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Bank of Ayudhya has benefited from the input of GE Capital, which owns 33% of Thailand's fifth largest bank by asset size

Thai banks perform well amid upheaval

January 31, 2011

Amid riots and concerns over more upheaval, Thailand's banks enjoyed a prosperous 2010. While the country's dependence on exports leaves it at the mercy of US and Chinese economic policies, major players in Thailand seem well prepared to cope with any slowdown.

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Thai finance minister fears currency war

December 23, 2010

Korn Chatikavanij is concerned that the country will get caught up in a currency war at a time when its own export-dependent economy is going from strength to strength. Interview by Brian Caplen.


Turbulent times no barrier to change

March 31, 2010

Ongoing financial reform will not be held back by Thailand's political troubles, say Thailand's bankers. Neither portfolio nor direct investment inflows have been impacted, and the country's government is pressing on with two masterplans for the financial sector and capital markets. Writer Brian Caplen

Tarisa Watanagase

March 3, 2010

The Bank of Thailand's tenacious governor reflects on the central bank's staunch risk management reforms which saw the country's banking sector through the credit crisis in good shape, and looks ahead to the next challenge - of negotiating a macro-prudential economic policy across south-east Asia. Writer Michelle Price


Government effects reform despite recent turmoil

February 1, 2010

Unfazed by continued political and economic turmoil, Thailand is embarking on major deregulation to strengthen its banking and finance sector and, in the grander scheme, to diversify the country's economic base. Writer Michelle Price


Finance Minister of the Year 2010 - Global and Asia-Pacific

December 30, 2009

Strong nerves and creative strategies have characterised the best-performing finance ministers over the past 12 months. Here The Banker recognises those whose will and skill have proved outstanding at tackling the immediate effects of the slump while positioning their countries for future growth.

Korn Chatikavanij

October 5, 2009

The Thai finance minister's belief that the global crisis has presented the country with an opportunity to reshape its economy has seen him unleash plans for greater use of the capital markets, diversified exports and a boost in domestic consumption. Writer Brian Caplen

Thai banks caught in global crosswinds

June 4, 2009

Although Thailand has managed to avoid much of the turmoil embroiling Western banks, the government is taking preventative action to ensure that its export and loan markets are not damaged by the slump in global demand. Writer Simon Montlake in Bangkok

Korn Chatikavanij

April 7, 2009

Thailand is suffering tumbling export receipts and a decline in business confidence and investment. Its recently installed minister of finance discusses how he plans to get the country through the crisis. Writer Simon Montlake

Integration advantage

March 4, 2008

Kosit Panpiemras, Thailand’s deputy prime minister, tells Brian Caplen that trade and investment policies must be transformed to achieve greater integration into Asean.

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