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Investment promotion requests exceeded 750bn baht in 2019

An impressive 59% was in the Eastern Economic Corridor, with China outreaching Japan to become the biggest international investor in Thailand.

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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.

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BoI plans more efforts to promote BCG economy

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Board of Investment (BoI) is working with related agencies to rev up promotion of the bio-, circular and green (BCG) economy to help drive growth over the next 5 years.

BoI Secretary-General Duangjai Asawachintachit said the BoI is looking into more business categories for high technology as part of efforts to promote the BCG economy.

She said the government is focused on developing the bio-economy as Thailand has more than 30 million people working in the farm sector, yet most of them remain in poverty.

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Will Covid-19 unleash a new generation of digital nomads?

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Will Covid-19 unleash a new generation of digital nomads?
– Covid-19 has facilitated the widespread adoption of remote working
– Despite travel restrictions, countries are seeking to attract digital nomads
– Dubai and Mexico have emerged as key destinations for foreign remote workers
– As travel resumes, many anticipate a new wave of roaming digital nomads

With Covid-19 facilitating the widespread adoption of remote working practices, some emerging markets are seeking to attract digital nomads through a series of incentives and special visas.

Despite border closures and travel restrictions resulting from the virus, various countries are stepping up efforts to incentivise the movement of so-called digital nomads – people who work remotely and relocate relatively freely.

For example, in October the Dubai government launched its virtual working programme, an initiative that gives foreign professionals the opportunity to move to the emirate and continue to work remotely in their current jobs.

The one-year programme, launched after Dubai reopened its borders to international tourists in July last year, is designed is attract professionals, entrepreneurs and those working in start-ups.

Given its strong ICT infrastructure and healthy start-up scene, Dubai has been seen as an increasingly attractive option for digital nomads in recent years, with officials marketing the emirate as a place where people can live and work by the beach.

As a further incentive, in January officials began offering free vaccines to those on the programme.

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BoI Plans More Efforts to Promote BCG Economy

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Board of Investment (BoI) is working with related agencies to rev up promotion of the bio-, circular and green (BCG) economy to help drive growth over the next 5 years.

BoI Secretary-General Duangjai Asawachintachit said the BoI is looking into more business categories for high technology as part of efforts to promote the BCG economy.

She said the government is focused on developing the bio-economy as Thailand has more than 30 million people working in the farm sector, yet most of them remain in poverty.

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