US-China trade war may benefit Thailand long term

KIRIDA BHAOPICHITR PUNPREECHA BHUTHONG KITTIPHAT BUAUBOL As a small, open economy, Thailand stands to be affected by global economic developments. The recovery of the US economy, with higher interest rates and bond yield rates, has an impact on capital flows and the Thai baht exchange rate. The rise in global oil prices from geopolitical tensions […]

Financing adaptation and building resilience: Lessons from innovative finding research in Africa and Asia

  Session ID:S142 Financing adaptation and building resilience: Lessons from innovative finding research in Africa and Asia Chair and coordinator:  Nipon Poapongsakorn, Thailand Development Research Institute, Thailand. Rapporteur: Jonas Fleer, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany. Sponsor Organization: IDRC. Presentation number 1 Presenter (name and affiliation) Aileen V. Lapitan / University of the Philippines […]

Using technology to fill the gap in welfare delivery

Bonnwara Sumano & Suttipong Kanakanorn The threat of digitally disruptive technologies has caused many people to grow concerned as they fret about disappearing jobs due to greater automation and advanced technology replacing humans on factory floors, in offices and elsewhere. But such technology can also work wonders to improve the country’s welfare delivery system. Better […]

‘Education sandbox’: Reforming the way to reform

Nicha Pittayapongsakorn Public education is sensitive to policy interventions, often with unintended consequences. Some changes such as an increase in teacher rewards or a tweak in curriculum design can cause a long-lasting effect on how schools operate, how teachers teach and ultimately how students learn. The Thai education system is under pressure not only to […]

How Thais can reap more Alibaba investment benefits

Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu Alibaba’s planned investment in Thailand has made the country more attractive as a Southeast Asia e-commerce and digital hub.Last month, Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses, announced that it would invest in a “smart digital hub” in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and cooperate with the Thai government to develop […]

Reorienting the Thai Economy to Prepare for the Age of Technological Disruptions

Like it or not, Thailand has to face up to the challenges of disruptive technologies, which have already radically affected many sectors of its economy, from agriculture and industry, to professionals and other services. Unfortunately, the country has yet to formulate a clear strategy about how to confront this challenge. The Thailand Development Research Institute […]

‘Disrupters’ challenge old power grid

Wichsinee Wibulpolprasert Thailand’s electricity production has relied heavily on natural gas for the past several decades. In an attempt to increase energy security, the most recent Power Development Plan (2015) proposed a transition away from natural gas and towards a more diversified portfolio of renewable, hydro and coal. However, the government’s plans to build two […]

Hailing ride to better urban mobility

GUNN JIRAVUTTIPONG NATCHA O-CHAROEN The emergence of ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Grab, which recently merged their services in Southeast Asia, has received mixed responses. With the use of smartphone apps to connect commuters with drivers, this service, said to be a disruptive innovation to the existing point-to-point transport industry, has enjoyed consumer support […]

Brainy women ‘not reaping same rewards as men’

Female workers usually get lower salaries than male colleagues working in the same positions, but the pay gap appears wider among those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to a Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) researcher. Worawan Chanduaywit, social security advisor to the TDRI, said although more women in the workforce tend to pass […]

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