Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Election Commission goes to court to have the Future Forward Party folded for illegal funding

Election Commission goes to court to have the Future Forward Party folded for illegal funding

December 13, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

The new blow for Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is not unexpected by nonetheless brings the blunt prospect of removing Mr Thanathorn, his key associates and his new… Read More ›

Thailand can ill afford another year like 2019 and the borrowing stakes are getting higher

Thailand can ill afford another year like 2019 and the borrowing stakes are getting higher

December 11, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Optimistically, there are three bright hopes. One is a decline in the value of the Thai baht against the expectations of financial analysts in Thailand… Read More ›

Government already in fire fighting mode yet it retains its core support according to poll

Government already in fire fighting mode yet it retains its core support according to poll

December 9, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

The most negative number in the opinion poll published this Sunday is that over 61% of the public feel Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha is… Read More ›

Richest man in Thailand calls for less time spent at school with a Thai education revolution

Richest man in Thailand calls for less time spent at school with a Thai education revolution

December 6, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

The Chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group, Dhanin Chearavanont, made his radical thinking on education public at the World Education Forum in Paris this week. The… Read More ›

Prime Minister not concerned at plans for a street protest as Thanathorn issues a warning

Prime Minister not concerned at plans for a street protest as Thanathorn issues a warning

December 4, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

The Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Monday night met former Thai Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun after he made a speech at the Foreign Correspondents… Read More ›

PM’s speech may signal a tougher line in dealing with the Thai baht thwarting the economy

PM’s speech may signal a tougher line in dealing with the Thai baht thwarting the economy

December 2, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

The chief strategist of Krung Thai Bank Jittipol Puksamatanan believes that Thailand’s massive $222 billion in foreign reserves is what is driving the appreciation of… Read More ›

Outlook for the Thai economy is bleak and will get bleaker due to its rapidly ageing population

Outlook for the Thai economy is bleak and will get bleaker due to its rapidly ageing population

December 1, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand is facing an array of economic challenges that will take radical and strong leadership to even keep at bay in the next twenty years… Read More ›

Thailand and Hong Kong forge closer economic ties as the city is mired in a deep political crisis 

Thailand and Hong Kong forge closer economic ties as the city is mired in a deep political crisis 

November 30, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Thailand is to use Hong Kong as a gateway to China’s Greater Bay area while Hong Kong will use Thailand as a gateway to the… Read More ›

Chaos as senior officials deny easing the chemicals ban announced by the Industry minister the day before

Chaos as senior officials deny easing the chemicals ban announced by the Industry minister the day before

November 28, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Extraordinary press conference saw senior officials of the Thai government question the briefing given to the media yesterday by the Minister of Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit… Read More ›

Shock parliamentary defeat exposes the weakness of the coalition already riven with tensions

Shock parliamentary defeat exposes the weakness of the coalition already riven with tensions

November 27, 2019

Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

MPs walked out after the Speaker Chuan Leekpai called for a recount of votes following the surprising government defeat vote by 234 votes to 230… Read More ›

Chemical ban delay to cause a government crisis as shock move rebuts Bhumjaithai ministers

Chemical ban delay to cause a government crisis as shock move rebuts Bhumjaithai ministers

November 27, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The ban had been driven fiercely by junior agriculture minister Mananya Thaiset for whom today’s decision will be seen as a setback. The move also… Read More ›

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of international business investors

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of international business investors

November 26, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s flagship industrial project will require a lift in educational standards to attract the best firms worldwide if it is to succeed. Minister has also… Read More ›

Thaksin’s son off the hook on money laundering charges connected with KTB loan scandal

Thaksin’s son off the hook on money laundering charges connected with KTB loan scandal

November 25, 2019

Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Judge’s found that the monies given to Mr Panthongtae Shinawatra were advanced as part of a new business venture that never got off the ground.… Read More ›

Court ruling on Thanathorn shares opens other MPs to scrutiny and possible legal action

Court ruling on Thanathorn shares opens other MPs to scrutiny and possible legal action

November 23, 2019

Foreigners, Media, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Meanwhile, activists continue the relentless campaign against Mr Thanathorn and the radical Future Forward Party. The firebrand young leader is also facing further probes by… Read More ›

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grows as ministers look at 2020 

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grows as ministers look at 2020 

November 22, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

With the current trade friction and world economic instability likely to continue under the present US administration, Thailand still aims for 3% export growth in… Read More ›

Pope meets the PM, calls for an end to the abuse and exploitation of women and children in the sex trade

Pope meets the PM, calls for an end to the abuse and exploitation of women and children in the sex trade

November 22, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Media, Thai World, Thailand:

Pope Francis called for the ‘uprooting’ of the evils of human trafficking, the sex industry and slave labour in Thailand and other countries. He called… Read More ›

Pope Francis arrives in Thailand amid more trenchant criticism from western conservatives 

Pope Francis arrives in Thailand amid more trenchant criticism from western conservatives 

November 20, 2019

Culture, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Pope will pray at the tomb of the Thai martyr of the Catholic church Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung who was imprisoned by Thai authorities in 1941… Read More ›

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over media link

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over media link

November 20, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The decision is not the end of Mr Thanathorn’s legal woes as a number of other complaints have been filed against him. He could also… Read More ›

Deputy PM Somkid warns that public speculation on the economy could undermine confidence

Deputy PM Somkid warns that public speculation on the economy could undermine confidence

November 19, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s economics boss quoted a respected thinker and former Thai prime minister from the 1970s Kukrit Pramoj who observed that too much talk or commentary… Read More ›

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online

November 18, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Media, Thai World, Thailand:

Study’s conclusions also highlight Thailand’s demographic challenge as the older market of baby boomers punch above their weight due to extended lifespans and the impact… Read More ›