Longevity society: Thailand at a crossroad

TDRI urges Thailand to adopt policies for longevity society before it is too late Extend retirement age. Support labour-saving technology. Promote active ageing. Help workers learn new skills. Set up old-age insurance system. And reduce the number of conscripts to ease labour shortage. Thailand needs to implement these measures to sustain economic growth as the […]

Blockchain apps: good uses vs abuse

Aphinya Siranart Blockchain is so hyped right now. Everyone is talking about it and no one wants to be left off of the blockchain bandwagon. Potential applications span across different industries, from agriculture to financial services to energy. Solving supply-chain problems, expediting cross-border payments, and enabling peer-to-peer energy trading are some of the popularly used […]

The curious case of cabbies refusing fares

 CHONLAVIT PANPAKDEEDISKUL PORNPIMOL TINANOI Drivers’ refusal to take passengers is the main problem with taxi services in Bangkok, accounting for 40% of all complaints statistics collected by the Department of Land Transport (DLT). Reasons given for the refusal to provide the service vary – from the need to refuel the car to the necessity to change the shift, and from traffic congestion avoidance to the drivers’ unfamiliarity with the route towards passengers’ destination. Another reason arises from the reward-cost structure. The Thailand Development […]

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 […]

Tackling ‘white elephant’ syndrome

Tippatrai Saelawong Most people in Thailand, be they business people, foreign investors or the public, would agree that the country urgently needs to invest in building, extending and upgrading its public infrastructure. At the same time, they would also cast doubt over the administrative transparency of infrastructure projects. For many years, political instability resulted in […]

Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN PHUNJASIT CHOKESOMRITPOL Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government’s new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middleincome trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years – an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective […]

Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN PHUNJASIT CHOKESOMRITPOL Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government’s new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middleincome trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years – an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective […]

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