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How Southeast Asia’s largest railway station will impact Bangkok real estate

Bang Sue Central Station (Thai: สถานีกลางบางซื่อ Sa-thanee Klang Bang Sue) or Bang Sue Grand Station is to be the new railway hub of Thailand, located in Chatuchak, Bangkok

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Of the many infrastructure projects gaining traction in Bangkok, the Bang Sue Grand Central Station will probably be the most impactful.

Bang Sue Central Station (Thai: สถานีกลางบางซื่อ Sa-thanee Klang Bang Sue) or Bang Sue Grand Station is to be the new railway hub of Thailand, located in Chatuchak, Bangkok. It is to replace the currently in use Bangkok Railway Station at Hua Lamphong as the terminus for all long-distance rail services from Bangkok.

The station has been be submitted for Cabinet approval in 2017 and construction begun in 2018.The station will replace the existing Bang Sue Junction Railway Stationand incorporate Bang Sue MRT Station.

It will be the largest railway station in Southeast Asia with 171,000 m2 of total area. The 218-rai (35 hectares) area around the station will be developed as a business and commercial hub, in three zones.

With 26 platforms, the Bang Sue Grand Station is poised to be the largest railway station in the ASEAN region. Replacing the current transport hub at Hua Lamphong, the project will effectively redevelop the existing Bang Sue Junction Railway Station while integrating the Bang Sue MRT Station.

Due for completion in 2020, the under-construction project has triggered an inrush of transit-oriented development activities toward its environs, especially around the Thai capital’s formerly sleepy Taopoon district.

“The expected completion of Bangsue Grand Station and railway systems will affect the demand as consumers migrate to the Taopoon-Bangsue area,” said Marciano Birjmohun, associate director at Knight Frank Thailand.

“The land surrounding the station has been divided in zones which will attract new business and opportunities due to the great potential of future growth.” The consultancy is representing the sale of units at Niche Pride Taopoon-Interchange, a THB3.5 billion project by development firm Sena.

The site sits next to the Taopoon Interchange station, an important rapid transit system hub that connects the MRT Blue and Purple lines. It is also one station from Bangsue Grand Central, putting it at the geographic heart of Bangkok’s mushrooming transportation infrastructure complex.

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Thailand to further ease COVID-19 restrictions

The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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BoI plans more efforts to promote BCG economy

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Board of Investment (BoI) is working with related agencies to rev up promotion of the bio-, circular and green (BCG) economy to help drive growth over the next 5 years.

BoI Secretary-General Duangjai Asawachintachit said the BoI is looking into more business categories for high technology as part of efforts to promote the BCG economy.

She said the government is focused on developing the bio-economy as Thailand has more than 30 million people working in the farm sector, yet most of them remain in poverty.

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ASEAN, Canada, UN Women launch 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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Joint Press Release ASEAN, Canada, UN Women jointly launch 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Jakarta/Ottawa/New York, 24 February 2021 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Canada and UN Women jointly launched today a five-year programme to expand and strengthen women’s leadership and participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in South-East Asia.

The CAD 8.5 million (US $6.36 million) programme, “Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN”, is funded by Global Affairs Canada to support ASEAN and the implementation of the ASEAN-Canada Plan of Action 2021-2025, with the support of UN Women as a lead UN partner.

“Canada is proud to launch this flagship initiative that uses the women, peace and security approach to promote inclusive and sustainable peace and security in the region, while addressing the systemic gender inequality,” said Diedrah Kelly, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN.

ASEAN has made important strides to advance women, peace and security agenda, including the adoption of the first ‘Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN’ in 2017, the launch of the ASEAN Women’s Peace Registry in 2018, and convening the first ASEAN Symposium on Women, Peace and Security in 2019 and the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s role for Sustainable Peace and Security in 2020.

Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi said, “ASEAN is working concertedly to advance women, peace and security agenda across the three ASEAN Community Pillars as part of our commitment to promote gender equality and the roles of women in the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.”

The COVID-19 impact has increased the risks for women and girls in fragile and conflict-affected contexts and this challenges us to re-examine threats to human security. “The pandemic highlights the important linkage between peace, humanitarian and development and the critical need for women’s leadership and participation to ensure effective and comprehensive response, from policy decision-making to peace building and pandemic response,” said Jamshed Kazi, UN Women Representative and Liaison to ASEAN.

The new programme reflects the commitment of ASEAN and Canada to promote gender equality and to respond to an increasingly widespread calls across the globe for women to be empowered to lead and participate in peace and development.

ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

For more information, please contact:
Montira Narkvichien
Regional Communications Specialist
UN Women Asia and the Pacific
Tel: +66 2 288 1579 | Mobile: +66 81 6688900 | Email: [email protected]

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