Mobile Cabinet Meeting in Nong Bua Lam Phu
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has announced that his first mobile cabinet meeting will be held in Nong Bua Lam Phu province in November. The meeting aims to address and highlight plans to bolster the economy of the province and the northeastern region of Isan. The PM’s decision to select Nong Bua Lam Phu followed an inspection trip to the region.
The mobile cabinet meeting will discuss local issues, such as low incomes, drug problems, and drought impacting the residents.
Enhancing Economic Growth in Khon Kaen and Udon Thani
During his visits to Khon Kaen and Udon Thani, PM Srettha noted that these provinces possess considerable potential for economic growth. Factors like airports supporting tourism and proximity to Laos—a country with a high-speed rail link to China—contribute to their potential.
A double-track rail line spanning from Khon Kaen to Nong Khai is in the pipeline, with a budget allocated for its construction. This rail line will be a vital discussion point during the upcoming cabinet meeting.
Urgent Railway Development and Cargo Station
According to PM Srettha, the double-track rail line development is an urgent matter. Though it may not require a massive budget, it is expected to yield substantial profits. The project will be constructed simultaneously with a cargo station at the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, which connects Nong Khai and Vientiane in Laos.
The prime minister also mentioned that multiple government agencies are working together to improve facilities so that the local export industry can meet the increasing demand for goods to be shipped to Laos and China.
Nong Khai’s Future Infrastructure Projects
During his visit to Nong Khai, business leaders expressed their desire for a bridge connecting Nong Khai and Vientiane to be completed by 2029. They also shared their vision for a dedicated business center for traders.
Furthermore, they proposed that the government support Khon Kaen University’s plan to open a school specializing in high-speed railway engineering. This school would enhance workforce skills in the northeastern region of Thailand. The business leaders also urged the government to implement more pro-Nong Khai economic policies.
In conclusion, PM Srettha Thavisin is committed to addressing the various economic and infrastructural challenges in the northeastern Isan region. His upcoming mobile cabinet meeting will be a crucial step in highlighting the pressing issues and formulating plans to boost the local economy.