COVID-19 ravaged Thailand’s famous tourism sector and even the recent border openings have only pulled in a trickle of travellers. But in Thailand’s big industrial districts, things look very different.

Thai economists say manufacturing is roaring back to life and exports could hit record highs not seen even before the pandemic.

Kirida Bhaopichitr is Economics Research Director at the Thailand Development Research Institute which advises the Thailand Government on development policies. She argues this is more than just a pandemic bounce for ASEAN’s second biggest economy.

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