The Cabinet, during its mobile meeting in Pattaya, was asked to approve the construction of a one-stop service center at the Ban Phak Kat border checkpoint in Chanthaburi province.
The project aims to accommodate increasing cross-border trade and the growing number of tourists with the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, which will significantly lower trade barriers and allow the freer movement of peoples.
A budget of 45 million baht is required for the construction of the one-stop service center, which is in line with the Government’s strategy of enhancing Thailand’s competitiveness.
When completed, the project is expected to stimulate border trade, boost local tourism, improve the living conditions of local residents, and promote better understanding between Thailand and Cambodia.
The Ban Phak Kat permanent border checkpoint is located in Khlong Yai sub-district, in Pong Nam Ron district, on the border with Cambodia.
The population of Chanthaburi exceeds 516,000, and its per capita income is about THB 75,600, the 38th highest (of 77 provinces) in Thailand. The province has set as a goal to become a trading center for organic fruit, and also one of the world’s most important processing and trading centers for top-quality gemstones.
Also see http://www.onestopservicesthailand.com/ for information on foreign investment in Thailand.
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