4G auction woes hinder digital economy policy

 Somkiat Tangkitvanich A digital economy is one based on the intensive use of information and communications technologies in production sectors. It is crucial in boosting the efficiency and competitiveness of the Thai economy. The so-called “new digital economy” of today is different from the old digital economy which initially came about two decades ago. While […]

TDRI warns on digital economy

The digital economy may fail to materialise under a raft of proposed laws which give too much power to authorities, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has warned. TDRI chairman Somkiat Tangkitvanich said the proposed laws for the digital economy suggested money and power will come under government control first. This comes despite the fact the administration has […]

NBTC Bill likely to ‘help big firms, not civil society’

THE NEW National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission Bill is less likely to benefit people or civil society than large businesses and state enterprises, an industry expert said yesterday. Somkiat Tangkitvanich, president of the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said the bill was not meant to address existing problems of the NTBC, such as good governance, […]

Public mistrust stems from secret drafting of bills

The government should have solid measures in place to hold public hearings and invite representatives from all the stakeholders to participate in the amendment process involving the Council of State and the National Legislative Assembly, it was argued. The harsh critique came last Thursday at the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission-hosted public forum entitled “Frequency Resources […]

NBTC bill catches flak

‘Unfair advantage’for military, agencies Legal and industry analysts have strongly criticised the recent draft bill covering the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). They claim it favours the military and state agencies in frequency allocation and management. The draft bill is one of 10 recently proposed by the Information and Communication Technology Ministry. The analysts […]

State urged to cut TOT, CAT stakes

Komsan Tortermvasana Dilution would help ailing enterprises The Finance Ministry should reduce its shareholding stake in the two state telecoms and allow participation by private ones, says the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). TOT Plc and CAT Telecom are wholly owned by the ministry. “The Finance Ministry stake in both TOT and CAT should be […]

Content ‘needs more support’

Policies for promoting the digital content industry are urgently needed because it plays a crucial role in the development of a digital economy, says the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). Given its rapid increase in market value, the digital content sector needs greater support from the government in providing more funding channels and amending regulations […]

Lessons for avoiding the populist policy trap

Somkiat Tangkitvanich Thailand’s uneven economic growth over the past several decades has brought about both prosperity and economic disparity. With a level of income inequality comparable to Latin American countries, Thailand is prone to falling into the populist policy trap again. By now, it is clear that populist policies, such as the rice-pledging scheme, can […]

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 […]

Regional trade deals filling WTO void

Nop Tephaval Rise of protectionism threatens progress Asia’s regional free trade agreements (FTAs) will play an increasingly important role in overcoming an impasse at the World Trade Organization (WTO), analysts say. Speaking at a forum entitled “Future of the World Trading System: An Asian Perspective” hosted by the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Ganeshan Wignaraja, […]

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