The Cabinet of the new government, during its first meeting on 13 September 2023, chaired by Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin, decided to cut the electricity price from 4.45 to 4.10 baht per unit, starting from September onwards. It also approved the reduction of the pump price of diesel to below 30 baht per liter, effective on 20 September.
At the same meeting, the temporary visa-free scheme was approved for visitors from the People’s Republic of China and Kazakhstan entering into the Kingdom. The visa exemption period is set from 25 September 2023 to 29 February 2024.
The Cabinet assigned Deputy Prime Minister Phumtham Wechayachai to be responsible for setting up a committee to study guidelines for working out a referendum on constitutional amendments through parliamentary debates and public participation to ensure common agreement.
It also approved the establishment of the National Committee for Soft Power Strategy, chaired by the Prime Minister, to set strategies for the operations of Thailand’s soft power in order to increase people’s opportunities and income.
The Cabinet gave the green light to a semi-monthly payroll of government officials to ease the hardships of low-ranking officials who struggle to make ends meet. The scheme is expected to take effect on 1 January 2024.
The Prime Minister, at the Cabinet meeting, also assigned the Office the Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office to establish an organizing committee for the arrangements of royal ceremonies in commemoration of the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s sixth cycle, or 72nd, birthday anniversary, 28 July 2024.