UTTARADIT: Cabinet will consider development plans worth 6.5 billion baht for the North today.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra takes cabinetmembers to Srisatchanalai historical park in Sukhothai before attending amobile cabinet meeting in Uttaradit today. THITIWANNAMONTHA
The Joint Public-Private Committee has backed proposals on economic, logistic and healthcare development and water resource management which will go to cabinet's mobile meeting in Uttaradit.
PM's Office Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan yesterday said the committee approved the four proposals put forward by its standing committee made up of key business associations.
The joint panel will forward them to the cabinet today. The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The standing committee has proposed development plans for the five lower northern provinces of Tak, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit and Phetchabun.
The proposals call for a Mae Sot special economic zone in 2015.
Another project is the upgrading of the Phudu temporary border checkpoint in Ban Khok district of Uttaradit to a permanent checkpoint by March to help the fifth Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs) meeting in Laos.
Acmecs, initiated by Thailand and established in 2003, is a joint development scheme involving Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mr Niwatthamrong said upgrading the checkpoint will boost cross-border trade and tourism.
The proposals also called for the expansion of Highway No.12 (Phitsanulok to Lom Sak) as part of preparations for the Asean Economic Community (AEC), which will be introduced in 2015.
About 3.3 billion baht is requested to improve the road to the checkpoint.
The joint committee also agreed with the standing panel's proposal to construct an embankment along the Nan River in Phitsanulok.
The embankment, costing about 248 million baht, would help prevent erosion and overflow from the river, Mr Niwatthamrong said.
The panel also agreed with a 2.9-billion baht proposal to develop the healthcare system in the lower North. Phitsanulok will be transformed into the region's healthcare hub, the minister said.
Ms Yingluck yesterday inspected traffic on the Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge in Mae Sot district of Tak.
She asked provincial authorities about progress on survey work for a second friendship bridge, which is hoped to ease congestion on the first bridge. State agencies will submit the results of their studies to the cabinet today.
Ms Yingluck yesterday presided over the foundation stone-laying ceremony for a 44-million-baht hospital building at Lap Lae Hospital in Uttaradit. Hospital director Kittipong Ubonsa-ard said the institute has received state funding to construct the four-storey building.
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