Time to ease Thai bond market rules

The Thai bond market, with massive valuations surpassing 16.7 trillion baht as of the end of the third quarter of 2023 and continuous prospective growth, is a crucial mechanism in the capital market and the Thai economy. Net market value could rise by over 386 million baht per year if legal restrictions on bond trading […]

TDRI Quarterly Review (December 2023)

Gender and Climate Change: Evidence from the Coastal Areas in Thailand By Boonwara Sumano Chenphuengpawn, Nitchakarn Kaewbuadee Keys to Prepare Thai Businesses for the Age of a Low-carbon Economy: Data and Financing By Charika Channuntapipat, Saliltorn Thongmeensuk, Khajornphong Prasastranuvat, Pitchapon Jirawongsapan, Korntawat Jiraruangrattana, Aekpaween Anuson

Soft landing likely for this dragon year

The Year of the Dragon brings with it the expectation that the direction of the global economy will be better than that of 2023. Despite earlier concerns about a sharp global economic downturn, recent developments suggest a soft landing for 2024. The World Bank recently reported that global economic growth will be 2.4% this year, […]

Reconsidering unclaimed dividends

Every year, a significant amount of unclaimed stock dividends accumulates due to a loss of contact with some of the rightful owners. This amount is substantial. For example, unclaimed dividends at the Thailand Securities Depository (TSD) have grown to 746 million baht over 10 years. Similarly, asset management companies face this issue with mutual funds […]

Braving hurdles for green transport

‘Match your words with your actions.” That was the message from teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg when she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2019 instead of flying to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. The symbolic journey took two weeks. More importantly, achieving it took a strong conviction and determination […]

Reforming the capital market landscape

The capital market plays a significant role in the country’s socio-economy. Not only does it serve as a funding source for the public and private sectors, but it can also help maintain balance in the financial system, which is a crucial mechanism for economic growth, job and income distribution and public saving. In light of the greater influence exerted by global economic processes, the capital market must also adapt and […]

Thailand’s green economy challenge

Climate concerns are reshaping the job market across the globe, leading to a rise in “green” jobs tailored for low-carbon economies. Success now hinges on adaptability to this new job landscape.           Thailand needs to act swiftly. As a country deeply woven into the global supply chain and reliant on exports and foreign investment, failing to […]

End monopoly for cheap, clean energy

If Thailand hopes to honour its global pledge to mitigate climate change by becoming carbon neutral by 2050, there is one way to do it — electricity liberalisation. The “why” is obvious. The power sector is the country’s biggest carbon offender, generating over 42% of the country’s carbon emissions. The big question is how? Switching […]

“Electricity liberalization, the way of leading the country towards clean, affordable, and equitable electricity”

Areeporn Asawinpongphan “In light of Thailand’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the power sector is considered the most crucial in supporting this goal. The continuous and high rate of electricity consumption in Thailand has led the electricity sector being the largest contributor to carbon dioxide emissions. Apart from that, in the private sector, […]

Time for action on low birth rate crisis

While changes in the criteria determining who is eligible for the old-age allowance by the outgoing Prayut Chan-o-cha government caused a stir, the issue of a low birth rate – another important aspect of Thailand’s aged society – has not been discussed much.          The issue only gained short-lived public attention as Public Health Minister Dr […]

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