• By The Financial District

Circular Economy Can Net Thailand An Extra $3.4B Income Yearly: WB

Updated: Feb 23

Digital and disruptive technologies and the development of a circular economy can earn Thailand up to $3.4 billion each year in additional investments, savings, and revenue, the World Bank (WB) said on Tuesday, Euronews reported.


Photo Insert: Adopting a circular economy, which involves producing, leasing, repairing, upgrading, and recycling as much as possible, could generate as much as $1.6 billion of cost savings and additional revenue for the private sector



Thailand, a $544 billion economy before the pandemic hit, needs an innovation-led growth model and to address existing foreign investment constraints to create better jobs and become a high-income country, WB added.


Adopting a circular economy, which involves producing, leasing, repairing, upgrading, and recycling as much as possible, could generate as much as $1.6 billion of cost savings and additional revenue for the private sector, especially for agriculture, construction, and electronics, the bank said.



An additional $1.8 billion a year could be generated from accelerating the use of digital technology, it added, mostly from new investments and expansion of sectors where Thailand is well-positioned, like e-commerce and fintech.


“With COVID-19, digital and disruptive technologies have been key in keeping businesses afloat,” Thai Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith was quoted as saying in the World Bank statement.


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The tourism- and consumption-led economy, Southeast Asia’s second-biggest after Indonesia, grew 1.6% last year, among the slowest in the region, and the government predicts growth ranging from 3.5% to 4.5% this year. Reuters also reported.


Strengthening structural reforms will boost businesses and promote investments in digital innovation and circular technology, WB added.



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