Thailand’s investment agency nods to Bt2.28 tn investment (Eleven Myanmar)

The Board of Investment (BOI) has approved investment proposals by both Thai and foreign firms of about Bt2.28 trillion for four years, with 54 per cent of them targeting the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Speaking at a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak for monitoring state enterprises’ plans to drive investment and private investment through the BOI, he said all agencies should drive the economy as strategically planned. The BOI encourages the private sector to invest and drive the digital economy as targeted in 2020 when 5G will be used, he added.

BOI secretary-general Duangjai Asawachintachit said that it had approved 5,518 investment applications worth approximately Bt2.28 trillion, including the EEC’s Bt7.215-billion product loading project for container vessels at Laem Chabang Port during 2015-2018.

During the past four years of the EEC’s Bt1.24-trillion approved investment plans, about 60 per cent, or Bt738.16 billion, were for Chon Buri province, 31 per cent, or Bt383.57 billion, for Rayong province and 9 per cent, or Bt117.03 billion, for Chachoengsao province, she said.

Projects previously approved in principle are the high-speed rail project, which will connect the country’s three main airports; the third phase of the Laem Chabang Port project; the third phase of the Map Ta Phut Port project; the U-Tapao Airport development project; the eastern aviation city project and the Digital Park Thailand project, she said.

Of the total investment plans approved during this period, about 65 per cent or Bt1.49 trillion were for targeted industries, she said.

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Eleven Myanmar

20 March 2019

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