Thai Prime Minister visits GISTDA and the Factory Sandbox program in Si Racha

Chonburi –

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has visited the  Space Technology Development Agency and Factory Sandbox project in Si Racha, Chonburi today (September 17th).

PM Prayut first visited the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization): GISTDA and  Space Krenovation Park: SKP in the Eastern Economic Corridor this morning to follow up on several high technology development research projects which are:

  1. THEOS-2 project and satellites industrial grade development
  2. New Space Economy Development from Low Earth Orbit: LEO satellite network
  3. Space technology and Geo-Information for water management

PM Prayut has encouraged staffers at GISTDA to continue their work on technology development which is supporting the country and reinforcing the digital community as well as improving businesses.

PM Prayut then proceeded in the afternoon to visit factories in the Factory Sandbox project which is a model project to prevent and control the spread of disease in factories at the Mitsubishi Motor company in Laem Chabang, Si Racha. He specifically was interested in visiting Japanese-owned factories that have invested significantly in their operations in Thailand and showing the support of the Thai government to keeping them running safely while allowing thousands of people to stay employed. TPN media notes that some other countries, such as Vietnam, have largely shut down most factories during lockdowns and restrictions while Thailand has done, according to the PM, everything in their power to keep factories running while controlling Covid-19. The countries that have shut down factories have reportedly caused some foreign investors to consider leaving.

Groups of Japanese businessmen that met with the PM this afternoon gave several ideas around supporting businesses in Chonburi and Rayong which were:

  1. To expand the Factory Sandbox project and get more vaccines for people, prioritizing workers, including foreigners and migrants, that work in factories due to their importance to the countries exports and economy
  2. To provide relief measurements for shorting down quarantine periods for business travelers or cancel quarantine entirely for vaccinated foreign tourists to get international travel back to normal, especially in terms of the business sector.
  3. To support EEC projects and expansion of industrial development in Chonburi while continuing to improve transportation and infrastructure overall.

PM Prayut told the press and those gathered today, “Thank you to all the Japanese companies and factory operators in Thailand, including the Japanese Prime Minister who has had an excellent relationship with Thailand for a long time.”

“Thank you to the Japanese businessmen who are confident in investing in Thailand. We will get through this crisis together and we understand how important it is to keep their factories and livelihoods running successfully and safely without shutting them down.” The PM added.

“We are trying to get as many people vaccinated as we can especially staffers who are in the production system. I am not pleased with the number of deaths from Covid -19 and we must accelerate our efforts even further.” The PM concluded.

TPN media notes that not everyone was pleased with the PM’s visit, as you can read here.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.