Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged provincial governors to promote the government's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure borrowing plan to their constituents and help lure investors to the scheme.
ALL ABOARD: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sits with other officials in a mock high-speed train carriage at Khon Kaen University before giving her vision on ‘Building the Future of Thailand 2020’ under the government’s 2-trillion-baht infrastructure investment scheme.
Ms Yingluck said the construction of transport projects under the borrowing scheme was vital to the country's progress.
The projects would turn Thailand into the "leader of Asean" in the next seven years, she said."MPs and all provincial governors must create public understanding about the government's policy on infrastructure development," Ms Yingluck said yesterday.
"They must help promote investments which will bring growth and generate jobs and income in communities."
Ms Yingluck was speaking as part of the government's national public relations roadshow to promote the plan in Khon Kaen province yesterday.
The province was the final destination of the premier's campaign tour in the Northeast.
Ms Yingluck, accompanied by Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanit and Office of Narcotics Control Board secretary-general Pongsapat Pongcharoen, visited the "Building the Future of Thailand in 2020" exhibition at Khon Kaen University's Golden Jubilee Convention Hall.
Ms Yingluck said the transport and infrastructure investments would spur economic growth in Khon Kaen and nearby Roi Et, Maha Sarakham and Kalasin.
Khon Kaen will become a hub for agriculture, processed food, cargo distribution and logistics, while Roi Et will become a centre for hom mali jasmine rice production, she said. Maha Sarakham will be a centre for tourism and cultural heritage, the PM said, while Kalasin will be a hub for prehistoric sites and silk production.
She noted that Khon Kaen would benefit from the planned high-speed train line which would link Bangkok and Nong Khai.