Private sector requests state support to make Thai industries more economically-friendly

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CHACHOENGSAO, 31 MARCH 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has chaired the regional meeting of the Joint Public-Private Committee to solve economic problems (JPPC) ahead of the Sunday mobile cabinet meeting in Chachoengsao Province. 

The gathering to discuss regional economic issues late Saturday was also joined by Cabinet ministers and the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Banking (JSCCIB), which consists of the Board of Trade of Thailand, the Federation of Thai Industries and the Thai Bankers’ Association, to look into 4 areas of economic projects.

These areas are the trade and investment promotion, the transportation and logistics system development, the water resources management and the boosting of health services and tourism in 5 provinces in the lower part of the central region.

The regional JPPC discussion, a warm-up meeting ahead of the Sunday mobile Cabinet meeting in Chachoengsao, later approved 14 development initiatives.

Meanwhile, the JSCCIB made a request to the meeting for its support to the Eco Industrial Town project.

The group stated that the continued expansion of the industry sector is posing risks on environment around all factories unless strong control or management policies are put into effect.

According to JSCCIB, there are now at least 7,500 factories in Samut Prakan Province alone and about 791 more in Prachin Buri Province and the number looks set to grow further.

They urged that, in order to improve the quality and the standards of Thai industrial products, an effective adjustment is now needed.