Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

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 ›

Thailand calls for Myanmar talks as besieged coup leader is barred from the ASEAN summit in Brunei 

Thailand calls for Myanmar talks as besieged coup leader is barred from the ASEAN summit in Brunei 

October 17, 2021

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

In September, the parallel government declared an all-out defensive war on the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s armed forces, as the will of the people to confront the… Read More ›

Pheu Thai set to unveil ‘wow’ candidate for PM before the next election but Prayut has the aces 

Pheu Thai set to unveil ‘wow’ candidate for PM before the next election but Prayut has the aces 

October 11, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

No matter what happens, it is clear that if Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha is in office after August 2022, there will be a Constitutional… Read More ›

New ‘high quality’ economy again touted by the government’s economics czar amid storm clouds

New ‘high quality’ economy again touted by the government’s economics czar amid storm clouds

October 9, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The government’s key economics minister underlined its green credentials as he put the environment at the centre of agricultural, tourism and industrial policy in explaining… Read More ›

Another GDP contraction looms as Thailand tries to boost its economic fortunes by spending more 

Another GDP contraction looms as Thailand tries to boost its economic fortunes by spending more 

October 3, 2021

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Bank of Thailand senior director Ms Chayawadee Chai-Anant pointed towards a relaxation of public health curbs and rising government stimulus to prop up the economy… Read More ›

Dutchman’s tenacious fight over tiered healthcare costs firmly rejected by a Thai provincial court

Dutchman’s tenacious fight over tiered healthcare costs firmly rejected by a Thai provincial court

October 1, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s public health system is a combination of public and private hospitals and the Ministry of Public Health has been moving towards reform and regulation… Read More ›

Public apathy towards politics as government hinges on the bond between two ex-army generals

Public apathy towards politics as government hinges on the bond between two ex-army generals

September 26, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The latest opinion poll again shows the public are switched off politics with nearly one third expressing no preference for any leader with General Prayut… Read More ›

Government borrows more to bring the economy through an extended Covid 19 crisis with GDP flat

Government borrows more to bring the economy through an extended Covid 19 crisis with GDP flat

September 22, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

In the aftermath of the announcement to borrow more and further fiscal stimulus approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, Kasikorn Research Centre has pointed out… Read More ›

PM battles hard to stabilise the government, now fatally weakened within and without parliament

PM battles hard to stabilise the government, now fatally weakened within and without parliament

September 17, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The latest broadside is a court order directing the National Anti-Corruption Commission to disclose a summary of its findings of an investigation into Deputy Prime… Read More ›