Thailand has experienced rapid growth and joined the group of upper middle-income countries in 2011. Poverty has fallen sharply and the country has reached important milestones such as achieving low unemployment and universal access to education. Despite this, socio-economic, urban/rural and gender inequalities remain. Thailand’s economic development has also come with a heavy environmental toll.

Looking ahead, Thailand will need to manage several significant transitions: the transition of an ageing population that will put pressure on the current social security system; the digital transition envisioned in the "Thailand 4.0" plan which will call for innovation, human capital development, and infrastructure investment; the transition to a low carbon economy that will require greater policy coherence across ministries; and, structural transitions that will require regulatory reform and strong financing for development.

The Initial Assessment will assess Thailand's performance across the five pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals: Prosperity, People, Planet, Peace and Institutions, and Partnerships and Financing to identify the key areas where policy interventions are needed.

 

Available March/April 2018