Kamphaeng Phet province in the lower North will be the venue for the upcoming mobile Cabinet meeting, the 10th of its kind under the Yingluck Shinawatra administration.
The mobile Cabinet meeting will take place at Kamphaeng Phet Rajabhat University on 9-10 June 2013. Four provinces, namely Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, and Uthai Thani, will be on the agenda of the meeting.
Four development strategies of the cluster of the four provinces will be discussed, together with preparations for the Government’s 2.2-trillion-baht infrastructure mega-projects, which will help develop this cluster.
In the first strategy, production efficiency of such major crops as rice, sugar cane, and tapioca will be enhanced. The second strategy seeks to add value to agricultural goods and develop agro-processed products. The third one seeks to develop the transport system, production distribution, and logistics services. The fourth strategy calls for the development of eco-tourism, as well as historical and cultural tourism.
The four provinces were told to consider adopting guidelines for agricultural zoning in crop cultivation. The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board has coordinated with governors of the four provinces to apply the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy and the concept of royally initiated projects to the solving of local problems.
The economic base of this cluster depends largely on agricultural production, especially rice and field crops, such as sugarcane and tapioca. The strength of this cluster is tourism, with Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani as a magnet for visitors. Huai Kha Kaeng was granted the status of a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park in Kamphaeng Phet province is also listed as a world heritage site.
The cluster of the four provinces plans to seek a budget of 100 million baht from the mobile Cabinet meeting to carry out several projects. These projects involve the setting up of a center for eco-tourism and cultural tourism, the improvement of the Water Bird Park in Nakhon Sawan, the development of various routes leading to tourism attractions in Uthai Thani, and the establishment of an ASEAN learning center at Kamphaeng Phet Rajabhat University. They also include the improvement of water distribution channels for agriculture.
Kamphaeng Phet province, in particular, will propose 100 million baht to develop the old city of “Nakhon Chum,” introduce a new service for tourists visiting the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, establish a center for tapioca development and promotion, and improve the water distribution system to help farmers.
Lying 358 kilometers north of Bangkok, Kamphaeng Phet, is an important archeological site and famous for ancient ruins, such as walls, forts, and temples, reflecting the glory of this old city in the past.