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Thailand’s sovereign rating to be upgraded if political tension eases

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Thailand’s sovereign position is likely to be upgraded to A- or A+ from the existing BBB+ level if the current political turmoil ends, according to the Public Debt Management Office director-general Chakkrit Parapuntakul.

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He said the world leading rating agency Moody’s Investors Service would send its officials to assess the overall Thai economy.The office is ready to give the officials an explanation and additional information about improving economic conditions of Thailand upon the increasing exports and the global economic recovery.“All key economic factors in Thailand have improved markedly, but the ongoing political standoff is the only factor affecting the economic growth,” he said.

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Singapore’s PayNow and Thailand’s PromptPay Launch Cross-border Payment System

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In a global first, Singapore and Thailand have linked their real-time payment systems, PayNow and PromptPay allowing international fund transfers between the two countries within minutes.

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12 Things to Know about the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF)

The ACGF is an ASEAN Infrastructure Fund initiative managed by ADB’s Southeast Asia Department Innovation Hub. It helps Southeast Asian governments prepare and finance infrastructure projects promoting environmental sustainability and contributing to climate change goals.

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Southeast Asia faces an infrastructure investment shortfall of more than $100 billion a year, which may have worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thai cabinet approves 350 billion baht Aid for COVID-hit Businesses

Thailand unveiled new measures to help small and medium COVID-hit businesses in the tourism industry hit by a liquidity crunch.

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The Thai cabinet has approved assistance worth 350 billion baht($11 Billion) to help businesses affected by COVID-19 with soft loans and asset warehousing.

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