NGO calls for climate budget transparency

NGO Forum on Cambodia issued a report on Wednesday which said that from 2000 to 2017, some one million houses were seriously affected by climate change disasters. Yet, government spending on the issue remained relatively limited. The report is said to be the first in Cambodia ...

Khorn Savi

What Thais want to see in 2020 Budget

In a few months’ time, the current Thai government’s position could be hanging in the balance. This is thanks to the country’s 3.2-trillion-baht (US$105.6 billion) fiscal 2020 budget which will have its third reading on 9 January next year.  The 2020 fiscal year began on 1 ...

Sheith Khidhir

Southern islands face steep decline in tourism

The number of tourists visiting the twin island getaways of Don Det and Don Khon in the Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands) area of Khong district, Champassak province has dramatically fallen say local authorities. The Head of the Boat Tour Association in Nakasang village, Khong ...

Negative income tax under study

Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said on June 8 that his ministry was studying ways to pay for the proposal. In May, the Cabinet approved a Bt50 billion assistance package for low-income earners. The government is considering whether funds from this package could help pay for the ...

Education, defence top budget

The government’s Bt2.9-trillion budget for 2018 has massive spending of Bt575 billion for upgrading workers’ skills and education, plus related activities, while the Defence Ministry’s budget rises Bt8.8 billion to Bt222 billion. Under the 2018 Budget Bill, passed in its first reading by the National ...

Tourism industry wants visa waiver for 5 European countries extended

The HCM City Tourism Association has urged the Government to extend the visa waiver for tourists from five Western European countries — France, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Spain. A visa waiver programme for the five countries ends next month, Nguyễn Thị Khánh, deputy chairwoman ...

Pyithu Hluttaw nod for increased land, water, embankment tax

A proposal urging the Union government to increase land, water and embankment taxes on farmers to be compatible with the times has been approved by the Pyithu Hluttaw on May 22. It was submitted by Ayeyarwady Region, Thapaung township Hluttaw MP U Thein Tun during ...

Agriculture firms receive Gov’t funds

State credit institutions will offer enterprises developing national agricultural products 70 per cent of investment capital support, said the Ministry of Planning and Investment. MPI has finalised a draft decree on policies encouraging enterprises to invest in agriculture and rural areas to submit to the ...

EDL amasses huge debt due to unpaid bills, investment outlay

Unpaid electricity fees, notably owed by state organisations, have accumulated into a large debt to be paid to Electricite Du Laos (EDL), a minister told the recent National Assembly session. Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthilath gave the information when responding to questions ...

International visitors top expenditure of regional tourists

International tourists have generated a bigger expenditure in the country over regional tourists, even though regional tourist arrivals were 92 percent higher last year. According to a newly released national statistics report from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the ...

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