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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.

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JSCCIB: lengthy time taken to form new govt affects economy in 2nd half of 2019

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.

The contracted exports will also affect the economy in the second half of the year. Therefore the JSCCIB will review the overview of the Thai economy this year the next month.

The meeting of the JSCCIB, therefore, prepares to revise the Thai economic forecast this year next month after the end of the second quarter when the political situation should be clearer.

The likely prolonged trade war problem because the United States may raise tariffs on Chinese products which could affect the export this year, and there is still a political factor from the delayed establishment of a government which will affect the preparation of the annual expenditure budget 2020.

Mr. Predee Daochai, Chairman of the Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA)

Mr. Suphan Mongkholsuthee, Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, added that the JSCCIB has prepared a private sector’ economic development proposal for a new government in economic development and also requires the Joint Public-Private Sector Consultative Committee to meet every six months in order to promptly solve problems.

He has urged the new government to roll out tax-oriented stimulus measures to boost the country’s economy. He said the new government should also continue pushing megaprojects which have already been started.

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Thai fruit exports to FTA markets up 107 percent

China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and Chile are top importers of Thai fruits, especially fresh durian, mangosteen, longan and mango. Thai exporters are able to benefit from FTA privileges.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand’s fruit exports continue to increase, despite the sluggish global economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with key trade partners being countries that have free trade agreements (FTAs) with the kingdom.

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The Future of Asia: greener but with a public and private debt hangover

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a perfect storm, destroying jobs, worsening poverty and inequality, and creating a public and private debt problem—especially for countries and firms already in fragile financial health beforehand

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50:50 campaign may not get immediate extension

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The government’s 50:50 co-pay campaign expiring on 31st March may not be getting an immediate campaign extension. The Minister of Finance says campaign evaluation is needed to improve future campaigns.

The Minister of Finance Arkhom Termpittayapaisith today announced the government may not be able to reach a conclusion on the extension of the 50:50 co-pay campaign in time for the current 31st March campaign end date, as evaluations are needed to better improve the campaign.

Originally introduced last year, the 50:50 campaign is a financial aid campaign for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the government subsidizes up to half the price of purchases at participating stores, with a daily cap on the subsidy amount of 150 baht, and a 3,500 baht per person subsidy limit over the entire campaign.

The campaign has already been extended once, with the current end date set for 31st March.

The Finance Minister said that payout campaigns for the general public are still valid in this period, allowing time for the 50:50 campaign to be assessed, and to address reports of fraud at some participating stores.

The Fiscal Police Office Director General and the Ministry of Finance Spokesperson Kulaya Tantitemit, said today that a bigger quota could be offered in Phase 3 of the 50:50 campaign beyond the 15 million people enrolled in the first two phases, while existing participants will need to confirm their identity if they want to participate in Phase 3, without the need to fill out the registration form.

Mrs Kulaya said the campaign will still be funded by emergency loan credit allocated for pandemic compensation, which still has about 200 billion baht available as of today.

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