The economies of Malaysia and Thailand are driven by exports, but each has different economic challenges. The global economic recession had a strong impact on Thailand’s export industry, with most sectors experiencing losses in the double-digits, according to the CIA World Factbook. Some of Thailand’s exports include electronics, textiles, fishery products, rice, rubber and computer and automobile parts. Its largest export partners are China (11.7 percent), Japan (10.2 percent) and the United States (9.9 percent). With a 2013 GDP of $400.9 billion, some of Thailand’s industries include tourism, garments, manufacturing, rubber, plastics, electronic appliances and computer parts. It is the world’s second-largest producer of tungsten and the third-largest producer of tin. Malaysia is attempting to reduce its dependence on exports, particularly from electronics, oil, gas, palm oil and rubber. The oil and gas industries supplied 32 percent of government revenue in 2013, according to the CIA World Factbook. With a 2013 GDP of $312.4 billion, major industries include light manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, timber processing, logging, and natural gas production. I...