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« Απάντηση #645 στις: Απρίλιος 18, 2021, 22:18:09 μμ »
Citibank to end personal banking services in Thailand


Citibank’s Thailand headquarters in Asok’s Interchange 21 building. Photo: Interchange 21

Citibank is pulling out from personal banking in Thailand after 54 years, blaming increased market competition.

American multinational financial services provider Citigroup yesterday announced plans to exit consumer banking in 13 countries in and around east Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Australia. It means that individuals will lose their personal accounts or cards with the bank at a date yet to be announced.

The New York-based bank said it will continue to offer business products and services to its institutional clients in affected markets, including trading, private banking and investment banking.

CEO Jane Fraser, who took the top post at the bank last month, said the move was strategic.

“While the other 13 markets have excellent businesses, we don’t have the scale we need to compete,” Fraser said in the bank’s announcement. “We believe our capital, investment dollars and other resources are better deployed against higher returning opportunities in wealth management and our institutional businesses in Asia.”

Citibank, which just reported record quarterly profits, first came to Thailand in 1967. It is the largest foreign bank operating in the kingdom, with more than 1 million customers.
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« Απάντηση #646 στις: Απρίλιος 19, 2021, 05:04:10 πμ »
Citibank is the worst bank in the world did same in Greece and then disappeared
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« Απάντηση #647 στις: Απρίλιος 22, 2021, 13:47:35 μμ »
Expats condemn Phuket’s “xenophobic” rapid-test payment policy

Expats living in Thailand are up in arms after Phuket officials confirmed that foreigners arriving on the island would have to pay for a rapid Covid-19 test that is free for Thais. The testing requirement is part of new restrictions now in force to combat the spread of the virus. However, it is not the cost of the test – 500 baht – that has angered so many expats, but the fact that officials see nothing wrong with charging people based on their nationality.

On Monday it was announced that EVERYONE arriving in Phuket would have to pay 300 baht if they needed the ‘rapid covid test’. But that was amended the next day. Now we have the latest example of 2-tier pricing in Thailand (below).

The news was shared by travel blogger Richard Barrow on his Facebook page and has so far generated over 430 comments (and still growing), most of them furious…

“Unbelievable. I know Thailand is xenophobic, but for the authorities to do that is an absolute disgrace. They can piss off. I’ll take my business elsewhere in future.”

“I pay Thai taxes, I have for 16 years! am happy to bring my money elsewhere then!”

“Phuketians: “Tourists please come back.” Also Phuketians: “500b khap.”

It was not just foreigners commenting however, with at least one Thai person condemning the policy…

“I feel so so ashamed of how my country (or its government) so desperately wants more money to continue their corruption. Any possible ways they can rip you off – they will do shamelessly.”

Effective yesterday, anyone flying in to Phuket from elsewhere in the country must take a rapid Covid-19 test, unless they have taken a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours or can prove they’ve received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. With less than 1% of the country vaccinated – almost none of them foreigners – the second requirement is unlikely to be met by many.

Foreigners who have to take the rapid test, regardless of whether they are tax-paying work permit holders or retirees contributing to the economy, long-term residents or married to a Thai, will have to pay 500 baht. For Thais, it is free. The focus of expat anger is not the cost, but the principle, which is being roundly condemned as xenophobic.

Foreigners employed in the Kingdom in particular, are angered, given that they have been paying tax for years and have social security coverage. In response, Phuket health officials have issued an “explanation” – that manages to explain very little.



Meanwhile, while the new restrictions apply to everyone arriving by air, for those arriving by road, only people coming from the high-risk “red” provinces need to meet the entry requirements.

And, just as a footnote, if your rapid covid test conducted by airport officials happens to come back positive you will be whisked away to a Phuket field hospital for a 14 day stay.



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« Απάντηση #648 στις: Απρίλιος 25, 2021, 10:29:25 πμ »
 BREAKING: Thai health officials reporting 2,438 new cases and eleven more deaths on Sunday.
There are 24,207 people in care: 19,274 in hospitals & 4,933 in field hospitals.
There are now 507 people in a serious condition & 138 on ventilators

Average age is now 29 years.
20-29 years: 1st wave 27.4% | 2nd 29.9% | 3rd 40.0%
30-39 years: 1st wave 24.8% | 2nd 26.4% | 3rd 24.2%


"Δικό σου είναι αυτό που δεν μπορεί να υπάρξει χωρίς εσένα"
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