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 […]

Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN PHUNJASIT CHOKESOMRITPOL Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government’s new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middleincome trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years – an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective […]

Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN PHUNJASIT CHOKESOMRITPOL Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government’s new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middleincome trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years – an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective […]

Factors affecting the decision to act dishonestly

Boonwara Sumano Corruption is something everybody has been talking about and some are even upset about. Unfortunately corruption is a subject which people understand very little about. This is because corruption involves dishonest actions that are both immoral and illegal, which prompts people to conceal it. A number of previous studies attempted to look at […]

Big data makes educational institutes more responsive

Nuthasid Rukkiatwong One of the biggest challenges for universities and colleges is to adjust their curricula and teaching methods to the quickly changing market demand. Those successfully responding to the challenges will allow their students to find good jobs upon graduation. However, there is some worrying evidence indicating the curricula taught in universities and colleges […]

What do corruption indices tell us?

Natchapol Praditpetchara One way to gauge the efficacy of a country’s anti-corruption efforts is to examine various corruption indices. Every year, countries worldwide are evaluated by a myriad of indices that measure their levels of corruption. Such measures are by and large based on the perceptions of people garnered from mass surveys as this is […]

‘Flipping’ the reform of education

SUPANUTT SASIWUTTIWAT CHOSITA SALAKHAM Thailand has many times attempted to reform its education system through a top-down approach by overhauling the Ministry of Education and tweaking some laws and regulations. It was hoped that this would eventually improve the learning outcome in all schools. Unfortunately, the attempts have not borne fruit as frequent political changes, […]

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