Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of World Economic Forum on Mekong region in Hanoi on October 25, 2016. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Is ‘economics tsar’ Somkid Jatusripitak preparing to make a comeback?

Famed as Thailand’s top “economics tsar”, former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has served both elected governments and a junta regime during his long and colorful career. Somkid, 68, abruptly quit…

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DPM Somkid and his economic team to quit government tomorrow

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Somkid Jatusripitak, and his four economy teammates are expected to tender their resignations tomorrow (Thursday). When asked about their impending departures, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana is…

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Thailand’s Energy Minister Sontirat may join Kla Party

There is speculation that Energy Minister, and former Secretary-General of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party, Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, will join Mr. Korn Chatikavanich’s Kla party around August this year. A…

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Finance Ministry considering 3rd round of “Chim-Shop-Chai” scheme

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has praised the “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) scheme for its success in stimulating the grass roots economy and has instructed the Finance Ministry to consider launching a…

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DPM Somkid admits he no longer controls national economic affairs

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said today that he is no longer directly in charge of Thailand’s national economic affairs, but merely oversees four related ministries. He gave his assurance,…

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Somkid and Democrat deputy leader Korn in war of words

A war of words has broken out between Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Democrat party deputy leader Korn Chatikavanich over Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s recent plea to voters to reject General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s as post-election prime…

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Somkid will be one of Palang Pracharat’s prime ministerial candidates

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak will be one of the three prime ministerial candidates of the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat Party, party leader Uttama Savanayana said Thursday. But Uttama stopped short…

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Somkid confident of 4-4.2 percent growth rate for 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is confident that Thailand’s economy for the year 2018 would grow between 4-4.2 percent, citing several economic indicators which have shown sign of improvements. In…

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Another Bt50bn to be injected for grassroots economic stimulation

In a bid to cope with an expected slowdown in global economic growth next year, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has instructed the Finance Ministry to inject another  50 billion…

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Poll finds Somkid to be most impressive Cabinet member

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has edged Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to be the most outstanding member of Gen Prayut Cabinet.   Mr Somkid scored 49.88 percent from 1,291…

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