Accelerating the Development of Seven Eastern Provinces

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BANGKOK, 18 June 2012  – The Federation of Thai Industries proposes the acceleration of the development of seven eastern provinces, especially the Map Ta Phut area in Rayong.

The proposal will be submitted to the Regional Joint Public/Private Sector Consultative Committee at the mobile Cabinet meeting in Pattaya, Chon Buri, on 18-19 June 2012.

The Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, Mr. Payungsak Chartsutipol, says that the seven eastern provinces include Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, and Sa Kaeo, which are an important economic zone and generate sizable income for Thailand.

Among the projects under this proposal is the development of the U-Tapao Airport for commercial and tourism purposes. Another project involves the construction of a transport network for the Bangkok-Rayong high-speed train project, to be completed by 2017, in order to increase the export value.

Mr. Payungsak says that the Government will be asked to speed up water management projects to ease the drought problem, which has adversely affected the tourism industry in the East. A budget of 50 million baht will be sought for the establishment of an eastern water management operation center to provide sufficient water for local consumption.

Moreover, he says, a project will be proposed for the new Map Ta Phut town planning, in line with industrial development jointly carried out by the public and private sectors, as well as local communities.