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Wichit Chantanusornsiri

Senior economics reporter

Wichit Chantanusornsiri is a senior economics reporter, Bangkok Post.

Wichit Chantanusornsiri
14 May 2020

Making Sense

In its bid to alleviate the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic through the 1-trillion-baht borrowing scheme, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government aims to provide immediate relief to millions who are in trouble, and also restore the grassroots economy, with a view to better balancing the economic system, so it depends less on exports and tourism.

14 May 2020 19
Making Sense
2 Apr 2020

Solid financials offer firepower to weather crisis

Like other countries, Thailand is fighting a war against Covid-19. For the government, it cannot afford to lose this war.

2 Apr 2020 14
5 Mar 2020

Political instability adds to viral woes

The economy weakened last year thanks to the Sino-US trade war. This year, its health could worsen further due to two emerging factors.

5 Mar 2020 55
Political instability adds to viral woes
30 Jan 2020

Proxy vote saga puts entire economy at great risk

As the Constitutional Court yesterday accepted a request by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to rule on the validity of the 2020 budget bill, the fate of public spending and investment now hang in the balance, thanks to proxy voting by government coalition MPs which has put the legality of the bill in question.

30 Jan 2020 19
Proxy vote saga puts entire economy at great risk
9 Jan 2020

Rich get richer, poor get the picture

This year the new land and building tax law takes effect with the new tax regime hardly affecting ordinary people who do not own second homes.

9 Jan 2020 13
Rich get richer, poor get the picture
28 Nov 2019

Stimulus a band-aid for gaping wounds

Despite several "stimulus" measures launched by the government in the past year, the Thai economy is still being buffeted by the volatility of international trade.

28 Nov 2019 8
Stimulus a band-aid for gaping wounds
31 Oct 2019

High-income goal needs a reality check

Thailand "will become a high-income country by 2036", said PM Prayut, as he spoke of his "Vision 2036" at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly last month.

31 Oct 2019 30
High-income goal needs a reality check
3 Oct 2019

EEC is our only gateway to developed-nation status

EEC has been harshly criticised for its "lack of people's participation". On the contrary, I believe the EEC will help boost the livelihoods of Thais.

3 Oct 2019 27
EEC is our only gateway to developed-nation status
29 Aug 2019

Public debt isn't always a bad thing

The global economic slowdown, as a result of the ongoing Sino-US trade tensions, has hit the Thai economy hard.

29 Aug 2019 16
Public debt isn't always a bad thing
25 Jul 2019

Good governance sorely lacking at state-run banks

During parliamentary debates on the Prayut Chan-o-cha government's policy statement, scheduled for tomorrow and Friday, the state-run Krung Thai Bank's (KTB) 9.9-billion-baht loan scandal will likely be taken up by the opposition targeting one cabinet member, Finance Minister and Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) leader Uttama Savanayana. When the loan was approved in 2003, Mr Uttama was an executive board member of the bank.

25 Jul 2019 7
Good governance sorely lacking at state-run banks