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Thailand's Economy -Overview
Unit
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000     
1. Population
mill.
59.4
60.1
60.8
61.5
61.7
62.3
2. Economic growth rate
%
8.9
5.9
-1.7
-10.8
4.2
4.4
2.1 Agriculture
%
2.9
3.6
0.4
-3.2
2.7
2.2
2.2 Manufacture
%
11.4
6.9
0.9
-11.1
11.2
5.9
3. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Bill. Baht
4,192.7
4,701.2
4,740.4
4,628.4
4,615.4
4,901.0
Bill.US$
168.3
185.5
151.1
111.9
122.0
122.0
4. GNP Per Capita
Baht/Person
69,436
75,220
75,935
72,657
72,754
80,491
5. Inflation rate (CPI)
%
5.8
5.9
5.6
8.1
0.3
1.6
6. Foreign Trade
6.1 Export (f.o.b.)
Bill Baht
1,406.3
1,411.0
1,806.7
2,248.1
2,214.2
2,777.7
Bill. US$
56.7
55.9
58.3
54.5
58.5
69.9
6.2 Import (c.i.f.)
Bill Baht
1,763.6
1,832.8
1,924.3
1,774.1
1,907.4
2,494.2
Bill. US$
70.7
72.2
63.2
42.4
49.9
62.2
6.3 Trade balance
Bill Baht
-357.3
-421.8
-117.6
474
306.9
283.6
Bill. US$
-14.0
-16.3
-4.9
12.1
8.5
7.7
6.4 Balance on Current Account
Bill Baht
-337.6
-372.2
-40.2
592.1
470.0
367.1p
Bill. US$
-13.2
-14.4
-3.1
14.3 p
12.5
9.2p
6.5 Balance of Payments
Bill Baht
179.5
54.6
-299.2
57.6
172.7
-58.4p
Bill. US$
7.2
2.2
-10.6
1.7
4.6
-1.6p
7. Investment
7.1 Approved from B.O.I.
No.
1,205
974
868
648
680
1,112
         Amount
Bill. Baht
584.7
529.4
469.5
287.5
162.3
279.1
7.2 Net flows foreign direct investment
Bill. Baht
49.9
57.5
117.7
209.9 p
134.6 p
99.4
8. Assets
8.1 SET Index (30 Apr. 1975/100.00)
%
1,280.8
831.6
372.7
355.8
481.9
269.2
8.2 Price per Earnings Ratio (P/E)
%
19.8
12.0
6.6
10.0
14.7
5.5
9. Monetary
9.1 Minimum Loan Rate(MLR) *
Baht
13.75
13.00-13.25
15.25
11.50-12.00
8.25-8.50
7.50-8.25p
9.2 Average exchange rate **
Baht/US$
24.92
25.34
31.37
41.37
37.84
40.16

Source - Ministry of Commerce & Bank of Thailand