Dr.Chayawadee Chai-anant, Senior Director, Overall In April 2022, the Thai economy improved from the previous month. Private consumption indicators picked up from spending in services as concerns regarding the Omicron outbreak receded, while private investment indicators improved from investment in construction. External demand also gained momentum; foreign tourist figures continued to increase as more travel restrictions were relaxed, while value of merchandise exports excluding gold increased in line with trading partners’ demand. Manufacturing production, however, became flat partly due to shortages of production parts and material. Public spending declined from the same period last year both in current and capital expenditures of the central government. This was partly due to a high base last year as well as some disbursements had already taken place in the preceding periods.