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Thai junta beseeches foreign investors: 'Please come now'

Prime minister and cabinet all-stars make a rare public appeal as FDI plunges

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha called on foreign fund managers to invest in his country at the June 22 gathering.

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister and junta boss Prayuth Chan-ocha gathered his economic team for a rare all-star appearance in front of foreign investors on Thursday in a desperate appeal to get money flowing back into the country again.

"Please come now, don't wait -- the sooner is the better," Prayuth told a Stock Exchange of Thailand conference titled "Thailand's Big Strategic Move." He vowed that his military regime would put Thailand on track "to become a first-world, developed nation" by kicking off large infrastructure projects before the long-delayed general election, now slated for late 2018.

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