Thailand must encourage home-grown scientists to be more involved in research and development to help its pharmaceutical industry grow, especially once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) kicks off in 2015.
"If the government wants to see growth in the pharmaceutical sector, it has to recognise the scientific community. It needs to offer jobs for research scientists so that they can do full-time research here and provide funds for local research through universities," said Aman Bhattacharjee, the managing director of Merck Thailand, a unit of the German pharmaceutical and chemical company.
Otherwise these talents will go elsewhere, especially to places like Singapore and Malaysia or even the UK or US, where there are higher labour costs.
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