I agreed that I chose the wrong words to describe Thailand’s current challenges. I should have said access to infrastructure is not as big a priority now as it used to be several decades back. You’re right that a lot of people living in Bangkok, who are not near the mass transit lines, still spend hours commuting e ach day. But I trust that you heard of the Thai government’s plan to for the "mega projects" (any infrastructure project worth one billion baht or more), which include new rail lines to serve people in outer Bangkok. Public investment in these mega projects, however, has been delayed by the political situation and the impact of the global downturn on government revenues. In addition, the government is still trying to figure out what the best way is to involve the private sector in infrastructure financing. The Thai government also recently announced a plan to borrow from domestic and external sources to finance some of these infrastructure projects. The term infrastructure refers to not just roads and rails, but also water supply, low-income housing, waste management system, power, and telecommunications services. Cost is certainly not a factor for everything mentioned above, but Thailand’s international call rates are still higher than countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India, Taiwan and Korea. And if you talk to any economist or business operator in Thailand, one of the issues they will likely raise is the high cost of logistics. Granted, one must be more careful than to generalize any complex issue. I probably was thinking of how much I paid monthly for our high-speed internet service at home, which – though faster than what we had in Papua New Guinea, still isn’t fast enough for the price we paid!