The search for a new governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) narrowed down earlier this month to three candidates, all of whom indicated that they do not agree with the government’s plan to privatise the state-owned electricity utility. The previous governor stepped down after a conflict with labour union members who were against privatisation, and who spent several days involved in demonstrations which disrupted normal commercial activities in Bangkok, the capital city.

The three candidates, who are all deputy governors of EGAT, suggested that there are ways to improve the utility’s efficiency without having to resort to privatisation, including improving management efficiency and encouraging flexible work practices. (And see Appointments later in this newsletter).