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Chamber of Commerce says more migrant workers needed

The Phuket News, Thailand, 14 July 2022 - The Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) has emphasised the need for more migrant workers in various sectors to help the Thai economy recover from the pandemic.

TCC Vice Chairman Poj Aramwattananont said there is a high demand for workers in labour-intensive sectors such as agricultural goods and food processing for exports, construction, tourism and services, reports state news agency NNT.

However, he emphasised that factors such as issues in migrant home countries and competition for workers from other nations are impeding worker recruitment and thus slowing Thailand’s economic recovery.

The vice chairman estimated that the Kingdom would require at least 3-4 million migrant workers to get its economy moving forward.

According to Pairoj Chotikasathien, head of the Labour Ministry’s employment department, there are currently 2.5mn documented migrant workers from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

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