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Japanese Chamber sees shortage of industrial workers, workers with English 

Aug 21. 2019
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By The Nation

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok wants the Industry Ministry to tackle the issue of an inadequate number of workers for factories and the lack of workers’ communication skills in English, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit said on Tuesday.

Suriya said Shinji Nakano, the president of the JCC, recently met with him to air concerns about obstacles to the development of Thailand’s industry under the Thailand 4.0 policy.

Suriya said Nakano saw that Thailand could not provide a sufficient workforces for the various industries and that workers could not communicate in English. The JCC president also expressed concern about the daily minimum wage in Thailand, which is higher than other Asean countries.

Suriya said the Industry Ministry would consult with other agencies about measures to address the industrial labour shortage and to feed English speaking workers industry. His ministry will consult with the Undergraduate Education, Research, Science and Innovation Ministry, Education Ministry, the Labour Ministry and the Federation of Thai Industries.

Suriya said the JCC represents 12 large corporations in Japan that command 75 per cent of Japan’s economic value.

He said the JCC president expressed concern over the inadequate labour supply because Japanese firms want to invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor project.

Suriya said Japanese firms also want to expand investment in Thailand as a contingency plan to cope with possible negative impacts from the on-going trade war between China and the United States.

The JCC president also suggested that the Industry Ministry create a good atmosphere for investment, such as shortening the process for issuing licences for factories and holding seminars or meetings for Japanese firms to exchange business data with the Thai government.

Suriya said the Industry Ministry also planned a roadshow on industrial opportunity in the Kingdom by visiting Vietnam on August 30 and September 1, and Japan in early October.

He said executives of the Board of Investment would accompany the ministry’s representatives on the road show.

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