Baht upheaval carries across industries

Agriculture, electronics, and food and drink have been hit hardest by the baht’s 6% year-to-date appreciation, according to Asia Plus Securities (ASP). Porranee Thongyen, ASP’s head of research, said the stronger than expected baht hurt exporters like Sri Trang Agro Industry Plc, which earns most ...

VIAC encourages alternative dispute resolutions

The Vietnam International Arbitration Centre organised a workshop on June 6 with the International Finance Corporation to promote the use of alternative dispute resolution methods in the banking and finance sector. The conference, named ‘Benefits and Challenges of Using ADR for Banking Disputes’, focused on the principles, ...

BoT eases up on forex regulations

The Bank of Thailand on June 5 loosened a set of foreign exchange regulations, including allowing Thais to invest directly in securities abroad at an amount of up to $1 million a year, in a fresh bid to accommodate capital outflows, curb the appreciating baht (which ...

Financing sustainable agriculture possible, if terms fit farmers’ needs

Much of the deforestation in the world’s tropical rainforests comes so that we humans have enough to eat. But sustainable agricultural practices exist that help farmers coax more corn and soybeans, coffee and cacao, and a host of other products from the soil, without having ...

SMEs in 8 provinces to get Pracha Rath loans

The Department of Industrial Promotion will extend loans initially totalling Bt20 billion from a Pracha Rath fund for SME development in eight provinces, starting with Songkhla on May 24. Eight provinces have been initially targeted for the programme. Besides Songkhla, they are Krabi, Chon Buri, ...

Correspondent banking in retreat, but growing in Asia

While financial inclusion is a top priority for emerging economies, new research suggests more stringent enforcement of anti-money regulations in recent years has resulted in major Western banks disconnecting from these regions, leaving local businesses without access to the international financial system. Correspondent banking relationships, ...

Thailand, Japan conclude Bilateral Swap Arrangement

The Bank of Thailand and the Bank of Japan have signed an agreement to govern the Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA), enabling both countries to exchange their currencies. The facility under the arrangement amounts to US$3 billion (102.4 billion baht), said Chantavarn Sucharitakul, assistant governor, corporate ...

Acleda profiting in foreign markets

Acleda Bank’s foreign operations in Laos and Myanmar performed well during the first quarter of 2017 while recording strong net profits last year, leading the bank to seek further regional expansion, according to a senior executive. Acleda has 41 commercial branches in Laos and six MFI ...

Ten banks see profits rise 8%

Ten banks have announced that their combined net profit in the first quarter of this year was Bt55.71 billion, up 8 per cent from the same period of last year, thanks to increases on both interest and non-interest income. Most of their non-performing-loan ratios in ...

Observe 10 prohibitions or face punishment, finance officials warned

Finance officials are being warned to observe the newly imposed so-called 10-prohibition rule or be subjected to disciplinary measures and punishment under law. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Duangdy on April 10 issued a decision that imposed 10 prohibitions demanding officials follow ...

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