Countries from the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) group are struggling to keep up with the pace set for foreign investment in previous years. But data provided by crossborder investment monitor fDi Markets indicates that Thailand is faring better than many of its neighbours.

While FDI into Thailand dropped 8.8% to 31 projects in the first quarter of 2013, compared with the first quarter of 2012, Asean countries saw inward FDI drop 27.8% to 210 projects in the same time period.

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While Asean member countries will be hoping for a speedy return to the notable FDI levels scaled in 2009, encouragement can be taken from Thailand’s promising figures.