Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (I-EA-T), (Thai: การนิคมอุตสาหกรรมแห่งประเทศไทย) is a state enterprise under control of the Ministry of Industry of Thailand. It was established by the Declaration of the Revolutionary Council No. 339 in 1972. The responsibilities of the authority are to create and organize industrial estates, grouping together industrial facilities in a synergistic manner. The authority also has the responsibility of decentralization of industrial activity away from the capital to outlying provinces of Thailand. The authority is active in fields of environmental issues, workplace safety, land use, insurance, import and export management and promotion, and factory-related infrastructure development such as water supply, electricity distribution, telephony, shopping, housing, and roads.
As of December 2017[update], there were 56 industrial estates in operation across 16 provinces, of which 11 are operated by I-EA-T and 45 are jointly operated with developers. I-EA-T claims they employ 605,234 workers.
Role and responsibilities
As a state enterprise under the Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand is responsible for the development and establishment of industrial estates, where factories for various industries are systematically clustered together. With industrial estates as an implementation tool, I-EA-T also serves as a governmental mechanism to decentralize industrial development to provincial areas throughout the country.
- "Industrial Estates in Thailand". Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
- "I-EA-T Progress". Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
- "I-EA-T 4.0+ Innovation". Bangkok Post (Special section). 2017-12-13.
- "Roles & Responsibilities". Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
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