BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


FTI to table relief plan

BANGKOK: The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Thai Listed Companies Association (TLCA) will on Thursday (July 22) propose four debt and health-related measures to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) survive the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19economics
By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 21 July 2021, 08:55AM


A desolate scene at Bangkok’s Pratunam market amid the latest wave of the pandemic. Businesses nationwide are struggling due to the outbreak. Photo: Somchai Poomlard / Bangkok Post

A desolate scene at Bangkok’s Pratunam market amid the latest wave of the pandemic. Businesses nationwide are struggling due to the outbreak. Photo: Somchai Poomlard / Bangkok Post

They badly need help to deal with debt and liquidity problems and at the same time must be equipped with a better shield against disease transmission. Without effective measures, many SMEs will go bankrupt, warned  FTI chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree, reports the Bangkok Post.

“FTI has teamed up with TLCA to provide relief measures to help SMEs weather the impact of lockdown measures amid the pandemic,” he said, referring to a four-point proposal set to be tabled during the meeting of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) tomorrow.

Besides a suggestion to have the Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation increase the loan guarantee ratio to 60%, FTI and TLCA want authorities to help SMEs deal with their debt payment records.

Businesses that list non-performing loans (NPLs) during the pandemic should not be required to have their debt payments recorded by the National Credit Bureau. This aspect should also remain in place for three years after the end of the pandemic.

The next measure is to relax loan request conditions for SMEs which will find it hard to access loan grants as long as financial institutions, notably banks, continue to apply strict criteria to select borrowers.

HeadStart International School Phuket

If bankers base decisions on loan requests on the “potential” of SMEs to pay back, it will be very difficult for businesses with uncertain revenue in the future to secure loans, according to FTI.

The federation and TLCA also agreed to ask the government to give rapid antigen test kits free of charge to SMEs to help them screen workers and take those infected with COVID-19 for treatment.

The FTI earlier announced its own plan to send 50,000 rapid antigen test kits to companies that are FTI members as part of efforts to stop the virus spread in the industrial sector.

Many factories cannot afford to hire laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests.

Chanin Vongkusolkit, chairman of the TLCA, said his association has also asked large companies to speed up debt payments by settling their debts owed to SMEs within 15 days after invoices are issued under the “Faster Payment” scheme to solve SMEs’ liquidity problems.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Finnair brings Swedish tourists to Phuket

How many of the 'tourists' were those who long term stay most winters- flawed figures as usu...(Read More)


2,000 Sandbox arrivals test COVID positive branded as fake news

Especially if one only reads the headline excerpt in a news feed - of which the above is a prime ex...(Read More)


Govt talks up new, ‘more efficient’ Thailand Pass

Bunch of liars with that 'no more quarantine'. 2D/1N obliged in a SHA hotel is quarantine t...(Read More)


Govt talks up new, ‘more efficient’ Thailand Pass

A lot non to the point information for us who need to get that "Thailand Pass", what is ju...(Read More)


Thai-Australian beauty wins Miss Universe Thailand 2021

What is 'half-African'? No such country. [South African. Thank you, corrected -- Ed. FYI ...(Read More)


Govt talks up new, ‘more efficient’ Thailand Pass

I hope that in this way the entry is, after almost two years, easier....(Read More)


Lisa ‘Blackpink’, Andrea Bocelli to star at Phuket NYE

What an obscene waste of money- if they had any conscience they would donate the money to charity. ...(Read More)


Thailand Pass starts Nov 1, refunds on COE bookings allowed

@Maverick, About some official document you must have per 01 Nov., one should not get the full clear...(Read More)


When insurance skips a beat

What would really help is motorcycle hire shops not renting to tourists without a license- especiall...(Read More)


Govt talks up new, ‘more efficient’ Thailand Pass

And why do they keep saying No quarantine”? It is a one day quarantine. Very deceptive wording. ...(Read More)