Yingluck 'lures' Japanese to megaprojects Published: 22 May 2013 at 17.58
インラック首相、日本からの投資をメガプロジェクトで魅惑する 2013年5月22日 17.58 バンコクポストより TOKYO - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is banking on close ties and mutual trust to entice Japanese investors to support the Dawei deep-water port and other megaprojects.
Confidence, trust and friendship will bring benefits for both countries, the prime minister told a forum on "Building a Strong Foundation for Thailand and Asean" on Wednesday, shortly after arriving in Tokyo for a four-day official visit.
信頼と友好は両国にとって利益をもたらすと、インラック首相は、「タイとアセアンの強い強固な基礎を築く」フォーラムで述べた。4日間の公式訪問で東京に着いたばかりで水曜日のことである。 Ms Yingluck strongly reaffirmed confidence in the Dawei project, which aims to turn a quiet Myanmar town into a thriving Indian Ocean port and industrial zone. She said Dawei port, after construction, will be able to serve industries inside an area of 200 square kilometres, and serve as a gateway for South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
インラック首相はダウェイ・プロジェクト投資への信頼を改めて強く確認したのである。このプロジェクトは静かなミャンマーの街を繁栄したインド洋の港と工業地帯にするものだ。 インラック首相は、建設後、ダウェイ港は200スクエア・平方キロの敷地を持つ工業地帯へと変貌し、南アジア、中東、アフリカ、ヨーロッパのゲートとして機能するだろうと述べた。 Thailand and Myanmar have joined hands on the project. They are looking for foreign investors for actual construction, and to set up factories once the industrial zone is working. The project, one of the biggest in Myanmar, has failed to build any enthusiasm among potential backers, including Japan.
The prime minister also called on Wednesday for Japanese businesses to take part in her own pet project, the 2-trillion-baht infrastructure programme, which includes building dual-track and high-speed rail, and the water management scheme worth 350 billion baht.
Japan is already Thailand's top investor, accounting for 1.3 trillion yen (340,000 billion baht). Bilateral trade is currently 7.5 trillion yen per year. Ms Yingluck will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. The visit is her second to Japan since she became prime minister.