Thailand Growth falls behind regional peers


Thailand’s economy grew at a slower pace in the third quarter, prompting the new government to push for a $14 billion cash handout program.

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 1.5% year-on-year in Q3, lower than the estimated 2.2%.

Despite a partial recovery in domestic activity and an uptick in tourism, Thailand’s economic growth continues to trail behind its neighboring countries. This can be attributed to a significant decline in exports and reduced government spending.

Key Takeaways

  • The NESDC revised its 2023 GDP growth forecast to 2.5%, down from the previous estimate range of 2.5%-3%, in response to the disappointing print.
  • Thailand’s slower economic growth in the third quarter supports the need for the planned $14 billion cash handout program.
  • The borrowing to fund the cash aid plan has raised concerns about widening the fiscal deficit and stoking inflation, triggering backlash…

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