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Thai PM Unveils Visionary Plan to Elevate Nation’s Aviation Hub

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has unveiled a visionary plan to position Thailand as a leading aviation hub in Asia, marking a significant milestone outlined during his keynote address at the Thailand 2024 The Great Challenges event. Emphasizing the pivotal role of tourism in the nation’s economic landscape, the Prime Minister introduced a series of strategic measures aimed at bolstering the industry, including the implementation of reciprocal visa exemption programs.

Highlighting imminent diplomatic endeavors, Prime Minister Srettha disclosed plans to ink a reciprocal visa exemption pact with China in the coming week. Moreover, discussions are slated with the European Union to explore the possibility of a similar arrangement with Schengen countries, signaling a concerted effort to enhance Thailand’s accessibility on the global stage.

PM Srettha articulated the government’s ambitious agenda to elevate the aviation sector, envisioning a comprehensive overhaul that encompasses streamlined immigration procedures, flight modernization, and the establishment of airports in secondary cities across the nation. Drawing parallels with past infrastructural triumphs, such as the Suvarnabhumi International Airport commissioned during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, the Prime Minister underlined the transformative potential of major projects in driving economic prosperity for Thai citizens.

Echoing commitments to transformative infrastructure projects, PM Srettha elaborated on the Land Bridge megaproject, a monumental initiative valued at 1 trillion baht (US$27.97 billion). The project aims to cultivate a robust logistics network linking Ranong and Chumphon, with an unwavering pledge to solicit input from diverse stakeholders, including prospective investors and local communities.

Having showcased the Land Bridge megaproject at prestigious international forums, including the APEC Summit in San Francisco, the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in Japan, and the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Srettha reaffirmed the government’s commitment to inclusive governance, underscoring the imperative of balancing public interests and investor priorities in policymaking endeavors.

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