A western province of Thailand bordering Myanmar, Kanchanaburi province will be the venue for the upcoming mobile Cabinet meeting, scheduled for 19-20 May 2012.
The two-day meeting will take place at Kanchaburi Rajabhat University in Mueang district, and will be divided into two parts.
In the first part, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will chair a meeting of the Joint Public/Private Sector Consultative Committee on May 19. She will chair the Cabinet meeting in the second part the following day.
Thailand is taking part in the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and industrial estate in Myanmar. The project will help spur the Myanmar economy, while upgrading the western part of Thailand to a new trade hub. Kanchaburi will seek Cabinet approval for its activities in preparation for the operations of the Dawei deep-sea port and industrial estate. Thailand in late 2011 urged leaders of the Great Mekong Subregion to join forces in developing new economic zones, such as that located in the Kanchanburi-Dawei area.
During this mobile Cabinet meeting, Kanchanburi will also call for the opening of Ban Phu Nam Ron border checkpoint to boost cross-border trade. Thailand earlier urged Myanmar to support the plan to develop a motorway from Kanchanaburi to Dawei by opening its border passage next to Ban Phu Nam Ron village in Kanchanaburi province.
Literally meaning the “City of Gold,” Kanchanaburi is recognized as one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. This strategic province is 128 kilometers from Bangkok to the west.
The infamous Death Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai are two major landmarks of this province. They were built during the Second World War and came to the world’s attention with the Hollywood film depicting an episode in the war. This film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, won seven Academy Awards and was named the best film of the year in 1957. The success of the film made Kanchanaburi better known to the world at large as a place of historical significance.
Kanchanburi boasts many eco-tourist sites for a “back to nature” holiday. The Thung Yai – Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries, the largest legally protected forest conservation area in mainland Southeast Asia, is located in Kanchanaburi and Tak provinces. It is home to animal species that can no longer be found in other parts of the world. This wildlife sanctuary is also listed among five destinations in Thailand that are recognized as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In 2011, Kanchanaburi declared its intention to emphasize public health for tourism in order to attract more tourist arrivals. It also signed a memorandum of understanding on health promotion for tourism with the Ministry of Public Health and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.