Foreign Land Ownership in Thailand, corporate

Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your participation in the Human Development Forum Foundation’s (HDFF) 2014 survey on foreign land ownership in Thailand. HDFF has a proven track record of research on land rights issues and policy recommendations to the respective Royal Thai Governments since 2011. The 2014 survey will contribute decisively towards the reform of foreign land ownership in Thailand.

We understand that you and/or your business relies on stable, predictable, and equitable land laws to guarantee the security of your investment in Thailand and this survey represents a unique opportunity for you to provide us with your valued input thereby initiating substantial change in the current land ownership laws of Thailand. Long term these changes have the potential to result in extended rights, new incentives, and greater business security for your company. Therefore, HDFF would like to ask for your kind cooperation in filling out the attached survey.

As the Kingdom continues to grow economically and become increasingly integrated in the ASEAN Community 2015 as well as global economic communities, the Royal Thai Government has recognized the need to reevaluate its policies regarding foreign land ownership and use. Changes in the economic climate of ASEAN and the world have served as the catalyst for creating an atmosphere that will encourage greater foreign investment, permit more inclusive, reciprocal, and equitable international economic partnerships, and increase foreign industry confidence in the security and protection of their assets and operations in the Kingdom. As a result, the Royal Thai Government has authorized this study as a first step toward making policy changes which include reviewing policies, practices, and attitudes on the foreign use and ownership of land in Thailand.

On the following pages, you will find a brief questionnaire regarding the ownership, utilization, and acquisition of your company’s land/real estate in Thailand. Please answer as many of the questions as possible, as completely as possible. Feel free to write additional comments and to provide additional information that you feel may be relevant to this survey.

All responses are anonymous and information collected herein will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with any individuals or entities outside of HDFF. If you have any further questions or need any support in filling out this survey please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Richter [hdff.richter@gmail.com] or Mr. Martin [hdff.martin@gmail.com] or 02 617 7020 at your convenience.

We sincerely appreciate your participation and we thank you for making time to take an active role in shaping the future of your business in Thailand.

Sincerely,

The Human Development Forum Foundation Research Team

* 1. Industry Sector

* 3. What size of land your company owns?

* 4. Under which category does your company hold land in Thailand?

* 5. What is are the primary benefits investing in Thailand?

* 6. Do you/ does your company have additional obstacles in owning, leasing, or renting land for business other than the current legal restrictions?

* 7. Have you/ has your company recognized any changes over the last years relating to restrictions on foreign land ownership in Thailand, for example?

* 8. In your opinion, is foreign land ownership of land in Thailand beneficial for Thai society? Please state why or why not?

* 9. What recommendations for policy makers do you have to make business in Thailand more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous for all participants in regard to foreign land/ property ownership?

* 10. Please provide any other suggestions, comments, or feedback that you feel is relevant to this study.

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