Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mae Sot administration act approved by cabinet

In the cabinet meeting on February 22, the draft of the Mae Sot special administrative area was discussed. The main extract from the meeting transcript is
คณะรัฐมนตรีเห็นชอบร่างพระราชบัญญัติระเบียบบริหารราชการนครแม่สอด พ.ศ. .... ที่สำนักงานคณะกรรมการกฤษฎีกาตรวจพิจารณาแล้ว ตามที่สำนักงานปลัดสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรีเสนอ และให้ส่งคณะกรรมการประสานงานสภาผู้แทนราษฎรพิจารณา ก่อนเสนอสภาผู้แทนราษฎรพิจารณาต่อไป

The cabinet approved the draft of the Mae Sot administration act. It was already checked at the Council of State. The office of the permanent secretary proposes to send it to the coordination committee of the House of Representatives before submitting it to the House of Representatives for consideration.

I had found the full words of the draft act at the website of Mae Sot municipality already, though I am not sure if it is exactly the same version as the one now approved by the cabinet. It seems the act is closely resembling the Pattaya administration act of 1999, though due to its length I haven't been able to check this thoroughly.

And it seems also the second change for the Mae Sot area is still on track, as in January already the Mae Sot special economic area was mentioned in a news report by the Public Relations Department. And even the creation of new province around Mae Sot isn't shelved it, as there are still lots of mentions of "จังหวัดที่ 78" or "จังหวัดแม่สอด" lately, like this one reporting that the mayor of Mae Sot paid homage at a local King Naresuan shrine to speed up the creation of all these three administrative changes.

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