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Thailands Regional Development Plan

5 March 2018 (Readers 759)

The Government has worked out Thailands regional development plan, to be carried out along with provincial and provincial cluster development plans, in order to ease obstacles and cope with the challenges faced by each regional area of the country.
Speaking in his national address on 2 March 2018, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha explained the Regional Development Plan, 2017-2021, which was approved at a meeting on 26 February 2018.
The Prime Minister said that the plan involves almost 1,200 projects, with a budget of more than 1.4 trillion baht. It directions are in line with the national development plan and the National Strategy. Formerly, there were only provincial and provincial cluster development plans. This Government had initiated the regional development plan for greater efficiency in handling various problems in all parts of the country.
According to the Regional Development Plan, 2017-2021, Bangkok will be developed as a "modern metropolis. Serious action will be taken to tackle urban environmental problems, such as flooding. The central region will become a production base for high-value products and services.
The Northeast will be developed as the economic hub of the Greater Mekong Subregion. An emphasis will be placed on water resource management to provide sufficient water for the region. Transport infrastructure will also be developed, linking with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
The eastern region has been set to become a major food hub, especially for tropical fruit. A priority is placed on the development of the EEC as the best and most modern economic zone of ASEAN. The solving of problems concerning coastal erosion and pollution will be accelerated.
The northern region will be developed as a base for "high-value creative economy, with innovative and wisdom-based production. It will also be upgraded as a base for organic agriculture and will connect with the economy in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
The southern region will be developed as a world-renowned "tourist resort and a center for rubber and oil palm production. Su-ngai Kolok in Narathiwat and Betong in Yala will be developed as border trade and tourist cities, linking with Malaysia and Singapore. The Regional Development Plan aims to respond to the demand of local residents more effectively.
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