Thailand and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB has been present since the start of Thailand’s impressive journey to middle-income status.
Safe, organic food is becoming popular across the Greater Mekong Subregion. A pilot program in Thailand is helping farmers meet the growing demand and leave chemicals behind.
ADB has supported Thailand’s economic transformation by investing nearly $8 billion over the course of 50 years’ partnership.
Having attained upper-middle-income status in recent times, Thailand aspires to reach higher-income status within the next decade. With its strategic geopolitical position and significance as the second-largest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the country plays a major role in promoting regional cooperation and integration.
Since the late 1990s, economic growth has been impeded by global economic shocks, natural disasters, sociopolitical tensions, and relatively low investment. Other challenges to growth have included persistent inequality, environmental degradation, and an aging population. In July 2014, Thailand approved a long-term Infrastructure Development Plan to boost the country’s competitiveness, by improving and expanding its logistics and transport networks.
ADB's country partnership strategy for Thailand provides the flexibility to respond to the country’s needs and priorities through sovereign and nonsovereign support.
Thailand is a member of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). It is also part of the Indonesia–Malaysia–Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT–GT) subregional program.
Projects in Thailand
Population in Thailand, in millions (2016)
Average annual population growth rate in Thailand (2011-2016)
Maternal mortality ratio in Thailand, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Population living below the national poverty line in Thailand (2014)