Thailand seen as logistics hub

The Ministry associated with Transport has proposed a scheme to position Thailand as a crucial logistics hub to protect land, air plus maritime transport within Asean.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob was speaking yesterday after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Transportation Working Group met at a town hotel.

The three-day conference, running until tomorrow, is being held underneath the concept of “Seamless, Smart and Sustainable Transport” to ease trade and restore global online connectivity in travel and tourism. Fourteen economic zones from 21 member countries attended, while others attended through teleconference.

Experts from numerous sectors, including property, air and maritime transport exchanged experiences on how to promote transport structure and supply stores. They stressed the idea of the Bio-Circular-Green Economic climate model and the usage of smart technology.

The ministry proposed Thailand serve as a logistics hub in Asean with its flagship project, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the third phase of the Laem Chabang deep-sea port as well as the motorway extension backlinking to U-tapao airport in Rayong just about all key features. Thailand would connect with the Laos-China high-speed railway and various nations in Europe to accomplish the picture.

The ministry also planned to utilize the southern land bridge megaproject, which connects the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand via Ranong and Chumphon provinces, as a transit hub.

A feasibility research is underway as well as a proposal could navigate to the cabinet this year. Construction could start by 2030 with a roadshow to become held first in order to attract investors.