Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

By-election polls amid a weak economy and rising food prices may mean a 2023 General Election

By-election polls amid a weak economy and rising food prices may mean a 2023 General Election

January 14, 2022

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The contest between the Democrat Party, Thailand’s oldest and the relatively new Palang Pracharat Party in the southern provinces of Chumphon and Songkhla, both working… Read More ›

Top official describes the popular ‘Test and Go’ entry as a loophole exposing Thailand to Omicron

Top official describes the popular ‘Test and Go’ entry as a loophole exposing Thailand to Omicron

January 8, 2022

Economy, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday did not go as far as public health officials had demanded by banning alcohol sales nationwide.… Read More ›

Air force seeks eight F35 fighter jets at a time when Thailand’s defence budget finds itself at a low ebb

Air force seeks eight F35 fighter jets at a time when Thailand’s defence budget finds itself at a low ebb

January 4, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Thailand’s military defence expenditure has not been above the NATO recommended level of 2% of GDP since 1997, the year of the Asian Financial Crisis.… Read More ›

Wife of deposed Bangkok MP Sira campaigns for his job based on his 3 years of service to people

Wife of deposed Bangkok MP Sira campaigns for his job based on his 3 years of service to people

January 2, 2022

More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The man who brought about the downfall of Sira’s career as an MP, former National Police Commissioner General Sereepisuth Temeeyaves says that it may not… Read More ›

Thailand’s economy awaits the fallout from the Omicron surge as projections for 2022 take a dive

Thailand’s economy awaits the fallout from the Omicron surge as projections for 2022 take a dive

December 24, 2021

Economy, Thailand:

Bank of Thailand suggests only minimal growth this year with a reduced 3.4% growth rate in 2022. Currently, there are fears that Omicron may impede… Read More ›

Thailand again signals move away from mass-market foreign tourism with falling numbers being seen

Thailand again signals move away from mass-market foreign tourism with falling numbers being seen

December 17, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Continued statements that Thailand is moving away from its former, perhaps controversial but highly lucrative foreign tourism market must tend to irk foreign adults who… Read More ›

Officials concerned that a rising crypto asset trend poses a real threat to Thailand’s financial stability

Officials concerned that a rising crypto asset trend poses a real threat to Thailand’s financial stability

December 15, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand has seen explosive growth in the cryptocurrency sector since January, a process that has seen the country create its first billion-dollar startup or unicorn.… Read More ›

A cautious recovery in 2022 says Bank of Thailand boss but PM strikes a mildy more optimistic note

A cautious recovery in 2022 says Bank of Thailand boss but PM strikes a mildy more optimistic note

December 11, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Baht is predicted to fall due to tightening monetary policy in the United States to ward off inflation. A key economic forecasting unit in Bangkok… Read More ›

Thaksin affirms loyalty to the monarchy amid new efforts to limit discourse and Amnesty probe

Thaksin affirms loyalty to the monarchy amid new efforts to limit discourse and Amnesty probe

December 8, 2021

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

There is increasing tension about public commentary in Thailand with a Royal Thai Police investigation announced last week into international human rights group Amnesty International.… Read More ›

China could be an economic time bomb sitting on Thailand’s doorstep as Evergrande collapse nears

China could be an economic time bomb sitting on Thailand’s doorstep as Evergrande collapse nears

December 4, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

As Thailand and the world battle the COVID-19 virus with Omicron knocking on the door, the bigger threat economically for us all may again be… Read More ›

With Omicron hovering, firms already suffering a cash flow crunch with the economy again in peril

With Omicron hovering, firms already suffering a cash flow crunch with the economy again in peril

December 1, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

A senior official with the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has warned that the loss of small and medium-sized firms by even… Read More ›

US to launch new Indo Pacific ‘alliance’ which includes Thailand as a key partner in the region

US to launch new Indo Pacific ‘alliance’ which includes Thailand as a key partner in the region

November 20, 2021

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Visit by Central Intelligence Agency’s Deputy Director David Cohen on Friday came the day after the Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy highlighted and praised… Read More ›

Shaky economic recovery as planners target only a 1% gain in 2021 with rising headwinds in Quarter 4

Shaky economic recovery as planners target only a 1% gain in 2021 with rising headwinds in Quarter 4

November 17, 2021

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

An extended range of concerns has emerged to hamper the confidence seen last month after the Prime Minister’s reopening announcement on October 11th. These include… Read More ›

Court ruling could lead to further polarisation in Thai politics and is bad news for Pheu Thai Party 

Court ruling could lead to further polarisation in Thai politics and is bad news for Pheu Thai Party 

November 13, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Pheu Thai has called for a cross-party panel in the House of Representatives to discuss the ruling of the Constitutional Court this week which has… Read More ›

UK Foreign Secretary visits Bangkok after AUKUS security pact further raises tensions with China

UK Foreign Secretary visits Bangkok after AUKUS security pact further raises tensions with China

November 8, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand unveiled a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom on negotiations towards a free trade pact between the two kingdoms in March. The unveiling… Read More ›

Thai Airways ฿25 billion funding request from state coffers rebuffed by a senior Finance Ministry official

Thai Airways ฿25 billion funding request from state coffers rebuffed by a senior Finance Ministry official

November 5, 2021

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The government will be looking more to international sources of funding in 2022 although most public borrowing will still be raised domestically as the Finance… Read More ›

Economy climbing out ‘of a hole’, foreign firm’s confidence levels rose sharply during October

Economy climbing out ‘of a hole’, foreign firm’s confidence levels rose sharply during October

November 1, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The Finance Ministry is insisting the economic growth for 2021 will be in excess of 1% driven by renewed domestic spending, exports and now a… Read More ›

Thailand starts CPTPP application process driven by fears for inward investment and the economy

Thailand starts CPTPP application process driven by fears for inward investment and the economy

October 26, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Vietnam is emerging as Thailand’s key competitor for investment and trade opportunities. The fellow ASEAN member is already in the CPTPP pact which China applied… Read More ›

Thailand planning an infrastructural overhaul aimed at improving regional transport links to boost the economy

Thailand planning an infrastructural overhaul aimed at improving regional transport links to boost the economy

October 23, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Plans for a landbridge between the coast of Chumphon and Ranong linking the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea which would cut two days… Read More ›

Pheu Thai Party deputy leader proposed Thaksin’s former wife as lead candidate for Prime Minister

Pheu Thai Party deputy leader proposed Thaksin’s former wife as lead candidate for Prime Minister

October 19, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The government’s top legal expert, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, has dismissed the significance of the video conversation as mere political discourse despite efforts by… Read More ›