DFAT Roundtable with Dr Somkiat Tangkitvanich,

  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Melbourne

Dr Somkiat Tangkitvanich, is the President of Thailand’s largest public policy research institute, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). TDRI is an influential voice in economic policy-making in Thailand. It conducts research to inform advice to government, and is active in public advocacy, including on political reform issues in Thailand. Dr Somkiat’s recent research and advocacy has focused on issues of industrial development and trade policy, advocating the benefits of trade liberalisation. Dr Somkiat holds postgraduate and doctorate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. 

Working  on positioning Thailand as a trading nation is a new project that Dr Somkiat’s institute, TDRI, will start in 2015. Thailand’s economy is heavily-dependent on exports (accounting or more than 70 per cent of GDP), but it faces long-term challenges to remain competitive in its traditional export sectors – automotive, electronics, agriculture. The experience of Australian government and industry in adapting to a trade-oriented, more open and liberalised economy is of interest to Dr Somkiat.


Dr Somkiat will be meeting with a number of interlocutors to discuss positioning Thailand as a trading nation. These include Austrade; the Lowy Institute; the Export Council of Australia; BlueScope Steel; DFAT; the Department of Industry; the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources; and the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. At the roundtable with ATBC, will also be present the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia, and AsiaLink.