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  • #46
    PM Prayut in NY for UN meeting

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived in New York for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and soon after met representatives of Thai communities in the United States.

    Media reported that the flight carrying his delegation landed at John F Kennedy International Airport at 11.05am local time on Sunday. He is staying at the Plaza Athenee Hotel.

    At the hotel he met 175 representatives of Thai communities in the US. Gen Prayut told them he would also attend sessions on universal health coverage and international responses to climate change.

    The prime minister told the representatives that his government was working for national development and trying to solve long-standing social problems, while attaching importance to human resource development and the economic opportunities of farmers and workers to narrow income gaps.

    Gen Prayut is scheduled to return to Thailand on Sept 27.:
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


    • #47
      I'm sure you're an admirer of the good General, for someone that's never lived here or has any firm understanding/connections with Thai or Thailand.

      Consider the source.



      • #48
        Prayut pushes sustainability at UN

        NEW YORK: As chair of Asean, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the bloc to accelerate plans for sustainable development while speaking at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

        Gen Prayut urged a greater regional trade partnership and public participation, as well as efforts to protect the environment and boost welfare in ageing societies.

        "If we want to pass on a sustainable world to our children and grandchildren, there is no time to waste. Therefore, we must act now, act quickly, and do more together in partnership," he said at the SDG Summit on Wednesday (Bangkok time).

        Gen Prayut said Asean must accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by enhancing connectivity, tackling inequalities through science and technology, and protecting the environment, especially through the responsible use of natural resources and curbing marine pollution.

        The premier also said Asean needs to "localise" SDGs, keeping the goals relevant by encouraging local participation, empowering communities by expanding financial access, and adjusting related initiatives to the needs of an ageing society.

        He also called for greater cooperation in promoting free trade through regional initiatives such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Smart Cities Network.

        Separately, Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai said the bloc will launch the Asean Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue at the 35th Asean Summit, in November in Bangkok.

        The centre will be the first regional platform tasked with promoting sustainable development in Asean.

        Also opening soon are the Asean Centre for Active Ageing and Innovation as well as the Asean Training Centre for Social Work and Social Welfare, he added.

        Meanwhile, the Thai News Agency (TNA) on Wednesday reported that a group of protesters who rallied in front of Gen Prayut's New York hotel turned out to be Mexicans and Peruvians.

        The protesters admitted they knew nothing about Thailand, but were demonstrating in support of democracy, according to TNA.

        "We came separately. We want to see better human rights and freedom for all countries," one protester, who said the group were "expats living in the US", told the Bangkok Post.

        On Monday, protesters claiming to represent the Committee for Human Rights and Democracy and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with "Thai Democracy Now" demonstrated in front of New York's Plaza Athenee Hotel to catch the attention of delegates.

        The group is also said to be responsible for prominently placed placards reading "United Nations General Assembly: Don't let democracy die in Thailand" seen in the city.:

        Think it might have been helpful if Prayut brought up Goal 13 during his speech: - - https://thailand.opendevelopmentmeko...lopment-goals/
        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


        • #49
          PM accused of budget favouritism

          The opposition Pheu Thai Party has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of awarding ministries controlled by his close aides with more cash in the new budget bill than ministries charged with stimulating the economy.

          While ministries controlled by other coalition parties, including the Transport Ministry and Tourism and Sports Ministry, face cuts in their proposed fiscal year 2020 budgets, the ministries controlled by Gen Prayut's close associates look set to enjoy a rise, said Samart Kaewmeechai, deputy leader of the Pheu Thai Party.

          The Defence Ministry and Interior Ministry will receive a higher budget this year, he said.

          Instead of focusing on economic stimulation, this government plans to allocate 428 billion baht, or 13.4% of the entire 3.2-trillion-baht budget, to security work, he said, adding that the security budget has continued to rise over the past five years.

          The proposed 3.2 trillion baht is the highest figure in Thailand's history, according to Mr Samart.

          The 62 billion baht set aside for offsetting the treasury balance also shows this government's spending is set to be greater than any other, he said.

          "The government is allocating more budget to non-economic work although the core policy it announced to the public was to stimulate the economy," he said.

          House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, meanwhile, on Friday said three days would be an appropriate amount of time to debate the bill after Pheu Thai secretary-general Anudit Nakhontap said on Tuesday that the opposition wanted to spend five days on it.

          Mr Anudit said party whips will raise the matter at a meeting with the government next month.

          The House's first reading of the bill will be held on Oct 17 and the second and third readings are expected on Jan 28-29, after which it will be submitted for royal endorsement.:
          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


          • #50
            • Drivers of polluting vehicles will be arrested, warns Prayut

            • Prayut has upbeat talk with new Singapore envoy

            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


            • #51
              what a dangerous windbag,


              • #52
                Originally posted by Butterfly View Post
                what a dangerous windbag,
                Prayut or Landreth?

                The latter seems to be a slobbering admirer of the elitist hand-picked dictator.


                • #53
                  Cabinet approves budget bill

                  The cabinet yesterday approved the budget bill for the 2020 fiscal year and the formation of a 63-member special committee to vet it, said government deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek.

                  Ms Ratchada said the cabinet had appointed the finance minister, the deputy finance minister and the finance permanent secretary to sit on the panel and would soon name the remaining 12 representatives from its allotted quota.

                  According to Ms Ratchada, the 63-member budget bill examination panel will be made up of 15 representatives from the cabinet, 24 from from the opposition parties and another 24 from coalition parties.

                  The cabinet's deliberation of the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for fiscal 2020 was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but it was moved up to yesterday to leave more time for the legislators to review it.

                  The bill will be tabled before the House of Representatives for its first reading on Oct 17 which could take up to two or three days. The second and third readings are likely to take place in January.

                  Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the public not to focus too much on figures because the amounts will be subject to revision during House scrutiny of the bill.

                  "The bill is a proposed spending plan which will be examined by the House. Changes, increments and cuts are up to the House committee," he said.

                  House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said copies of the budget bill would be immediately sent to lawmakers so give them more time to study it.:
                  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                  • #54
                    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the public not to focus too much on figures because the amounts will be subject to revision during House scrutiny of the bill.
                    Not to forget the 10% 'deductions' every time the allocated budgets are moved down or sideways along the chain.
                    “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”


                    • #55
                      Awaiting the arrival of the next coup.

                      Whatever direction it will take.


                      • #56
                        what a frigging disgrace that country has become, not even has No.9 to make up for it


                        • #57
                          PM promises B2bn help for flood victims/Says that relief will not be 'siphoned off'

                          Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured flood victims of a multi-billion-baht financial assistance package and warned officials against attempts to siphon it off.

                          "The government is allocating 2.09 billion baht to affected families," Gen Prayut said yesterday during the "Government Weekly" broadcast on the Thai Khu Fa Facebook page.

                          The pledge was made as the premier led an entourage to Ubon Ratchathani's Muang district to inspect how officials are helping people recover from severe flooding, which also hit nearby Warin Chamrap district.

                          "Residents must exercise their rights to the handouts," he said, adding the government will do its best to channel all the money, including donations, to people in need.

                          Also yesterday, the Council of Engineers Thailand led 175 engineer volunteers to inspect houses damaged by the month-long heavy rain in Muang and Warin Chamrap.

                          Their goal is to ensure that buildings are safe to live in as, according to council president Suchatvee Suwansawat, accidents often occur in the aftermath of floods when evacuees return to their homes.

                          "We've found many structures badly need repair and reconstruction," Mr Suchatvee said yesterday, pointing to subsiding school and house buildings and severely damaged bridges.

                          His team yesterday surveyed six communities and handed out guide books on how to check for damage.

                          Mr Suchatvee said there are up to 14,000 households that need help, including technical support. The group managed to inspect 1,600 houses on Thursday.

                          The Council of Engineers Thailand decided to join the government's flood rehabilitation efforts once water levels in the Moon River receded.

                          The river runs through Muang and merges with the Chi River in Warin Chamrap before it flows into the Mekong River, which borders Thailand and Laos.

                          Ubon Ratchathani is among 24 provinces in the North and Northeast hit by floods triggered by two storms -- Podul and Kajiki -- between late September and early October.

                          Muang and Warin Chamrap also encountered powerful run-off from other provinces.

                          The Council of Engineers Thailand has recommended long-term flood-prevention measures for Ubon Ratchathani.

                          The province needs better equipment to measure water levels "in real time", Mr Suchatvee said.

                          "The riverbank must be made higher than four metres, or equal a two-storey building, so it can contain more run-off," he said.

                          Also, an underground tunnel should be built to link the Moon River with a kaem ling, or a water-retention area, Mr Suchatvee added.

                          "We'll discuss these plans with the prime minister," he said.:

                          Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                          Awaiting the arrival of the next coup.
                          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                          • #58
                            All about the good people.

                            Of course.


                            • #59
                              • MPs prep for budget vote

                              The government and opposition parties will have separate meetings on Tuesday as they gear up for Thursday's debate on the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for the fiscal year 2020.

                              The vote on the budget bill will be a high-stakes battle between the Phalang Pracharath Party (PPRP)-led coalition government, which currently has 251 MPs, and the Pheu Thai-led opposition, which has 244 MPs.

                              The government risks being forced to dissolve the House or step down if it loses the vote.

                              Chief opposition whip and a Pheu Thai MP for Maha Sarakham, Suthin Khlangsaeng, said on Monday that the opposition whips will on Tuesday meet for talks with representatives of the Budget Bureau and state revenue collection agencies.

                              The seven opposition parties were doing their homework to prioritise issues and about 90 speakers will be lined up for the debate, Mr Suthin said, adding that 60 of them will come from Pheu Thai.

                              He said the opposition will receive about 20 hours for the debate and Pheu Thai will be given about 670 minutes in total while other parties will be allotted time depending on the number of MPs they have.

                              Pheu Thai speakers will be given seven to eight minutes each as party leader Sompong Amornwiwat, who will be the first speaker, will speak for about 30 minutes, Mr Suthin said.

                              Asked what Pheu Thai will do to prevent renegade MPs from voting in favour of the budget bill, Mr Suthin said the party has no measure to punish those "cobra" MPs, but it will be left to voters to do this.

                              However, he said there are no renegade MPs within the party and all opposition MPs will toe the line.

                              Future Forward Party spokesperson Pannika Wanich said the party will meet and conclude on Tuesday on the speakers.

                              In another development, the leaders of two small parties which earlier withdrew from the coalition government and now call themselves "independent opposition" said they will on Wednesday ask House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to give them 5-10 minutes each to debate the bill.

                              Mongkolkit Suksintaranont, leader of the Thai Civilised Party, said the move came after he and Pichet Sathirachawal, leader of the Prachatham Thai Party, requested their share of time for the budget grilling from both the seven-party opposition bloc and the coalition camp.

                              However, the opposition bloc laid down a condition that the small parties must vote against the bill, while the coalition wants them to vote in favour as a condition, Mr Mongkolkit said while insisting that the small parties would have their own discretion in the vote.

                              He said his questions in the debate will take aim at the budget allocation proposed by the Defence Ministry, saying he intends to curtail the military's arms procurement spending.

                              Mr Mongkolkit said the armed forces should cut out middlemen and deal directly with manufacturers, which would help reduce commission fees by 30-40% and this would help the armed forces buy cheaper weapons.

                              Suchart Chomklin, a PPRP member of parliament for Chon Buri, said that even though the government sits on a razor-thin majority in the House, he was confident that all coalition MPs will vote for the bill.

                              Government whips will see to it that all government MPs attend the budget debate and are present when a vote is called, said Mr Suchart who is chief of the party MPs.

                              He added that the so-called independent opposition parties should understand what will benefit the country and not oppose everything without good reasons.

                              Ongart Klampaibul, deputy leader of the Democrat Party, said the Democrat MPs will on Tuesday meet to discuss preparations for the opposition's grilling on the budget bill.

                              Mr Ongart said he believed the budget will pass the House despite the government's slim majority, adding that the bill is crucial for steering the country forward.:
                              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                              • #60
                                High-speed train deal will be inked next week: PM

                                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer