The Thai Hotels Association (THA) will ask the government for Bt5 billion to help operators affected by the current political problem. At the same time, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is planning three events to reclaim business travellers from Europe.
Public investment will expand only slightly next year as the Thai Kem Kaeng Program will just about compensate for the reduction in the government’s on-budget investment in 2010.
The medium-term outlook is sobering, with growth expected at 3.5 percent in 2010 and likely remaining below potential for the next three years. Because the Thai economy is largely dependent on final demand in advanced economies, a return to pre-crisis rates of economic growth (a full recovery vs. a rebound to pre-crisis levels) will require a combination of (a recovery of demand from advanced economies and a rebalancing of the sources of growth to reduce Thailand’s dependence on demand from advanced economies. Neither process is likely to be swift. Recovery from a financial crisis is a lengthy process that involves the rebuilding of balance sheets, and the IMF estimates that half of the losses in the financial system in advanced economies are yet to be recognized.
The approved Financial Institution Business Act (FIBA) facilitates increase in foreign ownership in Thai foreign institutions. The Financial Institution Business Act (FIBA) became effective on 3 August 2008 as planned. The FIBA allows financial institutions to raise the foreign limit from 25 percent to 49 percent with permission from the BOT and foreign investors may own more than 49 percent equity stake in Thai banks with permission from the Ministry of Finance and recommendation by the BOT. The increase in foreign limit would encourage Thai banks to seek foreign strategic partners to strengthen the capital base, improve core banking business, IT platform, know-how and add inorganic growth to Thai banks.
Stimulus programs were implemented in Thailand throughout 2009, confirming improved expectations, boosting demand and supporting the momentum of the economic recovery.
Despite the rebound, Thailand’s export recovery is still subject to several downside risks. A recent export pickup in East Asia benefits mainly from coordinated and massive policy responses in G-3 economies and China that have boosted their demand for imports, and inventory re-stocking worldwide that followed a swift and large de-stocking in early-2009 as orders fell less than production. These two factors are temporary, as governments have to unwind injections to maintain fiscal discipline and companies resume their normal stocking levels. In fact, data shows that US inventory-to-shipment ratios for computers, electronic products, and electronic appliances started to rise again in August and September, thus leading to weaker new orders . This likely adds pressure on Thailand’s electronic shipments to the US in the coming months.
Thailand to sit on United Nations Economic and Social Council
ECOSOC is one of six major United Nations organizations which is in charge of proposing and reviewing international policy toward economic, social and environmental development.
BANKOK, 15 June 2019(NNT) – Thailand has been selected as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council from 2020 to 2022 on behalf of Asia and the Pacific region alongside China, South Korea and Bangladesh.(more…)
Delayed Government nomination to weigh on economy in 2nd half
the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) forecasts that delaying in the government establishment will affect the expenditure budget for the year 2020.
Bangkok, 6 June 2019 (NNT) – As for the economic situation, the meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) forecasts that the delay in the government establishment will affect the expenditure budget for the year 2020.(more…)
Over 54 billion baht to be spent on new school term
BANGKOK, 9 May 2019 (NNT) – The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) estimates cash flow of over 50 billion baht for the new school term, the highest amount in the past six years due to economic recovery, sufficient savings and the government’s economic stimulus measures.(more…)
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