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  • OPINION

    He who dares wins as Grisada leaves his mark

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/07/2019

    » Prior to his appointment as Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister over a year ago, Grisada Boonrach, a former interior permanent secretary, had already been known as a man who always left his mark on offices of state that he served.

  • THAILAND

    Making money from our resources

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Since the military government came to power, new economic policies have been rolled out and economic catchphrases coined.

  • OPINION

    Of me, my wellness and ThaiHealth

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/01/2016

    » The name "ThaiHealth" (Thai Health Foundation), a public organisation well oiled by "sin taxes" from cigarettes and alcohol companies, has become the talk of the town. The glare of the spotlight came early this month when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to sack seven of its board members for alleged "conflicts of interest".

  • THAILAND

    Civic group seeks China green help to stymie dam

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/03/2018

    » Local civic groups will seek help from Friends of Nature (FON), a renowned conservation group in China, for its campaign against dam projects on the Mekong River.

  • BUSINESS

    Great expectations

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/10/2017

    » Joanne Kua, the young chief executive officer of KSK Group Berhad, is typical of the next generation of family business leaders. After pursuing a successful career beyond her native Malaysia, she has returned home determined to leave her mark, yet is aware of the need to prove herself.

  • BUSINESS

    Open economy evangelist

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/08/2017

    » New Zealand has long been known for kiwi fruit, lamb and the invincible All Blacks, the fearsome national rugby team. But in the global economic sphere, the country is also known as a champion of open economies and free trade. Last year, the country was rated the world's second-best place to do business by Forbes magazine. That helps confirm its reputation in the field of trade -- and explains why the British government chose a New Zealander to head its post-Brexit trade negotiating team.

  • BUSINESS

    The case for more female leaders

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/04/2017

    » During a school swimming class, an East German girl with pale blonde hair stood at the edge of the high diving board, staring down at the pool below for 45 minutes. Just before the class bell rang, she finally jumped. Angela Merkel was determined to overcome her fears, no matter how long it took.

  • OPINION

    The fear of becoming a banana state

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/08/2016

    » 'The company changed the pattern of the rains, accelerated the cycle of harvests and moved the river from where it had always been." This vivid line is from the book <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i>, a magnum opus written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Prize-winning writer.

  • OPINION

    Double-edged sword called Section 44

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/03/2017

    » At first, the interim charter's Section 44 appears like a hidden sword that a knight in shining armour brings out only to fight a justifiable cause. Indeed, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha makes us believe so. Power and force will be used when necessary and applied constructively, we are told.

  • OPINION

    Forget coal and embrace Energy 3.0

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/02/2017

    » The protesters are clad in green T-shirts. They raise banners which read "No Coal", "Save the Environment". The place is Government House. The scene feels like deja vu. I have to pinch myself as it seems like I am back in the late 90s, a time when environmental protests were frequent across the country.

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