Thailand: Economy

Government spending revived economic growth in Thailand in 2015, while private sector activity and exports lagged. Growth is seen picking up in 2016 and 2017 if planned infrastructure investment proceeds as scheduled. Lower farm incomes from drought and weak agricultural prices are weighing on private consumption. Consumer prices, having declined in 2015, are forecast to nudge up. Falling imports are leaving sizable trade and current account surpluses, while exports remain weak. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016

Economic forecasts for Southeast Asian countries

Country 2016 2017
Brunei Darussalam 1.0 2.5
Cambodia 7.0 7.1
Indonesia 5.2 5.5
Lao People’s Dem. Rep. 6.8 7.0
Malaysia 4.2 4.4
Myanmar 8.4 8.3
Philippines 6.0 6.1
Singapore 2.0 2.2
Thailand 3.0 3.5
Viet Nam 6.7 6.5
Average 4.5 4.8
Country 2016 2017
Brunei Darussalam 0.2 0.4
Cambodia 2.5 3.0
Indonesia 4.5 4.2
Lao People’s Dem. Rep. 1.8 2.5
Malaysia 2.7 2.5
Myanmar 9.5 8.5
Philippines 2.3 2.7
Singapore -0.6 0.4
Thailand 0.6 2.0
Viet Nam 3.0 4.0
Average 2.6 2.9
Country 2016 2017
Brunei Darussalam -1.3 2.0
Cambodia -11.1 -10.0
Indonesia -2.6 -2.8
Lao People’s Dem. Rep. -17.0 -20.0
Malaysia 1.2 2.3
Myanmar -8.3 -7.7
Philippines 2.7 2.8
Singapore 18.8 19.5
Thailand 7.5 4.0
Viet Nam -0.2 0.0
Average 2.8 2.7

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2016