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  • Foreign buyers fuel 200% surge in Thai luxury property sales

    A surge in foreign interest in luxury property in Thailand has been observed since international tourists began returning in the latter half of 2022, according to property consultancy CBRE. Sales transactions through CBRE have risen by over 200%, indicating a clear trend. In response, developers are preparing to launch new luxury and super-luxury residential projects in 2023, with a focus…

  • Thapanee Kiatphaibool approved as new TAT governor

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced the appointment of Thapanee Kiatphaibool as its new governor, effective from September 1. The 48 year old, who currently serves as the deputy governor for domestic marketing, was chosen by the TAT board yesterday, following a recruitment process that began on February 20. Out of the two finalists, the nomination subcommittee, chaired by…

  • Neuralink’s mind-blowing milestone: FDA gives Elon Musk’s brain-implant venture green light

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brain-implant company, to start its first-in-human clinical trial. This marks a significant milestone for the company, which had previously faced challenges in obtaining approval. In a tweet, Neuralink stated that the FDA’s decision was an essential first step towards helping many people through their technology, though further details…

  • Biden assures no US default as debt ceiling deadline looms

    US President Joe Biden has reassured the nation that there will be no default on the country’s debt, even as lawmakers went on a 10-day break without reaching an agreement on raising the borrowing limit. The government estimates it could run out of money to service its debts by June 1, and failure to repay loans could potentially lead to…

  • Singapore at high risk of technical recession amid external challenges

    Singapore is facing a heightened risk of entering a technical recession in the second quarter as external challenges continue to impact the economy. The city-state saw a 0.4% decline in the economy during the first quarter compared to the previous three months, marking a reversal from the 0.1% growth in the fourth quarter of 2022. Singapore last experienced a technical…

  • THAIFEX-ANUGA ASIA 2023 shapes the future of sustainable food innovation

    The THAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA 2023 exhibition was launched by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) and Koelnmesse (KM) Germany, with a focus on promoting sustainable food innovation. The event is happening now at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, from 23-27 May 2023. The event allows attendees to discover a variety of future food…

  • Excise Department supports Move Forward Party’s Progressive Liquor Act

    The deputy director-general of the Excise Department stated that the department’s liquor policy is in line with the Move Forward Party‘s Progressive Liquor Act. The proposed Act aims to liberalise liquor production, allowing both small and large producers to enter the market. Kriengkrai Pattanaporn explained that the proposal is consistent with the department’s policy, and there would be no objections if…

  • Singapore maintains 2023 growth forecast amid global economic risks

    Singapore‘s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has announced that it is maintaining its growth forecast for 2023 at 0.5% to 2.5%, with growth expected to be around the mid-point of this range. This comes as the economy experienced a 0.4% year-on-year growth between January and March, primarily due to the manufacturing, wholesale trade, and finance and insurance sectors. The…

  • Thailand on track for 10 million tourists despite low season

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) anticipates that by the end of this month, Thailand will have welcomed 10 million foreign tourists, with at least 2 million visitors per month expected during the low season. TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated that Thailand has consistently recorded over 50,000 arrivals daily, indicating that the monthly minimum rate of 2 million visitors during…

  • Krungsri Auto targets 1/3 EV lending market share amid 203% growth forecast

    Krungsri Auto, a leading automotive finance company under the Bank of Ayudhya, is targeting a one-third market share in electric vehicle (EV) lending this year. The firm anticipates a 6% decline in new motorcycle sales, amounting to 1.7 million units, mainly due to a high base effect. Out of these, 30,000 units are expected to be electric motorcycles, an increase…

  • Limited impact expected from new government’s stimulus amid political uncertainty

    The impact of the new government‘s stimulus measures on the economy is expected to be minimal, as the stock market has already accounted for risks associated with political issues, according to the SCB Chief Investment Office (SCB CIO). Kampon Adireksombat, first senior vice-president and head of SCB CIO, stated that the formation of a new coalition government is still uncertain…

  • Biden and McCarthy hold productive talks on US debt ceiling deal

    Negotiations between Democratic President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy have progressed as both parties aim to reach a deal to raise the United States’ US$31.4 trillion debt ceiling and prevent a catastrophic default. Following a four-hour meeting at the White House, McCarthy stated that negotiations had improved and would continue. Although several issues remain unresolved, he predicted…

  • MFP leader promises reasonable minimum wage increase without economic damage

    Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat recently assured that a coalition government under his leadership would not immediately raise the minimum daily wage to 450 baht but would ensure a reasonable increase without causing damage to industry or the economy. Limjaroenrat, the party’s prime ministerial candidate, made this promise during a meeting with representatives of the Federation of Thai…

  • China downplays Micron ban as individual case, not broader US firm targeting

    China is attempting to mitigate the fallout from its recent decision to partially ban sales of US chipmaker Micron‘s products in the country on national security grounds. The ban has been challenged by Washington, which views it as a deliberate targeting of US businesses in response to export controls imposed on China. However, Chinese authorities, including the foreign ministry and…

  • Thai car production dips 0.13% in April as exports surge 43.53%

    Thailand experienced a slight decline of 0.13% in car production in April compared to the previous year, with a total of 117,636 units produced, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). This decrease was primarily due to a drop in truck production. However, the country witnessed a significant surge in auto exports during the same month, owing to a…

  • Netflix expands password crackdown to US and 100+ countries

    In an effort to tackle password sharing and increase revenue, Netflix has expanded its crackdown on account sharing to the United States and over 100 other countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, and Brazil. The streaming giant has been seeking new ways to generate income as it faces potential market saturation, with measures such as limiting…

  • 31% of Thais eye battery electric vehicles as next car choice

    A recent survey by Deloitte Thailand revealed that 31% of Thai consumers are likely to opt for a battery electric vehicle (BEV) as their next car, the highest percentage in Southeast Asia. Despite this, internal combustion engine vehicles continue to be the preferred choice in the region. The survey, conducted between September and October last year, focused on consumer behaviour…

  • Thailand’s state grid to ink 5.2GW renewable deals in Q3

    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) anticipates that power purchase agreements (PPAs) will be signed with companies chosen to participate in the 5.2-gigawatt renewable energy scheme during this year’s third quarter. The Office of the Attorney General is currently reviewing the legal aspects of the scheme, which includes power plant construction projects proposed by 175 selected companies. Following the completion of…

  • Thai food exports target 10% growth amid rising demand, quality standards

    The Thai Commerce Ministry aims to boost food exports by 10% in 2023, driven by growing demand and enhanced Thai standards for quality, safety, and sustainable production processes. Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit announced the target during the opening of THAIFEX-ANUGA ASIA 2023, expecting food exports to reach 1.55 trillion baht this year, up from 1.36 trillion in 2022. The food…

  • Thailand flight sales soar, searches for outbound trips up 200% in Q1

    The first quarter of this year saw international flight sales to Thailand surpass 2019 figures, while searches for outbound Thai flights and overseas accommodation rose by 200%, according to online travel agency Traveloka. Iko Putera, the company’s chief executive of transport, anticipates a positive travel trend for Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia this year. This is driven by…

  • White House reports progress in talks to avert US debt default

    The White House has reported some progress in the ongoing discussions with Republican negotiators to prevent a catastrophic US debt default before the June 1 deadline. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that both sides must understand that they won’t get everything they want. The talks between US President Joe Biden and Republicans in Congress are set to continue,…

  • Rising interest rates boost mortgage NPLs, Bank of Thailand urges debt restructuring

    In the first quarter of this year, non-performing mortgage loans (NPLs) experienced an increase due to rising interest rates, prompting the Bank of Thailand (BoT) to encourage banks to assist borrowers through debt restructuring. The central bank recently revealed a housing loan NPL ratio of 3.16% in the commercial banking system, up from 3.01% in the previous quarter. The primary…

  • Asia-Pacific countries need US$362 billion annually for climate action, says UN

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) highlighted the urgent need for significant funding to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP’s Accelerating Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific report reveals that most countries in the area are inadequately prepared for extreme weather events and natural disasters, which…

  • Sena Development to launch affordable condos amid rising housing prices

    Sena Development Plc, a SET-listed developer, plans to develop more affordable condo projects in response to an anticipated decline in purchasing power due to increasing housing prices. Atika Boonrodchoo, Sena Assistant Managing Director, expects housing prices to rise by 5% this year as a result of rising construction costs, including materials and wages. She said… “Purchasing power may not be able…

  • Thai foreign investment outlook positive amid political shift

    The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) and prominent business leaders expressed optimism about foreign investment in the country this year, despite delays due to the formation of a new government. IEAT Governor Veeris Ammarapala stated that foreign investors are expected to understand the evolving political landscape in Thailand, including the transition towards a Move Forward Party-led coalition government. At a…

  • Thailand investment value surges 77% with South Korea as top foreign investor

    Investment in Thailand experienced a significant surge in the first quarter of the year, with a 77% year-on-year increase to 185.7 billion baht, primarily driven by 397 project proposals. The Board of Investment (BoI) revealed that South Korea emerged as the leading foreign investor during this period. Foreign investment constituted 155.2 billion baht of the total investment, marking a 115%…

  • Thailand’s soaring household debt risks economic slowdown, warns NESDC

    The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) issued a warning concerning Thailand’s mounting household debt, stating that it could become a significant issue if the economy and employment rates decline. NESDC Secretary-General Danucha Pichayanan emphasised the need for debt restructuring alongside financial and fiscal discipline at both individual and corporate levels. During a press conference discussing the economic outlook…

  • Thai Oil predicts equal oil demand and supply, boosted by Asian refineries

    Thai Oil Plc (TOP), a subsidiary of the PTT Plc conglomerate, anticipates a more favourable outlook for oil trading in 2023, with global oil demand and supply projected to be nearly balanced. Crude oil demand is predicted to reach 101 million barrels per day (MBD), a 1.6 MBD increase from 2022, while supply is expected to be 101.3 MBD, a…

  • Singapore firms eye Central Asia’s growing consumer market for expansion

    Central Asia, a region known for its landlocked countries, may not be the most obvious choice for Singaporean businesses looking to expand their horizons. However, Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) believes that the area’s growing consumer market and young population can offer early-mover advantages for companies, particularly in sectors such as urban infrastructure, technology, and innovative consumer products. Despite Central Asia’s strategic…

  • EU regulators apply old laws to control AI as new rules take years to enforce

    The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) services like ChatGPT has led regulators to rely on existing laws to control a technology that could transform societies and businesses. The European Union is working on new AI rules to address privacy and safety concerns associated with generative AI technology, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. However, it will take several years for the…