Low-income baby grants scheme needs fine-tuning

Chayathorn Termariyabuit In its attempt to eradicate poverty from Thailand, the Prayut Chano-cha government has come up with a number of aid schemes for the poor. One of them is the child support grant – a programme that provides a subsidy as basic welfare for newborn babies from poor families or households considered at risk […]

Calls for long-term fund for elderly patients

If they are not offered support, many people risk falling into difficulties when they lose their independence, physically and financially, in their final years. Dr Worawan Chandoevwit, an adviser on social security at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has suggested that the government consider establishing a long-term care fund for the elderly. This is […]

Light Rail Transit: Triumph without govt funding?

Local authorities and civil groups in Khon Kaen have reached a consensus to build a light rail transit system as a starting point of a more ambitious goal of developing a “smart city”. They have set up companies as part of an effort to push the project ahead whether or not they get support from […]

Warnings against next-generation shift

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) is warning auto parts supply chain players to prepare for the transition to next-generation cars, saying some components will no longer be necessary for electric vehicles (EVs). Exhaust pipes and engines; for example, are installed in cars with internal combustion engines but are not needed in EVs. Research director […]

TDRI warns of soaring health care costs

THAILAND’S ageing society will push the country’s healthcare costs to Bt1.4 trillion per year within the next 15 years, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) warned yesterday. The TDRI yesterday disclosed the results of a study on predicted public healthcare spending as it urged the government to plan for preventative healthcare and a health system for […]

Unlocking northern Thailand’s tourism sustainability

          Kannika Thampanishvong International tourists who are familiar with Thailand are likely to have opted to visit popular destinations such as Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket but Thailand is a vast, variegated land that rewards further exploration. Northern Thailand is one of the most alluring destinations outside of Bangkok as this region offers a staggering range […]

Thai farming lags behind its Asean peers

The farming sector is showing signs of weakness as competitors in the region, such as Vietnam, are starting to do better in many products, warn researchers at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). Market openings under a farm agreement of the Asean Economic Community have impacted farm products in Thailand,partly due to market access and […]

Shifting the Thai education paradigm

Nicha Pittayapongsakorn Preparing youngsters for the 21st century is one of the major challenges of any education system. The Thai education system is struggling to carry out this mission despite countless reform attempts. Is there any alternative view to look at this issue and what are the new strategies for changing the system? National education […]

‘Khon Kaen Model’ displays real promise

Somkiat Tangkitvanich Khon Kaen, in the Northeast, is one of the biggest cities in Thailand and, like Bangkok, it suffers from serious traffic congestion problems, but does not have a rail-based mass-transit system. Although these provinces are fully aware of their problems and would desperately like to solve them, constructing a rail transit system requires […]

State-owned firm reform: for better or worse

Deunden Nikomborirak A state-owned enterprise is somewhat an anomaly as it is neither public nor private in nature. It is owned by everyone and yet no one. It’s raison d’etre is often the delivery of public services and yet most operate commercially. How to deal with state-owned enterprises has been a constant challenge facing many […]

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