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  • OPINION

    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

  • LIFE

    Visiting the vulnerable

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 28/11/2018

    » European Union Ambassador to Thailand Pirkka Tapiola recently visited the border town of Mae Sot to survey EU-funded projects for Myanmar Muslim migrants. Much work still needs to be done to improve the living conditions and outlook for the number of migrants there, and the ambassador is working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to make sure it happens.

  • OPINION

    Public apathy feeds high-level graft

    News, Published on 15/06/2015

    » Ours is a world of impunity. Allegations of corruption swarmed around Fifa for decades, culminating in mass indictments of Fifa officials last week. Yet Fifa president Sepp Blatter was re-elected four times, including after the indictments were filed. Yes, Mr Blatter has finally resigned, but only after he and dozens of federation members once again showed their scorn for honesty and the law.

  • ADVANCED NEWS

    Will customs reform move forwards in Thailand?

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 03/11/2010

    » Paying special bonuses to government officials for "fines levied against the private sector" has "actually encouraged distortions and contributed to corruption."

  • ADVANCED NEWS

    Floods: World Bank on damage & recovery

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 28/11/2011

    » 660 billion baht in property loss & 700 billion in lost opportunities. Flood impact "not all negative as it would spur spending."

  • ADVANCED NEWS

    Major Thai rice exporter defaults, then secretly returns as nominee in disguise?

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 20/09/2010

    » Thailand's rice sector at times lacks transparency. Will what actually happened once again remain a mystery as it has in the past?

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