A spate of public and private positive forecasts have revised up Thailand’s GDP growth projection for 2018 to over 4 per cent.
Earlier this week the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) increased the group’s 2018 GDP projection from growth of 3.8-4.5% to 4.0-4.5% after witnessing better sentiment over the first two months of the year.
Steady gains in Thailand’s export and tourism receipts
According to Bank of Thailand latest press release, tourism registered a growth of 10.9 per cent January and 13.9 per cent in February mostly on the back of Chinese arrivals
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) also cites the sustained recovery of the global economy and the steady gains in Thailand’s export and tourism receipts.
JSCCIB chairman Chen Namchaisiri said Thailand’s economic indicators for the first two months of 2018 show consistent expansion in overseas shipments on the back of the positive global economic conditions, as well as the tourism boom.
But the private sector has expressed concerns that public investment may not grow as forecast after contracting 6% year-on-year in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (October-December 2017).
Others economic forecasters have also revise up the country’s economy growth projections thanks to public investment along with the robust export and tourism sectors.
Kasikorn Research Centre (Kresearch) is sticking with a forecast of 4.5 per cent export growth, amid concerns over a trade war. It estimates economic growth of 4 per cent for this year, shading earlier estimates.
The SCB Economic Intelligence Centre (EIC) has pencilled in economic growth of 4 per cent for this year, up from an earlier estimate.
EIC expects the Thai economy to continue expanding at 4.0%YOY in 2018, but the concentration of growth as in Q4/2017 is likely to remain. Given the stronger outlook of the global economy and declining risks of economic slowdown in major economies, Thailand’s merchandise exports and tourism will likely remain key growth drivers this year.
The centre, a unit of Siam Commercial Bank, said exports and the number of tourist arrivals are projected to see year-on-year expansion of 5 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively.
Thailand’s economic growth expected to return to 2019 levels in mid-2023
Although the economy would recover next year, the recovery is still substantially below potential level resulting in a large output loss and could affect Thailand’s potential economic growth in the future with the economy expected to return to 2019 levels in mid-2023.
The Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), one of Thailand’s largest commercial banks, said in its latest economic outlook report that the country’s economy may wait until the second semester of 2023 to return to 2019 growth levels.(more…)
World Bank cuts Thailand’s GDP growth outlook to 1% in 2021
The World Bank has said that Thailand’s economy is forecast to grow 1% this year, down from the 2.2% projected in July, hit by a spike in COVID-19 cases and a delayed reopening to visitors.
China’s economy stumbles on power crunch
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply chain bottlenecks...
Quarantine-Free Thailand Reopens for Vaccinated Tourists From 1 November 2021
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to confirm that Thailand is all set to welcome fully vaccinated foreign...
The ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement
The ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement (the “Agreement”) is a trade deal between the ten member states of ASEAN and...
Bangkok lifts more COVID-19 restrictions
In response to the Royal Thai Government’s announcement to relax more COVID-19 controls in the dark-red zone provinces, which include...
Thailand lifts curfew in ‘Blue Zone’ destinations from 31 October 2021
Bangkok, 22 October, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update that the night-time...