Pra­song eyed for fi­nance port­fo­lio

Bangkok Post - - FRONT PAGE - AEKARACH SATTABURUT­H CHATRUDEE THEPARAT

Fi­nance per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Pra­song Poon­taneat who will re­tire at the end of this month is ex­pected to be­come the new fi­nance min­is­ter, a govern­ment source said yes­ter­day.

The source said Mr Pra­song had ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion from all board mem­ber po­si­tions af­ter Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and En­ergy Min­is­ter Su­pat­tanapong Pun­meechaow told the me­dia he was in­formed by Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha that the govern­ment has found the right can­di­date to fill the re­cent­ly­va­cated post. The source said Gen Prayut has been im­pressed by the per­for­mance of Mr Pra­song in driv­ing the govern­ment’s eco­nomic cam­paigns.

“The PM said the new fi­nance min­is­ter will start work in Oc­to­ber. I don’t know his name but the PM as­sures me that we can work to­gether as our ideas are geared to­ward the same di­rec­tion,” he said.

Predee Daochai, for­mer pres­i­dent of Kasiko­rn­bank, made a shock an­nounce­ment on Sept 1 that he was re­sign­ing as fi­nance min­is­ter af­ter less than a month in the post. His res­ig­na­tion took ef­fect on Sept 2.

How­ever, Mr Pra­song said he had ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion from all board mem­ber po­si­tions not be­cause he is ap­pointed to be the new fi­nance min­is­ter. He said he did so be­cause he is go­ing to re­tire the end of this month.

Gen Prayut said last week he would name a new fi­nance min­is­ter next month with me­dia re­ports that for­mer per­ma­nent sec­re­tary for the Min­istry of Fi­nance Som­chai Su­j­japongse, and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Govern­ment Sav­ings Bank, Chartchai Phayuhanaw­ee, were among po­ten­tial can­di­dates.

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