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Thaksin’s initiative, “A Mini-Asian-IMF” gets funding boosting

The attached ADB paper says: “The idea of the Asian bond market emerged first from Thailand in the summer of 2002. The creation of a bond market requires both issuers of bonds and investors in those bonds. The Thai initiative focused mainly on the investor side as then-Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, proposed that the members…

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Up-Dated > Erased? Thailand’s “High Speed Rail System” that was to link a regional system together

What happened to Thailand’s “High Speed Rail (HSR) System” that was to link a regional system together? If the price is right and the quality is good, then most globally wants HSR, and in fact, globally, many countries have opted for HSR. The reasons are numerous, such as cutting total travel time on “Long-Haul” and…

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ASEAN’s AEC: A sustainable integration lesson for Thailand?

A sustainable integration question for Thailand? Most eyes are on how Fascist Suthep’s movement is hurting Thailand, but some medium to long-term planners are more worried about Thailand’s future, with ASEAN AEC, coming into being next year. Thailand, before the current political crisis, had a reputation of making most traction, in getting the country to…

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Euro Monotor argues: “Despite slower growth, Emerging Asia markets should not be overlooked”

Despite slower GDP growth in Emerging Asia, Euro Monitors argues, the the markets here should not be overlooked. But with the trouble of middle income trap and ballooning middle class debt, can Asian consumers continue to be the market for global goods? From The Euromonitor: (Source) One in every two dollars spent in emerging markets…

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With Thailand ranking so so in tourism competitiveness, Bangkok tops the globe as tourism city

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, that Bangkok has emerged as the world’s top tourist destination, with 15.98 million visitors projected to descend in Thailand’s capital city this year, according to the third annual Global Destination Cities Index released by MasterCard. That emergence is remarkable, beating out long-time champ, London. The latest Bangkok ranking comes…