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Thailand’s new cabinet holds first meeting

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2008 at 7:53 am

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s new cabinet held its first meeting on September 26 to discuss the national budget for fiscal 2009 and to complete the government’s policy statement to be presented to Parliament early next month.

Government financial disbursements cannot be made until the Cabinet submits the budget and parliamentary approval is achieved, the Thai News Agency (TNA) said.

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat had asked his team to review proposed government expenditures for the 2009 fiscal year, which begins October 1, Sukhumpong Ngonkham, minister attached to Prime Minister’s Office, was quoted by the TNA as saying after the cabinet met at Don Mueang airport.

PM Somchai said the government planned to present its policy to the House on October 8 and 9.

The draft government policy has been furnished by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB). It will be given to leaders of parties in the coalition government for their consideration this weekend, according to Sukhumpong.

Deputy Prime Minister Olarn Chaipravat was assigned to form an economic team for the government as the prime minister is worried that Thailand ‘s economy could be affected by US financial crisis, he said.-

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