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The Board of Investment announced two new categories eligible for special promotion; digital backbone infrastructure and automotive and electrical parts design in a bid to bring more investment in fiber-optic and submarine cable installation, and automotive and electrical parts design. Companies starting up in automotive and electrical parts design must support high-technology development. Applicants will be entitled to corporate income tax exception for eight years from five years. The BOI also approved a plan to establish a strategic partner center(STC) to promote foreign investment by facilitating the work permit and visa processes for foreign investors and to coordinate with other state agencies and help procure skilled workers, both Thai and foreign, for foreign firms that invest in 10 targeted industries.

Thailand is the largest exporter of food products in ASEAN and the 12th largest world-wide. The Deputy Prime Minister said that Thai food exports are expected to grow by 10.8% this year to US$26.6 billion (900 billion baht), last year Thailand exported US$ 24 billion baht in food products. The government is working to promote more innovative food products with added-value. The government wants to turn Thailand into a global center of food research & development and food products as one of the ten targeted industries for BOI promotion privileges.

The Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) of the Royal Thai Police is cracking down on companies using pirated software in raids in Bangkok and nearby provinces. The software copyright violation most commonly found was businesses using one licensed copy to install a program on multiple PCs. In the first quarter of 2017 the ECD reported that more than 50 businesses were found using unlicensed software on more than 600 PCs, with the value of software used illegally reaching over 90 million baht. Businesses that use unlicensed software may be subject to criminal and civil penalties including substantial fines and prison under the Thai Copyright Act.

A draft agreement was approved by the Thai Cabinet last week and a cooperation agreement will be signed with Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. to implement eight major development projects, including the construction of the Bangkok - Chiang Mai high-speed railway line using Japanese technology during his visit to Tokyo from June 4-6. The feasibility report on the railway will be completed this year; construction of the railway will be divided into two parts: Bangkok-Phitsanulok and Phitsanulok-Chiang Mai. Other projects include two new high-speed railway projects, including a transnational route linking Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), one linking Bangkok to Rayong as part of the Eastern Economic Corridor. Other projects under study are development of commercial areas near a rail route from Kanchanburi province to Aranyaprathet border checkpoint, a rail system for goods transport, and a rail route linking Nakhon Sawan and Khon Kaen under the East-West Economic Corridor project.

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Jun 10 2017 >> New forex regulations to ease investment overseas and FET requirements
Jun 2 2017 >> BOI announces two new categories for special promotion
May 27 2017 >> Thailand in top ten worldwide for social media use
May 20 2017 >> No VAT rise government confirms
May 14 2017 >> Tax deadline for in person payment May 30
May 7 2017 >> Thailand 4.0 and the food industry
Apr 30 2017 >> Bangkok most visited city in Asia Pacific
Apr 22 2017 >> DBD withdraws over 5,000 juristic persons from database
Apr 15 2017 >> Cabinet announces two new public holidays
Apr 8 2017 >> BOI promotions for EEC include 50 percent corporate income tax reduction
Apr 1 2017 >> BoT revises 2017 GDP upward
Mar 24 2017 >> Government considering 50 year property leases for foreigners
Mar 17 2017 >> Food exports up 6 percent year on year
Mar 11 2017 >> Consumer Confidence up for 3rd month in a row
Mar 3 2017 >> Government moving to clear patent back log in 3 months
Feb 25 2017 >> New tax rates for expats and researchers in EEC
Feb 18 2017 >> New income tax rates applied for 2017 income
Feb 11 2017 >> New tax incentives for tech and jewelry industries
Feb 4 2017 >> Government to speed up free trade pact negotiations with the UK
Jan 28 2017 >> Tax incentive for private sector investment extended
Jan 21 2017 >> Enhanced tax incentives at digital park opening next year
Jan 15 2017 >> New regulations for online purchases proposed
Jan 7 2017 >> Longer stays for tourists in 2016
Dec 31 2016 >> Tourism revenues grow in fourth quarter
Dec 23 2016 >> GDP expected to grow 3.2% in 2017
Dec 17 2016 >> New business registrations expected to rise again next year
Dec 10 2016 >> Phuket airport renovations see growing passenger arrivals
Dec 3 2016 >> AoT shares climb on profit report
Nov 26 2016 >> New ten year retirement visa approved by Cabinet
Nov 19 2016 >> New property tax laws delayed

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