New cabinet ministers deliver policies

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Bangkok – Social Development and Human Security Minister, Juti Krairirk, chaired a meeting of high-level ministry officials on Monday focused on the missions and performances of various departments.

Juti pledged to pay attention to ongoing work and use royal initiatives as guidance. In addition, technology will be used in a proactive approach and the minister will take trips to the provinces nationwide to follow up on his ministry’s affairs. Corruption in bureaucratic circles will be examined and investigated with the use of technology. He called on members of the public to give tip-offs on alleged corruption which might possibly involve government officials.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Warawut Silpa-archa, who took office on Monday, said his first issue to handle is the illegal dumping of electronic waste and the release of waste water into natural waterways. The Department of Pollution Control may not have been able to arrest alleged wrongdoers to date and has only passed on complaints to the police. Warawut said he has plans to solve such problems.

Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit delivered policy to high-level ministry officials, particularly regarding approaches to attracting investors who might plan to relocate their investment projects from China to Thailand. He plans to conduct roadshows to meet with prospective investors in foreign countries and invite them to invest in Thailand.

The government will focus on the targeted manufacturing sector. Industrial projects which might be relocated from China to Thailand include the electronic and electric appliances industry. This month, talks will be held between the Ministry of Industry and Japan’s External Trade Organization about various promotional privileges and viewpoints of Japanese investors, looking to find supplementary measures for investment promotion and deter any plans to relocate Japanese investments from Thailand.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gen Prayut will officially assume the post of Defense Minister on July 30. He will be welcomed by Deputy Defense Minister Chaicharn Changmongkol, chiefs of the armed forces and officials at the Ministry of Defense’s headquarters.