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Foreign Ministry’s new job is to woo foreign investment, Prayut says

Aug 07. 2020
Foreign Minister and Deputy PM Don Pramudwinai
Foreign Minister and Deputy PM Don Pramudwinai
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By The Nation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday (August 7) that he has added the deputy prime minister’s post to Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai’s portfolio because he wants to upgrade the Foreign Ministry’s role and have it take care of the economy as well as foreign affairs. 

He said in the post-Covid era, the Foreign Ministry should also focus on investment promotion and woo foreign investors. 

The premier added that he wanted to see the Labour Ministry play a key role in driving the economy, which is why it needs a deputy minister. 

Prayut named former government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat as deputy to new Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin, who is also a Chonburi MP. 

As part of the Cabinet reshuffle, former director of PTT Global Chemical Supattanapong Punmeechaow has been handed the posts of deputy PM and energy minister, while former Kasikornbank president Predee Daochai has been named finance minister. 

Action Coalition for Thailand Party executive, Anek Laothamatas, has been named minister of higher education, science, research and innovation, while Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general Anucha Nakasai has been appointed as PM’s Office Minister.

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