How Thais can reap more Alibaba investment benefits

Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu Alibaba’s planned investment in Thailand has made the country more attractive as a Southeast Asia e-commerce and digital hub.Last month, Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses, announced that it would invest in a “smart digital hub” in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and cooperate with the Thai government to develop […]

Warnings against next-generation shift

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) is warning auto parts supply chain players to prepare for the transition to next-generation cars, saying some components will no longer be necessary for electric vehicles (EVs). Exhaust pipes and engines; for example, are installed in cars with internal combustion engines but are not needed in EVs. Research director […]

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 […]