As the smoke clears, people in all walks of life and of all political persuasions are starting to draw lessons from the political unrest that exploded into violence.
Formanybusinesses, the events of April andMaywere a rude awakening to the realisation that riskmanagement willbecomemore time-consumingand costly. Selling Thailand as a safe and
hospitable place for a holiday or a major investment willbecomeharder. Sowill encouraging domestic consumer to open their wallets—the country can’t live on exports alone.
The news is not all bad. The Thai economy continues to show steady growth. Ports and airports continued to function and trade thrived evenwhen parts of the capital were a sea of red. Life, and business,inmostof the country continued as normal.
Domestic concerns aside, the world asawholeremainsarisky place. Crushing debt in Europe could yethammer a global economy still emerging tentatively from a recession.
Against this backdrop, a country preoccupiedandweakenedbypolitical infighting is at risk of not being able to deal effectively with potential external shocks to come.
The stakes are high for everyone committedto buildingabetter, stronger Thailand.