Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Oil still boss as Thailand’s economy faces a return to 1970s stagflation over the ongoing Ukraine war

Oil still boss as Thailand’s economy faces a return to 1970s stagflation over the ongoing Ukraine war

March 9, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

On Tuesday, following a tense cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister pleaded with the public to cut back on the use of cars and air conditioning.… Read More ›

Thailand votes on the right side of history in UN deploring Russian military action in Ukraine 

Thailand votes on the right side of history in UN deploring Russian military action in Ukraine 

March 3, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The vote came after heightened diplomatic representations by western ambassadors this week to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok and what is reported… Read More ›

World lives in fear – UK Minister says Putin may not be in his ‘right mind’ as Thursday’s invasion goes awry

World lives in fear – UK Minister says Putin may not be in his ‘right mind’ as Thursday’s invasion goes awry

February 26, 2022

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Arguably one of the most dangerous moments in the world since the end of World War II and one which will undoubtedly have repercussions for… Read More ›

Thailand should move more towards a circular economy as the country faces intractable hurdles

Thailand should move more towards a circular economy as the country faces intractable hurdles

February 25, 2022

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Economic concept advocated this week by the World Bank chief has similarities to the sufficiency economy concept proposed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1997 and… Read More ›

Minister signals a move to resurrect a national internet gateway and stronger online controls

Minister signals a move to resurrect a national internet gateway and stronger online controls

February 22, 2022

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

The move is coming at a time when support for the government has hit a low ebb with a poll published last weekend showing that… Read More ›

Bank of Thailand intervenes with PayPal snared in yet another regulatory tangle in the kingdom

Bank of Thailand intervenes with PayPal snared in yet another regulatory tangle in the kingdom

February 12, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The popular payment platform is in crisis mode in Thailand as it scrambles to meet demanding regulatory requirements and pursue a relaunch of its service… Read More ›

Government is in its death throes as divisions multiply with July likely to be a decisive month for the country

Government is in its death throes as divisions multiply with July likely to be a decisive month for the country

February 9, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand may not only be facing a General Election in 2022 but also another political crisis if the government does not successfully see the passage… Read More ›

Inflation forces expected to recede in 2022 with a final annual figure projected at under 2.5%

Inflation forces expected to recede in 2022 with a final annual figure projected at under 2.5%

February 5, 2022

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

A need to raise interest rates in the United States, coming at a time when Thailand’s economy is short on liquidity with a record level… Read More ›

Bad news for PM and Palang Pracharat in Bangkok on Sunday as resurgent Pheu Thai Party wins big

Bad news for PM and Palang Pracharat in Bangkok on Sunday as resurgent Pheu Thai Party wins big

January 31, 2022

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

On Sunday, Pheu Thai Party leader Dr Cholnan Srikaew predicted that the result will lead to further instability in government while the Move Forward Party… Read More ›

China’s Belt and Road now knocks on Thailand’s door to the north but is the kingdom on board?

China’s Belt and Road now knocks on Thailand’s door to the north but is the kingdom on board?

January 27, 2022

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The high-speed rail link for which a contract was signed between the State Railway of Thailand and four Chinese firms on March 29th 2021 is… Read More ›

Prayut visits Saudi Arabia to meet kingdom’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Prayut visits Saudi Arabia to meet kingdom’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

January 24, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Cabinet meeting held early this week as PM’s impromptu visit to Saudi Arabia was announced by Government House officials on Sunday. The visit by Thailand’s… Read More ›

Democrat Party victories in the South seen as a vote for stability despite vote-buying claims by Ratchaburi MP

Democrat Party victories in the South seen as a vote for stability despite vote-buying claims by Ratchaburi MP

January 19, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Democrat Party leadership has responded to claims of ‘vote buying’ with a threat to launch and pursue legal proceedings for slander against the Palang Pracharat… Read More ›

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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Foreigners, 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, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, 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

Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Personal, Thai World, 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 ›