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HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000


HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000 each Jewellers see travel restrictions as key business challenge

The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and 7th HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded today. In addition to trade buyers, the twin shows were also open to jewellery-loving public visitors for the first time this year. The five-day shows attracted more than 13,700 industry buyers and over 17,000 public visitors who came to explore and purchase a wide array of jewellery products. The twin shows also run online until 5 August to enable global jewellers and traders to engage in business talks via video conferencing, with more than 1,200 online meetings between exhibitors and buyers arranged. As of 29 July, the online edition of the shows recorded some 2,500 buyers exploring products and conducting business discussions online.

Recovering purchasing power creates new opportunities

With the pandemic changing the global economy and international travel restrictions disrupting regular business travel, enterprises are looking to conduct cross-border business through both online and physical channels. Benjamin Chau, Acting Executive Director of the HKTDC, said: “An independent survey conducted on-site found that 44% of the interviewed exhibitors and buyers considered business travel restrictions during the pandemic as the biggest current challenge. On a more positive note, 31% and 19% of respondents respectively believed that the recovering purchasing power of customers and business leads driven by e-tailing would be the main source of new business opportunities this year.”

Mr Chau continued: “The HKTDC is adopting a strategy that clearly aligns with the survey results. Addressing both exhibitors’ needs and market trends, we made a swift decision to open the twin shows to public visitors for the first time. This has enabled exhibitors to reach out to more retail clients and broaden their customer base. Also, the fact that the two shows run in a unique physical and online format for the first time has helped to create more business opportunities for traders.”

During the shows, the HKTDC conducted an on-site survey in which more than 800 exhibitors and buyers were interviewed. The survey found that buyers and exhibitors remain cautious regarding the market outlook, with 54% of respondents expecting overall sales to decrease this year and only 29% expected sales to remain unchanged. In terms of sourcing prices and production costs, 45% of respondents said they were under more pressure. Despite this, more than half of them (54%) expected that retail prices will remain unchanged.

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Diamond jewellery items were the most popular products purchased at the shows

Regarding the growth prospects for jewellery products in major countries and regions over the next two years, respondents considered that North America (41%), Western Europe (33%) and Hong Kong (31%) were the most promising traditional markets, while Mainland China was considered by 51% as the most promising emerging market. Hong Kong was recognised by interviewed buyers as an ideal sourcing hub, with quality (75%), use of material (73%) and services (71%) being the three most appreciated aspects.

In terms of popular product categories, the survey found that nearly half (49%) of the respondents favoured karat-white gold, followed by karat-rose gold (42%) and karat-yellow gold (38%). Diamonds remained the most popular (54%) among all gemstones.

HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000Half of the respondents expected trendy fashion jewellery to have the greatest market potential. The survey also found that 28% of public visitors interviewed had spent more than HK$10,000 each on-site and that diamond jewellery items were the most popular products (51%) purchased at the shows.

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Exhibitors value jewellery shows as effective business platforms

The twin shows were the first two physical trade fairs staged by the HKTDC since the pandemic began, creating business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers alike.

A Hong Kong exhibitor, Just Gold Company Limited, joined the Jewellery Show for the first time this year. Arthur Tang, the company’s Managing Director, Greater China, shared that the show was an effective business platform that helped their company enhance its branding and increase market exposure. “We promoted our new designs as well as special collections for our 30th anniversary. A number of buyers approached us to enquire more about our products. We’ve already concluded some business deals and the response has been encouraging,” said Mr Tang.

Another exhibitor, Yvonne Pong, Director, Wing Hang South Sea Pearl Company Limited, considered the Jewellery Show as the perfect place to promote their pearl jewellery collections and drive new business. “Customers love our classic designs, and jewellery with gold-coloured pearls is particularly sought after. The response has been better than expected. We’ve met some quality buyers, including a number of new customers,” she said. “The HKTDC has done an excellent job making the show a success despite the pandemic. I am confident the show will get even better, with more overseas buyers coming to source products once travel restrictions are lifted.”

HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000A local buyer, Edmond Chan, Head of Jewelry Asia, Luxeford Hong Kong Limited, was pleased to see the Jewellery Show being staged again. “We specialise in purchasing high-end jewellery and watches. I am here looking for partners and to find suitable products. I’ve already found an exhibitor to explore cooperation with whose jewellery collection boasts some outstanding designs,” he said.

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A host of activities were held during the two shows, including seminars on changes that the pandemic and online marketing have brought to the jewellery industry supply chain, a series of expert talks tailor-made to guide the public on the appreciation of rare-colour diamonds and pearl evaluation methods, jewellery smart bidding session, workshop, lucky draws and jewellery parades. These events not only facilitated the exchange of market intelligence among industry players, but also enhanced public knowledge about gemstones and jewellery products.

HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000HKTDC’s twin jewellery shows conclude today Nearly 30% of public visitors spend more than HK$10,000Physical edition of International Sourcing Show ends concurrently

The physical edition of the HKTDC International Sourcing Show also ended today, the 4-day show attracted over 14,000 buyers to attend or explore products online. To help local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grasp business opportunities, the HKTDC contacted quality buyers through its network of 50 offices worldwide and arranged close to 1,100 business matching meetings during the physical show.

This physical edition of the International Sourcing Show was complemented by an online element, which started in March, enabling traders to stay connected both online and offline and boosting business opportunities during the pandemic.

Published : July 30, 2021

Fully booked Sansiri projects show property demand in tourism provinces still high #SootinClaimon.Com

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Fully booked Sansiri projects show property demand in tourism provinces still high


Property company Sansiri (SIRI) says demand for properties in Thailand’s tourism provinces remains high, after its “1517 NIMMAN” project sold out within three weeks of opening.

Uthai Uthaisangsuk, SIRI chief operating officer, explained that the mixed project comprises business and residential units nestled amid Chiang Mai’s trendy Nimman business district and shopping zone.

He said the sold-out units were a strong sign that tourism and the economy are recovering in the northern province.

The roaring success of 1517 NIMMAN comes after two Sansiri condominiums in Chiang Mai – D condo Rin and D condo Ping – sold out in the past year.

As well as Chiang Mai, Sansiri also sees potential for growth in Phuket following the return of foreign tourists in the Sandbox scheme launched in the province on July 1.

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Fully booked Sansiri projects show property demand in tourism provinces still highFully booked Sansiri projects show property demand in tourism provinces still highUthai said Sansiri has organised the promotion #โปรSAVEทั้งเกาะ (#save all the island) to showcase two projects – the Anasiri Paklok and Siri Place Airport Phuket.

Meanwhile, over 80 per cent of units at “The Base Central Phuket” condominium have already been transferred to their new owners, the chief operating officer added.

For safety and convenience during the Covid-19 situation, Sansiri has introduced a virtual sales gallery, online booking and booked private tours for those interested in its properties. Meanwhile, all of its staff have been vaccinated and the company is continuing to help people suffering Covid-19 impacts, Uthai said.

Published : July 30, 2021

Google.org contributes USD7.5 Million in grants and other support to COVID-19 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Google.org contributes USD7.5 Million in grants and other support to COVID-19


As part of this new commitment, Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is providing a USD$1.5 million grant to UNICEF to support urgent COVID-19 response needs across five countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Pakistan.

With Thailand and other neighbouring countries currently grappling with a surge in COVID-19 cases, Google today announced a total commitment of USD$7.5 million in new grant funding and other support to help alleviate the current pandemic crisis.

As part of this new commitment, Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is providing a USD$1.5 million grant to UNICEF to support urgent COVID-19 response needs across five countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Pakistan. From this grant, USD$300,000 will go to UNICEF to support Thailand’s COVID-19 response. UNICEF will use this grant to procure hygiene supplies such as soap, hand gel, alcohol spray, fabric masks, and disinfectant. In partnership with partner non-governmental organizations, the supplies will be delivered to high risk provinces, severely affected by the latest COVID-19 outbreak. UNICEF will also continue to support governments and communities to control the spread of the virus and minimize morbidity and mortality, including by enhancing preparedness for possible future waves of COVID-19.

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Announcing these new commitments, Jackie Wang, Country Director for Google Thailand, said, “The current surge in COVID-19 cases is causing immense pressure on our healthcare system, and this Google.org grant to UNICEF aims to deepen our support for Thailand at this critical time. We’ll also continue to focus on ensuring timely access to information, as well as tools for all Thais to stay informed, connected and safe during this crisis.”

“We are grateful for Google.org’s contribution to UNICEF as we continue to respond tirelessly to the global pandemic by providing fair access to COVID-19 vaccines and services to target populations with a focus on the most vulnerable,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director, UNICEF, East Asia and the Pacific. “Only a truly global response can protect and secure the future of every child and the communities in which they live, and we will continue working with our partners and lean on them for their expertise, innovative solutions and flexible funding to help minimize the impact in the region and beyond.” she added.

Beyond this grant to UNICEF, Google.org is also providing an additional USD$1 million to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to address the urgent need of oxygen supplies and medical equipment in Indonesia. In addition, Google.org will provide USD$5 million worth of Ad Grants to local government agencies and organizations across Southeast Asia, including Thailand, to run public health information campaigns for free. Since last year, Google has provided over USD$27 million in Ad Grants to support local governments including the World Health Organization who served over 343 million public service announcements (PSAs) to reach audiences with messages on how to stay safe and facts about vaccines.

Since the start of the pandemic, Google.org has also funded vaccine distributions in Asia and across the world through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Google has also focused its efforts in ensuring that information serves everyone in Thailand through its tools and products. For example, providing useful information from authoritative sources related to COVID-19 on Google Search and YouTube. Moreover, Google has worked with the Ministry of Education to develop a national online learning platform to ensure continuation of education in Thailand. Lastly, Google worked with the Ministry of Commerce and other private sector partners to develop the Saphan Digital Program to provide comprehensive training for SMEs in Thailand on all necessary skills in order to conduct business online.

Published : July 29, 2021

Xayaburi Power explains the flow rates of Mekong are affected by Tropical Storm Cempaka #SootinClaimon.Com

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Xayaburi Power explains the flow rates of Mekong are affected by Tropical Storm Cempaka


The rise can be attributed to Tropical Storm Cempaka, which has now weakened into a tropical depression, bringing heavy rain to Northern Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin during the past few days, coupled with the scheduled release of water from the Nam Ou Hydropower Dam.

Mr. Thanawat Trivisvavet, Managing Director of CK Power Public Company Limited (CKPower), the company that manages the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant in the Lao PDR, stated that on July 25, 2021, the flow rate of the water that ran through the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant was 8,000 cubic meters per second, an increase from the average of 3,588 cubic meter per second during the period from July 1 to 24, 2021. The rise can be attributed to Tropical Storm Cempaka, which has now weakened into a tropical depression, bringing heavy rain to Northern Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin during the past few days, coupled with the scheduled release of water from the Nam Ou Hydropower Dam. It is expected that on July 27, the power plant will record 7,200 cubic meters per second in the volume of water passing through its system, which will then gradually drop to 6,400 and 5,600 cubic meters per second on July 28 and 29, respectively.

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“The power plant is managed in such a way that it releases the same amount of water downstream as the natural flow that goes into the power plant. This is because the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant has no water storage capability nor reservoir; it is a run-of-river hydroelectric power plant. In other words, the amount of water that flows into the power plant is invariably equal to the amount released out of the power plant into the river, and the natural flow of the Mekong is not affected,” said Mr.Thanawat.

A comparison of the average monthly volumes of water passing through the power plant against the highest and lowest flow rates over the past 80 years (1940-2020), dating back to the period prior to the establishment of the power plant, demonstrates that the current volumes are within the recorded range and that flow rates can vary, with higher volumes in wet years and lower in dry years. The average volume of 2021 is projected to be similar to that of 2018 which was recorded as a wet year.

Xayaburi Power explains the flow rates of Mekong are affected by Tropical Storm CempakaXayaburi Power explains the flow rates of Mekong are affected by Tropical Storm Cempaka

Published : July 27, 2021

Bangkok Airways to resume its first international flight (Samui – Singapore) #SootinClaimon.Com

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Bangkok Airways to resume its first international flight (Samui – Singapore)


Bangkok Airways to resume its first international flight (Samui – Singapore), starting from 1 August 2021 onwards

Starting from 1 August 2021, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited will resume its first international service between Samui and Singapore in order to support Thailand’s re-opening project and the Samui Plus Model project.

The resumed services between Samui and Singapore will be operated by an Airbus A319 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Monday, Thursday and Sunday). The outbound flight PG961 departs Samui Airport at 15.05hrs. and arrives Singapore International Airport at 18.00hrs. The inbound flight PG962 departs Singapore International Airport at 19.30hrs. and arrives Samui Airport at 20.35hrs.

Passengers entering Thailand are required to follow guidelines issued by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) directive No. 7/2564 on 24 June B.E. 2564 (2021) which requires that each passenger entering the country must possess the complete set of the relevant documents. The documents include: Certificate of Entry (COE), Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected (done by RT-PCR technique and issued no more than 72 hours before traveling), Vaccine Certificate or proof of vaccination. Additionally all passengers must undergo required COVID-19 tests (RT-PCR method) during their stay in Thailand. Travelers with a certificate of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test are exempt from compulsory quarantine if travelling to the following islands: Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. They must stay on the island for at least 14 days before travelling to other regions in Thailand.

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Bangkok Airways to resume its first international flight (Samui – Singapore)Bangkok Airways to resume its first international flight (Samui – Singapore)

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways said, “We are more than delighted to announce the resumption of our first international flight after being on pause for a long while due to the pandemic. The Samui – Singapore route is anticipated to bring back confidence to Thailand’s tourism. We have assured that both Samui and Singapore have robust processes in place to ensure travels between the two cities can be undertaken safely.”

“At Bangkok Airways, we remain committed to the safety and hygiene of our passengers and employees as the highest priority. The airline and Samui airport strictly implement surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At Samui airport, we have put in place health and safety measures and social distancing practice in compliance with the regulations by the Ministry of Public Health and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand to ensure highest level of safety for all passengers and staff. The measures include passengers and staff screening, health and body temperature checks, passengers and staff are required to wear protective masks at all times. Moreover, airport disinfectant cleaning is set to be done on an hourly basis in common service areas and high-traffic areas such as check-in counters, baggage store, and wheelchairs and office spaces,” added Mr. Puttipong.

For more information and/or reservations, passengers can contact the airline via the following channels;

Call Center: Tel. 1771 (within Thailand) or +662-270-6699 (during 08.00hrs. – 20.00hrs.)

PG Live Chat: https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN

Email: reservation@bangkokair.com

Published : July 27, 2021

Thais eat low fruits and vegetables and too much salt, UN says #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thais eat low fruits and vegetables and too much salt, UN says


Policymakers urged to drive vegetables as national agenda to curb non-communicable diseases killing 400,000 Thais every year.

Thai population particularly the young still consume insufficient amount of fruits and vegetables. Following the latest study by Mahidol University’s Institute of Population and Social Research, the average 250g of vegetables consumed each day by Thais, particularly the young are still much lower than the 400g daily consumption recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)

The level of pesticide contamination in vegetables and fruits, aggressive marketing and unhealthy food, ineffective labelling and easy access to unhealthy food products are key social and commercial determinants seen as the root cause of such unhealthy diet, said Renu Garg WHO Thailand medical officer during the recent UN Food System Summit National Dialogue held via Zoom meeting raised concern over the high sodium level contained in each meal among Thai population.

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Thais eat low fruits and vegetables and too much salt, UN saysThais eat low fruits and vegetables and too much salt, UN says

She also raised concern over high alt intake. The national nutritional guideline recommends 600mg or 0.12 teaspoon of sodium per meal. However, common street foods such as Som Tam and roasted chicken could contain approximately 1,800mg. Instant cup noodle contains about 1,935mg and Tom Yum Kung could have as much as 2,200mg of salt.

“Eating too much salt is a real problem as it could lead to obesity, diabetes and hypertension and the trends are heading in the wrong direction,” Dr Garg said to over 200 participants joining the online meeting.

NCDs are top killers in Thailand. As many as 400,000 deaths are reported every year, equal to one death in every minute.

To promote healthy diets among children, Dr Garg said involved parties should seek ways to improve school meals by increasing vegetable and fruit serving in school meals. Selling sugary drinks in and around schools should be reduced or banned. Regulation on market restriction should also be undertaken to ban inappropriate marketing of unhealthy food and beverages. Public campaign to promote healthy diets should also be carried out.

Fiscal policies on the use of a combination tax and subsidy should be implemented to improve nutrition and transform the food systems. This includes tax on sugar, sweetened beverages and excessive salty food and junk food. A policy on subsidising fruits and vegetables will help reduce prices by 10 to 30%. Dr Garg recommended that a combination of subsidies and taxation would have greater effect and encourage manufacturers to reduce salt while adding more vegetable and fruits contents into products.

Warren Lee, Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said vegetables and fruits should be more accessible for low-income households.

Since unhealthy diet is a major contributor to premature mortality in Thailand, upstream multi-sectoral action is needed to address these social and commercial determinants. Transformation of food systems from farm to fork will help improve diet and nutrition, protect natural resources, community livelihood and sustainability.

“Improving nutrition requires addressing all stages of food systems horizontally and

vertically where foods come from, in order to make the food systems sustainable. Food systems go well beyond production. It governs safety, diet quality and affordability of foods, nutrition and health outcomes. It also has impacts on environment,” he said

Thais eat low fruits and vegetables and too much salt, UN saysThais eat low fruits and vegetables and too much salt, UN says

To transform the food systems, Policymakers need to review existing agricultural policies and investment priorities to ensure diversified and nutritious food supply for healthy diets. Food-based dietary guidelines should be developed. Pesticides in vegetable and fruit production should be controlled and reduced.

Inclusive engagement with government sectors, multi-stakeholders from food production to consumption including private sectors, civil society organisations (CSOs) and consumers, is crucial for driving change. Transparent mechanism should be initiated for monitoring and evaluating cost effectiveness throughout all sectors.

Dr Pairoj Saonuam, Assistant CEO, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, said promoting safe, sufficient fruits and vegetables for food is in relevant to the 13th economic and social development plan and should be proposed as a national agenda.

“Food security is the foundation of human security and national security. Sufficient food will bring positive effect to health. Many reports worldwide also emphasised that the importance of fruits and vegetables for health prevention, particularly NCDs,” he said.

In Canada, a decrease in the proportion of Canadians with inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables by 1% per annum was estimated to save 10.8 billion Canadian dollars in health expenses and productivity loss in the next 20 years. An increase in fruit and vegetable consumption by 1 portion/day was estimated to save up to 9.2 billion Canadian dollars. , thanks to inclusive policies on sufficient consumption of fruits and vegetables, leading to not only reduction of not only NCD risk but also other socioeconomic issues, Dr Pairoj said.

ThaiHealth will also work with Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (MOAC) to raise public awareness on adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables, promote good health and NCD risk reduction, manage food for health systems, and promote quality and safe food consumption, leading to food security regarded as one of the indicators towards sustainable development.

Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, as the national convener, said the national vegetable dialogue and a policy on safe vegetable and fruit consumption would be the key topic when the country participated in the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit to be held in New York in September to call on world leaders and agriculture ministers to hurriedly reform a policy on food systems and agricultural sustainability towards sustainable development goals.

MOAC will also lead Thailand to announce the aimed transformation of the national health systems, through five action tracks: Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all; Shift to sustainable consumption patterns; Boost nature-positive production; Advance equitable livelihoods; and Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shock and stress.

Published : July 26, 2021

Thais urged to pledge against buying and owning ivory and tiger amulets under new ‘Mercy is Power’ campaign #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thais urged to pledge against buying and owning ivory and tiger amulets under new ‘Mercy is Power’ campaign


Bangkok, 23 July 2021 – Demand for elephant ivory and tiger products is a significant driver of the illegal wildlife trade, but a new campaign is encouraging Thais to join celebrities and social influencers like Cherry-Khemupsorn and Wannasingh Prasertkul in a bid to prevent further detriment to these species.

‘Mercy is Power’ is a joint campaign between TRAFFIC, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Global Environment Facility.

The campaign challenges the widely held belief in Thailand that buying or possessing an elephant ivory or tiger amulet can make life better. As per Buddhist teachings, success and progress in life are from one’s own hard work and strong will. Real power comes not from possessing products that require the killing of animals but by showing them mercy and not buying animal products. People can make a pledge on http://www.mercyispower.com against buying and owning ivory and tiger amulets and receive a personalised e-yantra in return.

“Our mission is to conserve, promote and restore forest resources, wildlife and plant species in forest areas for conservation. I believe the campaign will succeed in getting people to rethink and change their attitudes and behaviours towards the use of ivory and tiger amulets. This directly contributes to our effort to combat illegal wildlife trade,” said Thanya Netithammakun, Director General of the DNP.
It is illegal to possess ivory unless products were registered to the owners in 2015 or before. Anyone in ownership of unregistered ivory and tiger products after this period is considered illegal based on the new Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act (WARPA) of 2019. This replaced a former WARPA and increased penalties, both in imprisonment and fine.

Dararat Weerapong, Senior Project Manager at TRAFFIC said: “The best approach to achieving long-term impact is to reduce demand for wildlife products and do it creatively, alongside law enforcement. This campaign incorporates social power and storytelling to question whether buying or owning tiger parts and elephant ivory that come from killing animals can create good luck, success and power. With the launch of the campaign, we are thrilled with the strong support from monks, leading Thai celebrities, social media influencers and our partners – together we can achieve success.”

TRAFFIC’s analysis of 32 countries and territories found 369 tigers were seized from 49 incidents in Thailand between 2000 and 2018. A further 24 tigers were seized in six incidents in the country up until 2020. TRAFFIC monitored the ivory trade online in 2019 and found that more than 1,000 ivory items were found for sale online in Thailand over just five days in the snapshot survey.

“Social norms around wildlife products are evolving. More people are beginning to understand that buying or owning these products has a direct negative impact on wildlife conservation and see it as increasingly socially unacceptable. Demand reduction efforts can help end illegal wildlife trade and thereby conserve endangered species. By launching the ‘Mercy is Power’ campaign together with TRAFFIC and the DNP, we can reinforce this positive trend and hopefully end illegal wildlife trade for good”, said Renaud Meyer, UNDP Resident Representative to Thailand.

Three videos will be distributed via YouTube and Facebook, including a thought-provoking quote from Venerable Napan Santibhaddo, an Assistant Abbot at Wat Saket. The videos will prompt the audience to pledge not to buy or own tiger parts and elephant ivory and to customize and downloadtheir own e-yantra from the campaign’s official website, http://www.mercyispower.com, along with the hashtags #MercyisPower.

More than 20 Thai celebrities and social media influencers such as Cherry-Khemupsorn, Patricia Good, Top-Pipat, Noon-Siraphun, Wannasingh Prasertkul and Maria Poonlertlarp have shown their support for the campaign, which will start ahead of World Tiger Day on 29 July 2021.

Pledge your support for the ‘Mercy is Power’ campaign today on http://www.mercyispower.com.

Published : July 24, 2021

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BTS Group won “Transport Deal of the Year (Thailand)” at The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2021 #SootinClaimon.Com

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BTS Group won “Transport Deal of the Year (Thailand)” at The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2021


BTS Group Holdings Public Company Limited or BTS Group has implemented sustainable business practices and committed to environmental stewardship, and therefore initiated the issuance of BTS Group Green Bond as a financial tool to help mitigate global warming.

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report on the impact of human activities as a major contributor to global warming. This caused Swedish Pension Funds began to consider investments that aid in solving the problem. Consequently, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB), together with the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) and the World Bank collaborated to explore ways to obtain funding that mitigate the risks for investors and create a positive impact on the environment.

In 2008, the first-ever Green Bond was issued by the World Bank, raising funds for environmental projects in various countries. Considered one of the history-making events, the Green Bond fundamentally changed the way investors, scientists, development experts, and policymakers work together. It was hence the beginning of International Capital Markets Associations (ICMA)’s Green Bond Principles. Since then, the Green Bond market has expanded in many countries, reflecting the investors’ awareness of the climate change impact and their intention to support environmentally sustainable activities.

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BTS Group won “Transport Deal of the Year (Thailand)” at The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2021BTS Group won “Transport Deal of the Year (Thailand)” at The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2021BTS Group Holdings Public Company Limited or BTS Group has implemented sustainable business practices and committed to environmental stewardship, and therefore initiated the issuance of BTS Group Green Bond as a financial tool to help mitigate global warming. With an objective to offer Thai investors the opportunity to invest in environment-friendly projects such as electric mass transit projects, on 24 May 2019, the first Green Bond in Thailand was issued under the criteria of Green Bond Notification of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The senior unsecured Bonds amounting to THB 13,000 million were issued with the purpose for debt refinancing of the two monorails mass transit projects — the Pink Line (Khae Rai-Min Buri section) and the Yellow Line (Lat Phrao-Samrong Section). The Bonds issuance also achieved the “Best Green Bond 2019” award in the category of Best Deal – Transport and Infrastructure, at The Asset Triple A Sustainable Capital Markets Regional Awards 2019.

In November 2020, BTS Group has issued the 2nd Green Bond amounting to THB 8,600 million with tenor 2 to 10 years to refinance outstanding debts and invest more in the Pink Line and the Yellow Line Monorail Projects. Moreover, BTS Group has once again received “Transport Deal of the Year (Thailand)” award from The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2021, organised by The Asset, the leading financial magazine in Asia. Both projects will elevate Bangkok’s electric mass transit network which will lessen the use of fossil-fueled vehicles resulting in the reduction of carbon emission, and fine dust particles (PM2.5) in Bangkok. This award is based on outstanding public transport debt securities with emphasis on sustainability infrastructure.

Mr. Surayut Thavikulwat, Chief Financial Officer of BTS Group, said that “Green Bond has received a lot of attention from investors in Thailand. Consequently, BTS Group issued another debenture to meet the needs of investors. The two awards that BTS Group received reflect its commitment to maintain balance between the preservation of economic benefits along with having awareness of the environment according to good governance by passing the policy from the organisation level to the employees for learning and implementing best practices.”

In addition, BTS Group’s sustainable commitment has been acknowledged through awards and recognitions received at both national and international level such as being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the 3 consecutive years (2018-2020) and ranked first globally in the DJSI Transportation and Transportation Infrastructure Sector. Recently, BTS Group was honored to be the first and only rail carbon neutral transportation company certified by the Thai Government’s Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation.

Published : July 23, 2021

Phuket Authorities show support for Thailand International Boat Show #SootinClaimon.Com

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Phuket Authorities show support for Thailand International Boat Show


Organised by JAND Events, the Thailand International Boat Show will take place 6 – 9 January 2022 at Royal Phuket Marina.

With preparations underway, organisers of the Thailand International Boat Show met with the Governor of Phuket, Narong Wun Siew, and Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office to discuss plans for the show and its importance in supporting Phuket’s tourism and economic recovery.

With the success of the Phuket Sandbox, Thailand International Boat Show is set to be one of the first international events held in Phuket since the pandemic and the first boat show in the region in two years, as organisers invite people from around Thailand and overseas to a four-day showcase of the best of the best in marine and luxury lifestyle.

In the photo, from left to right: Grenville Fordham, Boat Show Consultant; Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina; Narong Wun Siew, Governor of Phuket; David Hayes, CEO of organisers JAND Events; and Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office.

The Thailand International Boat Show will take place 6 – 9 January, 2022 at the SHA Plus+ certified Royal Phuket Marina. For more information, visit https://www.thailandinternationalboatshow.com.

Published : July 23, 2021

Q2 profit expectations fuel CK Power share surge #SootinClaimon.Com

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Q2 profit expectations fuel CK Power share surge


CKPs stock price rose to 6 baht on Thursday morning, increasing from the previous price by 0.20 baht or 3.45 per cent. The share hit its highest point at THB6.10 and the lowest at THB5.95 baht on Thursday with total trade value at THB135.20 million.

The shares of Energy company CK Power (CKP) climbed over 3 per cent on Thursday, amid possibility of the company reporting a THB750 million profit for the second quarter.

CKP’s stock price rose to 6 baht on Thursday morning, increasing from the previous price by 0.20 baht or 3.45 per cent. The share hit its highest point at THB6.10 and the lowest at THB5.95 baht on Thursday with total trade value at THB135.20 million.

Maybank Kim Eng securities suggested that investors should purchase the CKP stock when it is at THB6.50 per share. The securities firm expected CKP to soon announce around THB750 million profit for the second quarter. It predicted even greater growth for the energy company in the third quarter.

CKP holds shares in the Nam Ngum 2 and Xayaburi hydroelectric power plants in Laos. The movement of tropical storm Koguma to upper Laos is expected to provide more water for the plants to generate electricity.

Published : July 23, 2021