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Bangkok’s governor seeks Chinese funding to build a smart metropolis

The smart dream center will become a reality thanks to public and private investment in the automotive, robotics, healthcare, and logistics industries, according to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who presided over the meeting. The approaching outdoor film festival, hiring Chinese teachers, and developing a smart city are just a few of the plans that the Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt revealed yesterday that he discussed at a working dinner with the Chinese Ambassador. The 10-year project will be situated on a 15,000-rai plot of land in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district, 15 kilometers from U-Tapao International Airport. Bangkok would enter the twenty-first century thanks to similar work. The appointment of Chinese teachers to teach in Bangkok’s public schools was another agenda item. The week has been busy for the governor of Bangkok. The discussion between Chadchart and Han Zhiqiang on Tuesday night covered a wide range of topics, including supplying hospitals with state-of-the-art medical technology and making Bangkok a smart city. After visiting the brand-new Fai Chai Tunnel, which will be used on August 1st, he pledged to create hawker centers as a long-term remedy to the unorganized street vendor booths dispersed throughout the city this week alone. The 56-year-old municipal chief also asked Han to provide Chinese movies for the next “Krung Thep Klang Plang” outdoor film festival. If Thai students had teachers who were native Chinese speakers, learning Chinese would be easier for them. The investment will have provided 350,000 individuals with support and around 200,000 new jobs by 2032. Building a smart city in Bangkok will come after this week’s announcement by the Eastern Economic Corridor Policy Committee of plans to create a smart city in Chon Buri worth US$37 billion.

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