Thailand

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DOING BUSINESS

 


Local business incentives - Legal forms of companies - Registration and licensing procedures - Legal framework - Foreign exchange control - Regulations concerning equity investment - FDI inflows - Expertise of the political risk

Local business incentives

The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) is a reliable partner for international investors. Its mission is to assist the government in its efforts to create a favourable environment for foreign and local investments.

 

Legal forms of companies

Form Number of partners/shareholders Minimum and/or maximum capital Liability Registration fee Release of financial documents
Public Limited Company. Minimum 15 partners,
Minimum 100 shareholders
No minimum capital. Liability is limited to the amount contributed. Minimum Baht 5.200 *
Maximum Baht 527.200 *
The annual balance sheet must be published within 5 months after the end of the financial year.
Private Limited Company. 7 partners, 1 has to have Thai citizenship.
Maximum 100
No minimum capital. Liability is limited to the amount contributed. Minimum Baht 5.200 *
Maximum Baht 527.200 *
The annual balance sheet must be published within 5 months after the end of the financial year.
Unregistered ordinary partnership. Minimum 2 partners. No minimum capital. Partners' liability is joint and several. Minimum Baht 5.200 *
Maximum Baht 527.200 *
In case of Partnership dissolution, a liquidation report has to be published.
Registered ordinary partnership 2 or several partners. No minimum capital. Liability is limited to the amount contributed for at least one partner and unlimited for the others. Minimum Baht 5.200 *
Maximum Baht 527.200 *
In case of Partnership dissolution, a liquidation report has to be published.
Limited partnership One or several partners. No minimum capital. Liability is limited to the amount contributed for at least one partner and unlimited for the others. Minimum Baht 5.200 *
Maximum Baht 527.200 *
In case of Partnership dissolution, a liquidation report has to be published.


Foreign exchange control
 


Foreign Direct Investment inflows in Thailand

FDI inflows 2003 2004 2005 World rank (*)
2005
FDI inflows (USD million) 1952 1 414 3 687 96/141
Source : UNCTAD - World Investment Report
Note : (*) World Rank = UNCTAD Inward FDI Performance Index. It is a measure of the extend to which a host country receives inward FDI relative to its economic size. It is calculated as a ratio of the country's share in global FDI inflows to its share in global GDP.

 

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