Finance Minister to propose disaster warning alert on mobile phone

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BANGKOK, 11 May 2012  – Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kittiratt Na-Ranong said his ministry is set to propose a disaster-warning alert and coordination system via SMS to the consideration of the flood and water resource management committee and the Ministry Of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr Kittiratt said on the sideline of his official visit to Japan from May 9-13 that he was invited to Japan’s Meteorological Agency to be briefed on the country’s disaster management system.

He said he believed an alert service offered by the NEC, which broadcasts early warning messages on earthquakes to subscribers, will benefit Thailand’s current warning system. The Finance ministry is planning to forward the suggestion to the ICT ministry for further consideration.

Tomorrow, the Finance minister is scheduled to attend the annual Thai Festival in Tokyo, where Thai ready-to-eat meals, fruits and OTOP products will be on display. Over 300,000 local visitors are expected to attend the festival.