PM Yingluck in Tokyo Roadshow, pushing ASEAN & Dawei

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in Japan, attended the “Tokyo Roadshow 2013”, pushed by the Commerce Ministry under the theme “Building a Strong Foundation for Thailand and ASEAN.” PM Yingluck is aiming at instilling more confidence in Thailand among the Japanese investors. In an interview with Japan television, NHK, PM Yingluck reiterated that the Dawei project will transform the Myanmar port town into a maritime hub and thriving industrial zone. Once the ASEAN Economic Community takes effect in 2015, Thailand and Myanmar will become gateways to Asia and nearby regions. Ms Yingluck pointed out that in addition to implementing the 2-trillion-baht infrastructure projects, the Thai government has raised the daily minimum wage to 300 baht, as well as devising measures to lower production costs in a bid to equip the Thai population with higher spending capabilities. Also joining the premier in the roadshow were members of her entourage, which include Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong, Transport Minister Chatchart Sitipan, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Public Health Minister Dr. Pradit Sintawanarong, and Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaiyasuk. The Roadshow underlines Thailand’s potentials in strengthening its economy and enhancing national development as an ASEAN hub through the development of the Dawei deep seaport and special economic zone. The Prime Minister is confident that the roadshow would benefit Thai and Japanese investors, businessmen, and both nations’ economies, adding that it also provided information on the kingdom’s mega infrastructure projects, several of which need cooperation from Japan. The Thai Premier also claimed that the mega projects would be conducive to the development of both countries, while ensuring the safety of future Japanese investments as well as existing ones in order for them to increase their potentials and returns (Source).

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