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Protecting Thailand from foreigners serves whose interests ?

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Preventing foreigners from owning land and property in Thailand does many things: it protects powerful Thai landlords and agricultural monopolies, forces overseas investors to consider setting up shop in other regional markets, drives Thai capital from the country and provides a pool of nationalist bile for tub-thumping politicians to draw on and whip up a frenzy of anti-foreigner sentiment at the drop of a hat.

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There are understandable concerns that easing regulations would enable foreign multinationals to snap up agricultural land, drive up rents and force farmers from their land.

What it does not do, however, is support the development of a sustainable and competitive local economy.

The Land Act and the Foreign Business Act (FBA) are the two main laws restricting the foreign ownership of businesses and land, capping the maximum foreign share at 49% in most cases.

The FBA has its roots in the Revolutionary Party's Announcement of National Executive Council No. 281 issued in 1972 by the then military government. This was a time when waves of refugees and immigrants were flooding in from China and the legislation was passed to prevent newcomers from poaching jobs as hairdressers and tuk-tuk drivers from Thais.

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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.

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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.

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Indonesia’s Omnibus Law: Positive Investment List and the Liberalization of Business Sectors

Examples of non-fiscal incentives are the provision of supporting infrastructure, simplified business licensing procedures, and the guaranteed energy supply or raw materials.

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Indonesia’s Omnibus Law: The Positive Investment List and the Liberalization of Business Sectors

In the first of ASEAN Briefing’s Indonesia’s Omnibus Law series, we analyze Presidential Regulation 10 of 2021 (PR 10/2021) on business fields open to investment — also dubbed as the positive investment list. The regulation comes into effect on March 4, 2021.

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Foreigners’ Participation in Thai Listed Companies explained

Special vehicles have been created to facilitate foreign investors so that they are able to invest in Thai
securities flexibly and conveniently.

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Similar to foreign business laws existing in most Asian countries, Thai laws have imposed restrictions on foreign ownership of Thai companies.

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