Optimism not enough to ensure high-speed success

Lasse Gerrits Despite years of planning, the Netherlands’ high-speed railways project has demonstrated that the project appraisal process is of the utmost importance. After 20 years of calculating, designing and building, the Dutch celebrated the inauguration of their high-speed railways in December 2012. This railway links the capital of Amsterdam with domestic port cities such […]

Govt slow to share facts of high-speed rail

I couldn’t agree more with the Bangkok Post reader who said investment bankers might already be counting how much they stand to earn from the estimated 3.16 billion baht in interest on the 2.2-trillion-baht loan the government intends taking out. The government intends securing the loan from foreign and local banks and other financial institutes […]

Nonarit Bisonyabut, TDRI urges speedy action to boost economy

SOMRUEDI BANCHONGDUANG NUNTAWUN POLKUAMDEE Nonarit Bisonyabut, TDRI predicts that the economy will remain in the doldrums this year and urges the government to speed up public investment and launch measures to help low-income earners and restore investor confidence. The think tank estimates that GDP will come in at 2.75-3.25% this year, said research fellow Nonarit Bisonyabut, […]

Need for speed must be done right

Over the next seven years, Thailand will undergo a transport transformation as the government pursues its ambitious 2-trillion-baht loan projects to improve national infrastructure and logistics systems on the largest scale in recent history. The Thailand Development Research Institute supports the long-term direction of a bill before parliament which would enable the Finance Ministry to […]

Thai digital economy needs 4G ? right now

Chatra Kamsaeng The “digital economy” is a flagship economic initiative proposed by the military government. It boasts inclusive access to the internet for Thais and advanced information technology to be employed in various business sectors. Youngsters use mobile devices to take pictures of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during a visit to Government House. Efficient mobile […]

‘Half’ of all double-deck buses unsafe

Amornrat Mahitthirook Land transport authorities have revealed nearly half of double-decker buses have failed basic safety tests, as major transport operators are torn over a plan to ban the vehicles. Caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said yesterday many double-decker buses on the roads were unsafe and he wanted operators to order their drivers to take […]

Thai economy’s rocky road in 2020

Kirida Bhaopichitr The Thai economy will continue to grow slowly in 2020, albeit slightly faster than this year. It is projected to expand at 2.5-3.0%, compared with 2.5% in 2019, in line with faster growth in the global economy next year. The Thai economy’s main drivers in 2020 will be recoveries in export volumes and […]

Old laws a brake on express delivery

Urairat Jantarasiri           Want to eat delicious food from famous restaurants without having to brave the notorious Bangkok traffic? Want to buy the latest mobile phone gadgets without leaving the comfort of your home? You are not alone.          Millions of Thais also want to have food and goods delivered right to their doorsteps, which is why Bangkok’s […]

Thailand’s options as trade war rages

Somkiat Tangkitvanich As the intensifying US-China trade war plunges the world into an economic slowdown, Thailand urgently needs to review trade policies to save its export-dependent economy. One thing is clear: Trade conflicts between the world’s two biggest economies will drag on for a long time. The result is an economic slowdown across the globe […]

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