Thailand week in review: Foreign land ownership proposal withdrawn, Thailand hosting APEC 2022, and more

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, Monday November 7th to Sunday November 13th. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!

1. The Thai cabinet has approved to withdraw the proposal of foreign land ownership for further study and public opinions in the future.

Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said the withdrawal is with options to possibly bring it back in other forms after study and public opinions in the future.

2. The Thailand Immigration Bureau has officially launched an online visa extension for foreigners which they say will only take about three minutes.

In the first phase, foreigners can get a visa sticker from Immigration Division 1, at the Government Complex Chaeng Wattana, Building B, Lak Si District in Bangkok.

3. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has approved 600 million baht for the right to broadcast the football World Cup 2022 for viewers in Thailand to watch with free charges.

TPN notes that original information from the World Cup said the rights would be 1.2 billion and it is unclear where the remainder of the budget would come from or if the previously quoted amount was adjusted, discounted, or incorrect.

4. A new regulation to control the use of cannabis flowers has been issued for medical and industrial purposes.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated that the tightened regulations were already in a long-delayed draft bill that has been fought over by politicians in the Thai government.

5. Thailand has been recognized as a world leader in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO informed that Thailand has been instrumental as one of the first countries globally and the very first country in the South-East Asia Region to pilot the UHPR initiative for public health emergencies and its handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

6. Thailand, the official host of the 2022 APEC summit, announced its readiness to host the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which will take place on November 18th and 19th, 2022, in Bangkok, five days from November 13th.

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!

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News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with the TPN Media for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya and Chonburi with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.