BANGKOK, 21 May 2014 – Permanent Secretary for Industry Witoon Simachokedee says his ministry will comply with the military’s request to help move the nation forward after the 6-month political protests have set the country back socially and economically.
The comment came after his meeting yesterday with the Director of the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC), General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, which was attended by heads of all government units. At the meeting, government officials were urged to do their duties without worries from the political situation and to uphold the nation’ interests at heart.
The Industry Ministry today calls a meeting of directors-general of all of its departments and high-ranking officials to discuss measures to support business operators and restore foreign investors’ confidence. The Permanent Secretary revealed that the ministry would consider sending out more road shows to inform investors of the current situation in Thailand while looking for ways to improve all units in the ministry. He said he was also considering establishing a center to collect civil servants’ opinions as a way to reduce organizational and national conflicts.
Mr. Witoon said, throughout the duration of the Martial Law, the Industry Ministry would also report to the military and speculated no clash of commands between the government and the military.