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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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May 13 2018

Thai junta's slow investment spending could drag on growth

BANGKOK Erratic delivery of public investment has left Thailand plodding behind faster-growing Southeast Asian economies, yet regulations introduced by the military-led government have made it even harder for state agencies to spend this year.

Mar 14 2018

Thai growth momentum exceeds expectations, says central bank chief

BANGKOK The momentum of Thailand's economic growth has exceeded expectations and its recovery has become more broad-based, but monetary policy needs to remain accommodative, the central bank governor said on Wednesday.

Jan 16 2018

Thailand plans for even more tourists as numbers top 35 million

BANGKOK Thailand on Tuesday forecast a rise of 6 percent in tourist numbers this year, after a jump of 9 percent to 35 million in 2017, with little sign the strong baht is slowing growth that has lifted shares in hotels, malls and the airport operator.

Dec 18 2017

Thai central bank seen keeping key rate steady as growth quickens: Reuters poll

BANGKOK Thailand's central bank is expected to leave its benchmark interest rate near record lows on Wednesday, the year's final review, as economic growth picks up, inflation is still tame and high household debt remains a worry.

Aug 07 2017

Thais hope to get off Trump's trade hit list as Tillerson heads for Bangkok

BANGKOK Thai officials voiced hope ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of escaping U.S. pressure over the size of their trade surplus with the United States as their figures point to a jump in imports, but U.S. data shows little change.

Jun 07 2017

Thai reluctance to invest abroad likely to thwart bid to weaken the baht

BANGKOK, June 8 If recent history is anything to go by, letting Thais invest more money abroad is unlikely to spur major outflows, and that will mean continued firmness for the baht currency - and continuing frustration for Thai exporters.

May 15 2017

Thai first-quarter GDP growth fastest in four years, momentum seen strong

BANGKOK Thailand's economy expanded at its fastest quarterly pace in four years in the first quarter boosted by recovering exports, but monetary policy will likely remain loose to cushion still-subdued investment activity.

May 12 2017

Thai first-quarter GDP growth seen at fastest pace in four years as exports rebound

BANGKOK Thailand's economy in the January-March period may have expanded at its fastest pace in four years from the previous three months, as stronger exports, consumption and tourist numbers more than offset weaker private investment and public spending.

Apr 04 2017

Thai PM says 'don't worry' about U.S. trade policy yet

BANGKOK Thailand's prime minister said on Tuesday he had told officials to prepare for changes in U.S. trade policy under President Donald Trump, but it was too soon for the big exporter to worry.

Mar 12 2017

Thailand says optimistic transport spending will resume

BANGKOK Nearly two years after Thailand's junta approved $40 billion for big transport projects to spur economic revival, it has spent barely two percent of that, official figures show.

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