Is America back in Southeast Asia ?

After a slow start, the Biden administration has begun to secure confirmation of some top diplomatic appointees for Southeast Asia. However several important posts, like Thailand or the Philippines, remain vacant.

Two years ago: Thailand reports first case of Covid-19 outside China

On January 3, a few days after authorities reported a cluster of atypical pneumonia in Wuhan, Thailand started to screen passengers from China for symptoms of acute respiratory infection.

Measuring well-being in Thai society

Using the BLI as a benchmark, we found among 20 indicators that Thailand has data for, there were five issues where Thailand scored better than the average OECD member. These include voter turnout, life satisfaction, housing expenditure, dwellings with basic facilities, and long-term unemployment.

Thailand needs a new growth pathway

Here are the must-dos: Reduce unnecessary deaths, revamp the education system, restore the natural environment for sustainable tourism, invest in local infrastructure, streamline production, improve research and development, and more innovation.

Thailand extends State of Emergency until January 31st

However, Thailand’s night-time curfew will end from Dec 1, as government lays out reopening plans to attract more foreign visitors.

Entrenched political conflict threatens to derail Thailand’s recovery

According to the Foreign Business Confidence Index (FBCI), foreign investors want the government to address five key issues – financial aid for SMEs, help for workers affected by COVID-19, easing investment regulations, reopening the country to investors and tourists, and ensuring political stability.

Thailand’s Vaccine Strategy: What went wrong?

Questions are being asked, and not answered, over the decision to rely almost entirely on Siam Bioscience, a local, palace-owned company with no experience of making vaccines, for the country’s vaccine needs, until an unseemly scramble began this year to procure alternatives.