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Thailand’s Economic Cooperation with Neighboring Countries and Its Effects on Economic Development within Thailand

Discussion Papers

No.115

by TSUNEISHI Takao
August 2007

ABSTRACT

Thailand’s economic cooperation with neighboring countries, including not only trade and investment but also economic assistance, is tied inseparably to regional development within Thailand. Assistance to develop infrastructure along economic corridors, for example, promotes Thai regional development. This study examines the trade and investment relationships between Thailand and its neighboring countries, as well as related economic policies of Thailand. The study also examines the type of economic assistance being extended, and the resulting regional development taking place. And lastly, the study considers policies for further cooperation by Thailand and the implications this has for Japanese economic cooperation.

Keywords: ACMECS, economic corridors, border economic zones, border trade
JEL classification: O53, R11

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