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Outbound investment on the rise


April 24, 2008

Outbound investment on the rise

Kasikorn Research Center, the research arm of Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank, said investment by Thai businesses in foreign countries has increased continuously during the past five years, with the state sector playing a key supporting role, according to the.

The think tank said overseas investment by Thai businesses had markedly expanded in the 2002-2007 period.

According to Bank of Thailand (BoT) figures, investment in stocks overseas totalled 117.9 billion baht in that period or an average of 23.6 billion baht annually compared with 120.3 billion baht from the past until 2002 or an average of 4.8 billion baht each year.

Last year, the investment in stocks overseas reached a record high of 40.29 billion baht, an increase of 58.6 percent from 25.4 billion baht in 2006. Of this, more than half had been invested for equity-holding or business acquisitions.

The countries where Thai businesses invested most for new business establishment or expansion last year include China, Laos, Vietnam and India. Those where Thai investment had increased considerably include Vietnam, India, and Laos.

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