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Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), stated in the daily briefing on 21 January that 31 January 2021 will be the day to make a decision whether the country should strengthen or relax prevention measures. He reminded the public that the direction of the next step depends on the public's cooperation. He also emphasized that people should practice "DMHTT" measures, which are distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, testing (temperature check), and Thai Chana application use, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Kanchanaburi's governor has announced new relaxed measures for hotels and resorts that have long-term lessees. They are allowed to stay open, but these establishments must follow the Government's prevention measures. This relaxed measure aims to help people who have necessary missions in the province have a place to stay and to reduce the impact on the hotel sector. The announcement is in effect from 20 January 2021 onward.
The World Bank anticipates that the Thai economy this year will see an overall 4% growth, thanks to stimulus measures from the government. It also expects the Thai economy to see 4.7% growth in 2022, despite current challenges from the new wave of COVID-19 infections. Additionally, the World Bank said it would continue to monitor the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand, which should give the economy a positive push if done in a timely manner, as well as reducing the effects from the pandemic on the overall employment situation.
The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has determined that the commerce policies of new US President Joseph Biden will boost trade between Thailand and the United States. The Ministry of Commerce will continue expanding Thai exports to the United States, aiming for 4% growth this year. High-potential items include pre-cooked food, supplements, household items, and COVID-19 prevention items. The ministry will also focus on organizing sales activities and promotions via social media, and launch the TOPTHAI Store on Amazon.com, along with introducing Thai products to ThaiTradeUSA.com.
The Cabinet has agreed to extend regulations on four controlled goods during COVID-19, which were going to expire on 4 February 2021. The extension will be for one year, effective from the day after it is published in the Royal Gazette. The list of four controlled goods includes face masks, alcohol gel, spunbond fabric, and recycled paper. It is considered necessary to control the price of paper for the sake of recycling businesses, since the price in the global market is tending to decline.
The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, has issued a problem-solving measure to mitigate impacts on business owners and follow the physical distancing policy by automatically extending the validity of export and import ID cards (including attorney ID cards) for three months. This measure applies to cards that will expire between 15 January and 30 April 2021. Moreover, business operators are allowed to send the registration request via post when applying for an export and import representative of products under the import and export control measures, and they can check the results of the consideration through the online registration system service, 24 hours a day. The Department of Foreign Trade also invites entrepreneurs to use any other online services provided by the department that may be more convenient and faster. The online service also decreases contact with paper and reduces the time spent on the service.