ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation
The BOARD of Investment expects a huge jump in the value of projects applying for tax privileges to Bt450 billion this year from about Bt218 billion in 2015.
Hiranya Suchinai. secretary-general of the BOI, said yesterday that the board was confident of achieving this target given its recent offers of new tax measures and other measures in the pipeline.
It will also kick off the planned roadshows in the middle of this month to local and overseas markets to woo investment.
The BOI has also drawn up a plan to provide tax incentives to encourage local investment in the tourism and agricultural industries, in line with the government’s policy to strengthen the local economy. The planned incentives will also contribute to the forecast surge in the number of project applications this year.
According to its preliminary survey, about 1,600 projects worth Bt600 billion are eligible to gain additional tax privileges under the special measures approved by the Cabinet last November to urge projects to move faster rather than wait to see a sign of improvement in the economy.
The measures are for projects that applied for BOI tax privileges from January 2014 to June this year and can start production or provide services and generate revenue next year.
The BOI will also urge targeted investors to apply for tax privileges before the deadlines. For example, the tax privileges for an investment in a cluster will be available until the end of this year.
The projects approved by the BOI last year were worth more than Bt800 billion. If fully implemented, they would create raw-material demand of Bt781 billion per year.
Among the highlighted projects approved last year are 183 e-projects worth Bt18.9 billion related to the digital economy, software and cloud services and 127 projects worth Bt3.03 billion related to the international headquarters and international trading centre schemes.
There were also 126 projects worth Bt30.24 billion related to research and development, medical equipment manufacturing, biotechnology and engineering design.