Thai Prime Minister to chair major meeting tomorrow to discuss country’s economic situation and possibility of country opening wider to foreign tourists

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha will chair a meeting of the Center for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) tomorrow, March 26th, to discuss Thailand’s overall economic situation before considering a rehabilitation plan and the possibility of opening the country to foreign tourists.

Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said today, March 25th, that the meeting will include relevant ministers, CCSA officials, and representatives from public and private business sectors to deliberate on the latest economic situation as well as comprehensive policy guidelines for long-term economic recovery.

The discussion will also feature the possibility of the country reopening for foreign tourists, in the pilot area of ​​Phuket island, which has been adversely affected by the economic disruption due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Anucha told the Associated Press: “The government is fully aware of the problems and grievances of the people, particularly in the tourist destinations.”

“To revive the country’s economy, the CESA meeting tomorrow will thoroughly consider every possible proposal and agenda to reopening the country, starting off with areas that are highly reliant on foreign tourists such as Phuket and provinces on the Andaman coasts as many countries including Thailand had gradually distributed Covid-19 vaccinations within the country.”

Additionally, the meeting is expected to consider ways to relax some regulations to facilitate business operations and to attract foreign investors, including relaxing some business-related restrictions on foreign business, review tax incentives, and improvement of customs procedures at the airport and system development to reduce the visitor’s and official’s burden upon their arrival.

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