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Panel to take charge of EEC Development Fund

Sep 10. 2019
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By The Nation

The Eastern Economic Corridor Policy Committee (EECPC) plans to set up a management committee of the EEC Development Fund, which will monitor and make compensations to local communities affected by the mega project, in line with government policy.

EECPC secretary general Kanit Sangsubhan will head the committee, to be formed within 60 days, according to a source from the EECPC.

The committee will decide how money will be collected for the fund, such as requiring contribution from companies investing in the EEC. It presently has a budget of Bt100 million, allocated by the government.

“The fund is created to compensate communities affected by the project, including granting scholarships to students in the areas ,” the source said.

“It will be similar to the Power Plant Fund which takes care of people residing near the electricity plants. However, the EEC Development Fund’s responsibility is greater than that of the Power Plant Fund, as it will also promote development in the EEC areas".

The EECPC has recently drafted new regulations for the EEC Development Fund covering management, cash and commodity management and accounting system, evaluation and auditing.

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