Time to end the taxi-app flap

The decision by transport authorities in Thailand to crack down on online ride-hailing services, specifically Uber and Grab, is the clearest example yet of the administration's lack of understanding of digital transformation.

At the beginning of last year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared that Thailand would escape the middle-income trap and become a developed nation by 2036 by transforming itself from heavy industry to a value-based economy. Ever since, scarcely a day goes by when we don't hear about Thailand 4.0, our bright future brought to life by technology, knowledge, creativity and innovation.

So what does the Prayut administration do the moment it sees an innovative competitor that threatens to disrupt the outdated and mafia-infested taxi business? It tries to shut it down.

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