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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.

Foreign banks go bargain hunting

November 5, 2007

As Thailand prepares for elections, foreign banks are looking around for openings in a market with room for growth. Simon Montlake reports from Bangkok.

AsiaNs must act in unison

September 3, 2007

Chalongphob Sussangkarn took over as Thailand’s minister of finance in March, following the resignation of his predecessor Pridiyathorn Devakula. A former president of independent economic think-tank the Thailand Development Research Institute, he is a key player in the interim government that was installed last year after a military coup. He spoke to Simon Montlake in Bangkok.

Harsh lessons learned amid economic uncertainty

May 7, 2007

Thailand seemed to be ushering in a golden age of financial security, until high-level political scandal and terrorist attacks sent its fragile economy crashing back down to earth. Simon Montlake reports.

Same path, faster pace

January 8, 2007

Kosit Panpiemras, deputy prime minister of Thailand, talks to The Banker about the interim government’s plans.

Technocrats target banking reform

January 8, 2007

A measured optimism is taking hold in the post-coup environment, as bankers expect new regulations and heightened competition. Simon Montlake reports from Bangkok.

Global positioning

September 4, 2006

Dr Thaksin Shinawatra, caretaker prime minister of Thailand, explains his government’s new development paradigm that sees its staple industries of tourism and agribusiness in the rural and urban areas growing together while at the same time diversifying, and focusing on creating value.

Unbridled by uncertainty

May 2, 2006

Thailand’s banks are riding out the political uncertainty left by the departure of prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Simon Montlake reports from Bangkok.

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