Thailand and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB has supported Thailand’s economic transformation by investing nearly $8 billion over the course of 50 years’ partnership.
This paper analyzes the link between nutrition and poverty in two Asian countries where monetary-based poverty reduction was especially successful. Despite this success, it is not clear to what extent it has translated into similar improvements in the nutritional situation of the people, and especially of children.
A major expansion of economic corridor networks and new areas for economic investment will strengthen links between the capital cities of Mekong countries, and provide unprecedented opportunities for cross-border trade and investment under an agreement reached by officials attending the 21st Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ministerial Conference.
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 (2015)
Maternal mortality ratio in Thailand, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Thailand (2010-2015)
Population living below the national poverty line in Thailand (2013)