The draft of the Thai-Japanese Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) will be sent to the Cabinet for approval next Tuesday, a source said yesterday.
Japan is likely to get Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s approval to its plan to build two double-track rail routes running from Kanchanaburi to Sa Kaeo and from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong was quoted as saying.
The routes which will be joint Japanese-Thai construction projects, will see new standar gauge railways of 1.435m linking provinces and easternmost regions as well as the Thai capital Chiang Mai, the tourist center in the north.
Construction would begin next year according to Prajin who said that the route is attractive to people from Tokyo as because Kanchanburi which borders Myanmar links the Thai rail transport and the Dawei deep seaport project which Japanese authorities are interested in helping to develop. This line also runs past Japan’s industrial bases in Thailand and the Laem Chabang industrial estates in Chon Buri before ending in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaparathet district which is next to Cambodia.