Thailand is working out a new investment promotion strategy which will focus on industrial restructuring toward knowledge-based or high-technology industries.

Five seminars have been prepared to offer opportunities for business operators across the country to express their opinions. Suggestions and recommendations offered at the seminars will be included in the proposal on the new investment promotion strategy to be presented to the Board of Investment’s board meeting. The new investment promotion policy under this new strategy is likely to be implemented in June 2013 and is believed to push for the development of Thailand as a leading production base I the world.

It is expected that BOI would place more emphasis on investment which promoted a good balance between economic growth and social and environmental development, as well as a balance between agricultural, industrial and service sectors. This includes the industries in which Thailand has good potential, such as those involved with food processing, rubber products, health care and creative industries. Other industries to receive greater attention are those related to future global trends, such as alternative energy, biotechnology and high-value-added services.

While basic incentives will be minimized, BOI will offer additional incentives for companies that have more investment in research and development, human resource training and environmental protection. It will also adjust investment rules and regulations on non-tax benefits and services to improve the business environment while encouraging Thai investors to invest more in other countries.

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