Industry Minister readies industrial sector ahead of AEC

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BANGKOK, 24 September 2013 Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk is gearing up the country’s industrial sector for the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. 

Minister Prasert called a meeting of senior officials of the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) and the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Industry Ministry to provide them with a policy guideline to enhance efficiency of all industries in Thailand.

The minister said he had ordered all provinces to set up a one-stop service center in order to help facilitate business establishment in rural localities. The center’s main responsibility is to issue business licenses as well as to give advice, information, and strategies to investors.

The Industry Minister said the one-stop service center would also act as an agency to promote the government’s agricultural zoning being applied to sugar cane plantations.

The center is also responsible for inspecting imported high-end cars as they are often brought into the country without tax-paying.

Each province is also urged to find prospective industries in respective areas and reported them to the ministry in hopes of further development to other downstream industries.