While Thailand’s government has invested close to THB4trn (USD120bn) in infrastructure over the past decade, the GIIO Thailand report 2021 (“the report”) highlights that Thailand still faces an infrastructure gap. There is significant room to upgrade its infrastructure quality, with a possible future infrastructure spending gap of up to USD 100 billion by 2040 if the current trend of infrastructure investment is not accelerated.
The report highlights four key sectors to grow investments in green infrastructure in Thailand: renewable energy, sustainable transport, sustainable water management and sustainable waste management, and also showcases other green investment opportunities in green buildings, smart cities, and coastal management. The report adopts the Climate Bonds Taxonomy to identify potential green infrastructure projects and assets in these sectors. It also argues that Thailand is well positioned to mobilize funding via the capital markets to narrow down the financing gaps in green infrastructure.
- Moderator: Mr. Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)
- Opening Remarks: Mr. Anouj Mehta, Unit Head of the SERD Innovation Hub and ACGF, and appointed ADB Country Director to TRM
- Report presenter: Ms. Krista Tukiainen, Head of Research and Reporting, Market Intelligence, CBI
- Mr. Paroche Hutachareon, Senior Expert on Bond Market Development at the Public Debt Management Office (PDMO), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Thailand
- Ms. Jomkwan Kongsakul, Assistant Secretary-General, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Thailand
- Mr. Surayut Thavikulwat, Chief Finance Officer (CFO), BTS Group Holdings, Thailand
- Dr. Man Juttijudata, Chief Investment Strategy Officer, Government Pension Fund (GPF)