Tainted water saga has roots in poor policy

Adis Israngkura na Ayudhya For the past 15 years, the villagers of tambon Nam Pu, Ratchaburi’s Muang district, have complained about toxic wastewater from an industrial waste treatment plant that has contaminated their water sources. Little has been done to ease their plight. The villagers said water in the Nam Pu creek is so tainted, […]

Making big data corruption’s worst enemy

Natchapol Praditpetchara In the last decade or so, the world has witnessed an unprecedented explosion in the quantity of information available as our ability to generate and store data rocketed through the stratosphere. This availability of a seemingly infinite amount of information, known as “big data”, has fundamentally altered the traditional way of doing business […]

Climate spurs change for Thai autos

WICHSINEE WIBULPOLPRASERT SUNTHORN TUNMUNTONG Here comes an inconvenient truth for the global automotive industry: The globe is warming and technology is progressing rapidly. Countries around the world are starting to demand next-generation automobiles with high-tech and environmentally friendly features that few traditional automakers are able to accommodate. This opens up opportunities for players outside the […]

TDRI suggests following the service path to grow Thai economy

Thailand should focus on developing its service industry and strengthening the public sector to hasten its escape from the middle-income trap and upgrade to a high-income country in 14 years, says the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). Thailand’s service industry should shift from a labour-intensive system to a skill- and knowledge-based structure to enhance productivity, […]

Bangkok Post Report: Cropping reliance on subsidies

The country must not repeat the mistakes of the rice-pledging scheme, experts warn. The old saying “when you put the first button on wrong, the following buttons and the whole shirt will be wrong” seems to be the best way to describe the Yingluck Shinawatra government’s rice-pledging scheme that has caused the country a very […]

Bangkok Post Report: Money for the poor

Analysis: Negative income tax hopes to succeed where other social aid schemes have failed Developing countries by definition face a constant struggle against the problems of poverty and income inequality. Thailand is no exception. Over the past few decades, despite steady economic growth and industrialisation, inequality has remained a persistent and divisive factor within Thai […]

Bangkok Post Report: NBTC: Heads must roll

Rising clamour for reform as regulator is accused of wielding too much power and not acting in the public interest, write Komsan Tortermvasana and Sriwipa Siripunyawit The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is another regulatory body that has recently come under fire amid all the changes and restructuring proposed by the military regime. Academics, non-governmental […]

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