Thai economy is expected to grow by 3.5 percent in 2015 as domestic demand, particularly private and public investments, continues to recover. A significant improvement compared to the 1.5% expected for 21014, but still lagging behind other neighboring countries.
Spending in Thailand, which had slowed earlier during the unrest, should return to normal while the private sector should gain from government investment, and both would assist in boosting the economy in 2015, Mr Prasarn was quoted as telling the international media.
Mr Prasarn told foreign media in Washington that Thailand’s political situation has now eased and it should help domestic consumption return to normal. In addition the interim government is accelerating to reform state enterprises, local energy prices and shoring up agricultural products without government subsidies, said Mr Prasarn.
In 2014 Thai economy is projected to grow by 1.5 percent for the entire year. Real GDP growth in H1 2014 contracted by 0.1 percent, mainly due to the contraction in domestic demand, which has been weak since Q4 2013, and which has continued to be so into the first half of this year.
Thailand bound to be slowest-growing country of Asean till 2016
Economists at the World Bank recently told reporters that Thailand would remain the slowest-growing economy in South-East Asia till 2016 (see page 153 – or 171 of the PDF file – of October’s East Asia and Pacific update). They expect the economies of Thailand’s neighbours to keep growing at a faster pace than their competitor : Myanmar at 8%-plus, Cambodia and Laos at 7%, and Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam all between 5% and 6%.
It is no surprise that Thailand’s economy under-performed other Asean countries. The kingdom has suffered endless months of political agitation lacking a proper government capable of handling fiscal policy since the end of 2013, when the prime minister at the time, Yingluck Shinawatra, dissolved parliament. A move followed by months of political unrest and a military coup in May 2014.
The World Bank expects Thai economy to grow only by 3.5 percent in 2015 as domestic demand, particularly private and public investments, continues to recover as the political situation is expected to be more stable.
Household debt soared to 80% of GDP
Public disbursements are expected to speed up from their stagnation in the first half of this year, with a functioning government now in place. The implementation of planned large public transport investment projects will also start next year, although the bulk of them will most likely be implemented starting in 2016.
However, household consumption will not recover quickly, because household debt has soared, reaching over 80 percent of GDP in 2014.
According to World Bank report.
Consumer confidence index rises for 4th straight month
Nevertheless Thailand’s Consumer Confidence Index increased in September for the fourth consecutive month and peaked for 9 years and 7 months or 115 months, according to a survey by the Commerce Ministry.
Amparwon Pichalai, commercial advisor and acting deputy permanent secretary for commerce, said the survey of 3,167 people nationwide found that last month’s Consumer Confidence Index stood at 45.8, rising from 44.9 in the previous month.
Respondents were asked about their economic situation, income and employment opportunities.The confidence index for the next three months was at 49.2, Ms Ampawon said.
She pointed out that although the indices were climbing, they remained below 50. This shows that people still lack confidence in the economic situations due to the cost of living, rising unemployment, delayed tourism recovery, the low prices of farm products, widespread flood damage, and exports negatively affected by the global economic slowdown.
Thailand Approves Latest Economic Relief Package for Businesses
Some 250 billion baht (US$8 billion) was allocated for soft loans while the remaining 100 billion baht (US$3.2 billion) will go towards an ‘asset warehousing’ program whereby debtors can use their assets as loan collateral but will have the right to redeem their assets under a specific time frame.
Thailand BOI approves Biotech Projects Worth 2.4 Bln Baht ($78 million)
The biotechnology sector is part of the so-called BCG model (Bio, Circular and Green economy) which the Thai government has set as a priority to lead the post-Covid 19 recovery.
The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) said today it has recently approved new projects in the field of advanced biotechnology, worth a combined 2.4 billion baht (around USD78 million) in investment, reflecting the increased interest of local and foreign investors in the country’s biotech sector.
Asia-Pacific sees 3.9% growth in deal activity in February 2021
The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region saw a 3.9% month-on-month growth in deal activity (mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture financing deals) from 1,126 deals to 1,170 deals in February 2021, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
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