Cabinet acknowledges the signing of the MOU for export factories 46 Sandbox factory targets 700 billion exports, 3 million jobs
On August 30, 2021, Ms. Ratchada Thanadirek, Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office Announced the results of the meeting of the Cabinet (Cabinet) that the Cabinet acknowledged the progress of the pilot project on prevention and control of the epidemic in factories (Factory Sandbox) as proposed by the Ministry of Labor. This project is operated under the concept “Health Economics” by focusing on enterprises, businesses, factories, large-scale export sectors (500 workers or more) that are important to driving the country’s economy to be able to continue under control and preventive measures COVID-19
For executing factory sandbox projects in target areas. It will be divided into 2 phases: Phase 1, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon, and Chonburi; Phase 2, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan, which will target enterprises in 4 types of industries: 1. Automotive 2. Electronic parts 3. Food and 4. medical equipment
It is driven under 4 main principles: 1. Conducting screening tests for COVID-19 by RT-PCR method for all workers in the workplace. to isolate the sick for immediate treatment and is carried out by the ATK test kit every week.
2. Treatment Establishments provide medical facilities as follows: 1) Factory Isolation (FAI) and Hospitel for green patients 2) Field hospitals for yellow patients and 3) ICU for red patients.
3. Supervise and carry out the 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations for workers, focusing on the 7 groups of risk diseases, pregnant women and issuing certificates. “Blue Factory” to build confidence for investors
4. Control the establishment of the implementation of disease prevention and control measures in specific areas (Bubble and Seal) and public health measures (DMHTT).
Preliminary data as of August 24, 2019, there are joint venture establishments. By signing an agreement (MOU), 46 locations and 4 hospitals have joined the project, capable of taking care of 920,000 insurers. In addition, RT-PCR screening for COVID-19 can be performed The infection test has been carried out in 11 establishments. There are 12 thousand insured people who have been screened.
Ms. Ratchada said that Implementation of this Sandbox Factory Project It will be of great benefit to 1) maintain economic stability in the manufacturing export sector. Which is worth more than 700 billion baht 2) Prevent the factory cluster from infection Balancing public health measures and driving the country’s economy forward 3. Build confidence for both Thai and foreign investors 4. Maintain employment in the manufacturing sector, export more than 3 million positions and from the start of the project Association of Japanese Entrepreneurs in Chonburi-Rayong Area also made a thank you letter to the Prime Minister