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Thailand’s Economy expanded 5.8% in fourth quarter

Thailand’s economy contracted only 2.3 per cent in 2009, against the contraction forecast of 3 per cent thanks to the 5.8 per cent expansion in the fourth quarter, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).

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Thailand’s economy contracted only 2.3 per cent in 2009, against the contraction forecast of 3 per cent thanks to the 5.8 per cent expansion in the fourth quarter, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).

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A steep fall in exports caused by the global trade slump drove down industrial production and investment in the frst half of 2009. Business and consumer sentiment was further undermined by political tensions. Although there were signs the worst had passed by midyear, the economy is expected to contract by more than was projected in March. Modest growth is seen resuming in 2010. The tempo of recovery will depend in large part on the Government fully implementing two fscal packages, including a new public investment program. Those plans would be at risk if political disruptions recur. The consumer price index is now forecast to decline this year, before low-level infation returns next year.

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Imports from new ASEAN member countries also have lower import duties. As part of ASEAN Integration System of Preferences (AISP), tariffs of products such as vinegar, chili, certain vegetables, wood products, and electronic switchboards imported from Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao PDR are either reduced or abolished from September 2008.

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