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Many of us have heard the term “Metaverse,” which is commonly used to refer to the combination of technologies that allows us to access a virtual reality world or bring virtual reality into the physical world, as first mentioned in Neal Stephenson’s scientific novel “Snow Crash” (1992). The term “Metaverse” has become one of the biggest buzzwords over the past year, and recently we have seen tech giants striking deals to take part in the metaverse.

Singapore state investor Temasek, through its Asia Sustainable Foods Platform (ASF), and Cremer, a German agri-food multinational company, have jointly invested SGD 6 million to produce plant-based alternative proteins in Tuas, Singapore.
ASF and Cremer have formed the joint venture, Cremer Sustainable Foods, which will carry out pilots and demo-scale facilities for the joint venture’s first Singapore production facility.

Just one week following the release of the draft Rules concerning the Standard Contract for Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Information, the Cyberspace Administration of China finalized and issued the long-awaited Measures for the Security Assessment of Transfers of Data Abroad on 7 July 2022. The Measures provide the implementation rules and guidelines concerning the security assessment mechanism for cross-border data transfers outside of China, as established in China’s three overarching data protection laws, the Cybersecurity Law, the Data Security Law and the Personal Information Protection Law. The Measures will take effect and will be implemented from 1 September 2022. Companies will have a grace period of six months to comply with the Measures.

At present, certain promotional activities (e.g., sweepstakes, raffle games or random premiums) are subject to the Gambling Act, B.E. 2478 (1935), which require the business operator to get permission from the Department of Provincial Administration. The Gambling Act regulates all sweepstakes activities with a strict and complicated permission system. The Office of the Council of State has now updated the requirements under the Gambling Act by passing the Bill on Sweepstakes Activities in the Course of Business or Occupation to reduce the strict procedures and difficulties for business operators in arranging these promotional activities.

To facilitate better traceability and follow-up actions in the event of safety or quality issues, the Health Science Authority (HSA) is launching a voluntary notification initiative for health supplements and traditional medicines. From 1 August 2022, companies may submit documents regarding their products to the HSA. If the products meet the necessary safety and quality standards and labelling requirements, they will be published on the HSA’s database, which patients and consumers can refer to when considering suitable health supplements and traditional medicines.

Amidst the surging interest in environmental, social and governance considerations, the Ministry of Industry has revised the obligations under its notification on certain factory operators in monitoring and reporting air pollution data. The aim of this notification is to bring up to date the current requirements, extend the coverage of applicability and help improve the availability of emission data to the public.

In Part 1 of our newsletter on sustainability and investment promotion, we discussed the current climate of a drive towards sustainability goals and the role of the Thailand Board of Investment in supporting businesses in this direction. In this second part, we will elaborate on measures adopted by the Thailand Board of Investment so far, including: measure to promote Thailand as the regional EV hub; measure to promote sustainability-related activities; special measures to improve production efficiency; and measure to promote a grassroots economy.