‘Disrupters’ challenge old power grid

Wichsinee Wibulpolprasert Thailand’s electricity production has relied heavily on natural gas for the past several decades. In an attempt to increase energy security, the most recent Power Development Plan (2015) proposed a transition away from natural gas and towards a more diversified portfolio of renewable, hydro and coal. However, the government’s plans to build two […]

Hailing ride to better urban mobility

GUNN JIRAVUTTIPONG NATCHA O-CHAROEN The emergence of ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Grab, which recently merged their services in Southeast Asia, has received mixed responses. With the use of smartphone apps to connect commuters with drivers, this service, said to be a disruptive innovation to the existing point-to-point transport industry, has enjoyed consumer support […]

Brainy women ‘not reaping same rewards as men’

Female workers usually get lower salaries than male colleagues working in the same positions, but the pay gap appears wider among those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to a Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) researcher. Worawan Chanduaywit, social security advisor to the TDRI, said although more women in the workforce tend to pass […]

Wheels turn on ride-hailing study

A study into ride-sharing services has been handed to the Department of Land Transport (DLT) ahead of deliberations that could pave the way for US-based industry leader Uber to operate legally in Thailand. The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) submitted the study to the department and the Ministry of Transport is expected to decide on […]

Is the future of Thailand’s health care in danger?

Kwankamon Thanadkah Alongkorn Chaladsook Late last year, Thai rock star Artiwara Kongmalai – also known as Toon Bodyslam – undertook a charity run of 2,215 kilometres across Thailand to raise donations to buy medical equipment for 11 state hospitals. The mega-marathon drew massive public attention. It also sparked public debate on how badly underfunded the country’s public […]

Low-income baby grants scheme needs fine-tuning

Chayathorn Termariyabuit In its attempt to eradicate poverty from Thailand, the Prayut Chano-cha government has come up with a number of aid schemes for the poor. One of them is the child support grant – a programme that provides a subsidy as basic welfare for newborn babies from poor families or households considered at risk […]

Calls for long-term fund for elderly patients

If they are not offered support, many people risk falling into difficulties when they lose their independence, physically and financially, in their final years. Dr Worawan Chandoevwit, an adviser on social security at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has suggested that the government consider establishing a long-term care fund for the elderly. This is […]

Light Rail Transit: Triumph without govt funding?

Local authorities and civil groups in Khon Kaen have reached a consensus to build a light rail transit system as a starting point of a more ambitious goal of developing a “smart city”. They have set up companies as part of an effort to push the project ahead whether or not they get support from […]

Warnings against next-generation shift

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) is warning auto parts supply chain players to prepare for the transition to next-generation cars, saying some components will no longer be necessary for electric vehicles (EVs). Exhaust pipes and engines; for example, are installed in cars with internal combustion engines but are not needed in EVs. Research director […]

TDRI warns of soaring health care costs

THAILAND’S ageing society will push the country’s healthcare costs to Bt1.4 trillion per year within the next 15 years, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) warned yesterday. The TDRI yesterday disclosed the results of a study on predicted public healthcare spending as it urged the government to plan for preventative healthcare and a health system for […]

Unlocking northern Thailand’s tourism sustainability

          Kannika Thampanishvong International tourists who are familiar with Thailand are likely to have opted to visit popular destinations such as Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket but Thailand is a vast, variegated land that rewards further exploration. Northern Thailand is one of the most alluring destinations outside of Bangkok as this region offers a staggering range […]

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