Thailand Situation Analysis
v. Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%
III. ECONOMIC STATISTICS AND ACTIVITY: 1 Thai Baht = 0.0273059164 U.S. dollars
a. Gross domestic product
i. TOTAL: 7104.2 billions of Baht ii. RATE OF GROWTH: 4.4%
b. Personal income per capita: 66,037.1 millions of Baht
c. Average Family Income: 7,015 Baht/month
d. Distribution of Wealth: Ten percent of the Thailand population is still below the poverty line.
e. Minerals and resources: The natural resources for Thailand include: tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, gypsum, lignite, fluorite, and arable land.
f. Transportation: The modes of surface transportation for Thailand include: pipelines for transporting natural gas, railways, roadways, and waterways. The availability for the different modes is:
i. Pipelines for transporting natural gas: 3,112 km ii. Pipelines for transporting refined products: 265 km iii. Railways: 4, 071 km iv. Roadways: 57,403 km
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With this solid performance, Thailand has passed the economic crisis that hit the country and in 1997 and appears on course for further growth. Even the SARS crisis that struck much of the region in early 2003 had little impact on Thailand, due to the government's quick reaction to stop the spread of the disease in the country. Bouncing back easily from this possible disaster, Thailand is now focused on managing its performance to avoid a growth bump like the one that started the economic crisis of the