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Capital will flow to the Thai financial markets if the local economy shows signs of healthier growth in the second half, says Kirida Bhaopichitr, the World Bank's senior economist for Thailand. 

"Looking at the long-term trend, there's no other attractive destination for investment other than markets in East Asia, since foreign investors still view emerging markets as a source of high investment returns and Thailand is one of them," she said.

How much benefit Thailand can reap from capital inflows is another issue that needs further assessment.

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