Household debt risks boiling over

The country’s household bad debt is expected to reach 1 trillion baht this year, putting the ratio to total loans outstanding into double digits as debt-servicing ability erodes amid coronavirus-induced income shocks, says the head of the National Credit Bureau (NCB).Non-performing loans (NPLs) are surging ...

Somruedi Banchongduang

Thais question government’s online learning experiment

On 18 May, the Ministry of Education launched a large-scale online learning experiment to be put into full use in the upcoming semester, but Thais have questioned the quality of an English course and problems of equal access, as 10% of students nationwide still rely ...

Asean needs to come together over Covid-19 pandemic

The outbreak of novel coronavirus poses a significant threat to Southeast Asia and its regional Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) bloc. This is primarily due to the region’s geographical proximity to China and the high trade flow between them.Asean has not faced anything like ...

Survival depends on literacy

Enhancing digital literacy and pursuing a customer-centric experience are necessary as businesses adapt to new behaviour during the pandemic, particularly with travel restrictions and changes in supply chains.Thailand is migrating from the phase of self-quarantine and stringent lockdown measures to gradually resuming operations under social ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Tourism sector looks to resume domestic trips

The tourism sector is unfazed by the possible extension of the emergency decree, with operators saying their businesses are flexible and it will not interrupt the goal to kick-start domestic travel nationwide in June.The Tourism and Sports Ministry is planning to discuss with the prime ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thai National Security Council says curfew may possibly be “loosened” in future phases

Earlier today, the Thai National Security Council announced they would support continuing the current Emergency Decree to the end of June, although any final official decision would not happen until a Thai Cabinet meeting on Tuesday of next week.Speaking with associated Thai press this afternoon, ...

Adam Judd

2020 online trade set to hit B220bn

Thailand’s e-commerce, excluding business-to-business engagement, is expected to grow 35% to 220 billion baht in 2020, driven by the coronavirus outbreak, says Priceza, a price comparison shopping website.Meanwhile, the competition between social commerce and e-marketplaces is expected to intensify.“In the post-Covid-19 world, the online channel ...

Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk

Thailand to build desalination plant to serve industrial production

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) is planning to invest in a water desalination plant to supply the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in response to ongoing and future droughts.The plant, capable of desalinating 300,000 cubic metres of seawater per day, will be set up ...

Fishers turn to technology to make ends meet

Unlike the thousands made jobless and hungry by the Covid-19 crisis, many families who rely on traditional fishing methods for a living in coastal provinces still manage to put some food on their tables.However, the pandemic has hit their pockets hard. They can no longer ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Effort on IUU sees ships get sea room

The Department of Fisheries has a plan to allow the first batch of at least 20 trawlers to catch fish outside the country’s sovereign territorial waters by next year after a “yellow card” from the European Union (EU) over Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

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