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Thai Khem Khaeng economic stimulus extension likely until 2013

The slow disbursement of Thai Khem Khaeng economic stimulus funds may prompt the government to extend the plan by one more year to 2013, says Korbsak Sabhavasu, the secretary-general to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The latest figures show that only 43 billion baht or 26% of the first stimulus package worth 160 billion baht has been disbursed so far. For the second package worth 150 billion, about 82 billion has been allocated and 42 billion baht disbursed.

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The slow disbursement of Thai Khem Khaeng economic stimulus funds may prompt the government to extend the plan by one more year to 2013, says Korbsak Sabhavasu, the secretary-general to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The latest figures show that only 43 billion baht or 26% of the first stimulus package worth 160 billion baht has been disbursed so far. For the second package worth 150 billion, about 82 billion has been allocated and 42 billion baht disbursed.

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Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankhiri last week threatened to cut the budgets of agencies that have yet to disburse funds or sign contracts for stimulus spending projects.

An estimated 70-80 billion baht from the two packages is expected to be cut and shifted to finance other projects that are ready for implementation, he said.

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The slow disbursement of Thai Khem Khaeng economic stimulus funds may prompt the government to extend the plan by one more year to 2013, says Korbsak Sabhavasu, the secretary-general to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

According to Dr Trairong, accelerated investment projects include a dual-track rail network and high-speed train system linking Bangkok and Rayong, the southern landbridge, and a deep seaport in the Gulf of Thailand.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The government’s 50:50 co-pay campaign expiring on 31st March may not be getting an immediate campaign extension. The Minister of Finance says campaign evaluation is needed to improve future campaigns.

The Minister of Finance Arkhom Termpittayapaisith today announced the government may not be able to reach a conclusion on the extension of the 50:50 co-pay campaign in time for the current 31st March campaign end date, as evaluations are needed to better improve the campaign.

Originally introduced last year, the 50:50 campaign is a financial aid campaign for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the government subsidizes up to half the price of purchases at participating stores, with a daily cap on the subsidy amount of 150 baht, and a 3,500 baht per person subsidy limit over the entire campaign.

The campaign has already been extended once, with the current end date set for 31st March.

The Finance Minister said that payout campaigns for the general public are still valid in this period, allowing time for the 50:50 campaign to be assessed, and to address reports of fraud at some participating stores.

The Fiscal Police Office Director General and the Ministry of Finance Spokesperson Kulaya Tantitemit, said today that a bigger quota could be offered in Phase 3 of the 50:50 campaign beyond the 15 million people enrolled in the first two phases, while existing participants will need to confirm their identity if they want to participate in Phase 3, without the need to fill out the registration form.

Mrs Kulaya said the campaign will still be funded by emergency loan credit allocated for pandemic compensation, which still has about 200 billion baht available as of today.

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