TDRI Quarterly Review, September 2013

Contents Kittipong Rueanthip, Jirawat Panpiemras, and Nonarit Bisonyabut Thailand’s Economic Growth after 1992: Was that Growth Pro-poor? Somkiat Tangkitvanich, Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, Sunthorn Tunmuntong, and Ploy Thammapiranon Thailand in the AEC: Myths, Realities, Opportunities, and Challenges

Government in a hurry for infrastructure

The government hopes immediately to kick-start its infrastructure investment spree in dual-track rail lines, four-lane roads and customs checkpoints after the 2-trillion-baht borrowing bill is passed into law. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said under the plan, the government would spend 186 billion baht on four-lane roads. Building new four-lane roads and […]


The main rice crop season was several hours old before farmers had taken more rice to the buying stations than the government had money budgeted to pay them. But there were signs, as the third year of massive subsidies began, that the rice-pledging scheme of the Pheu Thai government was both becoming the new normal […]

Corruption ‘stalls progress’

Corruption is among the biggest barriers to Thailand’s economic progress, says expert Prof Robert Klitgaard, who urged businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to work with the government to monitor key projects. Among obstacles to investment and fighting poverty, bad government and corruption are Thailand’s major problems. The World Economic Forum’s 2013-14 global competitiveness report said […]

Extra B9bn of paddy rice appears

More grains pledged than state expected The government’s rice pledging budget for the 2012-13 season may increase as a great amount of paddy poured into the scheme, spurring the national rice policy committee to request an extra 9 billion baht in funding from the cabinet. Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, who led […]

It’s high time to overhaul social security

Just over two weeks ago, four amendments to the Social Security Bill were considered by parliament. The four bills were proposed by four different groups: the cabinet; Democrat Party MPs Rawat Areerob and Nakorn Machim; unionist Wilaiwan Sae-Tia; and 14,264 public petitioners. Unfortunately, parliament rejected the latter two, both of which called for a significant […]

4 key weaknesses to be tackled: TDRI

The Thailand Development Research Institute plans to focus on four key weaknesses holding the country back. “Over three years, TDRI will churn out research studies to shed light on the solutions to these problems,” its new president Somkiat Tangkitvanich said yesterday. The four chronic issues are the lack of home-grown innovation, poor and lopsided education […]

1 2