CHONBURI, Thailand, Sept. 13, 2017
Positive response received
- Investment in 5 infrastructure projects accelerated to draw investment in 10 target industries
- Good signs for government to ink deals with Boeing and Airbus in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul hub in the east of Thailand in early 2018
CHONBURI, Thailand, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thailand's Minister of Industry today brought Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Japanese Economy, Trade and Investment Minister, and a delegation of over 570 Japanese investors to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to learn more about the government's policy and related measures to boost development in the area.
The delegation was briefed on government EEC development plan, including updates on the government's investment in five major infrastructure projects that support EEC development, the overall investment situation, and the expected joint venture agreements with large companies like Boeing and Airbus. Following the briefing was a visit to Laem Chabang Industrial Estate, Hemaraj Industrial Estate, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) and Vidyasirimedhi Institute.
Dr. Uttama Savanayana, Minister of Industry, said that the Thai government and economic organizations were strongly committed to propelling industrial reform, trade and investment promotion and to connecting Thailand with the world's economic leaders. The EEC is used as the key driver to further develop the country's economic infrastructure.
After the establishment of the EEC Office early this year, he said, the development of the EEC had become more concrete. The government has accelerated investment in basic infrastructure to ensure that the EEC becomes the prime location for strategic investment in Asia. With a strong supporting ecology system, the EEC will have greater capability to become a major production hub with an extensive transportation network, pleasant accommodation and a good balance between work and lifestyle.
The five infrastructure projects being developed to support EEC are:
Dr. Uttama added that during the first six months of 2017 (January-June 2017), the investment promotion application in EEC applied through the BOI accounts for 87.43 billion baht, representing 30 percent of total applications received. Out of this, applications for investment in the 10 target industries valued 133.50 billion baht, which accounts for 46 per cent of the total applications for investment in EEC.
In addition, the government announced that 1,466 rai of land in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong Province will be allocated for robotics and automation industries.
To promote investment in the 10 target industries, the government has approached many large companies in various sectors including automotive, digital and aviation. Some companies in aviation industry have shown interest in joint venture for investment in MRO business in the EEC area and the joint venture agreement is expected to be signed in early 2018.
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Ministry of Industry will promote investment in the EEC Digital Park. World's leading companies in digital business aim to finalize their decisions and sign agreements for investment in the EEC in the near future.
In addition, the government has made significant progress in infrastructure projects. The EEC Policy Committee has already approved a budget of US$17 billion for investment in infrastructure improvement. In terms of the public-private sector partnership, the government will complete the partnership condition framework at the end of this year.
For tourism, the government has developed a plan to promote individual cities by highlighting special characteristics of each city. According to the plan, Chachoengsao Province will be promoted for its "Thai Way of Life", Chonburi Province as the "Modern of the East" and Rayong Province as the "Biz City".
The government is also defining areas for the EEC Digital Park (EECd) and EEC of Innovation (EECi) establishment and searching for partners to invest in these zones.
For more information, contact Ministry of Industry at Tel. 66-2202-4435 or visit www.industry.go.th or facebook.com/industryprmoi.