CHIANG RAI – Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukvanich has reported that Thailand will continue with its special economic zone (SEZ) plan to promote the northern city of Chiang Rai as a major logistics centre of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), the Industry Minister said yesterday.
Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukvanich”Chiang Rai is in a perfect location, which is suitable to be promoted as a logistics centre of the GMS because it is the gateway to growing economic zones in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and also the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.”
Phase two of the government’s SEZ plan includes other provinces that have strong potential to be promoted as business zones over the next two years. They are Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, which borders Laos, and Narathiwat, which borders Malaysia.
The SEZs, aimed at creating development of several relevant industries, are among the government’s strategies to help trade and investment along the border to boost the income of villagers in remote areas.