The government-appointed Water and Flood Management Commission yesterday agreed to relax the criteria for selecting contractors to implement its 350-billion-baht flood prevention scheme.
The move follows mounting criticism that the selection criteria were designed to favour large foreign companies, and exclude smaller local contractors.
Previously, the terms of reference (ToR) of the government's bidding scheme stated that each contractor must have built projects with a combined value of at least 30 billion baht in the past 10 years. Critics suggested the commission intended to hand over the lucrative megaprojects to wealthy overseas contractors.
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