Continued delays in the formation of Thailand’s next government are posing risks to the country’s economy, says Pavida Pananond, a professor of international business strategy at the Thammasat Business School of Thammasat University in Bangkok

Key Takeaways

  • The ongoing delays in forming Thailand’s government pose risks to the economy, hindering its potential for growth and competitiveness.
  • Thailand’s political instability and manipulation of legal avenues deter foreign investors and hinder the country’s economic performance.
  • The lack of effective institutional governance and transparency in Thailand’s business environment prevents the country from attracting higher value-added investment and realizing its full economic potential.

Thailand has been a regional underperformer since a military coup in 2014, with growth hovering around 3%, as the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few powerful families has stifled competition and innovation.

The economic costs of shoddy politics are incalculable for a country that was once Southeast Asia’s star performer

Pavida Pananond, a professor of international business strategy at the Thammasat Business School of Thammasat University in Bangkok from Business is out of patience with Thailand’s political mess – Nikkei Asia

The reformist Move Forward Party had promised to address these issues but was unable to form a government due to the military-appointed Senate.

This political deadlock is hurting business and investor confidence, leading to a decline in foreign investment. Multinationals are bypassing Thailand in favour of other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Vietnam. Thailand’s lack of effective investment policies and an innovation-driven economy are hindering its potential.

Good governance and transparency are crucial for attracting foreign direct investment. The ongoing political wrangling and repression are causing economic stagnation and a lack of creativity and innovation. Thailand needs an accountable government that can implement reforms and restore investor confidence.

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Bangkok Correspondent at Siam News Network

Bangkok Correspondent for Siam News Network. Editor at Thailand Business News

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