A LETTER FROM OUR DIRECTOR, VORAWAN NORASUCHA
Dear Partners, Colleagues and Friends,
I find it difficult to believe that we are inching closer to the fourth quarter of 2020. This has certainly been a year for the history books!
We have no way of knowing what the next few months will bring, but I feel confident that Thailand and the rest of the world will quickly adapt to the circumstances as they present themselves. We have managed to usher in a “new normal” and I feel confident we will adjust to our “next normal” with equal measure.
Compared to many parts of the world, Thailand has been able to manage our COVID-19 response quite successfully. This is due in large part to our National Health System and strong network of hospitals and medical facilities across our country, even in the most rural of regions. I am not sure if you are aware of this, but Thailand is a medical tourism destination.ย Our medical and life science sectors are world-class; factors that have contributed to our success in managing the COVID-19 emergency.
The World Health Organization selected Thailand and New Zealand to be the focus of a pandemic response documentary currently in development.ย We are proud to be part of the project and recognized for the hard work and dedication our government, healthcare workers, and citizens put into our COVID response.ย It was a unified effort!
The Bloomberg Misery Index 2020 ranked Thailand as having the least miserable economy in its annual evaluation of 62 countries. A combination of low inflation and low unemployment contributed to Thailand’s top ranking in the study.
During the past few months, we have seen the wheels of commerce begin to turn again and I am pleased to report that Thailand has seen a 7% increase in applications from foreign investors requesting tax incentives from the same period last year.ย Also, applications for medical related businesses are up 174%, which we view with optimism. As companies have become adept at operating within the confines of this ‘next normal”, business seems to be getting back on track.
I am also pleased to announce that SUBCON THAILAND, has launched an online business matching initiative as part of the exhibition so that foreign investors can participate, even with travel restrictions. SUBCON will be taking place on September 23-26. (please see the link with more information below in this newsletter)
Last, but not least, Thailand has launched a new economic strategy, Think Resilience, Think Thailand.
The strategy is built on the four pillars of our economy; the diversity of our industries, our business ecosystem, which is strongly supported by government, our location at the heart of the ASEAN region and our strong manufacturing base which contributes to global supply chains.ย -I hope to be telling you more about our resiliency strategy in the coming months.
As always, based in New York, my team and I stand ready to assist you with any questions you may have and to provide you with any information you may need about doing business in Thailand.
I wish you good health and best wishes for a safe and prosperous fall season.
Director, New York
Thailand Board of Investment