Thailand has enjoyed a long period of robust economic growth. In its advancement as a middle-income country, Thailand has made allot of in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and has developed its own MDG Plus targets.
Poverty has been reduced from 21 percent in 2000 to about 8.2 percent in 2009, or approximately 5 million people. With its firm commitment to the MDGs and South-south Cooperation, Thailand has become an increasingly active global development partner.
Thailand has shown remarkable economic growth over the last 20 years, reducing poverty from from 21 percent in 2000 to around 8 percent in 2009. In the past two decades, Thailand has also been extending the coverage of its social services, including education and health care, to nearly all of its population.
In the areas of poverty, education and health, Thailand has made strong progress over the past twenty years. According to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), poverty in Thailand has continued to decline since the Asian Economic Crisis in 1997.