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Thailand’s Economic Integration with Neighboring Countries and Possible Connectivity with South Asia

dc.contributor.authorSuthiphand Chirathivat
dc.contributor.authorKornkarun Cheewatrakoolpong
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-13T14:02:35Z
dc.date.available2019-03-13T14:02:35Z
dc.date.issued2015-04-30
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/9638
dc.description.abstractThailand’s increasing importance as a regional co-production base and as an intra-regional trade and border trade hub is due mainly to recent changes in its economic structure, namely, the lack of operational workers, rises in wages, and increases in outward foreign direct investment (FDI), together with a change of regional policies in Southeast Asia. As a result, improvements in physical connectivity, trade facilitation, energy cooperation, and financing infrastructure play an important role within an ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) framework. Extending connectivity to South Asia could also complement the current promotion of regional trade and regional production networks. This paper reviews the current stages of Thailand’s intra-regional trade, physical connectivity, trade facilitation, energy cooperation, and infrastructure funding as there are projects planned in these areas that could impact Thailand and its links to Southeast Asia and beyond to South Asia. However, Thailand’s political instability impedes the progress and implementation of such projects. The paper also examines the current financing mechanism of Thailand’s infrastructure projects that relies heavily on public spending. The authors propose strategies to promote Thailand’s physical infrastructure, trade facilitation, and energy cooperation with the mainland countries of Southeast Asia and South Asia.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank Institute
dc.titleThailand’s Economic Integration with Neighboring Countries and Possible Connectivity with South Asia
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertRegionalism
dc.subject.expertRegional Economy
dc.subject.expertRegional Trading Arrangements
dc.subject.expertRegional Trade Integration
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Integration
dc.subject.expertRegional Cooperation
dc.subject.expertInterregional Cooperation
dc.subject.expertTrade Disputes
dc.subject.expertTrade Barriers
dc.subject.expertFree Trade
dc.subject.expertTrade
dc.subject.expertTrade Agreements
dc.subject.expertIntraregional Trade
dc.subject.adbGovernment Policy
dc.subject.adbRegional Organization
dc.subject.adbRegional Plans
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbRegional Development Bank
dc.subject.adbPreferential tariffs
dc.subject.adbInternational negotiation
dc.subject.adbProtectionist measures
dc.subject.adbAccess to markets
dc.subject.adbEconomic agreements
dc.subject.adbInternational trade law
dc.subject.adbRegional integration
dc.subject.adbTrade relations
dc.subject.adbExports
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbDistribution
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbDevelopment Bank
dc.subject.adbTrade policy
dc.subject.adbSmall Business
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalRegional planning
dc.subject.naturalRegional disparities
dc.subject.naturalInterregionalism
dc.subject.naturalRegional economic disparities
dc.subject.naturalRegional economic blocs
dc.subject.naturalIndustrial arbitration
dc.subject.naturalEuro
dc.subject.naturalInflation
dc.subject.naturalBusiness
dc.subject.naturalFinance
dc.subject.naturalFree trade
dc.title.seriesADBI Working Paper Series
dc.title.volumeNo. 520
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank Institute
oar.themeRegional
oar.themeTrade
oar.adminregionSoutheast Asia Region
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic Republic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.identifierOAR-009257
oar.authorChirathivat, Suthiphand
oar.authorCheewatrakoolpong, Kornkarun
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