* Former govt official, state bank head among candidates
Economy expected to shrink by a record 8.5% this year
* Worries about economy remains plus delays in stimulus
* Foreign currency deposits to be relaxed
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BANGKOK Thailand is planning new projects worth about 30 billion baht ($956 million) to support its farm sector and create rural jobs, its planning agency said on Wednesday, as it tries to restore an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic's global impact.
BANGKOK After its finance minister's surprise exit, Thailand is looking for a new chief to steer its economy through the coronavirus crisis, with the outgoing central bank boss being linked to the job and a deputy minister throwing his hat into the ring.
BANGKOK Thailand reported its first domestic coronavirus transmission in more than 100 days on Thursday, after a man recently jailed and with no overseas travel history tested positive in a Bangkok prison during a routine check for new inmates.
BANGKOK Thailand's prime minister said on Wednesday there would be no impact on economic policies and plans from the sudden resignation of the finance minister, whose replacement will be made at an appropriate time.
* Investors urge policy continuity, quick appointment
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BANGKOK Thailand's recently appointed finance minister, Predee Daochai, has resigned as the government struggles to pull Southeast Asia's second-largest economy out of a slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
BANGKOK Thailand's economy improved in July, helped by public spending and an easing of coronavirus containment measures, but tourism suffered from a continued border closure, the central bank said on Monday.