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Apichai Sunchindah

An independent development specialist

Apichai Sunchindah is an independent development specialist.

Apichai Sunchindah
4 Sep 2019

Thailand must boost Asec presence

During the commemoration of Asean Day earlier last month at the newly inaugurated Asean Secretariat (Asec) building in Jakarta, Indonesia, a poster displaying eye-popping statistics of the organisation's current staff composition shows that there are only four Thais working there. This figure is minuscule compared to those from the other four founding members states of Asean, and even latecomer Vietnam.

4 Sep 2019 4
Thailand must boost Asec presence
26 Jul 2019

Mekong dilemmas need political will to resolve

Last year, we were saddened by the hazards related to dam failures in the Mekong River basin after one of the saddle dams on the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydro-electric project in Laos collapsed and the large amounts of impounded water then gushed downstream, causing massive inundation and damage to property, crops, livestock, lost livelihoods and some human casualties. The cause of the dam disaster has been attributed to sub-standard construction and unusually high rainfall.

26 Jul 2019
Mekong dilemmas need political will to resolve
6 Feb 2019

Smarten up, Bangkok!

Vehicles are a major contributor of air pollution in Bangkok metropolis and thus are a problem that needs to be addressed wholeheartedly and aggressively.

6 Feb 2019 14
Smarten up, Bangkok!
31 Jul 2018

Wakeup call

The collapse of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam in Laos is a timely reminder of the potentially hazardous factors associated with the failure of storage dams.

31 Jul 2018 3
Wakeup call
23 Mar 2017

Chula turns 100

Chulalongkorn University turns 100 Sunday, and is currently abuzz with centenary exhibitions - a school refusing to face today's rapid, dynamic changes.

23 Mar 2017 4
Chula turns 100
22 Jul 2016

The meaning of Brexit

The question now is whether a Brexit-type crisis could occur in Asean, and that will depend on whether Asean learns from the EU's errors.

22 Jul 2016
The meaning of Brexit