2015, Bangkok Mr. Somkid Wongchaisuwan, Deputy Director-General, Department
of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry, presided over the opening of the
seminar where progress of Effective Industrial Area Development Project in
Preparedness of Future Investment or the Industrial Zoning Project
was announced. The project aimed at studying feasibility, conducting plan, and evaluating
effectiveness of potential industrial areas; where Industry, Society and
Environment coexist in various dimensions, i.e. infrastructure, public
utilities, economy, society environment, and local development plans.
Mr. Somkid, stated, "Developing
special economic areas is among the priority policies of the country to enhance
effectiveness of the potential industrial areas and to facilitate investors,
which will result in the rapid growth of the country and economy, as well as prosperity
of people and the nation. To build confidence among the investors and in the civil
society sector, the study of feasibility and plans to evaluate effectiveness of
the potential areas are therefore required; along with plans to protect
environment for the future generations.
"The Department had collaborated
with local authorities, the public and involved sectors in studying and carrying
out industrial area development plan, which consequently contributed to the
development of Map of Potential Industrial Areas, List of Potential Industries
for Investment, and Development Plan of Industrial Areas to Promote Sustainable
Investment and Industries.
Mr. Thaned Juntaklin, Director
of Bureau of Industrial Cluster 4, as the Director of Bureau of Public
Participatory Promotion, stated, "This year, the government announced the
policy to establish special economic areas in preparedness of future industrial
investments and trades across the country, and preparedness of the ASEAN
Economic Community (AEC). The Department of Industrial Works, therefore, came
up with industrial zoning plans in strategic locations to establish special economic
areas in the first phase, which cover the areas in Tak, Mukdahan, Sa-Kaeo, Trat
and Songkhla provinces. The Department is also carrying out studying in
additional 15 key provinces in preparation for future project.
"The seminar today is held with aims
to demonstrate result of the study and listen to opinions toward the plan. We
also invited representatives from involved organizations including Mr. Pichai Uthaichet,
Deputy Director-General of the Department of Public Works and Town &
Country Planning, to give a talk on Special Economic Area Development Model.
This is a good opportunity for us to enhance understanding on industrial zoning
and learn the progresses made by other organizations for collaboration in the future.
According to the result from the GIS-based
study and opinions from the public and private sectors, the five provinces are
capable of becoming the special economic area, thanks to their strategic
location and availability of existing industrial estates. Fields of industry
suitable for the five provinces are also in line with those stated in the
National Industrial Development Master Plan.
The industries to be promoted in the
special economics areas include Gem and Jewelry (in Tak province), Textile and
Garment (in Tak and Songkhla provinces), Rubber (in Mukdahan and Songkhla
provinces), Food and Beverage (in all five provinces), Electrical and
Electronics (in Tak and Mukdahan provinces), and Energy (in Tak, Sakaeo and
Songkhla provinces). The industries will be developed through the cluster and
global chain value systems, and on the environmental-friendly basis.
In addition, there will be plans to
promote industrial zoning in terms of technology, research, entrepreneur,
workforce, communication network, logistics, public participatory, environment,
investment benefit, as well as local and international laws. Results from the
initial fifteen provinces will be further studied, and adopted in future industrial
zoning activities, with the aim to develop eco-friendly industry. The result
will be published at www.diwzoning.com.
"Eco-industry grows sustainable