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In the second episode of our Digital Transformation in the Healthcare Industry series, the Healthcare and Life Sciences team at Baker McKenzie brings us up to date with the current laws and regulations relating to telemedicine and telepharmacy in Thailand and associated issues.

Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Employers’ Forum took place in Singapore on Thursday, 27 April 2023. You can access a number of related resources relating to employment issues and trends.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 24 May 2023 from 14:30-16:00 hrs. (Bangkok time) via Zoom and YouTube Live. This exclusive webinar presented by our professionals will explore: (i) overview of the legal issues surrounding digital onboarding process, (ii) key concepts of the Anti-Money Laundering / Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) laws and specific regulations governing digital onboarding, (iii) key concepts of technology laws and regulations relating to digital onboarding, and (iv) case study: an end-to-end flow of the digital onboarding process for FinTech businesses. The webinar will be conducted in Thai.

The Office of the Consumer Protection Board has published the Notification of the Advertising Committee on Guidelines for Using Advertising Statements in Manners That Affirm Facts That Are Difficult to Prove and Guidelines for Proving the Facts Concerning Advertising Statements, B.E. 2565 (2022) in the Government Gazette on 13 January 2023, effective on 14 January 2023.

The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has issued new announcements to respond to new businesses and future investment trends and to attract investors to invest in Thailand. The BOI aims to boost innovation, competitiveness, and inclusivity as well as sustainable development of Thailand’s economy in accordance with the current National Economic and Social Development Plan and the country’s development policies.

In May 2022, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) was launched between Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the US and Vietnam. On account of its specified focus on labor standards and issues, IPEF is likely to have an ongoing impact on labor regulations and trends among partner countries, including Vietnam.

After much buzz and anticipation in the Thai energy industry, the Energy Regulatory Commission has finally published (i) the official Regulations for Purchasing Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources under a Feed-in-Tariff Scheme between 2022-2030 for Power Plants with No Fuel Costs on 27 September 2022, and (ii) the official Invitation Notifications for Purchasing Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources under a Feed-in-Tariff Scheme between 2022-2030 for Power Plants with No Fuel Costs, specifying the bidding process and timeline of each type of renewable power plant on 30 September 2022. In keeping with Thailand’s commitment to increase renewable energy’s share in the country’s overall power mix to at least 50% by 2050 and achieve carbon neutrality and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and 2065, respectively, the government will be accepting bids in November to purchase power generated from renewable energy sources in the years between 2024 to 2030.

Following the public hearing in March 2022, the Trade Competition Commission of Thailand published an amendment to the guideline on fair trade practices relating to credit terms with small and medium enterprises under section 57 (unfair trade practices) of the Competition Act 2017. This is the first amendment after the guideline became effective in December 2021.