Thailand’s Commerce Ministry sets up war rooms to combat high prices

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In an effort to take legal steps against merchants selling products at unfairly high prices, the Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce Boonyarit Kalayanamit says he will chair war rooms to combat high prices. The secretary stated this yesterday in an urgent meeting with Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit.

The director-general of the Internal Trade Department under the Commerce Ministry, Wattanasak Sur-iam, says the ministry has requested manufacturers to freeze selling prices as long as possible to lessen the burden on consumers. Wattanasak added that manufacturers who raise their prices must provide details of their production costs. The ministry plans discount campaigns and low-priced schemes, with discounted products such as pork, chicken, and eggs made available at department and convenience stores, as well as fresh markets, mobile grocers, and other easily accessible places.

A government spokesperson says the government will ask manufacturers to cap prices of certain products if soaring prices raise the inflation rate. The government expects the inflation rate to move between 1-3% this year.

Thailand is seeing a shark spike in prices for common products, particularly on meat such as pork. These surging prices have even caused some Thais to seek out alternatives to meats they usually eat, such as crocodile meat. The demand for crocodile meat was announced to have doubled last week.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.