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Thailand: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select “Country Reports” from “Publications” column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Thailand
Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, and travel/business information.

Thailand Business Forecast Report
Published quarterly by Business Monitor International, provides SWOT analysis of a country’s political, economic, and business environment. Includes overviews of the country’s key economic sectors and scenario test analysis.

Thailand Country Monitor
Presents Analyses, Statistics, and Forecasts on the Economy. Includes information on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Real GDP, Consumer Prices, Foreign Trade, Official Exchange Rate, etc. Also provides Import/Export Statistics as well as the names of important government officials.

Thailand Country Profile
Provides quick access to country data points, trends, and analysis.

Thailand Country Review
Annual CountryWatch publication, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Thailand Economic Competitiveness
Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks. Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios and key percentile rankings. Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Political Risk Yearbook: Thailand Country Forecast
Published annually by PRS Group. Includes the Political Risk Service rating system which assesses different political scenarios within a country, 18-month and five-year forecasts, based on a variety of political scenarios, the country’s political framework, key political players as well as economic conditions, investment, taxation, environmental trends, foreign relations, defense forces, history, and geography.

Finance, Trade & Commerce

Business in Thailand: Thailand Board of Investment

A website by the Board of Investment of Thailand, gives an overview of establishing a business in Thailand. Topics include the following: costs of doing business in Thailand, legal issues for foreign investors, patents and trademarks, important addresses, statistics, taxation, company establishment, infrastructure, and labor issues.

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies: They include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and other indicators.

The Economist Intelligence Unit

The EIU database provides access to the Economist Intelligence Unit Publications such as the Country Reports. Each country page in the database provides forecast updates and featured analysis on economic and political events, as well as content pertaining to market opportunities, government regulations, and the financial services sector. Types of reports vary country by country. Type the country name into the search box and select the reports tab to access the latest country reports.

Export.gov 

The Export.gov website provides access to the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library which contains more than 100,000 industry and country specific market reports including the “Doing Business In” guides.  To access the Library, click on the Opportunities tab and select Market Research and Market Research Library. The Library is searchable by Industry, Region, Country and Report Type.

FITA: Thailand Country Profile

FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations, website includes general information as well as information on market access, economic indicators, taxes, labor market, agriculture, media, and more.

Global Edge: Thailand

Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE contains country specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Thailand

A resource from the Heritage Foundation evaluating the following areas: fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, trade/monetary policy, property rights, and regulations.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, development, science and innovation with approximately 70 countries it has relationships with. Content varies by country.

News

Note: Press Display provides online access to over 400 titles of today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color and full-page format. To get a list of newspapers by country select the country from the sidebar.

Statistics & Government Resources

Bank of Thailand (Central Bank)

The official web site of the Bank of Thailand (central bank) includes bank background, news and policies, plus useful information on economic conditions, financial markets, and more.

Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C.

Comprehensive information and links about the country.

National Statistical Office of Thailand

A website from the National Statistical Office of Thailand providing summary statistics from censuses and surveys, including population, housing, and labor force statistics and other key statistics for Thailand.