As Thailand’s population ages and shrinks, policymakers need to speed up efforts to adapt on many fronts.  By Nareerat Wiriyapong Thailand has a 20-year population development plan that contains many measures to deal with a growing ageing population and a shrinking labour force. However, the country’s long record of political volatility suggests that turning plans into […]

Benefit-sharing is key to region’s rail connectivity

KunmIng to bangkok raIlroad a wIn-wIn InItIatIve for all three natIons, but laos must be Involved from the outset On the sidelines of November’s Apec Summit in Beijing, China and Thailand agreed to cooperate on railway development that will eventually link Kunming to Bangkok and Thailand’s eastern seaboard, and could go all the way to […]

Tackle power structure to end corruption, seminar told

Thailand needs to step forward boldly to dismantle the patriarchal political structure and rid itself of corruption, a seminar was told yesterday. Experts said the nation needs improved government procurement laws, public access to information and better laws to ensure transparency regarding officials’ assets. People should feel empowered to stand up against the abuse of […]

Political derailments the biggest threat to Thai transport

By Nareerat Wiriyapong Thailand’s turbulent politics and frequent changes in transport policies have resulted in delays in rail project development, with links to serve regional integration still on the drawing board, experts say. While securing finances seems to be the biggest headache in neighbouring countries, frequent changes in government and the people in charge of […]

Lessons from Europe in rail reform

Sumet Ongkittikul The transport infrastructure investment plan that the Ministry of Transport proposed to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will play an important role in the economy for years to come. This investment plan is a reworking of the 2 trillion baht proposal offered by the previous administration, with the some adjustment […]

Water plan needs focus, experts say

Patsara Jikkham NCPO urged to let public provide input Experts have warned the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to carefully handle water management plans, fearing they could be disorganised, redundant and lacking a clear direction. They raised their concerns after the NCPO told state agencies to propose ideas for dealing with water-related problems […]

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 […]

TDRI Quarterly Review, March 2014

Contents Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, Somkiat Tangkitvanich, Wirot Sukphisan and Ploy Thammapiranan Relocating Labor-Intensive Industries from Thailand to Neighboring Countries: Possibility and Policy Implications Lasse Gerrits, Peter Marks, Sumet Ongkittikul and Michael Synnott Assessing High-Speed Railway Projects: A Comparison of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom Download

2015 projects could run to B100bn

Wichit Chantanusornsiri & Sriwipa Siripunyawit  Details and budgets still subject to revision The first-year investment budget for the 2.4-trillion-baht infrastructure plan to be proposed today by the transport strategy committee is expected to reach 100 billion baht. The infrastructure plan will be forwarded to ACM Prajin Juntong, head of the economic team at the National […]

Industries urge end to price-capping

Phusadee Arunmas  Ceilings ‘warping market mechanisms’ Authorities are being urged to stop asking for cooperation from businesses to cap product prices, as such practices distort market forces. “In the long term, it is imperative to stop capping product prices,” said Pornsil Patcharintanakul, deputy vice-chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC). “State subsidies should be […]

Time to digest

Post reporters Leading analysts call for rail and road projects and Dawei development, but a rethink on high-speed rail and water management plans. Scaling back, redefining and reviewing are the words analysts used to describe whether megaprojects spearheaded by the Yingluck Shinawatra gov-ernment should see the light of day. Authorities on infrastructure were polled by […]

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