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04 February 2010 :: 09:02:20 am 12244

FTI Support BOT Decision to Weaken Thai Baht

Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Santi Vilassakdanont on Tuesday voiced his support for the Bank of Thailand (BoT) relaxation of regulations on currency exchange controls, saying it would help weaken the baht.
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Bangkok, the 3rd of February 2010 [TNA]: He said the central bank’s decision to ease the rules would encourage Thai investors to invest more overseas. At present, a considerable volume of foreign capital has flowed into Thailand, causing a strengthening of the baht that is unfavourable to exports. However, it must be monitored to what extent the business community and other investors will cooperate to channel money into overseas investments, he said.

Mr Santi said the government should offer tax measures, particularly a tax reduction, for incomes earned from overseas investment. Should the government have a clear policy on the matter, he believed, more entrepreneurs would dare to invest internationally. The FTI chief projected small-and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) would experience stiffer competition in a wake of the effectiveness of the recently implemented ASEAN free trade agreement. He agreed with the commerce ministry plan to establish an information centre and a fund to provide assistance to SMEs affected by the trade liberalisation. However, he suggested that the ministry more quickly implement the plan so that SMEs have sufficient information to make business plans to be able to compete. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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