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Thailand scraps new economic zones and plans regional linkups

Bangkok to focus on infrastructure in border towns over industrial parks

A sign showing the road leading to Thailand near Dawei in southern Myanmar where a special economic zone has been built.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The Thai government is revamping its special economic zone strategy and pushing for links with those in neighboring countries, hoping to improve access within the region and secure tariff-free entrance for its goods into the European Union.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak recently said government agencies are drafting plans to develop some border areas, with the goals of boosting exports and providing jobs to narrow the urban-rural inequality gap.

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