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National Classifications

(TSIC 2001)

Country / Area: Thailand

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)-
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?The first through fourth level of TSIC have been taken over unchanged. The fifth digit level, we created for appropriate to Thailand economic condition.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Same the question No.4.
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?548 items.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, is responsible for elaboration and maintenance of TSIC, but NSO translated ISIC Rev.3 into Thai language for its censuses and surveys and published for user who want to use ISIC.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Ms. Phunvadee Pornpatimakorn.

E-mail : punvadee@nso.go.th
Tel. 66-2282-1516
Fax. 66-2280-0406

3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Statistical Policy and Coordination Division.
National Statistical Office.
Larn Luang Rd. Bangkok, 10100

E-mail : pstand@nso.go.th
Tel. 66-2282-1516 Fax. 66-2280-0406
Website : http://www.nso.go.th

3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)2001
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.Follow the ISIC 2007 revision.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.NSO
- Population and Housing Census.
- Labour Force Survey.
- Industrial Census, Industrial Survey.
- Business Trade and Services Survey.
- Construction Survey.
- Household Socio-economic Survey
- Household Manufacturing Survey.

Department of Employment
- Employment Statistics
- Social Security Fund and Workmen's Compensation Fund.
Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)
- Quarterly National Account Classification.
Ministry of Industry
- Industrial Production Survey.
- Manufacturing Production and Indices.
Ministry of Commerce.
- CPI => Consumer Price Index.
- Production Industrial Analysis.
Bank of Thailand
- Manufacturing production and Indices.

4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)

Name of Programmelevel
Population and Housing Census4 D
Labour Force Survey4 D
Industrial Census, Industrial Survey4 D
Business Trade and Services Survey4 D
Construction Survey4 D
Household Socio-economic Survey3 D
Household Manufacturing Survey4 D
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?

Name of Programmelevel
Population and Housing Census2 D
Labour Force Survey2 D
Industrial Census, Industrial Survey2 D
Business Trade and Services Survey2 D
Construction Survey4 D
Household Socio-economic SurveyGroup categories from ISIC class to 10 categories
Household Manufacturing SurveyGroup categories from manufacturing division to 8 categories
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)Thai and English.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)TSIC => Yes.
ISIC => No. Same ISIC Rev.3.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications1. Difficult to define entity unit (establishment, enterprise, kind of activity unit, etc.)
2. Difficult to classify new characteristic of activities that occur from changes of economic (such as globalization, business management, technology and sub-contract, etc.)
3. My country is developing country, we have problems to classify informal sector.
4. The concept to classify activity is ambiguous. Some classes use input, some classes use process and some classes use output to classify activities. When we explain to data collectors for operate in survey/census. They can not understand, how should they note in their questionairs in column economic activity for the coder can code activity in the right class.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Training about international classification and guide the concept of each classification for users can adopt to use, because the nature of each region is so difference. We respect to ask you often.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Bank of Thailand and Commercial Bank => Credit extension
Department of Employment => Social protection
National Science and Technology Department Agency => Research in science policy.
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) => Enterprise register.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?-
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.-
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Thailand Standard Industrial Classification (TSIC 1972).
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?ISIC Rev.2.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The first through fourth level of TSIC 1972 have been taken over unchanged. The fifth digit level, we created for appropriate to Thailand economic condition.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?389 items
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?1972
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classification-
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiry 

Source: UN questionnaire, 6/3/2002