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Referendums in Britain, Thailand: the similarities and the differences
May 24, 2016 1:00 am

Referendums in Britain, Thailand: the similarities and the differences

Popular referendums are generally a rare phenomenon, offering the electorate a chance to bypass representative democracy by voting directly on a crucial issue.

Southeast Asia’s dollar addicts seek cure in their own currencies
May 17, 2016 1:00 am

Southeast Asia’s dollar addicts seek cure in their own currencies

The Khmer Times published a very interesting story late last year, concerning young Cambodian entrepreneurs’ plan to boost transactions in their currency, the riel.

The beauty (to some) of economic slowdown
May 10, 2016 1:00 am

The beauty (to some) of economic slowdown

Talk of economic slowdown usually conjures up all sorts of negative things. Yet that shouldn’t necessarily be the case.

Learning lessons from Startup Thailand 2016
May 3, 2016 1:00 am

Learning lessons from Startup Thailand 2016

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is right to be praising the Science and Technology Ministry for its success with “Startup Thailand 2016”.

Infrastructure alone won’t spring Thailand from middle-income trap
April 19, 2016 1:00 am

Infrastructure alone won’t spring Thailand from middle-income trap

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ top six spenders on infrastructure will invest a total US$84 billion (Bt2.9 trillion) this year on public projects, according to Maybank Kim Eng.

For the elderly, joy of Songkran is all too fleeting
April 12, 2016 1:00 am

For the elderly, joy of Songkran is all too fleeting

Like Christmas, Songkran means precious family time for most Thais. Bangkok is quieter than usual as migrant workers heading home jam roads leading out of the capital.

An ever-shifting tide, what does Songkran really mean to us now
April 5, 2016 1:00 am

An ever-shifting tide, what does Songkran really mean to us now

For much of Thailand’s history, New Year’s Day was celebrated on April 13 - Songkran. But in 1941 Thais fell in line with other countries and adopted the yearly start date of January 1. What, then, does Songkran actually mean to us now?

Thailand’s transparency deficit: Haste makes waste on mega-projects
March 29, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand’s transparency deficit: Haste makes waste on mega-projects

One of the county’s top bankers is stressing the need for faster action to transform Thailand into a hub for CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam).

We need to weigh up the costs of e-commerce, not just the benefits
March 22, 2016 1:00 am

We need to weigh up the costs of e-commerce, not just the benefits

Thailand’s big advertisers are cutting their spending. In January, total advertising expenditure dropped 4.9 per cent from the same period last year, to Bt8.07 billion.

A whole wad of reasons why we should support e-payment
March 15, 2016 1:00 am

A whole wad of reasons why we should support e-payment

Google the cost of printing banknotes and the clearest response comes from the US central bank.