The issue was discussed at a recent meeting, chaired by SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon. Also participating in the meeting were representatives from the Board of Investment (BOI) and the three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat.
The meeting decided to set up the OSOS Center in February 2019 on the third floor of the Government Complex Center for the Lower South, which is located in Mueang district, Yala province.
Rear Admiral Somkiat cited the establishment of the OSOS Center as an urgent issue, as it would help business people, especially the new generation, start their businesses for the better future of the deep South. The new center would also accommodate economic expansion in the southern border provinces.
The OSOS Center, which operates as a part of the BOI, will be staffed by investment-related agencies. It aims to enhance convenience for investors, provide investment information, and offer consulting services for investment in the deep South.
The center will also assist investors in dealing with various government agencies, such as the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of Interior.
More agencies have participated in providing information and consultancy related to doing business in Thailand at the OSOS Center, on such topics as science and innovation, funding sources, banking, and financing.
BOI has encouraged the private sector to invest more in the deep South, and it has also offered special promotional privileges for investment projects in “model cities” in the three southern border provinces.