‘Superboard’ to coordinate state units

Private, public sectors represented on new junta-led body to boost efficiency The junta’s new “superboard” overseeing all state enterprises has the stated aim of getting them all moving in the same direction towards strength and efficiency. The superboard was set up on Thursday by the military’s ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and […]

Specialists urge privatisation, board revamp at THAI Airways

Thai Airways International Plc, the national carrier, should be privatised and also look for ways to get qualified members on its board of directors if the airline wants to stay competitive in the aviation industry, according to specialists from finance, academics and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). They agreed that the 54-year-old airline has […]

Banyong backs THAI privatisation

Amornrat Mahitthirook Ailing airline faces ‘critical’ debt levels A former member of the Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) board has backed the blanket privatisation of the financially ailing national flag carrier. Banyong Pongpanich, chief executive officer of Phatra Security Plc and former THAI board member, said THAI has an operating fund of 56 billion baht, […]

Amid clamour for ‘reform’, TDRI elicits practical suggestions to tackle economic, political woes

Erich Parpart Amid the political turmoil and demands for the country’s reform, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), economists and academics have proposed efficiency, transparency, and good governance in every sector of the country. The aim is to stamp out the country’s chronic economic and political problems in all aspects. In each of the past […]

Business lobbies, academics blast rice subsidies, govt’s ‘insincere’ anti-graft sentiments

Some academics and private-sector representatives yesterday slammed the government over its controversial rice scheme and its “insincerity” in tackling the country’s chronic corruption problems. Ammar Siamwalla, a scholar at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said the National Anti-Corruption Commission should consider probing the government for “policy corruption” in the rice-pledging scandal. “Can the NACC […]