Scholar’s rich public legacy

ฺBangkok post – Editorial The death of renowned economist Deunden Nikomborirak, who was killed by a falling tree at her home in Bangkok yesterday, is a great loss not only for the research community but also for all consumers in Thailand. In her work at the Thailand Development Research Institute, Deunden’s numerous studies provided profound insights and, at […]

Bureaucratic maze hampers e-commerce growth

Thanthip Srisuwannaket           E-commerce in Thailand is growing quickly and furiously. Yet the majority of operators refuse to be under the state regulatory system. You can’t blame them. Blame the bureaucratic maze that keeps them out.           According to the Electronic Transactions Development Agency, there are more than 500,000 e-commerce operators in Thailand. Only 823 of them […]

Carrot and stick to beat plastic waste

Kannika Thampanishvong        Wichsinee Wibulpolprasert         Pramon Karnchanapimonkul Last year, a pilot whale was washed up on the shore of Songkhla province. It spat out some plastic and died. In its stomach were 80 or more plastic bags and other plastic items weighing more than eight kilogrammes. The culprit is clear, yet the tragedies continue. Earlier this year, a […]

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 […]

Work together to stop harassment

BOONWARA SUMANO CHENPHUENGPAWN          N ANEKSOMBOONPHON The United Nations’ survey in 2019 found that one third of UN staff and contractors have experienced sexual harassment over the past two years, and that two thirds of those offenders were men. Such statistics are quite alarming, as the UN is a top promoter of equality and human rights. Even […]

TDRI urges cheap fares for new rail routes

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) is studying how electric train fares could be adjusted along new routes to ensure fairness and affordability to all commuters. Sumet Ongkittikul, director of the TDRI’s Transport and Logistics Policy, said the results will be presented to the government. The TDRI, he said, found that a low-income earner can afford to […]

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