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FPO expects 4% economic growth in 2019

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The Fiscal Policy Office reports that last year’s economic growth could hit the 4.1% mark, expecting the Thai GDP to expand at a rate of 4% this year.

The FPO earlier predicted the economy would expand 4.5% last year, but export contraction in the final two months, in part because of the trade war, tempered growth.

Estimating last year’s economic figures ahead of an official announcement, Director of the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO), Lawaron Sangsanit, said that Thailand’s 2018 GDP growth would be around 4.1%.

The growth is to be driven by domestic consumption, private expenditure, and government’s economic stimuli such as the social welfare card scheme and infrastructure investment, both of which helped trigger spending among private companies.

In December, the Bank of Thailand trimmed economic growth forecasts for 2018 to 4.2% from 4.4% predicted earlier, and for 2019 to 4% from 4.2%.

The FPO director projected this year’s GDP to rise 4%, citing public spending, public-private partnership projects, the development of basic infrastructure, and the general election as the main reasons.

Despite the optimism, there remain some risk factors such as the global economic slowdown, the trade dispute between China and the US, currency fluctuations, and the global stock market

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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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