Cabinet approves plans


The Thai Cabinet has approved one of its major pledges in the general election, to give each Grade 1 school student a tablet computer. The computers will be purchased and issued in time for the start of the new semester in May 2012.

The Cabinet also approved a tourism development plan for the Phangnga and Andaman provinces which, amongst other measures, includes an expansion of Phuket International Airport.

As part of their plan to make medical tourism another element of the Thai tourism package, the Cabinet has agreed to extend the term of visas from 30 to 90 days for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

And finally, the Cabinet has approved expenditure of 84.06 billion baht (£1.72 billion; $2.73 billion) for financing 117 development projects in five of the provinces around the Andaman sea (Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Ranong and Trang).

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