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Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) estimates protest loss around Bt75 mn

The red-shirt rallies in Bangkok are estimated to have cost Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) around Bt75 million from March 12 to the end of April, a source at the state agency said yesterday.

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The red-shirt rallies in Bangkok are estimated to have cost Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) around Bt75 million from March 12 to the end of April, a source at the state agency said yesterday.

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BMTA estimates Bt75 mn loss

Although private investment has joined the rebound in Thai economy, the outlook remains weak relative to other demand

Key risks to the outlook are (i) political uncertainty and (ii) the timing of the withdrawal of fiscal and monetary stimulus. Increased political tensions may have a long-lasting impact on investment, and withdrawal of stimulus (in Thailand and the advanced economies) must be precisely timed to avoid macroeconomic imbalances (including new asset bubbles) while also ensuring that the recovery is on a sufficiently solid footing.

The approved Financial Institution Business Act (FIBA) facilitates increase in foreign ownership in Thai foreign institutions. The Financial Institution Business Act (FIBA) became effective on 3 August 2008 as planned. The FIBA allows financial institutions to raise the foreign limit from 25 percent to 49 percent with permission from the BOT and foreign investors may own more than 49 percent equity stake in Thai banks with permission from the Ministry of Finance and recommendation by the BOT. The increase in foreign limit would encourage Thai banks to seek foreign strategic partners to strengthen the capital base, improve core banking business, IT platform, know-how and add inorganic growth to Thai banks.

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Thai Government Launches “Factory Sandbox” Scheme to Protect 3 Million Jobs

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