Thailand Focus Week of March 24th, 2015

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Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Week of March 24, 2015 

Executive Summary

  • PM Prayut briefs Ban Ki Moon on progress to democracy.
  • Public providing input on draft charter at forums.
  • Passport forgers and traffickers arrested in Rohingya case.
  • Thai police capture notorious blacklisted fishing vessel.
  • Wharton dean says West underestimates Southeast Asia.
  • Nielsen sees growth in Thai market.

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PM Prayut briefs Ban Ki Moon on progress to democracy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha briefed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Thailand’s progress towards building a sustainable democracy during a meeting in Japan last week that ended with Ban inviting Prayut to attend the General Assembly meeting in New York in September.  Read more

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Public providing input on draft charter at forums

Members of the public have provided several useful suggestions for what the Constitution Drafting Committee should include in the new national charter during a series of seven public forums held around the country, the head of the Committee’s panel on public participation said last week.  Read more

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Passport forgers and traffickers arrested in Rohingya case

Thai police arrested an Iranian man who allegedly ran a fake passport business, and two more suspected human traffickers in Southern Thailand last week suspected in involvement in the smuggling of 97 ethnic Rohingya.  Read more

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Thai police capture notorious blacklisted fishing vessel

Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.  Read more

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Wharton dean says West underestimates Southeast Asia

The rise of the middle class and the anticipated influx of investment in infrastructure will make Southeast Asia one of the most important drivers of the global economy, but many in the West don’t recognize the significance of the region, the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania said in Bangkok last week.  Read more

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Nielsen sees growth in Thai market

Research firm Nielsen Company says it sees strong growth potential in the Thai market and so will continue to invest in new products in the Kingdom despite a decision not to compete for a government contract to become the official television ratings agency, an area in which it specializes.  Read more

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In this issue

Thailand at a Glance

4th Quarter 2014 Key Indicators
GDP: 0.7%
Export: $56.8 billion
Import: $49.1 billion
Export growth rate: – 1.5%
Import growth rate: – 5.7%
Current account balance: Surplus by 9.815 billion USD
Trade surplus: $7.7 billion
Unemployment: 0.6%
Headline inflation: -0.52%
Official foreign reserves: $157.11 billion USD

2014
GDP: $373.6 billion
GDP per capita: $5,445
GDP growth: 1.5-2.0%

2013
GDP: $385 billion
GDP per capita: $5,647
GDP growth: 2.9%

2012
GDP: $366 billion
GDP per capita: $5,390
GDP growth: 6.5%

2011
GDP: $345.6 billion
GDP per capita: $5,113
GDP growth: 0.1%

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