TDRI warns government against interference with the central bank

Chairman of the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Dr. Somkiat Tangkitvanich, has advised the government not to interfere with the Bank of Thailand over the policy interest rate, warning that…

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Experts say lowest ever PISA score is a wakeup call for Thailand’s failing education system

Thailand’s latest PISA scores are the lowest in more than two decades since the country joined the Program for International Student Assessment in the early 2000s. The poor performance offers…

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“AI and the Future of Newsroom”

Are you ready to embark on a journey into the future of journalism, powered by artificial intelligence? You are invited to attend Thai PBS World Forum 2023 under the theme…

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Will govt policy to cut train fares by 50% spark Bangkok renaissance?

Ruling party Pheu Thai has promised to honor its election policy by capping Bangkok city train fares at 20 baht. If Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit gets his way, the fare…

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The EEC agenda for the next government

The new government will face serious challenges in accelerating the development of the country’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), which was launched with the vision of creating a next-generation growth…

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The high cost of the promises made by major parties to woo the electorate

Amid the strong likelihood of the next government being formed by a coalition led by the Move Forward Party, the biggest gainer in the May 14 general election with 152…

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Election Commission under fire over poor regulation of populist campaign policies

The Thailand Development Research Institute has criticised the Election Commission for its failure to check whether populist campaign policies, promised by political parties in their election manifestos, are worth the…

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Many analysts have pointed out that tensions between major world superpowers have intensified, which will further restrict international trade and prolong the high price of energy. (Photo by @tawatchai07)

Global headwinds could blow Thai economy off track 

The decelerating export growth in July has raised concerns that the outlook for Thailand’s economic growth may be bleak because of an increasingly likely global slowdown. The Thai economy grew…

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Thailand’s soft power ranked 35th globally

Thailand is ranked 35th out of 120 countries on the Global Soft Power Index 2022, a fall from 33rd last year. “Soft power” has recently become a buzzword in Thailand,…

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Thai research body predicts a million jobless by year end if pandemic persists

Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), predicts that the number of unemployed in the kingdom will reach one million by the end of this year, if the…

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Cautious optimism infects Thailand as mass vaccination heralds reopening 

The launch of Thailand’s mass vaccination program on June 7 has sparked hope that the country can reopen for tourists and resume normal business activities. But uncertainty remains. The third…

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Will COVID-19 give birth to a welfare state in Thailand?

Thailand’s economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 fallout, with numerous layoffs, working hours cut and people’s income plunging. The government has implemented a raft of relief packages to…

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Protest against Chana Industrial project entering its 3rd day

The protesters from Chana district, in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, have already been camped in front of government house for two nights. They are asking government to scrap the…

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TDRI predicts coronavirus may push Thailand’s poor 18.9 million

A researcher at Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has predicted that the number of poor people in Thailand might grow three-fold to about 18.9 million if…

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TDRI asks Govt. to support workers and SMEs affected by closures

Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has proposed the Government directly help workers and their families and small enterprises affected by the closures, imposed by the authorities,…

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TDRI gives mixed ratings to government’s performance in digital economy policy

The outgoing government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made some achievements and, at the same time, failed in its policy to drive Thailand toward a digital economy over the…

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TDRI slams junta for helping mobile operators at taxpayers’ expense

Thailand’s highly regarded economic think-tank has voiced its strong disagreement with the National Council for Peace and Order’s executive order extending the payment schedule of concession fees for the country’s three mobile phone operators, claiming the move…

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TDRI concerned that many buyers of cheap housing units may default  

Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has expressed concern that low income-earners who bought housing units under the government-sponsored “One Million Housing Units” project may not be able to pay their…

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