NESDC forecasts Thailand’s growth for this year at 2.5%


Builders work at a construction site for a mixed-use development project in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok on July 1, 2023. (Photo by Alex OGLE / AFP)

Thailand’s GDP this year is forecast to grow by 2.5%, down from 3% as earlier projected, as growth in the third quarter of the year was just 1.5%, due to export contraction, averaging 3% for three months in a row, according to the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).

NESDC Secretary-General Danucha Pichayanan said exports of industrial products in the third quarter reduced by 4%,while government sector consumption shrank by 4.9% during the same period.

Growth for the first nine months this year was recorded at 1.9%, said Danucha, adding that the 2.5% projected for this year is almost equivalent to last year’s growth of 2.6%.

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