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Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) sinks to 12-month low

Both global and domestic economies have been weak, in part due to the trade war, which if prolonged would be manufacturers’ worst-case scenario.

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Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in April fell for the first time this year, dipping to its lowest level in 12 months to 95.91 points because of a sagging global economy and the US-China trade war denting Thai exports.

Both global and domestic economies have been weak, in part due to the trade war, which if prolonged would be manufacturers’ worst-case scenario.

Aditad Vasinonta, deputy director-general of the Office of Industrial Economics (OIE), said the government has cut the country’s industry GDP growth target to 1.5-2.5% this year from an expected target of 2-3%. But the MPI index in April rose by 2.03% year-on-year.

“The OIE revised its MPI index for the first time this year following the global economic slump and economic indicators,” Mr Aditad said. Agency says April MPI reading was lowest in 12 months | Bangkok Post: business

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Thailand’s four challenges : Debt, inequality, plastics and climate change

Thais tended to get into debt faster, for longer and for higher amounts. Indebtedness starts as soon as they begin to work at age 25 and can increase until 56 years old.

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Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob, in his speech entitled “Formulating for the Future of Corporate Governance”, delivered at the Finance and Beyond National Director Conference 2019 in Bangkok (July 24th), said Thailand faces four challenges that require good governance in businesses to address.

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Exports contracted by -2.1%YOY in June, or -8.7% without Gold

With the exception of military arms and weapons reshipment to the USA in February, Thai exports value has shrunk continuously for the past 8 months, and the first half of 2019 showing a decline of -4.4%YOY.

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The value of Thai exports in June 2019 fell by -2.1%YOY. With the exclusion of gold, exports dropped further by -8.7% YOY (Gold export in June grew by 317.4%YOY).

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Thai exports could drop 0.6% in 2019

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce predicts that Thai exports in 2019 will drop 0.6% year on year, the first contraction in four years.

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Dr. Aat Pisanwanich, Director of Center for International Trade Studies (CITS) of UTCC, said that total Thai exports this year are expected to reach USD251.338 billion, 0.64% less than last year and the first contraction in four years.

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