CIV project on track to raise in­comes

B22bn bud­geted to de­velop 158 vil­lages

Bangkok Post - - BUSINESS - LAMONPHET APISITNIRAN

The gov­ern­ment plans to dis­burse a bud­get of 22 bil­lion baht to pro­mote lo­cal vil­lages that fol­low the Cre­ative In­dus­try Vil­lage (CIV) scheme in 2018, ex­pect­ing to de­velop 158 vil­lages in 76 prov­inces.

Somchai Harn­hi­ran, the deputy in­dus­try min­is­ter, said the gov­ern­ment aims to beef up eco­nomic flows to vil­lages through lo­cal tourism con­nected to any re­lated in­dus­try.

“The CIV project wants to help vil­lagers, small and medium-sized en­ter­prises [SMEs] and farm­ers in­crease their house­hold in­comes un­der the Pracha Rat scheme,” Mr Somchai said.

The In­dus­try Min­istry vis­ited Pat­tawee

sub­dis­trict in Makham district of Chantaburi prov­ince to pro­mote the new CIV vil­lages. The gov­ern­ment wants to pro­mote con­nected fruit prod­ucts in east­ern Thai­land via the East­ern Fruit Cor­ri­dor (EFC) project.

The EFC will be the first fruit auc­tion mar­ket in Thai­land to pro­mote and ex­pand value-added fruit prod­ucts and fruit pro­cess­ing.

The gov­ern­ment aims to lend sup­port to lo­cal farm­ers to in­crease their house­hold in­come.

None­the­less, Kobchai Sungsit­thi­sawad, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the In­dus­try Pro­mo­tion Depart­ment, said the CIV project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of the gov­ern­ment, the pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal vil­lagers.

The gov­ern­ment ex­pects the CIV project to in­crease com­mu­nity in­come by more than 25% through tourism and lo­cal prod­ucts, mainly from the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

In 2018, the gov­ern­ment ex­pects to de­velop 20 vil­lages, in­clud­ing Pat­tawee in Chan­thaburi, Prasae in Ray­ong, Ban Chi­ang in Udon Thani, Ban Na­teen in Krabi and Koh Yo in Songkhla.

More­over, the gov­ern­ment has been en­cour­ag­ing SMEs to in­crease their pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency and ex­pects the new mea­sures for SMEs to stim­u­late the Thai econ­omy.

Among the gov­ern­ment’s mea­sures are pro­vid­ing soft loans for SMEs worth 78 bil­lion baht in 2018 through the state-owned Small and Medium En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Bank of Thai­land (SME Bank).

The gov­ern­ment re­cently launched new mea­sures for 50,000 SMEs to re­duce pro­duc­tion costs by at least 10% a year over the next three years (2018-20).

The 800-mil­lion-baht bud­get for the project is ex­pected to cre­ate 10,000 SMEs in 2018, a fur­ther 20,000 in 2019 and an­other 20,000 in 2020.

Lo­cally made prod­ucts on sale by Chan­thaburi vil­lagers with as­sis­tance from the Cre­ative In­dus­try Vil­lage scheme.

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