Despite mounting criticism, the government says it is committed to moving ahead with plans to convince foreign investors to shell out for its Land Bridge megaproject, while pledging to emphasise the environmental impact, particularly in headwater areas, as a top priority.
Speaking after a mobile cabinet meeting in Ranong, spokesman Chai Wacharonke said the government will continue to invite foreign investors to take part in the project after Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin showcased the scheme at three international events: the Apec Summit in San Francisco, the Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit in Japan and the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Mr Chai said the project is in the presentation stage, which involves providing studies to investors and ensuring mutual understanding. The government plans to invite global experts in port management and logistics systems to participate in the investment, he said.
“The government’s study on the project found it has the potential to become the region’s strategic transport hub. Investors will decide for themselves whether investment is worthwhile,” said Mr Chai.
Regarding the environmental impact, especially in the Level 1A head watershed area in the Phato basin of Chumphon province, he said additional studies will be conducted. Source: Bangkok Post