The poor were not registered, the registered not poor. ‘Of defects in welfare card and suggestion for poverty reduction policymaking by Somchai Jitsuchon, Ph.D.’

Welfare card, also known as card for the poor, has already been launched and distributed. The cabinet is busy addressing its aftermaths: unreadiness and insufficiency of electronic data capture (EDC) machines; card welfare abuse (exchange of card for cash); and budget leakage to the subrogated poor. Hence, before the database of low-income earners will be […]

Open door policy is needed for foreign universities

Natchapol Praditpetchara Although Thailand is home to over 160 universities and colleges, the rankings of our universities consistently fail to impress and lag behind our neighbors like Singapore and even Malaysia. The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, which prioritises research, can only list one Thai university among its top 500 institutions, whereas […]

What should be the real development targets for the EEC?

Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu Designed to attract foreign and domestic investment to the three eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is the current government’s most important engine to drive its “Thailand 4.0” policy which is attempting to propel the country towards high-income status. Even though investment is important for short-term […]

Flirting with road risk a fatal pursuit

Natcha O-charoen For many years, Thailand has earned notoriety in the area of road fatalities. High death tolls, mostly resulting from reckless driving, have prompted the state and its partners to invest enormously in road safety campaigns, with less-than-impressive results, however. The World Health Organisation in its Global Road Safety Report in 2015 ranked Thailand […]

Migrant worker policy needs boost

Nonarit Bisonyabut The current Thai government’s new policy to create more systematic and efficient management of migrant workers can kill three birds with one stone. The implementation of this policy, the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management, has been postponed. But the policy itself will eventually come into effect within the next four months. It […]

Tackling ‘white elephant’ syndrome

Tippatrai Saelawong Most people in Thailand, be they business people, foreign investors or the public, would agree the country urgently needs to invest in building, extending and upgrading its public infrastructure. At the same time, they would also cast doubt over the administrative transparency of infrastructure projects. For many years, political instability resulted in many […]

China’s transformations, Thailand’s opportunities

Kantaphon Amornrat A rising tide of protectionism, following the Trump presidency, has prompted the world to turn its eyes toward China in the hope that it, alongside European countries, could help spread cooperation on trade and investment around the world. In fact, China’s movement regarding its expansion on economic and political bounds is a part […]

Calls for single agency to run nation’s waterways win backing

Water and environmental experts have voiced their support for the idea of establishing an independent central agency to administer Thailand’s canals and rivers, with the caveat that opinions by stakeholders and the public must be taken into account first. The concept was raised by Dr.Adis Israngkura, adviser to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), who […]

New auto tax rewards greener cars

Sunthorn Tunmuntong The Finance Ministry’s latest excise tax rebate measure is pulling the trigger on boosting the production and use of electric cars in the country and aligning the industrial promotion strategy closer to the government’s green policy. As the largest automotive production hub in Southeast Asia, Thailand is making efforts to add electric vehicles […]

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