Interior Ministry recruits Laem Chabang companies to open factories in troubled south

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The Interior Ministry is trying to recruit industrial businesses in the Laem Chabang area to open factories in Thailand’s troubled southern provinces to create jobs and opportunities and, hopefully, quiet violent unrest there.

Deputy Minister Thaworn Senniam called on companies in the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate Jan. 31, trying to get commitments to provide training or jobs for the predominantly Muslim border region where more than 7,000 people have been killed since a separatist movement resumed in 2004.

Deputy Minister Thaworn Senniam (2nd right) tours the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate. Deputy Minister Thaworn Senniam (2nd right) tours the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate.

During the visit, Thaworn won a commitment from air compressor parts maker SNC Former Co. to open a factory in the south. Chairman Somchai Thaisanguanworakul noted the company has been supporting children, particularly orphans, through its Thaokae Noi Project for some time.

Somchai said SNC and NC Ford Mercury Ltd. together would contribute equipment to vocational schools in the south to provide more opportunities and cut unemployment.