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Thai Govt Approves $67Bn Infrastructure Plan

20 March 2013

Thailand’s Cabinet has approved a plan to borrow US $67.6 billion to build high-speed train lines and other transportation mega-projects over the next seven years. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday the government will borrow from domestic and foreign sources, rather than go through the annual budget process, to ensure the continuity of the infrastructure expansion and give investors confidence. Parliament must approve the financing plan. The projects include four high-speed rail lines that will connect Bangkok with Chiang Mai in the north, the Laotian border, the country’s eastern seaboard and Malaysia. The government says the projects will boost economic growth and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.—AP