The government has accepted in principle seven projects proposed by the residents and business operators of Koh Chang during the visit today (Monday) to Trat province by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o- cha and his cabinet.
The prime minister will chair a mobile cabinet meeting in neighbouring Chanthaburi province on tomorrow and Wednesday.
Prime Minister Prayut said he hoped the seven proposed projects would transform Koh Chang, the country’s second largest island after Phuket, into a model of eco-tourism city, with quality and safe farm products, skilled labour, strong community and efficient natural resources management.
He told Trat people that he came to see them to listen to their problems and needs so that his government could address their wishes.
He said his government was ready to look after the people and wanted them and to turn to one another instead of fighting one another to bring about prosperity, peace and order in their society and communities.
The seven proposed projects include: development of a road around Koh Chang; Klong Prao reservoir project; garbage separation plant project; project for feasibility study and design of a waste water treatment facility; public pier project; health system development project to accommodate the need of tourism business and a manpower training centre to produce personnel in tourism and service sector.
One major project which was earlier demand by a large group of tourism operators and residents is a bridge linking the island with Trat mainland. It was however not raised with the prime minister today.