Thailand and ADB

In the Spotlight

With its strategic geopolitical position and significance as the second largest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Thailand plays a major role in promoting regional cooperation and integration. Having attained upper middleincome status, the country aspires to reach higher-income status within the next 2 decades.

However, since the late 1990s, economic growth in Thailand 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.

The ADB country partnership strategy, 2013-2016 for Thailand provides the flexibility to respond to the country’s needs and priorities by blending sovereign and nonsovereign support.

Fact Sheet


  • Publication26 Nov 2015

    Asia Bond Monitor - November 2015

    The Asia Bond Monitor reviews recent developments in East Asian local currency bond markets along with the outlook, risks, and policy options. This issue includes the results of the AsianBondsOnline bond market liquidity survey.
  • Thailand: Country Operations Business Plan (2016–2018)

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) country operations business plan (COBP), 2016–2018 for Thailand is consistent with the strategic thrust and core program areas of the country partnership strategy (CPS), 2013–2016, which remains valid.
  • Infographic23 Oct 2015

    The ASEAN Infrastructure Fund

    In 2011, ASEAN member states and ADB created the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund - the largest ASEAN-led financial initiative in its history - to address the region’s critical infrastructure development needs.

67(2014) Population in millions

0.4%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

12.6%(2012) Population living below the national poverty line

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