Business: When to listen to & when not to listen to Warren Buffet! A lesson for Thailand

Wondering, why Thailand’s economy and business is turning sour, and consumer confidence is tanking badly? You do not have to take my word for it, but please do a deep Google search, as a few years back, the US$ billionaire, iconic global class investor, Warren Buffet, said something interesting. Buffet, then made some remarks, that…

Yingluck Focus: 4) Rice subsidy? Yingluck hit by Economic Imperialism!

By Investigative Journalism into Controversial Thailand Introduction How well off are Thai farmers? How well off are farmers in the Eurozone and USA? The fact is, Thai farmers are dirt-poor in comparison. How much is Thailand’s farm subsidy? And how much is the Eurozone and USA farm subsidy? The fact is, Thailand’s farm subsidy is…

Competitiveness: 2) Workers productivity up with Yingluck’s higher wage; But more focus on productivity?

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist Yingluck just increased Thailand’s minimum wage by about 30% to 300 baht a day. Academic research have found that higher wage results in higher workers productivity. However, most economist and business people in Thailand, believe the higher minimum wage will greatly hurt the millions of Thailand’s Small to Medium…

Competitiveness: Thai Cambodia trade up 60% since “Peace” but disputed oil & gas “For Next Generation”

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist After Thailand former premier, Abhisit, took Thailand on a confrontational route with Cambodia, destroying just about all trade between the two countries, with last year election that saw Yingluck became Thailand’s premier, trade between Thailand and Cambodia shot up 60%, says the Thai embassy in Cambodia. The Thai Embassy…

Competitiveness: Thailand gears-up to produce arms locally where Thaksin left off

By Stingray, Thai Intel’s national security journalist Just briefly, however Thailand is gearing up to produce arms, taking up the slack where Thaksin left off. Thaksin was disposed by the 2006 coup where Thailand’s military budget ballooned, to include massive spending on imported arms, mostly abandoning the local arms industry. Part of that was a…

Competitiveness: Ford to add 140 dealerships in Thailand at a time Japan is coming on strong

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist Americans are proud of their cars and car makers, and in Thailand, Ford just announced a major expansion drive to up dealership by about 140. That drive, co-incidentally, comes as Toyota is celebrating its 50th year in Thailand. Toyoya has been very successful in Thailand over the years, and…

Competitiveness: 1,000s of jobs in Euro Zone likely with ASEAN solar energy, points IMS Research (Up-Dated)

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist Yingluck is heading to Laos for the Europe ASEAN meet in a few days. Latest news relating to Euro Zone and ASEAN is IMS Research, that says the ASEAN solar energy market could re-vive the ailing Euro Zone solar energy firms. That can only mean jobs and jobs security…

Competitiveness: “Go Global before Go Local” An indigenous Thai concept sparks success & followers

By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist My great apology, for not getting the names. However, a few weeks ago, a Twitterer mentioned four “Very Successful” Thai firms that are similar, in that they have gone global, before going local. “These firms would go global to build brand recognition and reputation, and with the global recognition…

Diplomacy: UK’s Thai ambassador touts “Neutrality” after a Vietnam posting filled with political activisism

By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist The UK, over the centuries, have lost most of its hard power, and now it is mostly, a small irrelevant island country. But through that long global leadership role, through the centuries, it has become a global “Moral and Cultural” leader, possessing cutting edge intelligence. But is that “Moral…

Environment: Yingluck scraps Abhisit’s Phuket US$100 million center to save turtle’s beach

by Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist Yingluck last week, headed to Southern Thailand, where Abhisit’s Democrat Party is strong, and held a roving cabinet. There, one of the most memorable picture of the trip was Yingluck visiting a sea turtle breeding center, where Yingluck released several small sea turtle into the ocean. Matichon, a newspaper…