Cabinet mulls projects to develop Thailand’s western province

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KANCHANABURI, May 20 – An on-site upcountry Cabinet meeting on Sunday pondered many projects intended to develop the economy and support the future growth of the western province of Kanchanaburi, bordering neighbouring Myanmar.

The Regional Joint Public/Private Sector Consultative Committee would propose to the cabinet meeting held in Kanchanaburi to support a Thai concessionaire in the Dawei deep sea port and 68,000-acre industrial estate project in Myanmar, with an investment budget of 190 billion baht, in order to ensure tangible results in 2015.

The cabinet would also consider Thai infrastructure development projects, including a 90-kilometre motorway connecting Nonthaburi’s Bangyai adjacent to the capital to the western province of Kanchanaburi, with an investment of 45 billion baht, as well as a 70-kilometre extension route to Baan Phunamron at the Thai–Myanmar border.

The committee also agreed that three border checkpoints — Three Pagodas, Baan Phunamron and Singkorn – should be designated permanent border checkpoints to facilitate freight transportation and tourism.

Regarding tourism along the Gulf of Thailand, the committee would propose that both Cha-am in Phetchaburi and Pranburi in Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces be announced as special zones to monitor tourism development standards.