Thailand Expands Activities Subject to the Thai PPP Act

The Thailand Public Private Partnership Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (“PPP Act”) came into force on 11 March 2019, governing PPP projects exceeding a value of THB 5 billion, as well as projects valued at less than THB 5 billion that meet prescribed criteria.

Section 7 of the PPP Act itemizes 12 categories of infrastructure projects and public services that are subject to its requirements, namely: 

   Roads, highways, special ways and land-transportation;
   Trains, electric trains and other rail-transportation;
   Airports and air-transportation;
   Ports and water-transportation;
   Water management, irrigation, waterworks and wastewater treatment;
   Energy works;
   Telecommunications and general communications;
   Hospitals and public health;
   Schools and education;
   Housing and facilities for low or medium wage earners, the elderly, the underprivileged, or disabled;
   Exhibition centers and conference centers; and
   Other projects to be announced by Royal Decree.

The Public Private Partnership Committee has recently augmented the scope of the PPP Act to include private-sector activities which are crucial to realizing several categories of infrastructure projects itemized in Section 7. Three notifications published in the Government Gazette on 9 November 2020 delineate business activities related to rail, land, and water transportation. As of 10 November 2020, the following activities are now subject to the PPP Act:


Overview of the Thailand Public-Private Partnership Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (PPP Act)

Risk Management for PPP Projects

2019 ASEAN PPP Summit