Pridiyathorn's Balancing Act
In the three and a half years since he was appointed governor of the Bank of Thailand, M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula has walked the high wire as he has sought to reform the crisis-hit central bank whilst pursuing an independent monetary and exchange rate policy. But against all the odds, the 57-year-old career banker has so far pulled it off. By Ben Davies.
The lift stops on the fourth floor of the Bank of Thailand in
Bangkok's crowded Samsen district. The doors open revealing a long
corridor that leads towards the office of the governor. The walls
and adjoining meeting rooms are filled with portraits of the men
who have made, and in some cases
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