Thailand has made very impressive gains in recent years in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index, moving from 46th to 26th to 21st position in recent years.
But by implementing 10 measures, the Foreign Chambers Alliance (FCA) predicts Thailand could quickly move into the top 10 of the World Bank index.
The proposals are the outcome of consultation with Chambers of Commerce of four countries – Australia, Germany, Britain and the US – under the Foreign Chambers Alliance (FCA), U.S Ambassador DeSombre told press on Friday.
Simplify and digitise cross-border clearances
For example, as a special measure during the pandemic, the Thai Customs Department has permitted the use of electronic documents when importing goods under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. This interim measure helps importers, exporters and most importantly, Thai consumers, allowing goods to reach the Thai market quicker and more cheaply.
Simplify access for skilled labour
According to business communities, there are a number of further steps Thailand could take to streamline business practices and make Thailand an even more attractive destination for trade and investment.
Examples of such measures are moving government processes online, eliminating redundant regulations, simplifying access to visas, and improving the investment application process. The attached infographic represents in pictures each of the 10 measures in more detail.
Large Shopping Malls in Bangkok Will Be Closed until July 25th
Shopping malls under the Mall Group, including all branches of The Mall, the Emporium, Emquartier and Paragon Department Store, are also closed for 14 days, from today, except for supermarkets, food courts, pharmacy shops, eateries (take-out and delivery only), banks, mobile phone shops and vaccination sites.
Downside risks loom for Thai economy due to Prolonged COVID-19 Outbreak
The most important issue for the Thai economy at present would be the procurement and distribution of appropriate vaccines adequately and timely.
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has revealed that Thailand’s economy faces significant downside risks, because a prolonged COVID-19 outbreak could cause the economy to underperform the baseline projection, squeezing business liquidity and slowing employment.(more…)
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