Gen Prayuth meets business community seeking to revive confidence


BANGKOK, June 6 — Army commander in chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), on Friday told Chinese businessmen that Thailand is still safe for tourists and the curfew would be gradually lifted.

Gen Prayuth said the NCPO, which seized administrative power in Thailand following the May 22 coup, was considering to lift a four-hour curfew in several areas soonest.

He said the Chinese businesspeople could continue investment in the kingdom.

Gen Prayuth reportedly told  the Chinese businessmen during their courtesy call on him at Army headquarters, that foreign investors could continue to invest while tourists could visit Thailand normally.

NCPO is considering lifting the curfew, from midnight to 4am daily, in most parts of the country as soon as possible.

On foreign investment, Gen Prayuth said that the NCPO might delay ventures needing huge investment, saying that it has a policy to apply strict measures against corruption. He said that the council would ensure that there would be no demand for kickbacks from investors.

He said an interim government is expected to be formed within the next three months and afterward the NCPO would closely monitor it to make sure that the administration is free of corruption.