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3 percent growth forecasted for 2015 (Bangkok Poll)

Most economists believe that Thailand’s economic growth rate for this year will not exceed 3 percent, according to Bangkok Poll.

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Most economists believe that Thailand’s economic growth rate for this year will not exceed 3 percent against the Finance Ministry’s projection of 3.9 percent, according to Bangkok Poll.

The poll shows that only 1.6 percent of the economists believe the growth rate may reach 4.5 percent while 9.5 percent say the rate should be only 1.6.

The research centre of Bangkok University and the Faculty of Economics conduct opinions from 63 economists from 25 leading institutions about the trend of the GDP and the direction of interest during April 1-21.

The poll shows: 76.2 percent of the respondents believe the GDP will be just 3 percent; 9.5 percent believe the growth rate should be 3.9; 1.6 percent believe the rate should be 4.5 percent and 11.1 percent don’t have an opinion.

Private Bank lowers Thai GDP growth projection to 2.8%

Kasikorn Research Center lowered the country’s economic growth projection from 4% to 2.8%. Earlier this month, the central bank of Thailand had revised its economic growth projection to 3.8%, down 0.2% from 4% previously.

BoT growth projection to 3.8%

Earlier this month, the central bank of Thailand has revised its economic growth projection to 3.8%, down 0.2% from 4% earlier, after the country faced slow growth in the fourth quarter last year.

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) now projects growth at 3.8 % from 4 percent earlier. BoT assistance governor for Monetary Policy Mathee Supapongse said  Friday that the GDP forecast cut is based on a slower than expected growth in the fourth quarter in 2014.

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1.7 million Thais without smartphones register for "Rao Chana" benefits

The Rao Chana scheme has seen a large number of Thais who don’t have smartphones visiting the branches of Krung Thai Bank (KTB) and its mobile units around the country to register in person for the government’s 7,000-baht benefit.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Rao Chana scheme has seen a large number of Thais who don’t have smartphones visiting the branches of Krung Thai Bank (KTB) and its mobile units around the country to register in person for the government’s 7,000-baht benefit.

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BoI allows private sector in border logistics center

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NAKHON PHANOM (NNT) – The Thailand Board of Investment (BoI) has agreed to allow the private sector getting involved in the construction of a border logistics and transport center in Nakhon Phanom province.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said the BoI approved in principle providing incentives to the private sector concerning this center.

The incentives will be offered in relation to an inland container depot project, a distribution center project and a project to construct buildings for industrial plants and warehouses.

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Thailand Post joins Prompt Song app to buy supplies at market for restaurants

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand Post Distribution Co., Ltd. has joined with the Prompt Song application to buy supplies at a market for restaurants via the online system, which is another option for vendors during the COVID-19 situation.

Mr. Pheera Udomkitsakul, Managing Director of Thailand Post Distribution Co., Ltd, said that the delivery service through online ordering is another service operated by Thailand Post via the e-Marketplace Platform in the form of the Prompt Song application.

Thailand Post will pick up products from the manufacturer or distributor and store them at a temperature controlled warehouse. The area is divided by a modern system. The vehicle tracking system is managed using a bar code to ensure that the products are delivered to the service’s users on time. The delivery times ate 3-8 a.m. The service is being piloted in Bangkok and its vicinity.

This will solve a problem for restaurant operators who can’t buy ingredients for cooking or market closures due to the COVID-19 situation as the application allows the vendors to wait in front of the restaurant.

Mr. Pheera said that a good and comprehensive logistics system will play a very important role in helping operators reduce problems and costs, systematization and distribution and reduce the risk of product defects. It saves time in product distribution, resulting in smooth and efficient trading.

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