Migrant worker policy needs boost

Nonarit Bisonyabut The current Thai government’s new policy to create more systematic and efficient management of migrant workers can kill three birds with one stone. The implementation of this policy, the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management, has been postponed. But the policy itself will eventually come into effect within the next four months. It […]

Cash breaks unlikely to spur growth

NONARIT BISONYABUT KANTAPHON AMORNRAT In its bid to invigorate the stagnant economy by the end of the year, the government recently offered a cash handout scheme for low-income earners and a year-end shopping tax break. Even though both initiatives have their merits, it is questionable whether they will result in a significant economic boost as […]

Addressing three shortfalls in our education system

Nonarit Bisonyabut For decades, education has been one of the major vulnerable areas for Thailand. We have witnessed at least three education reforms and yet another reform is happening at this moment. Despite much effort and a huge budget allocation, the overall performance of the educational system remains at a disappointing level. To my knowledge, […]

Nonarit Bisonyabut, TDRI urges speedy action to boost economy

SOMRUEDI BANCHONGDUANG NUNTAWUN POLKUAMDEE Nonarit Bisonyabut, TDRI predicts that the economy will remain in the doldrums this year and urges the government to speed up public investment and launch measures to help low-income earners and restore investor confidence. The think tank estimates that GDP will come in at 2.75-3.25% this year, said research fellow Nonarit Bisonyabut, […]

Local innovation vital to sustain growth

NONARIT BISONYABUT CHATRA KAMSAENG Thailand’s economic development derives mainly from cheap labour. The manufacturing sector relies upon foreign technology rather than creating its own industry. With comparatively low labour costs and government support for infrastructure and investment incentives, the Thai manufacturing sector has thrived as a main driver of economic growth in the past few […]

TDRI calls for public and private sectors to prepare for ageing society

In order to prepare for Thailand’s ageing society, the public and private sectors should push for policies that promote saving and motivate people to work beyond retirement age, an expert at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) said. TDRI research fellow Jirawat Panpiemras said the government should implement policies that ensure workers have life security, as […]

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