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 […]

Suggestions for poverty reduction policy-making

Welfare card, also known as card for the poor, has already been launched and distributed. The cabinet is busy addressing its aftermaths: unreadiness and insufficiency of electronic data capture (EDC) machines; card welfare abuse (exchange of card for cash); and budget leakage to the subrogated poor. Hence, before the database of low-income earners will be […]

Open Door Policy is needed for foreign universities

Natchapol Praditpetchara Although Thailand is home to over 160 universities and colleges, the rankings of our universities consistently fail to impress and lag behind our neighbors like Singapore and even Malaysia. The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, which prioritises research, can only list one Thai university among its top 500 institutions, whereas […]

What should be the real development targets for the EEC?

Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu Designed to attract foreign and domestic investment to the three eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is the current government’s most important engine to drive its “Thailand 4.0” policy which is attempting to propel the country towards high-income status. Even though investment is important for short-term […]

Flirting with road risk a fatal pursuit

Natcha O-charoen For many years, Thailand has earned notoriety in the area of road fatalities. High death tolls, mostly resulting from reckless driving, have prompted the state and its partners to invest enormously in road safety campaigns, with less-than-impressive results, however. The World Health Organisation in its Global Road Safety Report in 2015 ranked Thailand […]

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