Thailand weighs impact of upcoming US elections

THAILAND - in the grip of another round of street protests that could end in violence and enhanced military rule - could draw the ire of a new US administration should Joe Biden become the next president on Nov 3.


No quick fix in sight for anaemic Thai economy

THAILAND'S economy is heading for a contraction of between 8 and 10 per cent this year, and with mounting political unrest, dim export prospects and a reluctance to reopen borders out of fear of a Covid-19 resurgence, the prospects for a speedy recovery in 2021 look dim.


Boom time for Bangkok's online food delivery industry amid lockdown

WHILE the Thai economy is likely to contract 5-10 per cent this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the few growth sectors (other than face mask and sanitiser sales) has been the online food delivery industry which hit a tipping point last year and is now riding high in the lockdown.


Thailand's push to be an international headquarters hub gains steam

THAILAND has been tweaking its regulations to attract more international headquarters, trading and treasury centres to the kingdom since 2015, with reasonable results. The government is now under more pressure from the ballooning office property sector to make the policy a success.


Myanmar's NLD government cautiously rolls out reforms

FOREIGN observers have been disappointed by the lack of economic reforms since the National League for Democracy (NLD) was elected to power in Myanmar in November 2015, but progress is picking up pace in recent years, with hopes for greater market liberalisation.


Thailand's resilient tourism industry a mixed blessing for the economy

THREE years ago the clientele at Hollywood Disco Pattaya were mostly South Koreans. Then the Chinese started to dominate the disco, chasing the Koreans away, according to manager Damrongkieat Pinijkarn.


Thai bourse aims to surpass Singapore's capitalisation by 2023

THE market capitalisation of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) reached US$564 billion this year, clinching its rank as the second-biggest bourse in South-east Asia after only the Singapore Exchange (at US$689 billion) which it aims to surpass by 2023, if SET president Pakorn Peetathawatchai...