H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Thailand

H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Thailand, called on H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, to bid farewell on the occasion of the completion of his tenure (16 August 2018)

นายภควันต สิงห พิศโนอี เอกอัครราชทูตอินเดียประจำประเทศไทย เข้าอำลานายดอน ปรมัตถ์วินัย รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ ในโอกาสพ้นวาระการดำรงตำแหน่ง (16 ส.ค. 2561)

The 71 st Independence Day of India was celebrated at the Shangrila Hotel Bangkok

By Lekha Shankar

The 71 st Independence Day of India was celebrated at the Shangrila Hotel;, with superb food , lively entertainment, large,mixed crowd.(inspite of the sudden rains).

In his speech the Indian Ambassador HE Bhagwant Bishnoi spoke of the ‘ very close links ‘ between India and Thailand,the rapidly increased bilateral trade, huge tourist inflow , important Asean links.
With his tenure coming to an end in the country, the Ambassador confessed that Amazing Thailand was a country he and his wife Rupa would not be able to forget in a hurry-!

Independence Day Celebrations in Thailand

The 71st anniversary of India’s Independence Day was celebrated on 15 August 2018 at the Embassy of India, Bangkok with great enthusiasm.

Ambassador Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi unfurled the national tricolour at the newly renovated Embassy premises. Students from schools and members from Indian associations sung the national anthem and patriotic songs.

The Ambassador read out the President’s Address to the Nation.

Around 500 people, including members of the Indian community and the Embassy of India, together with their families and friends of India among Thai nationals, attended the event.

งานเฉลิมฉลองวันชาติอินเดียจัดขึ้นเมื่อวันที่ 15 สิงหาคม 2561 ณ สถานทูตอินเดียกรุงเทพฯ โดยมีผู้ให้ความสนใจเข้าร่วมงานจำนวนมาก ฯพณฯ นายบัควันท์ ซิงห์ บิชนอย เอกอัครราชทูตอินเดียประจำประเทศไทยเป็นผู้อัญเชิญธงชาติ ภายในงาน มีการขับร้องเพลงชาติและเพลงปลุกใจโดยนักร้องและนักเรียนจากโรงเรียนต่าง ๆ การอ่านสุนทรพจน์ของท่านประธานาธิบดีโดยท่านเอกอัครราชทูต มีประชาชนประมาณ 500 คน อันประกอบไปด้วยสมาชิกประชาคมอินเดีย เจ้าหน้าที่สถานทูตฯ อินเดียพร้อมครอบครัว และมิตรสหายชาวไทย เข้าร่วมงาน

4th International Day of Yoga in Bangkok, on 17 June 2018

4TH INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA BANGKOK, THAILAND

วันโยคะสากล ครั้งที่ ๔

Sunday 17 June 2018 – 6.30 am to 8.00 am

วันอาทิตย์ที่ ๑๗ มิถุนายน ๒๕๖๑ เวลา ๖.๓๐ น. ถึง ๘.๐๐ น.

The Lawn at the Front of the Royal Statues of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh

CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY

สนามหน้าพระบรมราชานุสาวรีย์สมเด็จพระปิยมหาราชและสมเด็จพระมหาธีรราชเจ้า

จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH T-SHIRT, Yoga Mats(can take home), REFRESHMENTS AND WATER FREE OF COST. ENTRY IS FREE.

ผู้ร่วมงานทุกท่านจะได้รับเสื้อยืด อาหารว่างและน้ำดื่ม

เข้าร่วมงานฟรี

Yoga mat will be placed in advance at the ground.

ทางเราจะจัดเตรียมเสื่อโยคะไว้ให้ท่านที่งาน

CELEBRITY GUEST & PARTICIPANT FARIDA WALLER, MISS UNIVERSE THAILAND 2012

RSVP: rsvp@indianembassy.in.th; Tel: 02-2580300 Ext 159 or 249

ติดต่อสอบถามได้ที่ : rsvp@indianembassy.in.th  หรือโทร 02-2580300 Ext 159 or 249

Register yourself at: http://bit.ly/IDYTHAILAND2018

ลงทะเบียนด้วยตนเองได้ที่: http://bit.ly/IDYTHAILAND2018

INDIAN NAVY SENDS WARSHIPS TO MALAYSIA, THAILAND TO ENHANCE MARITIME COOPERATION

Two warships of the Indian Navy on Sunday began a four-day visit to Thailand while another ship has been dispatched to port of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia as part of growing naval cooperation with the two countries.

Indian Navy ships — Shakti and Sahyadri — entered the port of Sattahip in Thailand on a four-day visit as part of a deployment of the Eastern Fleet to South East Asia, an Indian Navy official said.

Another warship INS Kamorta, which is also part of the ‘Eastern Fleet Ships’ arrived at the port of Kota Kinabalu. The ships are being sent to the two countries as part of efforts to enhance maritime cooperation and contribute towards security and stability in the region, the official said.

The Indian Navy has been expanding its cooperation with countries of the region with an aim to combat unlawful activities in critical sea lanes.

Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/indian-navy-sends-warships-to-malaysia-thailand-to-enhance-maritime-cooperation.html

Weekly Economic & Commercial News & Report – from 3rd March- 9th March 2018

Tha Din Daeng Photo Walk #64

Thailand s economy grows well
Bangkok Today 03.03.18

Pornchai Thirawet, Financial Advisor of the Fiscal Policy Office, said that the Thai economy continued to grow in January; exports improved for 11 consecutive months, with a total value of $20 billion, representing 17.6% growth — the highest growth in 62 months. Exported products that grew well included automobiles and parts, electronics, agricultural goods and chemical products. Thailand’s exports to ASEAN (the five original members), Japan, India, ASEAN (CLMV), China and the US improved. Pornchai forecasts that exports may grow by 6.6% this year. The number of tourists visiting Thailand in January rose by 10.9% mainly coming from China, Russia, South Korea, Laos, India, and eastern Europe, etc. The Agricultural Production Index grew by 13% (annual figure) and the inflation rate stood at 0.7%. Thailand’s unemployment rate was 1.3% while the public debt-to-GDP ratio was 41.2%. Its foreign currency reserves were $214.7 billion.

Mobile players race ahead with 5G plans

The Nation 03.03.18
Techonology companies are losing no time after the world’s biggest smartphone trade show to ensure their plans to seize on fifth generation (5G) telecommunications opportunities are realised over the coming months. The 2018 edition of the Mobile World Congress ended on March 1, drawing a record number of more than 107,000 visitors from 205 countries and territories. More than 2,400 firms showcased cutting-edge products and services across 120,000 net square metres of exhibition and hospitality space at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, compared with more than 2,300 last year, according to Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), the global body of telecommunications groups.

EGCO gears up for Bt12 bn investment spree

The Nation 06.03.18
Electricity Generating Plc (EGCO) has set aside an investment budget of more than Bt12 billion for this year with the aim of generating a return on the investment of at least 10 per cent, the company’s president Jakgrich Pibulpairoj said yesterday. Jakgrich said the funds would be put towards three overseas power projects in the pipeline: the Xayaburi and Nam Theun 1 projects in Laos and the San Buenaventura facility in the Philippines. The plants are scheduled to start commercial operations in 2019 and 2022. The company said that, for the following investment budget, it would set aside funds for a further three power projects that are under development. These are the Pak Beng hydropower project in Laos, the expansion of the Star Energy (Unit 3-4) geothermal project in Indonesia, and the Quang Tri coal-fired plant in Vietnam, Jakgrich said at a press conference. The company holds a 30 per cent stake in the Pak Beng project, which requires an investment budget of up to US$3.5 billion. The company also holds 30 per cent of the Quang Tri plant, which needs investment for the whole project of about US$2.5 billion. The company holds a 20 per cent stake in Star Energy (Unit 3-4), which requires investment of US$280 million.

Foreign websites to come under VAT net

The Nation 07.03.18
The Finance Ministry will soon impose a 7 per cent value-added tax (VAT) on foreign e-commerce transactions in an effort to ensure fair competition between international and local businesses, said the director general of the Revenue Department, Prasong Poonthanet. The department also signalled that it would order a block on the websites of any of the global e-commerce giants that failed to pay the tax.  In other financial measures announced yesterday, the Cabinet approved tax credits for companies that hire holders of the state welfare cards. The tax credits would be applied at up to 1.5 times the expenses of such companies. The government stands to forego tax revenue of as much as Bt3 billion a year as a result of this initiative to help the poor. Prasong yesterday said the department would this month submit a tax bill covering e-commerce to Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong for endorsement, before it goes to the Cabinet for approval. If the draft law is approved, it will be forwarded to the National Legislative Assembly for debate.

Boost to west coast tourism

The Nation 07.03.18

The Cabinet has approved a high-end tourism project “Thailand Riviera” at its mobile meeting in Phetchaburi province yesterday, aiming to boost tourism in the coastal western provinces.

Somkid Jatusripitak, deputy prime minister, said the Cabinet agreed on the plan for tourism development in the west coast to boost community economic development and upgrade tourism to the global stage. “Thailand Riviera” will cover the west coast from Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon to Ranong province. The Tourism Authority of Thailand will set aside part of its budget for the high-end project which will be forwarded to National Tourism Policy Committee on March 12. As a means to support the project, the Ministry of Transport will soon complete bidding document for the high-speed train project, Bangkok-Hua Hin, which will be forwarded to the Cabinet for approval. Once the high-speed train project is materialised, real estate development will follow, leading to urban and community developments.

Private sector fears procurement act hampering investment 
Bangkok Post 07.03.18
The private sector has expressed concerns that the new, stricter Government Procurement and Supplies Management Act of 2017 may hamper public investment this year. Chen Namchaisiri, chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB), said the business sector is afraid that public investment may not grow as forecast after contracting 6% year-on-year in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (October-December 2017). “The government’s investment budget can’t boost the domestic economy as hoped because of the new, stricter Government Procurement and Supplies Management Act, which has led many provincial governors to baulk at signing any contracts,” Mr Chen said.
BOI stage to attract investors
Naew Na 08.03.18
Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General, Office of the Board of Investment (BOI), revealed that the BOI will hold the ‘Thailand Taking off to New Heights’ seminar on 19 th March 2018 and a number of Thai and foreign investors have accepted invitations to the event. 14 foreign BOI offices will bring over 300 investors and members of the press to attend the seminar and toexplore investment opportunities for the Eastern Economic Corridor. At the seminar, the government will announce its readiness for and guidelines to support investment in order to push forward ‘Thailand 4.0’. Businesses applying digital technologies (e.g. big data analysis and the Internet of Things) to enhance competitiveness may receive further corporate tax deductions. Seminar attendees will be informed of infrastructure projects, in particular, within the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
Gas block auction gets back on track Delay ‘would hurt’ Thailand’s reputation 
Bangkok Post 09.03.18

After five years of uncertainty, the auction of the Bongkot and Erawan gas fields in the Gulf of Thailand is finally scheduled to take place next month as originally planned, says the National Energy Policy Council (NEPC). The government expects to announce the winners of the auction this December, Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan told the media after the NEPC meeting Thursday. The prime minister, along with Mr Siri, said the auction can no longer be put off, as doing so would damage the country’s reputation. An invitation letter for the auction will be released in April, and a bidder pre-qualification process will take place in May. A screening for qualified candidates will be held in June, and a final shortlist will be announced thereafter. “The government expects to sign a contract next February,” Mr Siri said.
External

Alarm bells over shift to trade war

The Nation03.03.18
Exporters and investors are becoming increasingly alarmed as the prospect of a global trade war moved closer to reality after US President Donald Trump vowed to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. The Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) has highlighted the risk of trade protectionism intensifying around the world and flags this as casting a shadow on its otherwise optimistic outlook for export growth. The council expects exports will expand 5.5 per cent this year, believing the global economic recovery will continue and increase demand for Thai exports, said Ghayapad Tantipipatpong, chairwoman of the TNSC, an exporters group, yesterday.Exports rose 17.6 per cent in January. The TNSC expects imports will rise 24.3 per cent this year as manufacturers buy more raw materials and capital goods to produce their finished products. The estimate for the rise in exports is based on an assumption that the baht will stay at around Bt31.5 to the US dollar.

16 Asean nations join RCEP talk
Matichon 07.03.18
After the 4th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting in Singapore, Deputy Minister of Commerce Chutima Bunyaprapatsorn revealed that the main agenda topic was further market opening and that all member countries have agreed to submit their amended proposals covering all product categories based on the tax reduction structure proposed by ASEAN by 13th April 2018. It is expected that this will be finalised in the 22nd RCEP committee meeting, which will be held from 28th April-8th May 2018 in Singapore. Representatives from ASEAN and India discussed pending issues at the meeting. Thailand and ASEAN plan to push forward RCEP to become the world’s largest trade and investment market, covering one-third of the global economy, with a total combined population of over 3.5 billion and $23 trillion of combined GDP (2017). The trade value between Thailand and RCEP members was $269 billion, representing 58.66% of Thailand’s total trade value.

Jewellery industry faces ‘disruptive’ digital technology

The Nation 08.03.18

Nearly 350 exhibitors from Thailand showcased their products at the recent Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show 2018.

The twin shows, which started on February 27 and ended on March 5, are regarded as the world’s largest events of its kind, with more than 4,500 exhibitors, according to Lawrence Ma, chairman of the organising committee. A total of 87,000 buyers from 145 countries attended the shows. Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hong Kong Trade and Development Council. Chantira Vivatrat, director-general of the department, said the latest MoU will boost the strategic partnership between the two agencies with a focus on e-commerce, data and other trade service cooperation.

Republic Day of India 2018

On the occasion of the 69th Republic Day, a Flag Hoisting Ceremony will be held at 0830 hrs on Thursday, 26th January, 2018 at India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, 1S. Sathorn Road, Thung Maha Mek Sathom, Bangkok 10120.  All members of the Indian Community, friends of India, along with their families, are invited to attend the function.

 

The programme is given below:

0800 hrs :  Arrival of Guest

0830 hrs : Hoisting of the Indian Flag followed by the singing of the National Anthem

0835 hrs : Reading out of President’s Address to the Nation

0845 hrs : Cultural performance

0915 hrs  : Refreshments

Visit of External Affairs Minister to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore (January 4-8, 2018)


January 02, 2018

  • Within the framework of India’s Act East Policy, there have been intensive bilateral interactions in various sectors with the countries of South East Asian region in recent years. To give these interactions a further boost, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister (EAM) will undertake her first visit of the year 2018 to three South East Asian countries – Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore – from 4-8 January 2018.
  • On the first leg of this visit, EAM will be in Thailand on 4-5 January 2018. She will hold an official meeting with H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, who will also host a dinner in honour of EAM. All aspects of bilateral relations with Thailand will be discussed with particular focus on political, defence and economic ties and on further enhancing India’s engagement with ASEAN countries. Thailand will assume the role of coordinator country for India-ASEAN relations in the middle of 2018.
  • During the visit to Indonesia on 5-6 January, 2018, EAM will co-chair the 5th meeting of India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart H.E. Ms. Retno Marsudi. Minister Marsudi will host a banquet in EAM’s honour. The Ministers will also inaugurate the second meeting of ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks. EAM will call on the President of Indonesia, and have other official engagements, including an interaction with representatives of the Indian community. She will also meet the new Secretary General of ASEAN H.E. Mr. Lim Jock Hoi. As the biggest country in the ASEAN region with the largest economy, Indonesia is an important partner for India including in trade and strategic matters. In recent times, there has been intensive engagement between the two countries bilaterally, as well as plurilaterally. The Joint Commission meeting and other engagements of EAM will enable the two countries to chart out the course of partnership during the year 2018.
  • During her visit to Singapore on 6-8 January, EAM will inaugurate the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) of ASEAN countries on 7 January 2018. The theme of the event is “Ancient Route, New Journey: Diaspora in the Dynamic ASEAN-India Partnership”. She will have bilateral meetings with the leaders in Singapore and also interactions with PIO delegations from ASEAN countries, who are participating in the PBD. The Regional PBD is a large scale event covering a wide range of sectors including political relations, economic and investment, tourism and culture, connectivity, start-ups, S&T etc. PIO delegations from all ASEAN countries, including ministers, eminent personalities, business and socio-political leaders are participating in the event.
  • On all three legs of her visit, EAM will share with her interlocutors relevant information about the forthcoming ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit which marks 25 years since the establishment of Dialogue Partnership between Indian and ASEAN. A series of events has been organized by MEA over the last year to celebrate this jubilee in different Indian cities and also ASEAN countries, which will culminate in the Summit later this month in New Delhi.

New Delhi 
January 02, 2018

http://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/29288/Visit_of_External_Affairs_Minister_to_Thailand_Indonesia_and_Singapore_January_48_2018


Weekly Economic & Commercial News & Report – Embassy of India 19th to 25th August 2017

Tapioca Price Control Planned
Deal aims to relieve local farmers’ losses

Bangkok Post, BUSINESS NEWS, 21 Aug 2017

 

Thai tapioca exporters have agreed to stop lowering prices to put a lid on the losses incurred by local farmers, industry officials said last week. Members of tapioca export agencies have agreed to work together to stop cutting prices for importers, mostly Chinese, in a bid to halt the domestic price from falling further, said Boonchai Srichaiyongpanich, president of the Thai Tapioca Trade Association. The Thai Tapioca Trade Association, Thai Tapioca Product Factories Association and the Northeastern Tapioca Association are scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the issue.

 

GDP growth forecast gets scaled up to 3.7% for year
The Nation, Economy, August 22, 2017

THE NATION’S top economic planning agency has raised its full-year forecast for economic expansion to 3.7 per cent, from 3.5 per cent, after export-fueled growth in second quarter surprisingly quickened to 3.7 per cent from the same quarter of 2016. Growth in gross domestic product (GDP) accelerated from 3.3 per cent in the first quarter, Porametee Vimolsiri, secretary general of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), said at a press conference yesterday. The faster rate of growth of in the second quarter was driven by exports, household consumption and private investment, the agency said.

 

New Excise Formula for Products, Services Approved
The Nation: Economy, August 23, 2017

The Cabinet yesterday approved a new excise formula for 13 products and four services, following a switch to calculations based on retail prices. Previously, the calculation method was based on manufacturing and import prices for the affected products and services. The change is effective from September 16, according to a source from Excise Department of Finance Ministry. Meanwhile, a 2 per cent increase in the excise for sugary drinks has been approved. The excise has been raised from 8.9 per cent. The change will take effect in two years. The lead-in time is meant to help producers revise their products by reducing the sugar content in their products, the source said.

 

Subsidy for Struggling Digital TV Channels
The Nation: News Feed. August 24, 2017 

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday resolved to allocate Bt616.464 million a year from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund as a subsidy towards the cost of ten high-definition (HD) digital TV channels transmitting their programmes to satellite and cable platforms. The transmission will run for |three years, beginning the current year. The ten HD channels are Channel 5, NBT, TPBS, MCOT HD, ONE HD, Thairath TV, 3HD, AMARIN TV, 7HD and PPTV.

 

Export target changed to 6 per cent
Khao Sod (Afternoon) | Aug 25, 2017

Pimchanok Vonkorpon, Deputy Director of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office, revealed that the Thai exports have been improving throughout the past seven months and are likely to continue growing. The Trade Policy and Strategy Office has increased its exports prediction range from 3.5%-5.5% to 5%-6%. The office predicted that the exports from July-December will achieve $19.18 billion on average. The exports for the whole year of 2017 are predicted to be $228.31 billion under the assumption that the Thai baht is 34-36 baht per dollar, crude oil price is $45-55 per barrel and the economy grow by 3.5%. Exports for electronic products, chemical products and rubber are likely to improve.

Rice exports have improved by 98.8% after the government released all of the rice in its stock and rice market is no longer suffer from price pressures. Imports were $125.61 billion or a 15.5% increase in the past seven months. Thailand has a current trade surplus of $6.78 billion. Jane Namchaisiri, President of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), stated that the Thai Industries Sentiment Index in July 2017 was 83.9, the lowest level in 10 months. This reflects that many Thai entrepreneurs are concerned over slow recovery in consumer consumption and want to see more stimulus measures from the government.

External

The growth of spending opportunity in India
Post Today | Aug 21, 2017

India’s economic development is perhaps 15 years slower than China’s and Southeast Asian countries’ but this means that India is adjusting and has relatively high possibility to grow further. India’s purchasing power per capita was very much lower than the US, Japan, South Korea and China in 2015.  India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has a policy to build houses for poor people and gradually reduce the number of slums in the country. With at least 7% growth per year, India’s demand for products and services is growing very quickly. India aims to enhance the standard of living for its people.

 

Tourism agency plugs into 4.0
The Nation, Economy,  August 24, 2017

THE TOURISM Authority of Thailand (TAT) is adopting a Tourism 4.0 initiative to focus promoting uniquely Thai attractions that will promote quality and niche tourists. The authority will also promote new routes connecting Thailand with neighbouring countries in CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), to cash in on the development of the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project. Walailak Noypayak, TAT executive director for ASEAN, South Asia and the South Pacific Region, told a tourism forum hosted yesterday by Chulalongkorn University, that the government intended to apply the philosophy of the “sufficiency economy” based on the principles of traditional Thai culture into its development plan for a 4.0 economy.

 

Bilateral

Thailand to Be Regional Hub for Jet
The Nation: Corporate, August 21, 2017

India’s Jet Airways promises to cater for soaring passenger demand to Thailand
India-based Jet Airways’ business strategy in 2018 will focus on Asia with a plan to open more new routes in the region, including in Thailand. The airline plans to increase its local business and will take possession of 75 new Boeing 737 jets from June 2018 until 2020, according to Colin Neubronner, the airline’s senior vice president commercial for Asia Pacific and Southeast Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “Asia is showing aggressive growth in travel compared with others regions.

Up to 33 per cent of our international routes will come from the Asia market. This is the reason that we will expand our new Asian routes next year,” he said. Neubronner added that the company plans to increase its flights through Bangkok from its current five daily flights (three to Mumbai and two to New Delhi). There would also be new routes through Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Philippines (Manila), Indonesia (Jakarta) and China (Shanghai).  Neubronner said that Thailand would be its regional hub and act as a gateway to the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam) and the company plans to increase its flights from Bangkok to Mumbai and New Delhi from next June.

 

India hoping to attract tourists from all over the world
Krungthep Turakij | Aug 23, 2017

It seems like Thai people have been more interested to visit India lately. India shows diversity in culture, nature and ancient sites which could be easily attracted many people. Indian government also wants to show the strength in tourism and they want to promote tourism in India by launching 4 main plans, including flexible regulation on E-Visa, stimulating aviation industry in the nation, promoting medical tourism and developing cruise pier. Indian government wants to stimulate revenue from tourism and India could be main rival of Thailand in tourism industry.

 

BOI suggests to eye on shining biz
Daily News (Morning) | Aug 23, 2017

Chokedee Kaewsang, deputy secretary-general of Board of Investment or Bol, said there were several interesting emerging markets that have opened for foreign investment, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ethiopia, India, South Africa and Tanzania. He said that they have high potential for Thai investors. There are 1.3 billion populations in India and it has reflected the massive demand in Indian market. Automobile market in India has been growing rapidly. Furthermore, the industries will be benefited from lower price of production cost.

Seminar /Road show on World Food India 2017.
24th August 2017

Embassy of India, Bangkok in collaboration with the Federation of Thai Industries and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, India organised a seminar /road show on World Food India 2017. Minister of State for Food Processing Industries of India, H.E.Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti visited Bangkok on 24-25 August, 2017 and presided over the “Road Show” in the context of forthcoming “World Food India, 2017 to be held in New Delhi on 3-5 Nov, 2017.  Around 65 Representative from food industry, member of FTI and Thai chamber of commerce attended the event.

 

Mega festival, to celebrate 70th Year of Diplomatic Relations between two countries

With Thailand and India celebrating their 70th year of diplomatic Relations, an event-studded Festival of India is being held in Bangkok and other cities, this year.

One of the early events at the Festival, is a dance-drama on 2 September, at Sala Chalermkrung Theatre, in the vibrant Bharatanatyam dance form.

Called ‘ SRI KRISHNA’, it relates to the many myths about the popular Hindu God Krishna. It will be enacted by a 13-member dance team from the Sri Bharatakala Dance Academy, which includes a live orchestra.

There will be a second show at Kanchanaburi, next day, in the Sala 60 Pansa Maharaj Hall.

The Festival of India will see a variety of  Food Festivals from different parts of India, in September and October.

There will be an UTTAR PRADESH FOOD FESTIVAL (the food of cities like Lucknow, Varanasi) at Rembrandt Hotel, which will then travel to Phuket and Krabi.

There will be a NORTH- EAST INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL (the food of cities like Shillong, Manipur) at Shangri la Hotel.

Lastly, there will be a PUNJABI FOOD FESTIVAL (Punjabi  dishes like tandoori chicken, burra kabab, dhal makhni are globally renowned) at the Maya restaurant in Holiday Inn hotel, Sukhumvit, as well as the Royal Cliff Hotel  in Pattaya.

A Talk and Exhibition on AYURVEDA, based on the famed Indian herbal medicines and massages, which have cured numerous ailments and has its votaries around the world, will be held at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre on 23-24 September. Many Ayurvedic products, like herbal oils, powders, drinks, will be on sale.

 

One of the special events at the Festival, will be a Language Seminar entitled The Influence of Sanskrit and Pali on South East Asian Languages, with Special Emphasis on Thai, at the Chulalongkorn Varsity. This will be attended by HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn, who is a noted Sanskrit scholar herself. Among the speakers at this Conference, will be her Sanskrit Guru, Prof Satyavrat Shastri.

 

Another unique event, is a Seminar on the ‘ Thai Language in India, and will feature members of the TAI Community in India, who live in the North-Eastern part of the country, like Assam. Their ancestors are said to be from Thailand, and they speak a dialect of Thai called ‘Tai.’

This special Seminar will be held at the Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, on 18 November. A unique feature of this event, will be the local songs and dances performed by these Tai groups from Assam.

Probably the best-known cultural artiste to perform at the Festival of India in Thailand, is the world-famous violinist, L SUBRAMANIAM, on 4 November, at the Thailand Cultural Centre (Small Hall). This US-based artiste is noted for his mastery of classical Indian, Western, and fusion rhythms, and is hugely popular around the world. This is a rare opportunity for Bangkok’s music-lovers to hear the great Indian violin maestro.

A grand INDIAN ART EXHIBITION, featuring some of the top contemporary Indian artists, will be held at the BACC from 15 September- 1 October.

The Theme of the Exhibition is ‘India at 70’, meaning ‘India at 70 years’ (as India is celebrating its 70th year of Independence,this year)Among the Indian artists whose works will be on display, are top names like  Anajolie Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, Jatin Das, Rameshwar Broota.

A BUDDHIST SCULPTURE EXHIBITION with more than 70 grand images of Buddha, from Thailand and India, would be on display in December, at the National Museum. The Indian sculptures have been loaned by Delhi’s famed National Museum.

A very special event at this year’s Festival of India, is an AEROBATIC DISPLAY by the Indian Air Force’s famed Sarang helicopter team, in November/December (Dates will be notified soon). They will display their wide range of breath-taking aerial antics at an air-space in Pattaya.

Last but not the least, would be a long spate of YOGA and BOLLYWOOD WORKSHOPS with experts, to be held at the Benjasri Park, from November to January. After all, both these Indian exercise routines have proved to be very popular in the city.

All in all, it’s a long and varied Festival, that should further cement the 70th year of friendship between the two neighboring countries that share many historical and cultural ties.

 

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For more info on the Festival of India in Thailand, please check :

http://www.indianembassy.in.th/

 

 

The Style Souk