the international Muay Thai fighters were treated to a welcoming reception and the dynamic “Amazing Muay Thai” performance.

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Source: TATnews 

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Former WTO chief Supachai supports Thai national plan

“Drawing a long-term strategic plan is essential and it is the right move by the government. Every sector needs to get involved whether they agree or not,” Supachai said. “As the prime minister said, we need to merge the national strategy with the national development plan.”

A former Deputy Prime Minister, Supachai served as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 2002 to 2005, and then as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for two terms from 2005 through 2013.

Thailand’s national development plans are five-year regimes drawn up by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), the national economic planning agency, since the 1960s. The national strategy, Thailand 4.0, was formulated by the current government and would span 20 years.

Thailand 4.0 seeks to transform the Thai economy from one dependent on assembling industrial products designed and developed in more advanced nations, to one that relies on homegrown creativity, innovation, research and development, higher technologies and green technologies.

The strategy is intended to ensure that Thailand escapes the ‘middle-income trap’ many developing countries fall into, where they reach a ceiling on their competitiveness and development because they fail to innovate and continue to evolve.

Last week, Supachai accepted an appointment from the government to its super-committee on reforms. He made the comments supporting the national strategy after meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House in Bangkok.

Asked by reporters if he is confident the national strategy would succeed, Supachai replied that he believes it would. “Yes, I am. This effort must be done. We can’t go without it,’’ he said.

Supachai was one of 39 advisors to the super committee on reform who met with Prime Minister Prayut last week. It was their first meeting with the country’s leader. As a group, they urged the prime minister to seek more opinions from all stakeholders and encourage more participation from the private sector, the general public and all sectors of society.

The advisors also urged the prime minister to make human development the top priority of his reforms in order to achieve sustainable development, peace and unity.

Source: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.

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PTT executives and senior editors from Thailand's leading newspapers visit Mexico


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