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    Riches beyond resources

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 15/01/2018

    » 'Come, come, grab a seat. We've each been taking turns talking about what we've seen in Thailand over the past week, the lessons we've learned and how we can apply them in life or business."


    Thailand must pass English test

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 12/11/2017

    » It would not come as a surprise to anybody that the latest English proficiency index showed that Thailand's standing remained close to where it was a year ago. Thailand was ranked 53rd out of 80 non-native English-speaking countries and territories in the EF English Proficiency Index 2017. This was a slight improvement from its 56th position out of 72 countries in 2016 and 62nd place out of 70 countries in 2015.


    VAT increase low on govt priorities

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 21/05/2017

    » The rubber-stamp parliament of the coup leaders gave Thai people yet another scare over the past week when it announced it was looking to raise value-added tax (VAT) by another percentage point.


    Valuable lessons from falling ranking

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 19/03/2017

    » Many of my friends were excited to see their universities continue to rule the charts in Thailand when the annual ranking of universities in Asia was announced late last week. The jubilation of those graduating from the likes of Mahidol, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) or Chulalongkorn University was all good, but little did anyone appreciate that all of these revered institutions actually saw their rankings slip from the previous survey.


    PM should show courage in cabinet reshuffle

    Oped, Umesh Pandey, Published on 09/12/2016

    » Speculation about who will be in and who will be out of the next cabinet of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has begun again and its intensity will only increase in coming weeks.


    The 6,700 and the rest of us

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 01/12/2014

    » As Asia's economic growth powers ahead thanks to the global shift of momentum to this part of the world, a key challenge confronting many nations is the rising disparity between the haves and the have-nots.


    Determination down under

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 26/05/2014

    » It’s not unusual to be kept waiting for 30 minutes for a meeting with a high-profile politician. The time allows the visitor to think about the person he’s about to meet, and to review the things he’d like to discuss.


    More to explore

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Walking into the office of one of the largest foreign investors in Thailand, few people might notice the array of tea leaves stacked up in containers in the corner of the room.

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    Diplomacy in demand

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 21/01/2013

    » Picking up a mechanical cockroach on the table of his office, Ambassador Shigekazu Sato shows off some of the little creature’s moves, saying he is not too fond of things that are static.


    Stronger Asian bonds

    Business, Umesh Pandey, Published on 04/06/2012

    » Japan still has a major role to play in Asia, along with China, India and South Korea, to help build a durable economic and trade alliance that could lead the world, says outgoing Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan.

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