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Launching of Thailand 2020 Program and Road Shows

September 30, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Government has launched the “Thailand 2020” road show to provide the people with better knowledge and understanding about the country’s major investment in transport infrastructure development, worth two trillion baht, or 66 billion US dollars.

1326974919pPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on 26 September 2013 presided over a press conference on the Thailand 2020 program, under which she invited Thai people to express their views on Thailand’s future in 2020, with investment in transport infrastructure mega-projects.

She said that the Secretariat of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Transport had been instructed to serve as core agencies in organizing seminars, exhibitions, and road shows to sound out public opinions on the issue. The road shows will be held in 12 provinces in the five regions of the country from 4 October to 1 December 2013.

The two-trillion-baht loan bill for the Thailand 2020 program was approved by the House of Representatives on 20 September 2013. Prime Minister Yingluck explained that it would take seven years to implement the entire program, which aims to upgrade the people’s quality of life and enhance the country’s competitiveness in terms of logistics. The program will also offer investment opportunities for the private sector and improve the efficiency of Thailand’s rail system in the long run.

The Prime Minister referred to 117 years ago when the rail network took shape in Thailand during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). At that time, the rail system linked Bangkok with Ayutthaya, thus enabling people of the two provinces to travel to each other more quickly. Since then, the rail network has developed and expanded to many cities.

She pointed out that the Thailand 2020 program needs cooperation from all Thais, so that it would respond to the real needs of the country. Transport and logistics mega-projects under this program would link Thailand with other ASEAN countries, as well. She invited Thai people to visualize together the future of Thailand in the next seven years.

The Prime Minister stated that Thailand had not invested in major infrastructure projects for a long time. The Thailand 2020 program would move the country forward. She would like to refer the two-trillion-baht loan bill as the “investment for the future” bill.

The Prime Minister also explained that this huge investment would reduce energy consumption, which is a major production cost for transportation. If the Thailand 2020 program were not carried out, investors would face higher production costs and the country would have to depend heavily on energy imports.

She said that new railway routes would promote sales of agricultural goods and products under the “One Tambon, One Product” program. With good connections between various tourist cities, international tourists would stay in Thailand for longer periods and travel more. This would generate more income for local people and distribute wealth around the country.

She added that the Government was planning a backbone structure for the country, which would spread to the provinces and bring family members closer together, for a better quality of life.

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