EU Partnership Program for 300 SMEs
November, 300 small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) selected
by the Board of Investment (BOI), will participate in the
“EU-Thailand Partenariat 2005” event. The event
will provide opportunities for the 300 SMEs to form business
alliances with over 200 European companies.
BOI spokesperson said that BOI representatives will be visiting
the participating European countries to promote the business
potential of the 300 Thai SMEs. The Thai companies taking
part in the event come from industries such as agriculture
and agricultural processing, machinery and equipment, automobile
and auto parts, electronics and ICT, fashion, and value-added
EU is the second largest investor of Thailand in terms of
investment value. For the first half of the year, European
countries have received BOI approval for projects worth Bt15.74
billion, a 15.5 per cent rise from last year. As for trade
with Thailand, the five most important European countries
are Germany, England, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
Law: More Empowerment for Premier
new law proposed in May to replace martial law in the violence-stricken
South will provide a mandate for the Prime Minister and his
cabinet to declare emergency zones nationwide, said the Deputy
Prime Minister (DPM) at a meeting with representatives from
various government agencies.
legislation would empower the cabinet to declare an emergency
zone in any area in the country. A civilian committee would
then be established to handle the situation as well as to
put forth measures which could be taken by the government
within that zone.
the new law, emergency situations will be classified as low
level, middle level and high level. He gave examples of the
emergency classification: low level for areas affected by
natural disasters; middle level for situations akin to the
situation in the deep South; and high level for situations
such as the tsunami disaster or large-scale terrorist attacks.
to the DPM, the Prime Minister could declare an emergency
zone and seek the approval from the cabinet later if the Prime
Minister could not convene with his cabinet in time. In the
case whereby cabinet approval is not granted in the allowed
timeframe, the declared zone would revert back to its original
status. He added that the law had been drafted as a bill to
be promulgated by the Parliament, but the government might
consider enacting the law as a decree.
to Review Legislation for Fossil Protection
draft bill for conserving fossils in Thailand will be reviewed
by the Cabinet in May. Among the issues included in the bill
are calls for jail terms of up to 10 years or a one-million-baht
fine for unlawful fossil exporters; new zoning rules for fossil
excavation; a ban on the export and sale of fossils; and establishing
a fossil-management foundation financially independent from
draft, which will authorize the creation of a national registration
system and the setting-up of a research center to study and
exhibit fossils, will be tabled by a screening committee led
by the Deputy Prime Minister. The draft will also allow officials
to investigate unlawful fossil digs as well as cases whereby
prehistoric relics are used for commercial gain.