April 2006
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Apr2006, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p3
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The article presents a political forecast for Thailand, which faces tension during the first half of 2006. Tension is not expected to abate even after Prime Minister Shinawatra Thaksin's decision to call for early elections. Because of the dissolution of the country's parliament, there has been delays in the use of infrastructure spending program and this will reduce the public sector's contribution to fixed investment and growth. The International Monetary Fund's poll and eight banks disclose a 2006 consensus expectation of 4.1% growth. The finance ministry has declared a downward revision of its economic growth expectations this year to 4.5%-5.5%.


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