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Press release : Meeting with Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong
(2014 年 07 月 10 日 )
10 July, 2014
Press release
Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok
Meeting with Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong

Mr. Hisamichi Koga, President of the the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok (JCC) and the Executive Directors of the JCC, held a meeting with Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, in charge of economy of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 9th July, 2014 from 18:00 ? 19:30 at Air Force Headquarters and conveyed our comments as follows; In the meeting with Gen Prayuth held at the end of May, we mentioned about some issues related to the Thai economy including the problems to be solved immediately and to be solved in the medium to long term. We appreciate the achievement by the NCPO’s efforts to solve issues mentioned at last time such as “lifting the curfew”, “Relaxing censorship on mass media” , “Normalizing and accelerating BOI approval of large-scale projects “, “Appointing capable advisors for diplomatic and economic policies ”, “Establishing English website as well as Thai one. “ 2 However, as one of the representatives in the business sector, we request some issues to be made further efforts on for the development of Thai economy in the future. - Steadily implementing the action plan based on the roadmap and schedule to return to democracy with election - Establishing a government in which economic policies will be handled and determined by experts of economy and business - Minimizing intervention in economy and business to necessary measures to stabilize the economy and life of citizens - Introducing well-designed system to promote transparency and efficiency of government procedures including customs and projects to help eliminate corruption, such as disclosing objective criteria of project approval or bidding as well as disclosing results of bidding, abolishing reward system for customs officers about penalty for dissidence of tariff classification or evaluation, etc. - Promoting outward-looking trade policies to take a lead in AEC, RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership among ASEAN + 6 countries which will be negotiated by the end of 2015), Thailand-EU FTA, etc. - Developing hard infrastructure (such as roads, railroads, East-West and Southern Economic Corridors to Myanmar) & soft infrastructure (such as improvement of customs and transportation agreements) to improve connectivity with neighboring countries after necessary review of planning and financing - Steadily implementing water management projects after necessary review of planning 3 - Developing human resources to make Thailand a more advanced hub of this region through education, training and facilitating innovation and R&D - Securing stable energy supply at reasonable prices via efficient channels - Supporting SMEs as important supporting industries in their access to finance, technology and information - Abolishing the restrictions to facilitate the investment for the service sectors; Liberalization of the investment for those sectors step by step, in order to proceed the international competitiveness for Thai economy. - Providing more incentives for those who would establish the Regional Head Quarter, or Regional Operating Headquarter (ROH) in Thailand. In this regards, we highlight the following points: - It is important to recover the democracy and transfer the political power to the civilian government as soon as possible in order to implement these economic policies and recover the confidence from the international community. - We would like to confirm again that Japanese companies in Thailand have been good partners with Thailand for a long time and made commitments in the development of Thai economy. - We hope that NCPO will consider the following points in the process of the policy decision: 1. The transparency in government procedures, 2. The importance of market economy, 3. To strengthen the competitiveness by opening the economy through free trade agreements. (RCEP, AEC, FTAs) 4 2. A.C.M. Prajin responded to our comments as follows: O The 3 stages roadmap by NCPO to return to democracy is going smoothly and now is at the 1st step. O We are well aware that we have to make efforts to realize economic development while maintaining peace and order. We will also try to restore confidence and invite more investment from abroad. O We are well aware of the 3 major issues that JCC raised that are Transparency in government procedure, Importance of market economy and Opening up of economy to strengthen competiveness by RCEP, AEC, FTAs. O We basically understand on the requests by JCC. O For specific requests: ACM Prajin responded as follows: - To Set up 2 Working Group of infrastructure: Transportation and Energy - To Set up Working Group of Water Management - They have the highest priority on the issue of water management. As the previous master plan with 35 thousand million baht did not cover the whole country, they will revise the plan to cover Thailand as whole and implement it accordingly. - As for the transparency of government procedures, they are aware of the issue of reward system for customs officers which may be obstacles for smooth procedure and will try to improve. - As for the respect of market economy, they don’t intend to make unnecessary intervention in market economy and will inform the request to NCPO. 5 - As for the opening of economy, they are well aware of AEC, RCEP and Japan’s role, they have instructed Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Commerce to proceed actively about it. They are ready to improve if there is any restriction. - As for the gradual opening up of service market, they are well aware that those industries will be improved by competition which consumers will be benefit. - To set up SME Committee chaired by Gen. Prayuth, NCPO to promote SME. To specify SME as the national agenda, provide financial support, introduce new technology combined with the local ability and promote Thai brand by marketing. - As for ROH, Regional Operating Headquarter, they are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of Thailand as well as those of Singapore. They are ready to listen to opinions of investors to improve business environment to invite more ROH. - As for infrastructure, they are ready to improve all logistics in land, sea, and air. For land transportation, they will improve national roads, dual track railway, and economic corridors from east to west. As for sea transportation, they are planning to establish port at Andaman sea side and expand capacity of cargo in Thailand. As for air transportation, they are going to expand capacity of Donmuang , Suvarnbhumi , Phuket and Chiangmai. They expect the investment from Japan and foreign countries. They hoped to continue dialogue with JCC for better understanding of each other.
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