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03 September 2008 :: 12:09:37 pm 42771

FTI Urges Government to Lift State of Emergency Decree

BANGKOK, Sept 3-- Thailand's government should lift a declaration of the State of Emergency Decree immediately unless there is any violence because the imposition has a negative effect on the country's image, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
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FTI chairman Santi Vilassakdanont conceded the government moved to impose the decree to contain the violence. However, the industrial federation chief said the move could have a negative impact because it made foreigners view Thailand is not safe and discouraged foreign businesspersons and tourists from visiting the country.

He said the government should not impose any curfew because it would affect the peoples’ living.

Mr. Santi admitted that the private sector was experiencing difficulties in exports of products since many associations including the Rice and Textile Associations complained the products were not shipped as scheduled thanks to a strike by state enterprise employees.

Should the situation continue unabated, he said, Thailand’s trading partners might turn to place their forward purchase orders with its trade rivals.

The problem must be coped with without delay because exports are a key factor driving the Thai economy.

In addition, some exports are fresh foods, vegetables and fruits. Unless they are shipped as scheduled, spoilage occurs and the cargoes are useless, representing significant economic loss, he said.

“The ongoing political tension has a negative effect on our country’s economy and image. What the government must do urgently is to ease the situation as soon as possible,” Mr. Santi said. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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