Pra­song helps fill void af­ter Som­chai quits

Cab­i­net ap­proves fi­nance reshuf­fle


The cab­i­net yes­ter­day ap­proved the nom­i­na­tion of Pra­song Poon­taneat as the new per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Fi­nance to re­place Som­chai Su­j­japongse, who re­signed ear­lier this month in what crit­ics took as a sign of protest.

The cab­i­net also ap­proved di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the State En­ter­prise Pol­icy Of­fice (SEPO) Ekniti Ni­tithanpra­pas to suc­ceed Mr Pra­song as the new di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the Rev­enue Depart­ment.

Mr Pra­song is a sea­soned rev­enue col­lec­tor with two and half years’ ser­vice left be­fore he re­tires.

He pre­vi­ously served as di­rec­tor­gen­eral at the Cus­toms Depart­ment and the SEPO.

Mr Pra­song has been a mem­ber of the board at var­i­ous state en­ter­prises in­clud­ing the Ex­press­way Au­thor­ity of Thai­land (EXAT), Ex­port-Im­port

(EXIM) Bank of Thai­land, Air­ports of Thai­land Plc (AOT), and the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land (TAT).

Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wisudhi Srisuphan said the nom­i­na­tion was be­fit­ting. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Mr Pra­song and de­scribed the new per­ma­nent sec­re­tary as very ex­pe­ri­enced.

He said that Mr Ekniti was an­other good pick as the young gun worked at the Fis­cal Pol­icy Of­fice where he was re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing rev­enue col­lec­tion.

Other changes at the min­istry saw Pra­pas Kong-Ied, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Pub­lic Debt Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDMO), re­place Mr Ekniti at the SEPO, while In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Fi­nance Poom­sak Aranyakasem­suk suc­ceeds Mr Pra­pas at the PDMO.

The reshuf­fle at the Min­istry of Fi­nance fol­lows the de­par­ture of Mr Som­chai, whose res­ig­na­tion will take ef­fect on May 1.

Mr Som­chai’s de­par­ture came af­ter the cab­i­net de­cided early this month to move Po­ram­e­tee Vi­mol­siri, the sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Na­tional Eco­nomic and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Board, to the po­si­tion of per­ma­nent sec­re­tary at the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­istry.

Mr Som­chai, a fi­nance min­istry vet­eran, was trans­ferred to be­come the new boss at the Of­fice of the Na­tional Eco­nomic and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Board (NESDB). He was re­port­edly un­happy about the move and sub­se­quently re­signed.

The cab­i­net also ap­pointed Tos­aporn Sirisam­phan, sec­re­tary-gen­eral at the Of­fice of the Pub­lic Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (OPDC), as the new sec­re­tary­gen­eral at the NESDB.

K obs ak Poot ra kool, min­is­ter to the PM’s Of­fice, said Mr Tos­aporn’s ex­pe­ri­ence on im­prov­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness could help Thai­land up­grade busi­ness­wise.

The new boss of the NESDB would have much on his plate as the agency will be tasked with help­ing to im­ple­ment na­tional re­form and de­vel­op­ment, said Mr Kob­sak.

The NESDB will play a key role in es­tab­lish­ing a na­tional com­mit­tee to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a na­tional de­vel­op­ment master­plan.

Mr Kob­sak said the NESDB would be re­quired to un­dergo ma­jor re­form to han­dle press­ing is­sues like Thai­land’s grey­ing so­ci­ety and the need for more highly skilled labour in the work­force to meet the needs of “Thai­land 4.0”.

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