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Private sector can play crucial role in conserving public forest
August 25, 2015 1:00 am

Private sector can play crucial role in conserving public forest

Banthoon Lamsam must have had a wonderful weekend. The Kasikornbank chairman and CEO's initiative to preserve the fast-disappearing forests in the northern province of Nan won a positive response.

First glimmer of reforms hits state-enterprise money pit
August 18, 2015 1:00 am

First glimmer of reforms hits state-enterprise money pit

A few years ago I got the rare chance to meet with the chief of a Grade-A state enterprise. Off the record, he expressed anguish at the hierarchical structure of his organisation. He complained that, despite being the top executive, his power was...

Towards a world of universal banking
August 11, 2015 1:00 am

Towards a world of universal banking

A significant shift in the Thai banking system takes effect today, with the account-protection limit being cut from Bt50 million to Bt25 million. Wealthy account-holders no longer enjoy the protection they once did. Simply put, if their banks go...

Germany's example offers guiding light as darkness threatens to...
August 4, 2015 1:00 am

Germany's example offers guiding light as darkness threatens to...

In its "East Asia Pacific Update" released in April, the World Bank noted: "Further economic recovery will depend on the competitiveness of Thai export products and political stability in the years to come."

What really connects the people of Asean?
July 28, 2015 1:00 am

What really connects the people of Asean?

Next year marks the 49th anniversary of a historical turning point for this region. On August 8, 1967, the leaders of five nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand - sat down together and signed what was to become known...

Thailand's 'kitchen of the world' defrosts slowly in...
July 21, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's 'kitchen of the world' defrosts slowly in...

A week in Milan (or any other city in Italy) is enough to kill your appetite for spaghetti. The dish dominates menus everywhere, from busy tourist cafes to small back-alley restaurants, and comes with a vast variety of sauces, all made with local...

Thailand should welcome the unavoidable 'Grexit'
July 7, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand should welcome the unavoidable 'Grexit'

It looks more likely than ever that Greece will exit the euro zone, though however "voluntarily" it does so remains to be seen. The process could take considerable time following the referendum on Sunday in which 61.3 per cent of voters...

Given the world's inequities, global referendums are impossible
June 30, 2015 1:00 am

Given the world's inequities, global referendums are impossible

Putting yourself in Greek shoes, how would you vote in next Sunday's referendum?

A chat with the BOT governor is like a GOOD, LONG READ
June 23, 2015 1:00 am

A chat with the BOT governor is like a GOOD, LONG READ

Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul is second to none when it comes to knowledge about economic issues. And he's not the type to answer questions the easy way.

Workers' tales shed light on the PRODUCTIVITY ISSUE
June 16, 2015 1:00 am

Workers' tales shed light on the PRODUCTIVITY ISSUE

Once in a while, workers are told they must increase their productivity if they want increased rewards. However, that simple equation doesn't apply to all workers. Masseuses, for instance, need to do a lot more than increase their productivity,...