THAI BOYCOTT WILL HURT MOST:
to oversee selections
transparency at launch
CHATRUDEE TEPARAT & AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK
|Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra has offered to personally oversee a new national
selection committee to ensure "the greatest transparency and
fairness" in the selection process of foreign investors for
the government's 1.8 trillion baht worth of mega-projects.
Speaking to about 300 foreign diplomats, international
organisations and private sector representatives to give an
overview of the projects, Mr Thaksin said all proposals would be
scrutinised by the committee which would be set up to deal with
the selection process.
"The consideration of your proposals will place a great
emphasis on transparency and openness.
"This will be done through a national selection process which
I shall oversee myself to ensure fairness," he said.
Mr Thaksin said various criteria would serve as guidelines for
choosing and evaluating proposals.
"We would select the ones that best suit our needs, while
also maintaining our fiscal discipline."
Bangkok Mp Nahathai Thewpai-ngarm
speaks at a press conference at Thai Rak Thai headquarters to
deny rumours she became pregnant following an affair with a
high-level party executive. Many women MPs from the party turned
up yesterday to give her moral support.
Mr Thaksin said Thailand was
looking for proposals which provided for technology transfer and
development of human resources while preferring proposals with
favourable and creative financial terms and conditions such as barter
Mr Thaksin said Thailand needed to draw upon the vast knowledge, talent
and technology available in the world to accelerate its development.
The strategy could give the
country more than a jump-start in development but a big leap, with the
power and grace of a gazelle or antelope.
Mr Thaksin unveiled a series of mega-projects including mass transit
systems, water resource management plans, and information and
communication technology projects.
He also revealed newly proposed mega-projects such as one called
National Defence Technology to modernise the country's defence systems
as well as agricultural projects including a tuna fishing fleet, dairy
industry development and food safety and traceability.
However, many foreign diplomats expressed concern about the possibility
of barter trade deals.
Friedrich Hamburger, ambassador of the European Union, said Thailand
could not finance all projects with barter trade as the country would
not have enough agricultural produce to be used for the payment.
Peter Van Haren, president of the Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce, was
also concerned about the barter trade aspect and asked the government to
explain it in detail.
Government spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said that a committee would be
formed to oversee development of the mega- projects and answer
The committee will also examine the terms of reference that
international developers would draft so Thailand would not be at a
disadvantage if it accepted their proposals.
In the third week of January, the government would hold a meeting to
receive proposals from developers, including the terms on which they
would undertake the projects.
Bidding contests for the projects would be held in April or May.
He said the government would limit its mega-project investment to 1.8
trillion baht excluding that for the dairy industry, food factories
making goods for export and weapons projects. It would not implement all
the projects at once but phase them in gradually to keep its foreign
debt ratio below 50% of GDP and repayment debt ratio to GDP at 16%.
A railway line from Rangsit to Mahachai would be among the top-priority
Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said France, Spain, China,
Russia and Britain were interested in mass transit development in
Thailand. They had already created companies to vie for development
projects and France had confirmed its contractors were ready to take up
all stages in developing railway lines.
the following corporations, companies and organizations, who
have no ethical standing and support the enslavement of Kenya wildlife
the Thai night zoo:
AIS mobile phone company
Thailand (owned by PM Thaksin)
Environment Trust of
Kenya (Chairman: Mr Zachariah Kagombe Nderu)
Kenya Association of
Hotelkeepers and Caterers (Coast branch chairman: Mr Mohammed Hersi)
Thai Star Restaurant - Valley Arkade, Nairobi
The following Thai companies
tried to start business in Kenya by providing products, which actually
no Kenyan needs from Thailand, especially not plastic bags, which most
likely will be banned in Kenya soon anyway. These companies received
direct support from the Thai Embassy during the last visit of the Thai
Prime Minister, who signed the wildlife MOU.
COMPANY NAME & PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Atlantic Laboratories Corp. Ltd. (Pharmaceutical / Veterinary
Fortune Parts Industry Public Co., Ltd. (Plastic / Metal Auto Body Parts)
P.C.Y. Body Parts Industry Co., Ltd. (Truck Body Parts)
Seikenhei Mark Co., Ltd. (Rubber Auto Parts and made to order rubber parts)
Taveekoon Supply (1994) Co., Ltd. (Car Accessories: Bumpers, roll bars, side steps)
Standard Universal International Co., Ltd. (Wooden / Plastic Houseware)
40 K & P Co Ltd (Baby, Children & Mother’s wear, Soaps, Shampoos, Costmetics)
Reang-Wa Standard Industry Co., Ltd. (Plastic Household Products)
Pioneer Industrial Corp., Ltd. (Plastic Household Products / Plastic
T.Y.K. Inter Ocean Marketing Co., Ltd. (Plastic Bags and
Asia Drink Co., Ltd. (Fishery Equipment: Ropes &
Heng Pradubyont (Front Bumpers, Rear Bumper, Roll Bars)
Seethong 555 Co., Ltd. (Envelopes, Notepads and Letter Sets)
Siamplant & Foods Co Products. (Export Vegetable oil, seasoning paste, instant noodle & dehydrated
Uthi Supply Ltd. (Auto Parts Auto Accessories, spotlight & fog
W Dynamic Co., Ltd. (Auto Parts, Bus spare parts, stainless
Boland Technology (Printer Supply &
Thai Nationals, check out
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all Thai corporations and
companies, who do not publicly
state that they oppose the deal. (Incl. THAI - the national airline and
any company which has Thai governmental shareholding or backing - unless
they give you a written statement that they oppose the Kenya/Thai
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