Eligible activities to investment promotions in Thailand

The Board of Investment (BOI) Promotion activities eligibility criteria

One of the mechanisms for promoting investment in Thailand provided by Thai government is through the investment promotion. The government agency that is responsible for this investment promotion scheme is the Board of Investment (the “BOI”). The BOI specifies principles to promote investment projects that enhance Thailand’s competitiveness and achieve sustainable development in the long run.

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Business sectors eligible to investment promotion in Thailand

The BOI’s policies pursuant to the BOI’s Announcement No. 2/2557 target the six key business sectors as follows:

  1. Promote investments that help to enhance the national competitiveness by encouraging R&D, innovation, value creation in the agricultural sector, industrial and services sectors, SMEs, fair competition, and an inclusive growth.
  2. Promote activities that are environment-friendly, save energy or use alternative energy to drive a balanced and sustainable growth.
  3. Promote clusters to create investment concentration in accordance with regional potentials and strengthen value chains.
  4. Promote investments in border provinces in Southern Thailand to help develop the local economy, which will support efforts to enhance security and safety in the area.
  5. Promote special economic development zones, especially in border regions, both inside and outside industrial estates, to create economic connectivity with neighbouring countries and to prepare and develop the entry into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
  6. Promote Thai overseas investments to improve the competitiveness of Thai businesses and Thailand’s role in the global economy.

Industries eligible for investment promotion in Thailand

Furthermore, the BOI’s Announcement No. 2/2557 and the BOI’s Announcement
No. Sor. 1/2560 also specify the activities that are eligible for investment promotion in eight sections, as follows:

1. Agriculture and Agricultural Products

Focusing on the agriculture manufacturing and manufacturing of agricultural by-products with the main conditions being to use modern technology and develop environmentally friendly projects.

2. Mining, Ceramics and Basic Metals

Focusing on mining of minerals and manufacturing of mineral and ceramic materials and steel under licensed requirements as a condition for certain projects.

3. Light Industry

Focusing on the manufacturing of textile products, leather products, sports equipment, musical instrument, furniture, jewellery, toys, lenses, and medical equipment with dedicated investments for products’ Research and Development conditions for some projects.

4. Metal Products, Machinery and Transport Equipment

Focusing on the manufacturing of metal products, multi-purpose engines, machinery, vehicles, automobile engines, trains, aircrafts, motorcycles including their parts and equipment, fuel cells, science equipment, heat treatment, building and repair of ships and the metal industry.

5. Electronic Industry and Electric Appliances

Focusing on manufacturing of electrical products and parts, electronic products and parts, and microelectronics, software industry, and E-commerce. The manufacturing process of certain projects shall be screened by the BOI as a criterion.

6. Chemicals, Paper and Plastics

Focusing on manufacturing of industrial and eco-friendly chemicals, petrochemicals, specialty polymers or chemicals, plastic products for industrial goods, plastic packaging, plastic products from re-cycled plastic, medicine, chemical fundamental fertilizers, and pulp or paper, production of pharmaceutical ingredients and printed matter, and oil refinery projects.

7. Services and Public Utilities

Focusing on public utilities and infrastructure, natural gas station, large scale transportation, logistics service centre, and International Headquarter (IHQ), International Trading Centre (ITC), Trade and Investment Support Office (TISO), Energy Service Company (ESCO), real estate development for industrial use, Cloud Service, R&D, biotechnology industry, engineering design, scientific laboratory, calibration service, products sterilization service, recycling and reuse of unwanted materials and waste treatment project, vocational training centre, Thai motion picture production and motion picture supporting service, tourism service and activities that support tourism.

8. Technology and Innovation Development

Focusing on core technology development for biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced material technology, and digital technology development.

Additional considerations and information related to the incentives

The stated activities will be promoted with activities-based incentives. Various conditions and criteria still apply to receive investment promotions depending on the details of each project. The incentives are divided into tax-incentives and non-tax incentives subject to the project appreciation by the BOI. All types of projects are eligible to grants of non-tax incentives and often represent substantial support such as right to own land for the operation of the project and the right to bring in foreign experts to work.

The projects may receive additional merit-based incentives if the project fulfil criteria relating to enhanced competitiveness, decentralization, and the development of industrial areas.

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