BANGKOK (NNT) – The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) forecasts that exports in 2021 will gradually return to expansion mode, based on signs of economic recuperation globally and the distribution of a vaccine to protect people against COVID-19.

DITP Director-General Somdet Susomboon, explained today that the office expects exports in 2021 will achieve 4 percent overall growth by the end of the year in line with projections by other public agencies and the private sector.

Contributing factors include the recovering world economy and the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) estimate that the world economy will expand 5.2 percent in 2021 from a contraction of 4.4% this year.

Developing countries in Asia’s emerging market category, including China, India and five nations of ASEAN, are slated to recover fastest overall. The World Trade Organization’s prediction is 7.2 percent global economic expansion in 2021. All of these factors will benefit Thai exports.

Other contributors to Thai trade include the delivery of anti COVID-19 vaccines, which should improve economic confidence and prompt consumption, economic stimulus in many nations and a hike in orders from trade partners.

Exports related to COVID-19 such as food, hygiene products, home entertainment and work from home tools will continue their uptrend as a new wave of infections has recently hit several countries.

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