Bangkok Post



TOURISM: Loei province plans to launch its own reopening, using the Phuket model, to boost trade activities, while talks have begun over the reopening of the Chiang Khan border crossing with Laos, following the country’s reopening policy.

Deputy Commerce Minister Sinit Lertkrai said yesterday that tourism agencies are encouragin­g the Chiang Khan move.

Business operators have been instructed to maintain hygiene, as well as looking to new technology to help them catch back up with competitio­n on a global market level.

Apart from the reopening, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawis­it has issued a policy to expedite the reopening of Thai borders to resume trade activities as soon as possible.

Supervisor­y measures on merchandis­e will be imposed at the border, while Laos has also informed Thai agencies to closely exchange informatio­n for a resumption of trade activities.

The province’s products will be advertised internatio­nally after the full reopening of the country, in an attempt to stimulate exports, Mr Sinit said.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the value of trade at the border was 532.8 million baht. Most trade comprises air-conditione­rs, plastic pellets and diesel engines.

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