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Development of Border Economic Zones in Thailand: Expansion of Border Trade and Formation of Border Economic Zones


  • Tsuneishi, Takao


In the wake of economic globalization and development in Thailand, movement of people and commodities at the Thai borders is also becoming pronounced. Economic interdependence between Thailand and neighboring countries is growing through border customhouses. As a policy, Thailand is trying to stimulate trade and investment with neighboring countries following the ACMECS (Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) scheme. In this report, first, movement of people and goods at the borders will be examined. Second, clarification of where and how development is proceeding will be presented. Last, this study will attempt to review the perspectives of policies on neighboring countries after Thaksin.

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  • Tsuneishi, Takao, 2008. "Development of Border Economic Zones in Thailand: Expansion of Border Trade and Formation of Border Economic Zones," IDE Discussion Papers 153, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper153

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    1. Tsuneishi, Takao, 2005. "The Regional Development Policy of Thailand and Its Economic Cooperation with Neighboring Countries," IDE Discussion Papers 32, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    Migrant worker; Border trade; Border economic zone; ACMECS (Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy); Contract farming; CBTA (Cross Border Transport Agreement); Economic corridor; Thailand; International economic relations; International trade; Migrant labor; 移住労働者; 国境貿易; 国境経済圏; エーヤーワディ・チャオプラヤー・メコン経済協力戦略; 委託農業; 越境交通協定; 経済回廊; タイ; 国際経済; 貿易; 労働移動; 外国人労働者;

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    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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