Thailand’s economic crunch, protests cast land rights struggle in new light

As Thailand’s economy cracks under COVID-19, land ownership and access are key to many communities’ ability to ride out the crisis. Amid ongoing popular protests, Thailand must decide how to address its stark wealth gap and the needs of low-income rural communities.Keep reading ...

Thai embassies in 30 nations urged to woo investors for EEC

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office of Thailand has recently called on Thai embassies in 30 countries to approach foreign firms to invest in the EEC, the office’s secretary-general Kanit Sangsubhan said.He said the EEC’s main targets are firms in technology, logistics, medical and health ...

The Nation Reporter

Lay of the land 'murky'

Sor Por Kor land — the degraded forest tracts that the government gives to poor farmers — has always courted controversy.A cautionary tale is the case involving Suthep Thaugsuban, a veteran politician and co-founder of the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT), now one of the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Alro readying to repossess forest land, rent it back to businesses

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) says it will “repossess” Sor Por Kor land illegally occupied by resorts and hotels, and then rent the land back to them.However, the process involves amending the land’s allocation status.“What we are going to do is take land back ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Tourism, FDI to revive EEC property view

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the government’s flagship infrastructure project, and a tourism recovery following the pandemic will be the key factors for the property market in the three eastern provinces, according to developers.Meesak Chunharuckchot, president of the Chonburi Real Estate Association, said many foreign ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Protesters under lockdown delay hearing on Songkhla mega project

Public hearings on an industrial mega project in the southern province of Songkhla have been postponed after locals and activists – led by a 17-year-old – warned that a nationwide coronavirus lockdown could see the plans approved with little scrutiny.The hearings for a Special Economic ...

SEZ interest pales next to EEC

Investment applications for 10 special economic zones (SEZs) remain low compared with those made for the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), with the number of projects and investment value totalling 75 projects and 11 billion baht, respectively, from 2015 to April 1, 2020.According to the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

EEC panel OKs water management strategy

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee on Friday approved water management plans for both the short and long terms to ensure sufficient water supply.Kanit Sangsubhan, secretary-general of the EEC Office, said the short-term plan covers three projects comprising water diversion from Khlong Sapan to ...

Chatrudee Theparat

Dry factories sound the alarm in EEC

The government is warning that water reserves for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) are only sufficient until June unless the state finds additional sources to avoid a shortage.There are only 35 million cubic metres of water left to feed the industrial sector in Rayong, Chon ...

Lamonphet Apisitniran

Thailand Issues New Incentives for EEC

In late December 2019, Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI), the government agency responsible for foreign investment promotion, issued new incentives to attract investments in the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).The EEC is a special development zone (SEZ) established in 2017 and straddles three eastern provinces ...

Ayman Falak

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