Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/more/pr-news/40024579

Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Thailand has the privilege to showcase Cartier Beautés du Monde High Jewellery, highlighting the brand’s passionate expertise in expressing a creative vision of natural wonders in the diversity of beauty and the maison’s global cultures.

Through the ultimate luxurious jewellery collection, the jewellery parure is curated with appreciation under the Beautés du Monde collection alongside over 300 pieces of jewellery and timepieces. Following Cartier‘s collection debuts in Madrid and Shanghai, Cartier’s high jewellery showcase is here for Thailand.

Inspired by the Beauties of the World through the observation and appreciation of seeing beauty wherever it is found, the Beautés du Monde Collection is depicting Cartier’s elegant design expertise and prestige jewellery pairing collection, highlighting the elements of nature and cultural diversity. 

The Cartier Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition is designed by Jaime Hayon, the Spanish designer accredited as one of the world’s most influential designers, who will unveil the decorative rooms displaying under 3 concepts namely World WildlifeMineral World and Cultural World. The exhibition will engage the audiences to immerse themselves in the prominent natural beauty and cherish inspiring souls filled with delightful exhilaration.

The Thai Patrimony showroom is exclusively fused with the delicacy of Thai heritages by Saran Yen Panya, Thailand’s story-telling designer who expressed his crafts through design and artistic vibes. The high jewellery exhibit showcase by Cartier has combined the shimmering culture of the two worlds as one, allowing gem fanatics in Thailand to discover the journey of the world’s high jewellery sophistication and beauty. 

Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

Discover Thailand’s first grand opening for the general public and jewellery enthusiasts to experience the maison’s mesmerising and delicate designs of high jewellery collection at Cartier Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition, hosted exclusively on 16 February 2023 only. Limited to 400 participants.

For reservation, sign up at https://register.beautesdumonde.cartier.com 

GULF receives environmental governance award 2022 (green star – white flag)

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/business/corporate/40024588

GULF receives environmental governance award 2022 (green star – white flag)

GULF receives environmental governance award 2022 (green star – white flag)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Gulf Group (GULF), represented by Mr Smith Banomyong, Chief Operating Officer – Group Asset Management & Investment, has received environmental governance award for the GKP1 and GKP2 power plants from Dr Veeris Ammarapala, Governor, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand. The ceremony was held at the ballroom, Pullman King Power Hotel, Bangkok.

Gulf Group (GULF) has received environmental governance awards and certificates from Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) as a result of GKP1 and GKP2 power plants’ best-in-class environmental governance practices, reflecting excellent environmental management including green area management, drainage systems, water and sewage management, air quality management, employee safety and health, as well as promoting the local economy and improving quality of life of communities surrounding the power plants. This reiterates the company’s social responsibility in every aspect.

Mr Smith Banomyong, Chief Operating Officer – Group Asset Management & InvestmentMr Smith Banomyong, Chief Operating Officer – Group Asset Management & Investment

Since 2019, four power plants under Gulf Group, consisting of GVTP, GTS1, GTS 3, and GTS4, received environmental governance awards and certificates. This reaffirms the company’s commitment in efficient resource management to achieve best-in-class standards, while remaining socially and environmentally responsible in the area where the company operates.

Dr Veeris Ammarapala, Governor of the IEATDr Veeris Ammarapala, Governor of the IEAT

The environmental governance awards event is an initiative that aims to increase the community’s involvement in inspecting and supervising factories in industrial estates. The audit committee of the industrial estate is comprised of IEAT officials, community representatives, and local government agencies. Its purpose is to encourage factories in industrial estates to adopt environmental governance principles, and social responsibility in order to boost the confidence from all sectors as well as promote the sustainable growth of the industry and community.

GKP1-2 Environmental Governance AwardsGKP1-2 Environmental Governance Awards

Thailand eyes dry ports in Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/thailand/economy/40024581

Thailand eyes dry ports in Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima

Thailand eyes dry ports in Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) is looking into developing dry ports in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima and expects the entire project to cost about 14 billion baht.

PAT director-general Kriengkrai Chaisiriwongsuk said the agency is studying two investment formats for the projects and expects the study to be completed within this year.

Once the study is completed, the project will be proposed to the PAT board of directors, Transport Ministry and the Cabinet for consideration, he said.

The two investment types being studied are:

• Public-private partnership (PPP): PAT will be responsible for the investment, but it will take at least five years.

• A private company with shareholders: Capital will be raised via the sale of shares, while PAT will be responsible for operations. Operations should be up and running within three years.

“However, we must consider this issue thoroughly by considering both advantages and disadvantages,” Kriengkrai said.

He added that the first dry port will cover up to 2,000 rai (3.2 square kilometres) in Khon Kaen’s Nam Phong district. He added that Sung Noen district in Nakhon Ratchasima is being considered for the second dry port.

He said he expects a decision to be made on the areas to be earmarked for dry port development within this year.

“It is up to the private sectors’ readiness and locals’ cooperation where the dry port will be developed first,” he said.

PAT is confident the dry ports will support international logistics as both Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima have the potential to connect with neighbouring countries via road and rail. Dry ports are directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operate as a centre for the transhipment of sea cargo.

Related stories:

Huawei promotes ICT technology to support Thailand’s digital port transformation

Huawei to use 5G tech to develop smart ports in Thailand

Port Authority turns Warehouse Stadium into huge parking space for Apec Summit

The TPIPL Group won the Most Socially Responsible Conglomerate from the Global Economics Award 2022

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/pr-news/more/pr-news/40024541

The TPIPL Group won the Most Socially Responsible Conglomerate from the Global Economics Award 2022

The TPIPL Group won the Most Socially Responsible Conglomerate from the Global Economics Award 2022

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2023

Dr Virat Chatdarong, Vice President of Specialty Polymers Business, and Dr Nithiphong Vikitset, Vice President Planning Department, TPI Polene Public Company Limited or TPIPL received the Most Socially Responsible Conglomerate (Most Socially Responsible Conglomerate) Most Socially Responsible Company) at The Global Economics Awards 2022, hosted by The Global Economics, the UK’s leading financial magazine.

TPI Polene aims for sustainable development for its group of companies, to create balanced growth by adhering to Environmental, Social, and Good Corporate Governance (ESG) criteria and has linked the environment dimension to all three segments of the operation, Circular economy, Green economy, and Bio economy, which are mutually supportive – this is called Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG), a business model innovation that will be implemented at all stages of sustainability in the supply chain to reduce the use of natural resources.

Throughout the past, The Company is one of the leading organizations that focus on sustainable growth by focusing on the economy, environment, and society based on good corporate governance. (Environmental, Social, Governance: ESG) to manage the business for the balanced benefit of all stakeholder groups. Along with conducting business about good governance, society, and environmental pollution reduction. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to solve global warming creates a good environment and reduces the impact of the volatile weather caused by natural disasters for further sustainability.

TPIPP won the Best Product Innovations for Sustainable Development award from The Global Economics Award 2022

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/pr-news/more/pr-news/40024540

TPIPP won the Best Product Innovations for Sustainable Development award from The Global Economics Award 2022

TPIPP won the Best Product Innovations for Sustainable Development award from The Global Economics Award 2022

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2023

Mr Pakorn Leopairut, President, and Dr Porakrit Leophairatana, Executive Vice President, Plant Department, representing TPI Polene Power Public Company Limited or TPIPP receiving an award in the category of Best Product Innovations for Sustainable Development or a company with advanced innovation for sustainable development from The Global Economics Awards 2022 hosted by The Global Economics, the UK’s leading financial magazine.

TPI Polene Power Public Company Limited (“Company”), is a leading operator of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW-fired power plants in Thailand, with the largest and most successful waste-to-energy power plant operations in the country and the ASEAN region. It is the largest municipal waste disposal plant in Thailand and also the largest single-location municipal waste disposal facility in the world.

Throughout the past, the Company has been one of the leading organizations focusing on sustainable growth by linking Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with corporate strategy to grow in all areas, including the economy, environment, and society. The Company emphasizes corporate governance (Environmental Social Governance: ESG) to manage the business for the benefit of all stakeholders in a balanced manner. By 2026, all energy production will be 100% renewable, and by then TPIPP operations will have removed more than 19.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxideand below 2020 levels. Carbon neutral to 12.6 million tonnes, the company’s carbon credits will offset the carbon footprint of TPI Polene Public Company Limited, resulting in the group achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions within the year. This schedule is far ahead of its local competitors. and the company will continue to innovate to lead the country towards a carbon-neutral society or Net Zero Emissions.

Amex moving for bigger share of Thai luxury spending

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/business/corporate/40024534

Amex moving for bigger share of Thai luxury spending

Amex moving for bigger share of Thai luxury spending

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2023

Nongluck Ajanapanya

American Express Thailand is offering premium cardholders more benefits and services and expanding the number of merchants who accept payment with Amex cards in Thailand, as the US company moves to take its share of post-pandemic luxury spending.

Prom Sirisant, Thailand country manager for American Express, told a media briefing on Wednesday that its data showed very promising spending trends in the premium and “super premium” segments of the Thai market.

Prom, who is also vice president of international services for American Express Thailand, said there was pent-up demand for “premium experiences”.

People are spending more money on hotels, restaurants, and other social activities after two years of lockdowns, he said.

“To reinforce our leadership position among these high-spending customers, we will update our platinum card benefits while keeping the annual fee unchanged. The total value of all benefits will exceed our annual fee [by] three times,” Prom said.

A platinum card costs 35,000 baht a year.

Prom SirisantProm Sirisant

Prom said the enhanced benefits for platinum cards were available now, and included credits for dining and travel.

Prom said that expanding the number of Thai merchants who accepted payment with Amex cards was a priority.

He said that, according to the company’s data, Thai Amex card users “spend 3.5 times more on average” than those who use other credit cards.

From 2017 to 2021, American Express increased the number of merchants who accept payment by its card outside the US by 128% – from 16 million to 36.5 million locations, Prom said.

Fujitsu chief in Thailand seeks inner transformation

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/business/corporate/40024533

Fujitsu chief in Thailand seeks inner transformation

Fujitsu chief in Thailand seeks inner transformation

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2023

Jarupong Krisanaraj

Technology alone cannot make companies achieve digital transformation, Kanokkamon Laohaburanakit, managing director of Fujitsu (Thailand), said on Wednesday.

Internal transformation is also necessary to cope with technological disruption, drive a company towards sustainability, and gain trust among employees and consumers, Kanokkamon said.

The challenge in digital transformation is changing employees’ mindsets as they may feel uncertain about new things, she said.

“Fujitsu highlights that internal transformation is essential and very important. Every employee is important to drive the organisation towards sustainability,” Kanokkamon said.

The company uses the principle “Fujitra” (Fujitsu Transformation) to help it improve internally, she said, adding that the concept includes leadership and culture, is data-driven, and focused on digital transformation.

Employees around the world are allowed to work anywhere and go to their offices only when required, she said, adding that the principle boosts trust among employees and consumers.

The principle also enables Fujitsu to help customers cope with digital transformation and achieve their sustainable goals effectively, she said.

Kanokkamon LaohaburanakitKanokkamon Laohaburanakit

Fujitsu has 124,000 employees in over 100 countries. In Thailand, it employs 408 people.

Related stories:

Arkhom touts Thailand as sustainable investment oasis at World Economic Forum

Thailand’s Horizon Plus in talks to make EVs for Chinese, European brands

Phuket governor drums up support for bid to host 2028 expo

Centara Expands Customer Experience with New Thai Airways Partnership Ahead of Centara Grand Hotel Osaka Debut

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/pr-news/business/corporate/40024532

Centara Expands Customer Experience with New Thai Airways Partnership Ahead of Centara Grand Hotel Osaka Debut

Centara Expands Customer Experience with New Thai Airways Partnership Ahead of Centara Grand Hotel Osaka Debut

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2023

Centara Hotels & Resorts, announces a partnership with Thai Airways to offer  passengers exclusive benefits ahead of the grand opening of Centara Grand Hotel Osaka, Centara’s first-ever property in Japan in July 2023.

This partnership marks the latest addition to Centara’s expanding airline partnership network which includes Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Vietjet, Go First, Myanmar Airways International, and Vistara Airways.

“As we prepare for the highly anticipated launch of our debut property in Japan, we are thrilled to partner with Thai Airways to offer their network an array of exclusive benefits and to welcome travellers for the first time to this exciting new hotel, Centara Grand Hotel Osaka. Elegant, modern and conveniently located in the heart of downtown, our latest hotel is ideal for business travellers, families, couples, and solo explorers looking to discover breathtaking Osaka and enjoy Centara’s signature service and warm hospitality”, said Tom Thrussell, Vice President – Brand, Marketing & Digital of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The new marketing partnership offers Thai Airways passengers an exclusive introductory rate of 25% off the lowest publicly available online rates at the brand-new Centara Grand Hotel Osaka with bookings made from now – 30th June 2023 for stays between 1st July – 20th December 2023.

Located in the vibrant shopping and entertainment district of Namba, Centara Osaka is a remarkable landmark soaring 33-storeys above downtown. Guests will discover an eclectic selection of world-class bars and restaurants, including a rooftop dining destination with spectacular views, an assortment of accommodation choices designed for sophisticated comfort, Japan’s first-ever SPA Cenvaree, and modern event and meeting spaces, including MICE facilities, a rooftop Sky Event space and Grand Ballroom, for any occasion.

“With the reopening of Japan to international tourism, Thai Airways is excited to partner with Centara to welcome our passengers back to Osaka and to experience the brand-new Centara Grand Hotel Osaka with exclusive privileges and introductory rates. Japan is a phenomenal destination, and we look forward to sharing its beauty with our customers once again with this new Centara partnership”, said Mr. Wit Kitchathorn, Director of Sales of Thai Airways.

Spectacular modern architecture at Centara Grand Hotel OsakaSpectacular modern architecture at Centara Grand Hotel Osaka

All passenger traveling with THAI to Osaka can enjoy this exclusive offers by simply fill out THAI’s ticket numbers in booking link that we promote in all online channel.

Currently, THAI operates 54 weekly flights to six destinations in Japan which are Tokyo (Narita/Haneda), Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. For more information, reservation and ticketing, please visit thaiairways.com or call 0-2356-1111 for THAI Contact Center (24 hours a day)

 Under the Centara x Thai Airways promotion, guests will not only receive a special introductory offer of 25% off the best available room rate when logged in as a CentaraThe1 member. This is lower than any publicly available rate and exclusive to Thai Airways passengers. Other privileges also include complimentary room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out which are all subject to availability, as well as a 25% discount on food at Embassy of Crab or Suan Bua restaurants. In addition, guests who order 2 or more set menus at either of these restaurants will receive one complimentary bottle of wine.

Travellers who are not yet members of Centara’s loyalty programme can sign up for free in less than a minute, and immediately start enjoying benefits and earning points. To take advantage of all CentaraThe1 membership privileges, sign-up or sign-in now at www.CentaraThe1.com

To book or learn more about Centara x Thai Airways offer, please visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cgoj-tg

Minister forecasts 4% growth for Thai economy this year

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/thailand/economy/40024554

Minister forecasts 4% growth for Thai economy this year

Minister forecasts 4% growth for Thai economy this year

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2023

The Thai economy is expected to expand by 4% a year under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said on Thursday.

He made the forecast during a talk with Top News on “Thailand’s future under Prayut’s guidance”.

The Covid-19 crisis curbed the economy’s growth for three years as revenue plunged due to the dramatic decline in foreign tourists – from 40 million people per year before the pandemic.

Thailand attracted 11.81 million foreign visitors last year, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

“The government focused on propping up the economy amid the Covid-19 crisis,” he said.

The economy will be better this year despite the impact of the trade war between the US and China, the minister said,

The economy will return to normal soon and the number of foreign visitors this year could exceed 20 million people, he said.

Supattanapong said that because Thailand was able to maintain financial discipline during the pandemic, rating agencies had not downgraded the country.

He also said the government would drive growth by developing infrastructure, increasing access to digital technology, promoting new industries, and expanding trade.

He said the fact that demand for electric vehicles in Thailand exceeded 30,000 last year was a signal that the country accepts environmentally friendly technology.

Thailand’s reengagement with Saudi Arabia resulted in cooperation worth more than 100 billion baht, the minister said.

Saudi Arabia restored its relationship with Thailand this year after 32 years of frostiness following the so-called Blue Diamond Affair in 1989, which was sparked by the theft of jewels from a Saudi prince by a Thai worker.

The minister expects the value of investment in Thailand to hit 1 trillion baht this year, up from 700 billion baht last year.

“We would like to ask people to be confident,” he said. The Thai economy will be better this year and the lingering effects of the pandemic will be gone within two years, he said.

Related stories:

Finance Ministry raises 2023 growth forecast to 3.8%

Thailand hikes key interest rate by 25 basis points

2023 Thailand’s Economic Outlook

Kiatnakin Phatra flags export slump as a drag on Thai economic recovery in 2023

#SootinClaimon.Com : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation.

https://www.nationthailand.com/business/banking-finance/40024507

Kiatnakin Phatra flags export slump as a drag on Thai economic recovery in 2023

Kiatnakin Phatra flags export slump as a drag on Thai economic recovery in 2023

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2023

Nongluck Ajanapanya

Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group (KKP) has suggested that Thailand address an unequal economic recovery this year, as the tourism industry is recovering while exports are falling.

KKP Research chief economist Pipat Luengnaruemitchai issued the warning while releasing the company’s earnings report on Tuesday. 

He explained the overview of the country’s economy under the topic “The hope for the Thai economy amidst the global economic storm”.

He said that there are hopes for the Thai economy to recover this year as tourism is picking up and will do even better because China has reopened its borders earlier than expected.

However, with the global economy expected to grow at a slower pace than the previous year and many large business sectors at risk of recession, Thailand’s exports, another core engine driving Thai growth, are expected to slow further from the end of last year.

Exports are expected to fall in the first half of 2023 before recovering in the second half as China’s economy improves.

According to Pipat, exports will be down 1.8% from the previous year.

Pipat LuengnaruemitchaiPipat Luengnaruemitchai

Overall, KKP Research has raised its forecast for Thailand’s economic growth this year from 2.8% to 3.6%. However, economic risks such as the impact of the global slowdown, high inflation, central bank policy, the uncertainty of Covid-19, and geopolitical tensions must be closely monitored.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Thai election must be closely monitored too because it may introduce another variable that affects the Thai economy.

Aphinant Klewpatinond, KKP’s chief executive officer, stated that the company plans to pursue a prudent business growth strategy this year while expanding its potential customer base in response to high inflation, rising interest rates, and a global economic slowdown or recession.

He said that the challenges would have a wide-ranging impact on all customer groups and credit quality.

KKP also intends to increase Group synergy through cross-selling while leveraging its savings and investment digital platforms, such as Dime and Edge.

“At present, the Dime application has over 100,000 users, and KKP plans to collaborate with partners to grow a customer base and develop application features to better meet the needs of diverse customer groups,” he said.

Aphinant strongly believed that with a prudent strategy, the company could continue to grow smoothly.

According to its most recent quarterly earnings reports, KKP’s net profit in 2022 will be 7.602 billion baht, up 20.3% from the previous year.

The rise was primarily driven by commercial banking, which saw loan growth across all segments reach 21.4%. The capital market continued to generate good revenue, and the brokerage business maintained its top market share.

KKP’s fund management revenue increased as well, while investment business grew significantly due to equity and derivative trading in volatile market conditions.

Investment banking revenue was satisfactory, owing largely to transactions in the second half of 2022, he said, while wealth management asset under advice (AUA) was roughly 700 billion baht.

(From left) Aphinant Klewpatinond, Philip Chen Chong Tan, and Preecha Techarungchaikul(From left) Aphinant Klewpatinond, Philip Chen Chong Tan, and Preecha Techarungchaikul

KKP’s president, Philip Chen Chong Tan, added that the bank would continue to focus on smart growth in potential customer groups and collateralised loans like auto hire-purchase and home loans.

KKP’s loan portfolio increased by 21.4% in 2022, resulting in higher interest and fee income.

In terms of this year’s plans, KKP’s president intends to expand markets for the recently launched “Rod Riak Ngern” (car for cash) and leverage banking digital channels, such as KKP Mobile and Edge, to connect banking services to KKP’s investment services.

Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group (KKP) was formed by the merger of Kiatnakin Phatra Bank’s commercial bank and Kiatnakin Phatra Securities’ capital market business.

The group provides clients with financial resources, products, and services, such as corporate loans, real estate loans, SME loans, and retail loans such as car loans, housing loans, personal loans, investment banking, securities brokerage, wealth management, direct investment, and asset management.