Thailand ready for bourse link-up with Mekong subregion

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BANGKOK, Oct 5 – Thailand’s capital market regulator has investment vehicles ready to facilitate the connectivity of stock markets in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). 

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Secretary-General Vorapol Socatiyanurak told participants at Thailand investment conference on opportunities and challenges for Thailand as the Greater Mekong Region develops and evolves that Bangkok can become a centre connecting bourses in GMS countries with growth potential.

The GMS comprises Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan province.

Mr Vorapol said that SEC investment vehicles support the development of stock markets in the region and provide a channel for prospective investors to make indirect investments in the regional markets.

Among the investment instruments being readied are infrastructure funds, private equity funds, holding companies, real estate investment trusts and securitisation.

The SEC executive said that all instruments are vital to promote investment in the GMS countries as some countries have only recently begun capital markets and have few stocks to trade.

He advised prospective investors to invest via listed holding companies in the Thai bourse.