By THE NATION
“The creation of 14 new rail network lines consisting of 557 kilometres connecting the urban, inter-cities and metropolitan outskirts is in the pipeline. This is to support the transportation system plan in the 4.0 era and to align with the 20-year national strategic plan to make rail networks better and more affordable,” said Sorapong Paitoonphong, deputy director general of the Department of Rail Transport under the Ministry of Transport.
“Currently, double-track railways consisting of 1,314 kilometres connecting inter-cities have already been constructed. The government is planning two new routes, Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima and airport rail link connecting all three major airports.
“The Ministry of Transport extends our support to Intermat and Concrete Asia, which allow Thai contractors and industry professionals to be updated on the latest technologies without having to travel aboard.”
Watinee Saithong, project manager at Impact Exhibition Management Co Ltd, said: “Intermat Asean and Concrete Asia are strategically organised to provide business opportunities for the region. The participation of more than 300 leading local and international companies and 5,000 industry players reflects the confidence of the international and local community in the exhibitions.”
Nichapa Yoswee, senior vice president of business for the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said that the TCEB has a policy to support trade shows as a tool to drive the Thailand 4.0 policy.
“Intermat Asean and Concrete Asia can serve as an engine that can propel the infrastructure investment of the government, especially those in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and, thus, contribute to Thailand’s position as a communication and transport hub of the region.
“This responds well to TCEB support for Intermat Asean and Concrete Asia which can play a part in maintaining Thailand’s position as an international trade fair centrer of the Asean region.”