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Thailand 4.0 hits a dead end

The clampdown on innovative taxi operators flies in the face of the government's stated aim to embrace the digital age.

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Last Tuesday the inaugural Thailand International Business Awards were held in a glittering ceremony at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, celebrating innovation and excellence in local businesses.

Winning the award for Most Outstanding Company was Grab Taxi (Thailand). It was accepted by the executive team, a dynamic group of young Thai professionals. In front of a cheering crowd of expats and Thais they mugged for the camera, they held their award high in the air, then bounced off the stage.

How ironic it was that the exact same day the Land Transport Department declared Grab Taxi illegal and threatened those innovative executives with jail if they didn't shut down their company.

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