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MoU on Financial Services to Support Inclusive Economic Growth

The UK Government and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), forming a strategic partnership on financial services to support Thailand’s inclusive economic recovery and green growth in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the MoU signed on 7 ...

MPC ups GDP growth forecast, keeps policy rate

The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee revised up its forecast for this year’s economic growth to 3.4 per cent based on a further recovery of merchandise exports, while leaving the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent at its meeting on March 29. Jaturong ...

Board scraps ToR for B96bn rail plan

The so-called “scrutiny superboard”, overseeing the multi-billion-baht state procurement projects, has decided to scrap the terms of reference for five controversial double-track railway projects as part of its move to eliminate alleged irregularities. New ToR as well as new bidding procedures will be drafted. The decision must ...

BoT governor: Thailand assets a safe haven

Foreign investors are parking money in Thai assets in the short run because they see the baht as a safe haven backed by solid foreign reserves amid global market fluctuation, the central bank chief says. But the Bank of Thailand has instruments up its sleeve ...

BOT embraces big data, analytics for micro-financial activities

The Bank of Thailand is investing in big data and data analytics in an effort to deal with complicated transactions arising from consumers’ micro-financial activities in the digital age. In the digital age, technology has rapidly changed and it is affecting how businesses are run, posing ...

KBank keen to buy Indonesian banks

Thailand’s fourth-largest bank, Kasikornbank, is exploring the possibility of acquiring banks in Indonesia, but acknowledges this is a challenging goal due to the Indonesian regulator’s rules concerning foreign ownership of local banks. The regulations require foreign banks to buy more than one bank, and that the ...

Ministry sees surge in investment

The Finance Ministry is optimistic the private sector will step up its investment to the tune of 400 billion baht next year, a crucial driving force for economic growth. The amount of private investment will be nearly half of the 900 billion baht the state ...

‘Thailand 4.0’ should get GDP growth up to potential, World Bank says

The World Bank believes Thailand should be able to achieve long-term annual economic growth of 4-5 per cent if the government can successfully push through its “Thailand 4.0” model. The new economic model would help draw private investment, the Bank’s economist for Thailand, Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, ...

Central bank to allow fintech experimentation

The bank of Thailand will open the way for financial-technology product experimentation under its regulatory “sandbox” in the first quarter of next year, in the hope that fintech developers applying to participate can receive licences quickly once they decide to commercialise their products or services. ...

PPP gross cost investment model ‘best for motorway projects’

The Highways Department proposed at a meeting on September 14 that two motorway projects. The meeting was held to prepare for today’s meeting of the Private Public Partnership Policy Committee. The committee is to consider the two projects. According to the Highways Department, the PPP Gross Cost model ...

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