During months of political unrest in the run-up to the successful putsch on 22 May 2014, Thailand’s historically buoyant economy was dipping into negative territory, alarming businessmen, investors and ordinary people whose livelihoods were affected — particularly in the sensitive travel and tourism sector.
Thailand’s five-week-old junta, The National Council for Peace and Order, has won plaudits in some quarters for stabilizing the overall security situation, calling for greater transparency and declaring war on corruption.
The farmers have been paid, the bourse has rallied and the casinos have been busted. Brokers are talking up Thailand’s undervalued stocks and confidence is returning to the business environment.
So far, so good — maybe. But Is this all righteous and sustainable, or have the military taken on complex, deeply entrenched problems that will eventually overwhelm their best declared intentions?
To find out what is going on in the Thai economy, where it is coming from and what might happen next, come and listen to our distinguished panel:
Pavida Pananond is associate professor of international business at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, and holds a PhD from the University of Reading in the UK. Her research focuses on the internationalisation of firms, with a particular interest in emerging market multinationals, and has appeared in leading academic journals as well as in local and international media.
Adrian Dunn is the CEO of Brooker Dunn Asset Advisory and manager of the Brooker Sukhothai Fund. He has 28 years in the securities industry, 20 of them specializing in the Thai market. He has lived in Thailand since 1999, working first as head of equity research at HSBC Securities then at UOB Kay Hian Securities.
Angus Kent has been managing director of Macquarie Securities Thailand since 2006. He worked previously for Merrill Lynch and Jardine Flemming/JPMorgan in various roles in Thailand, Hong Kong and New York. He has lived and worked in Thailand on and off for more than 20 years, and has a masters in economics and finance from the University of Queensland and is a chartered financial analyst.
7 pm, Wednesday 2 July 2014
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Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
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