PM Srettha highlights key achievements in first year in office
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PM Srettha highlights key achievements in first year in office

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin yesterday said his administration had made significant progress in its first year, defying criticism from opposition parties and some disgruntled members of the Pheu Thai Party. The Thai prime minister yesterday, July 9, stressed that more achievements would become visible over time.

Responding to allegations that the government has yet to achieve tangible results, the Bangkok-born prime minister said he was ready to showcase the administration’s achievements at a Pheu Thai Party meeting held at 3pm yesterday.

Prime Minister Srettha, while acknowledging that there are communication problems, noted that public awareness of the government’s progress may be insufficient due to insufficient information dissemination.

“We have done a lot, and many ministerial projects, implemented with great difficulty, are being implemented.”

The Bangkok-born prime minister highlighted several key achievements, including an increase in foreign direct investment, improved farm prices, a moratorium on farmers’ debt repayments, improved education for youth, an increase in the daily minimum wage, passing a law allowing same-sex marriage, improving universal healthcare at a cost of 30 baht and stepping up anti-drug efforts.

As reported by The Nation, the 62-year-old prime minister also emphasised the continuous nature of the government’s initiatives, noting that their results would gradually become visible to the public in due course.

“We are implementing several other projects… their results will gradually become visible, e.g. foreign investments and free trade agreements.”

In related news, Pheu Thai faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain public trust amid unfulfilled economic promises. Just a year ago, many Thais were optimistic that Pheu Thai’s return to power would ease the country’s economic woes by boosting consumer purchasing power, reducing household debt and reversing a growth slowdown.

In other news, former red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan announced plans to stage a protest next month against several government initiatives, citing concerns that the measures would primarily benefit the country’s elite.

Jatuporn drew attention to proposals to increase the limit on foreigners’ ownership of apartments in apartment buildings to 75% and extend the land lease for foreigners to 99 years.

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