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Multi-dimensional Review of Thailand

Volume 3: From Analysis to Action

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Thailand is a fast emerging country that aspires to become a high-income economy by 2037. Strong growth has enabled the country to join the group of upper-middle-income economies in the early 2010s and to perform well in many areas. At the same time, the benefits of prosperity have not been shared evenly nationwide and the economic development has taken a toll on the environment. Moving forward, Thailand needs to master three transitions to build capabilities and sustain faster but also more inclusive economic growth: enabling further growth by unlocking the full potential of all Thailand’s regions; developing more effective methods of organisation and collaboration between actors and levels of government; managing water security and disaster risk. Based on the previous volume’s in-depth analysis and policy recommendations, this report suggests a set of actions to support these transitions. The actions focus on the North of Thailand, one of the most diverse and yet poorest regions of the country.

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Executive summary

Thailand has made impressive progress over the past decades, but needs a new model of growth to move forward and achieve its development objectives. On the one hand, strong growth enabled the country to join the group of upper middle-income economies in the early 2010s and to perform well in many areas. Poverty has plummeted and well-being improved considerably, notably with respect to health and education. On the other hand, few regions have fully benefited from growth and economic development has taken a toll on the environment. According to Volumes 1 and 2 of the Multi-dimensional Review of Thailand, the country needs to tackle regional inequality, improve multi-level governance and better manage water resources and disaster risk in order to achieve more inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

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