The COVID 19 virus has impacted tourism, MICE and all sectors of the Thai economy, in addition to health and safety. It has impacted the global economy. Government support responses are welcomed by the business community. They have objectives about health and safety, business continuity, cushioning high levels of unemployment, contractual issues (eg force majeure administration and consequences), and where possible, other economic relief and support. JFCCT is addressing all these areas.
As a service to members, JFCCT provides information about government support, kept up-to-date as best we can in a fast changing policy environment.See the first file below. JFCCT will also provide members’ recommendations on changes to these support and relief measures, in order that they may best meet objectives and avoid collapse. Such issues include digitisation, digital government, some means of salary support, partial income assurance, avoidance of foreclosure/eviction and possible changes to the law. JFCCT will publish these. Please do be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns about coverage or terms of these measures, or recommendations you may have.
- Govt Support Measures for Economy and Society- 15 June 2020
- COVID 19 Business Continuity essentials at 9 April - a
- Visa and Work Permit extensions 29 April 2020
- Visa & WP anomalies during extension period 15 May 2020
- Business Continuity - meetings by electronic means - 10 April 2020
- JFCCT letter to Prime Minister about visa, WP extensions 3 April 2020.
- Emergency Powers
The 2005 Emergency Decree which allows for a State of Emergency to be called is the basis of the State of Emergency decreed 25 March 2020 to take effect 26 March 2020. This gives the Prime Minister wide powers. Under s. 7, a Notification of laws was made whereby the powers and authorities of various public officials are transferred to the Prime Minister:
“… the powers and duties of all Ministers having charge and control of execution of the laws shall be temporarily transferred as powers and duties of the Prime Minister, only in relation to the provisions on the issue of a permission, approval, order, command or aid in the prevention, remedy, suppression or withholding in an emergency situation or rehabilitation or provision of assistance to the people,….”
This is not like a s. 44 Order. The powers are technically no wider than held by various officials, and the powers must be exercised for the defined purposes (which are quite broad)
- Letter to Minister for Public Health-5 March 2020
- JFCCT - Force Majeure Proposal 9 March 2020
- Letter to Director General of Dept Disease Control -3 Feb 2020
- Letter to Pol. Lt. Gen. Sompong Chingduang - 23 Jan 2020