BANGKOK, Feb 9 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday said she wants 2013 to be the Year of Thailand, where the country’s economy is growing and confidence will be restored.
Prime minister Yingluck expressed in her weekly televised programme “PM Yingluck Government Meets the People” on the occasion of Chinese New Year that 2013 will be the year of Thailand. Furthermore the PM wishes the Thai people wealth and health.
After the flooding in 2011, Thailand was able to improve its economy and restore it’s reputation in the world. Thailand’s economy is now growing well due to increased purchasing power of the Thais. Another reason is the inflow of foreign investment said Ms Yingluck. The requests for investment promotion from the Board of Investments (BoI) rose from Bt700 billion to Bt 1.4 trillion.
According to the premier, the government will invest Bt2.2 trillion in infrastructure to make sure that domestic purchasing power is stimulated and to prepare the country for the ASEAN Economic community whch will take effect in 2015.
Ms Yingluck also stated that the government will have to clarify its investments in large projects to the public and concerned agencies to create better understanding, as the projects will decentralise growth to upcountry, reducing logistic costs and facilitating communication.
The PM said that many countries are interested in joint ventures with the country and 2013 will be the Year of Thailand, as many heads of government will visit the kingdom this year.
The positive trend of the country is reflected on Koh Phangan too. The island is growing and becomes a tourism destination that’s almost as important as the much bigger Koh Samui. As part of the ongoing development of the island, a BIG C shopping centre has recently been announced.