- Updates related to COVID-19:
- Today Thailand reports 7 newly confirmed cases, a total of 3,169 cases. Out of the total number, 3,053 have been discharged from hospital (or at 96.34%); 58 are being hospitalised. The death toll is still at 58. The new cases arrived from India (6) and US (1) and have been in state quarantine. This is the 35th consecutive days that there is no local transmission in Thailand.
- Over the weekend, Thailand reports no new confirmed cases, including imported case from aboard.
- The secretary-general of the National Security Council reiterated the significance of extending security decree as the country is moving towards the 5th phase of easing, despite calls by political parties to scrap it as soon as possible. The CCSA will make a decision today and will need to be sealed by the cabinet tomorrow.
- As the CCSA aims to extend the state of emergency, ‘Medical coup’ fears spread as decree gives Prayuth sweeping powers.—Nikkei Asian Review
- Breaking: The CCSA has reached a decision to extend the emergency decree for one more month.
- The CCSA outlines businesses to be re-opened the 5th phase of easing: educational institutions, department stores, night clubs & karaoke (operate until midnight), internet cafes, soapy massage parlours,
- PPRP party convention was held on Saturday:
- It is not beyond expectation that Deputy PM and the party strategist Prawit was unanimously nominated as the party leader and Mr Anoocha as the party secretary-general.
- The former leadership Finance Minister Uttama, Energy Minister Sondhirat who formerly served as the PPRP leader and the secretary-general are no longer part of the party executives.
- Super Poll published its survey showing that a majority of people feel sorry to see the so-called “Fantastic 4” (Ministers under Deputy PM Somkid’s clique) dethroned by the PPRP. 66.3% of the so-called silent majority felt sympathetic towards the group.—Thai Post, Manager
- The new party secretary-general said Prof Dr Narumon, the current government spokesperson, as the party treasurer will lead the economic team for main ruling party. Mr Anoocha said that the team will include “big names” in business.
- The movement to place the government spokesperson as the new economic czar was not well-received by the media.—Matichon, Krungthep Turakij, Post Today, Manager, Bangkok Post
- An exclusive interview with the Deputy Party leader Paibul Nititawan was published on Thai Enquirer
- As the main ruling PPRP shifts its leadership, including the removal of the current economic czar and his clique from portfolio could sap momentum for joining the trade agreement.. In “Thailand’s TPP stance on the line as ex-general heads ruling party”.—Nikkei Asian Review
- An opinion survey by the National Institute Development Administration (NIDA) asking people in the 2nd quarter who they see as the most appropriate person to be the Prime Minister and which political party they support. The result shows that 44.06 % thinks no one is appropriate, 25.47% thinks current PM Prayut is the most eligible, followed by main opposition Pheu Thai Party Chief Strategist Sudarat. As for political party, 32.38% said they do not support any political party, 20.7% said they support Pheu Thai Party, the main ruling PPRP’s support is at 15.73% (from 16.69% in December 2019), Move Forward Party came fourth at 13.47%. –Thai Post
- A media report laid out “5 steps roadmap” of the 3Ps (Prayut, Prawit and ‘Pok’ Anupong) to secure the continuity of political power. The first step was the coup and install General Prayut as the Prime Minister for as long as possible. Then the second step was to set up a new political party with the help of the government economic czar DPM Somkid to compete in the last general election. The third phase is to have DPM Prawit lead the PPRP as its interim leader as long as the health of DPM Prawit allows; or until all the local election have been held. The fourth step will be to have PM Prayut seats as the PPRP leader and the number one on the Party list MP to boost legitimacy in the next election. The last phase will be to secure the political heir of PM Prayut, potentially Army Chief Apirat who, according to the Constitution, needs to be exempted from holding political positions for two years after finishing Senator term.—Siam Rath
- Tourism Authority of Thailand has set sights on making Thailand a global medical and wellness destination by 2024. The target includes international travellers and 1 million Thais living abroad. Its campaigns will range from telemedicine service for overseas Thais and hotels adopting healthcare services to G2G and B2B partnerships. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1942484/tat-reworks-healthcare-tourism-goal
- The International Air Transport Association urge governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies as it will discourage people from travelling, which will further prevent the economy from spurring. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1942424/iata-urges-rethink-over-quarantine-for-tourists
- The CPTPP Committee established by the Parliament proposes that the deadline for completing its studies on Thailand’s accession be postponed to 25 July. The Committee is exploring the possibility of exempting Thai rice seeds from the UPOV clause, the disadvantages of opening Thailand’s pork market to Canada, pharmaceutical IP, and the establishment of the Free Trade Agreement Fund to help local farmers. Source: https://www.prachachat.net/economy/news-481407
- The EEC Office aims to increase investment applications by 100 billion Baht annually with the goal of achieving 300 billion Baht between 2019 and 2021. For the rest of 2020, it will focus on drawing investments into food, beauty, medical, aerospace and 5G technology-related businesses. The government also pledges to reduce entry barriers to industries such as food and beauty where the regulations and licensing processes. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1942492/eec-office-targets-b100bn-in-annual-application-value
- The pandemic has delayed major public-private partnership (PPP) projects by 6- 10 months. DPM Somkid urged relevant agencies to move the projects forward, particularly the 18 high priority projects valued at 472 billion Baht. An organic law will also be issued to lay the groundwork for PPP approval procedures for projects worth less than 5 billion Baht. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1941636/big-projects-facing-delays-says-somkid
- The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has screened the first round of 213 projects valued at 101.48 billion Baht out of a 400 billion Baht budget earmarked for economic rehabilitation. The NESDC will screen the projects to a final list worth 80 billion Baht before proposing them to the cabinet on July 8 in order to get them started by the end of the month. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1941652/b100bn-of-recovery-projects-screened-by-economic-agency
- The Finance Ministry mulls additional borrowing to offset the FY 2020 budget deficit. With the revenue collection for this year set to fall below target, Finance Ministry has instructed tax-collecting agencies (Revenue, Excise and Customs Departments) to arrange a revenue-collection management plan to boost state coffers. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1941784/govt-mulls-extra-public-debt https://www.thansettakij.com/content/money_market/439935
- Japan is offering job opportunities in 14 work categories to foreign workers including Thai workers who have undergone occupational training in Japan previously. Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1942468/japan-welcomes-thai-workers