Panelists urge anti-graft law

Lax oversight allows state contract bribes Anti-graft advocates yesterday called for tougher regulations on state procurement and hiring along with a new law enabling agencies to combat corruption. Rangsan Sriworasart, permanent secretary for finance, said a new law, if adopted, should target all government agencies, from state enterprises to local administration organisations. Procurement and hiring […]

Growing software sector ‘needs more govt focus’

The software industry is expected to outpace growth in gross domestic product, so the government should pay more attention to supporting this economic driver, according to the Thailand Development Research Institute. “The software industry is a rising star. It is expected to continue growing rapidly at double digits,” TDRI president Somkiat Tangkitvanich said yesterday. The […]

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

Cut PTT profits, spin off pipelines, gas plants: TDRI

The Thailand Development Research Institute yesterday urged a cut in PTT’s profits on natural-gas pipeline transmission and breaking up its monopoly in the lucrative pipeline and gas-separation businesses. TDRI researcher Duenden Nikomborirak said the Energy Regulatory Committee should issue a “third-party access” regulation to allow other companies to use the PTT’s gas-pipeline system and receiving/dispatching […]

NCPO eyes populist policy ban

Military council leans on charter draft panel The junta has given “prescriptions” for the new permanent constitution to include measures preventing populist policies that could endanger the economy, a NCPO source says. NCPO chief Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday held a meeting at army headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Avenue to examine details of the draft of the 45-section […]

Power grab opponents remain vocal

Coup opponents continued to defy a military order banning public gatherings by holding small rallies yesterday to voice their anger at the putsch. Their show of disapproval was in stark contrast to other groups of people who presented soldiers with flowers and food to express their support for the military’s attempt to end political conflict […]

Kasem calls for overhauling of the educational sector

PRIVY COUNCILLOR Kasem Watanachai put the many education-related problems in the country down to a lack of good governance. “We need to think about engaging good and capable people in organising education services,” he said at a public forum yesterday. His speech was part of the three-day event called “Grand Learning Evolution towards Thailand’s Turning […]

Changes urged in education budgeting

Chularat Saengpassa How schools are funded is key to implementing reforms, seminar hears A change in Thailand’s budgeting approach will help bring real reforms to the education sector, the Thailand Development Research Institute says.”The current budgeting method does not encourage schools to improve their quality,” TDRI president Somkiat Tangkitvanich said at a recent seminar. He […]

State support for R&D urged

Wasu Vipoosanapat Executives want wider investment incentives The Board of Investment (BoI) and relevant state agencies should take firmer steps to get the private sector to invest in research and development (R&D), business leaders say. Somkiat Tangkitvanich, president of the Thailand Development Research Institute, said yesterday that the investment promotion agency has yet to prove […]

TDRI Quarterly Review 2014-1

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

China cancels rice deal

Govt’s troubled pledge scheme takes fresh hit The caretaker government has been dealt another blow as China has pulled out of a deal to buy 1.2 million tonnes of Thai rice amid a corruption probe. The deal cancellation has added to the financial woes of the trouble-plagued rice-pledging scheme. “China lacks the confidence to do […]

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