Mr. Phakphong Thawipat, the Governor of Phetchaburi has supported the Thailand government’s policy to open the province to stimulate tourism, trade and investment and joined representatives of seven major organisations at a recent launching of the ‘Phetchaburi Rising’ project.
The governor said “I see that this private sector cooperation as a very important force in Phetchaburi province; there is a good opportunity to come together and respond to the Prime Minister’s policy”.
According to government policy, Thailand will open the country to allow all sectors to resume business and recover quickly.
He says it is important for all the people of Phetchaburi to enjoy well-being, security, safety and sustainability.
He is encouraging and supporting the network of partners in the ‘Phetchaburi Rising’ project which aims to facilitate this aim.
Mr Phanthat Hiranjirawong, President of the Phetchaburi Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of ‘Phetchaburi Rising’ spoke about the cooperation between the private sector in Phetchaburi province and the government sector. As the private sector is at the forefront of the impact of the economic crisis in the trade, investment and tourism sectors, guidelines for both preventing and solving the situation of COVID-19 have been established by the Phetchaburi Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce represents private sector organisations to help support the government with equipment and other steps in the care of infected people and has collaborated with financial institutions enable consultations for private businesses, new business channels online, along with establishing business practices for the highest safety of employees.
He said vaccinations are an important factor that will help build confidence in both the people of Phetchaburi and visitors.
Phetchaburi has a population of just over 500,000 and with a target is 70% of the population, around 350,000 should be vaccinated by the end of August to prepare for tourists in the last quarter of the year. This will allow Phetchaburi to come back to life to revive the economy.
Ms. Aree Chotiwong, Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, Phetchaburi Province, the co-founder of the project said “As a private sector representative of factory operators with more than 300 small and large factories and more than 65,000 workers in Phetchaburi Province, we want to build confidence in controlling the epidemic by working together to receive vaccinations to create herd immunity.”
Currently, more than 40,000 workers have registered for the vaccine, to be the required 70% for herd immunity.
In addition, the Federation of Thai Industries has negotiated with Chulabhorn Royal College to reserve alternative vaccines to support workers in the workplace, targeting 100% vaccinations, including newly hired workers. Additionally CSR projects for nearby communities will create a sustainable herd immunity.
Saiyan Sitthichoktham, President of the Phetchaburi Provincial Tourism Business Association said that the association aims to prepare tourism personnel and upgrade establishments to receive SHA Plus+.
This certifies that the establishment has sanitary measures to control COVID-19, with more than 70% of employees having to receive 2 injections of vaccination.
All organisations agreed that vaccines are the answer to make Phetchaburi a viable destination again, with a need to push people in Phetchaburi to be vaccinated as soon as possible to prepare to open the city by the end of October.