Thailand to join the TPP?

The article published in the Diplomat ( http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/does-thailand-really-want-to-join-the-tpp/ ) on 16th September 2015 talks about the idea of Thailand joining the TPP. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak wants to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of TPP.

The U.S officials have believed that Thailand will eventually sign the TPP and that this news is nothing new.

Thailand have expressed its unequivocal intention under former Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra back in 2012. Although Thailand could eventually join the TPP, it should focus on the ongoing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Thailand needs to carefully wok their way towards TPP analyzing all the pros and cons. Thailand would still benefit immensely in an overall sense in spite of these sector-specific challenges. Studies predict that Thailand would have the second-largest percentage gains among potential members with a TPP agreement, with incomes rising by 7.6 percent – second only to Vietnam.

Will Thailand go ahead with the TPP or is it just another dead end agreement between the TPP and the government? Will the civilians benefit from TPP?

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