BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand remained an investment destination for international investors last year, as reflected in the overall value of investment promotion requests in 2019, released by the Board of Investment (BOI) today, which exceed a 750 billion baht goal.
An impressive 59% was in the Eastern Economic Corridor, with China outreaching Japan to become the biggest international investor in Thailand.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, today assigned the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) to introduce measures to oversee companies receiving investment promotion packages last year to proceed with their investment plans.
1,624 projects worth 756.1 billion baht
The BOI last year received investment promotion requests for 1,624 projects worth 756.1 billion baht, of which 506 projects worth 444.88 billion baht are located in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), accounting for 59 percent of total investment promotion requests.
Some 500 billion baht in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was made in 2019, with Chinese investors being the largest group for the first time with 260 billion baht in investment, replacing Japanese investors who committed 63 billion baht in investment.
Mr Somkid said the government is motivated to offer special support to the tourism industry, creative economy industry, and infrastructure investments in the grassroots economy this year.
The government will be introducing measures for Thai companies to make more investments over the next six months to take advantage of the appreciated Thai currency.
The BOI Secretary General Duangjai Asawachintachit said today investment prospects for 2020 will be improved, as the BOI has enhanced its investment promotion benefits which now include 50% corporate income tax discount for five years. The offer is eligible for investment projects proposed to the BOI this year, of actual investment value of no less than 1 billion baht by the end of 2021.
Current investment promotion packages for SMEs are now extended to February 2020, with the addition of a 50% corporate income tax discount for three years for investments in the EEC.
Thailand relaxes COVID-19 measures to help revive economy
During the past couple weeks, new infection cases have been down from roughly 20,000 daily cases to 17,000 -19,000. Moreover, the number of daily discharges is exceeding infections, which has led to the conclusion that the situation is improving.
Thailand relaxed more virus related social curbs on September 1st, in dozens of cities including Bangkok, in a move that may indicate that the country’s economy, hit hard by COVID-19 will soon revive, lead by the export sector and sound financial fundamentals.(more…)
Southeast Asia to relinquish its lead over Latin America says Moody’s
While the emerging economies of Southeast Asia have outperformed their counterparts in Latin America for most of the past two decades, their lead will slide in the next few quarters as Southeast Asian governments clamp down to fight the pandemic’s lingering second and third waves.
The Delta surge is casting larger clouds over the global recovery and emerging markets are in the thick of it. Despite the ebbing of the coronavirus variant in India, where it first emerged, its spread in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East has steepened the road to recovery in these regions.(more…)
Thailand Approves Package to Attract Wealthy Foreigners and Professionals
Thailand’s Cabinet has approved an economic stimulus and investment promotion package aimed at attracting wealthy foreigners and highly skilled professionals...
The Role of Telemedicine Today: During and Beyond the COVID-19
Lockdowns, quarantine periods, and hospitals fast filling to the brink needed the medical community to come up with solutions fast....
Malaysia, Thailand banks to join the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework
Banking institutions from Thailand and Malaysia are invited to join the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework and indicate their interest to...
Climate Change Could Force 49 Million People to Migrate in East Asia and the Pacific
Out-migration hotspots in agricultural areas of central Thailand and Myanmar coincide with areas expected to see declines in both water...
Thailand BOI Approves Measures to Support Carbon Reduction
greenhouse gas emission as well as an enhanced scheme for electric vehicles and measures to mitigate Covid-19 impacts and support...