Industry Ministry ensures 90-day timeframe for factory License issuance

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BANGKOK, 16 October 2013 – Permanent Secretary for Industry Witoon Simachokedee prepares to visit the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) in order to clarify previous obstacles that had delayed the issuance of Factory License. 

Mr. Witoon, in his capacity as chairman of the committee screening permits for factories that threaten the quality of life and environment, said the visit is in response to recent complaints that the permit issuance process took longer than the timeframe. Mr. Witoon explained that the ministry has restructured working systems of many of its units which have resulted in their better performances, including the unit responsible for processing factory permits. He reaffirmed that the license issuing process will be completed within 90 days, given applicants satisfy all of the prerequisites.

Mr. Witoon said he has contacted FTI vice chairman Jane Namchaisiri, who had reported several cases of the issuance delays. Mr. Jane admitted that the figure provided might be outdated and was raised to the FTI’s attention by its members in the past. The FTI Vice Chairman however said he would coordinate with factory owners in various clusters in order to compile updated information and report the result to the Industry Ministry.