Tourism Boosts Pacific Economic Outlook, but Climate change, Rising Prices Pose Risks

After an average economic contraction of 0.6% in 2021, ADB’s Pacific Economic Monitor (PEM), released today, says the Pacific is expected to grow by 4.7% this year and 5.4% next year.

Thailand’s Growth disappoints despite boost from reopening

A breakdown of GDP showed that growth was uneven. Encouragingly, the recovery in household spending gained further traction, rising 6.9% y/y (1.7% q/q) following a more substantive easing in domestic and border restrictions.

Asia’s Economies Face Weakening Growth amid Rising Inflation Pressures

Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific is projected to decelerate to 4.2 percent this year, 0.7 percentage points less than forecasted in April and slower than the 6.5 percent growth in 2021.

Thailand’s consumer confidence index (CCI) moved upward in June

Thailand’s consumer confidence index (CCI) increased in June for the first time in six months, buoyed by emerging signs of economic recovery due to the continued easing of Covid-19 control measures and improved business activities.

Thailand’s inflation rate highest in 14 years

Inflation may accelerate in June as continued increase in fuel prices have raised the costs of transportation and logistics, and a weak baht has driven up the price of imported raw materials and products