Thailand to use Japan’s Kansai model as blueprint to develop EEC

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has advised policy makers to use Japan's Kansai model as the country's blueprint to develop the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Mr Kobsak Pooyrakool, the assistant minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed yesterday.

He said the advice was given as the cabinet met yesterday to discuss the EEC project to boost economy.

He said the prime minister stated that Kansai model has several similarities to the country’s EEC project.

Therefore the Japanese model could be adapted to fit Thailand’s needs adequately.

Mr Kobsak said under the Kansai model Japan focused on developing Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe into the center for trade.

Thailand on the other hand has plans to develop Chachoeng Sao, Chonburi and Rayong provinces into the country’s industrial, trade and services hub.

Planned projects to supplement the development of the EEC include the creation of new motorways, electric rail networks, improvements to the U-tapao airport and the construction of a deep sea port, he added.